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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights on board in superior room- our stay included a wedding- everything on board & it was stunning- staff were fantastic.
Great that guests from all over the world could also stay onboard.
Just perfect.

Room Tip: Cheapest rooms have no windows.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank corshamfolk
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This one-night stay was always going to be different from being in a conventional hotel. But it turned out to be a great experience.

We had a Deluxe Room which was spacious and comfortable, and whose styling was (as promised) evocatively retro. It was clean and everything was in good condition although the style meant that it didn't have all of the "luxurious" trimmings that a shoreside hotel of this standard would have offered. Importantly, the hotel accommodation areas are quiet and secure.

The rest of the day was spent on the aft pool deck, enjoying the sunshine together with many families and others relaxing on a late Friday afternoon.

We were staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast package. This included a four-course surprise dinner in the Club Room, which is the more formal of the two restaurants on board. The menu was interesting and reasonably well executed, although the quality of the ingredients did not quite match the ambition and skill of the chefs.

Breakfast in the Lido restaurant is pretty standard hotel buffet breakfast fare (with pretty standard hotel buffet service), although plentiful in choice and quantity.

Hotel guests get a discount on tours of the ship. There are two parts, which can be done separately or together: the engine room and other workings, which is guided; and the upper decks and public rooms, which is a self-guided walk although there are plenty of volunteers at each point in the tour. An included audio guide explains a great deal more. There is so much to see - and it has been so lovingly restored - that we simply ran out of time and had to rush at the end.

We were not the only people who'd decided to do this on the night before setting sail on this ship's successor, the ms Rotterdam (VI). It's a great way to start a cruise holiday! And this successful venture deserves everyone's support.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The ship is permanently attached to its present location and operates as an event center / restaurant / hotel. We joined a special event organized on the whole ship and stayed overnight. The circumstances may thus be special, but we can say that the room was great. We stayed on the B-deck all the way to the back of the ship overlooking the river. The way there may be confusing but once you know where your room is, its no problem finding it again. The room was really nice, stylish, spacious with a great bathroom. Everything looks well maintained and well designed. Breakfast in the morning was also good, even though the staff at the coffee bar was tired of serving coffee and pointed us unfriendly to the coffee machine to do it ourselves. Still a great experience. If you are looking for the special place to stay overnight in Rotterdam, this is the place.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Dojolowe
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

very oldish decorated room
room has enough space, bed is ok
bathroom is standard
no wifi in the room
however, and the customer is not even informed of it (so do not be claustrophobic!!), some rooms have no windows at all !!!
breakfast is "chaotic" (long wait coffee corner, flow at buffet not well organized...) ; quality wise is rather standard
the boat is interesting (historic cruiseship) with old lowcost decoration (and sticky carpets)
takes this hotel only if you have a special opportunity on board (party, restaurant event...) or a nice discount; otherwise a bit expensive for what you get

the boat istelf is interesting (historic cruiseship) with quite old lowcost decoration

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank camok
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed one night onboard of the SS Rotterdam and it exceeded my expectations. Sure, it was going to be special to sleep in a ship with a history but it turned out that it's very well renovated with a nice combination of modern comfort and 50s style.
All staff is very friendly and dressed in style as well.
Our standard room on the inner side of the ship was much bigger and comfortable than expected. It even had a separate sitting area, again in the style when the SS Rotterdam was sailing to New York. Breakfast is served on the Promenade deck and offered an extensive choice. If you’re spending the night in the weekend, it might be good to come early as it starts to get very busy from 9.30am onwards. The Ocean Bar tend to be very noisy & crowded during the weekend, but if you want to have drink in a quieter environment before heading to bed, try the Lido bar. During the evening, we chose to eat outside as there are plenty of restaurants at walking distance in the neighborhood of Hotel New York.
In summary: if you're in Rotterdam and want something else then the standard hotel, this is your choice.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christof V
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