We spent one night in the Hotel New York, which used to be the headquarters of the famous Holland America Line, the shipping company which helped entire Dutch and other European populations emigrate to America. Ships used to leave from this very pier, and you can now sleep in the company's former offices. A great deal of imagination, humour and attention to detail went into the conversion of the building into a hotel. If you're interested in early twentieth-century architecture, you'll love the period features left in situ, e.g. the staircase, tiling, doors, panelling, etc. We loved our spacious balcony room (and the balcony IS big enough to put two chairs on it); the views over the Maas are stunning. We particularly loved the light in the entire building; the windows are huge, and good use is made of blinds etc. The restaurant and bar are fantastic places too. Housekeeping and cleaning wasn't too conscientious, we thought, and some may feel that the shabby chic look of some wooden detail is out of line with the sense of pride which the Holland America Line stood for, but even so, this is still one of the most interesting hotels that we've ever stayed in. Some members of our family emigrated to New York from this very spot.