The Netherlands’ second-largest city is nicknamed ‘the Manhattan on the (River) Meuse’. Home to Europe’s biggest harbour, it has a cosmopolitan and lively urban vibe, attracting a young creative crowd. An ever-evolving cultural scene has seen a great deal of regeneration. Bursting with cafes, restaurants, attractions, festivals, museums, art galleries and shops, Rotterdam is now a hot ticket for an alternative city break. And these are its three most exciting hotels…
Book a central stay at this hip, ten-floor, five-star address. Overlooking Rotterdam’s oldest harbour with its vintage barges, the aluminium and glass frontages of Mainport present a stark contrast to its surroundings. Inside, there’s artsy wallpaper themed on the world’s continents, clean lines, moody colour palettes and refined furnishings. The ‘Spa Heaven’ has two treatment rooms, two hammams, a sauna (with a view), a steam room – and around half of the 215 bedrooms even have their own private saunas. Guests can sip cocktails on the hotel’s swanky riverside terrace and dine at the open-plan restaurant. With extensive meeting facilities, Mainport is an excellent choice for the business traveller and tourist alike.
The ‘h’ remains silent when pronouncing the name of this cutting edge hotel. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhas (himself born in the city), it’s found in the Kop van Zuid district. The 275 rooms are housed in what resembles three industrial glass boxes, with a crisp white-centric internal colour scheme, halo lighting and neon signage designating room numbers. Once in your private abode, you’ll find a massive mirror that doubles as a TV, Nespresso coffee makers, blackout curtains and modular furniture. Guests can take the air from nhow’s terrace and early risers will appreciate the crack of dawn breakfast service (which opens from 5.30 am onwards).
Found in the heart of the financial district right opposite the central station (to which the property has a direct link), this two-decade-old five-star hotel received a fresh restyle in 2016. But ambient city sounds needn’t be a worry if you’re a light sleeper. Its 228 rooms are all soundproofed, while pillow menus, Egyptian cotton linen and optional hypo-allergenic bedding provide an enhanced level of overnight comfort. As you might expect from an international chain hotel, facilities are plentiful. Two restaurants, a 24-hour fitness centre, salon, coffee shop/café, a deli, bar, electric car charging points, airport transfers, limo service and a business centre are all available for guests’ use.