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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel New York is located in the beautiful former headquarters of the Holland America Line, situated on the banks of the river Maas in Rotterdam in The Netherlands.A visit to Hotel New York is both a journey into the past and into the future. The nostalgic building symbolizes the departure of many emigrants with hope and tension of their new homeland.The agitated history is still touchable in the building: many pictures and suitcases of the emigrants, as well as the 6 former board rooms are keeping the history alive.Hotel New York has 72 exceptional hotel rooms, 7 unique halls and meeting rooms. The ground floor features a large café-restaurant, where 400 guests can enjoy an extensive or simple a-la-carte meal in any price category from early in the morning until late at night. High ceilings, colourful lights, sturdy nautical elements and robust tubes and pillars provide a maritime and industrial atmosphere, where everyone feels at home! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New York Hotel
- New York Rotterdam