First of all, there's probably not much reason to visit Rotterdam unless you are on business.So this hotel does have the advantage of being right near the train station. It is also near the modern shopping and office areas. But the hotel itself is on a sketchy street in the Chinatown area of Rotterdam. It is literally above a Chinese restaurant, the hotel "lobby" is the entrance to the restaurant.
The upstairs is dingy. getting up there is the worlds steepest and treacherous stairway or take the elevator which is an antiquated retrofitted minibox for one person. Rooms are also dingy, smelled vaguely of old smoke (even though its supposed to be non-smoking). Bathroom is very small, no counter, you have to maneuver around the sink to use the toilet. Shower was tiny. If you are a plus sized person, you won't fit. Breakfast is ni the aforementioned restaurant and is basic breads and cellphone wrapped crackers, some cereals and a small ham/cheese plate.
The good points, besides the location near the train, is the bed did feel fresh and clean (even if room and carpets didn't), and it has clearly been renovated at some point. There is a ton of noise outside as you are on a busy street, but with windows shut it was surprisingly quiet. However, you will probably want windows open for some air. Price is very affordable (under 100 Euro) so good value.
This is not a hotel I would normally look for, but for one night it was fine. Rotterdam is under 1 hour by Fyra (high speed train) to Amsterdam so bext time (if there is one) I would seriously consider staying in Amsterdam (see my positive review on Raddison Blu) and just commuting into Rotterdam.
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