After a mix up over a booking request the hotel without any fuss upgraded us to an executive room which was very much appreciated and unexpected.
The hotel couldn't be better placed for accessing all that central Rotterdam has to offer: only minutes from great restaurants and bars, shopping and museums, you are at the heart of everything. Of course that also means some noise, especially from passing traffic so ask for a high floor.
The rooms are inexpensive though I suggest that you book a refurbished one like we stayed in - they call these 'executive rooms' but they are not bigger than a standard I don't think, the difference is that they have been revamped and have a flat screen television. They are nice enough though.
The room felt cosy but the windows are single glazed so can be a little chilly. They also do not open at all so I imagine the room could be a little stifling in the summer. The other irritation was that the beds were on castors and so you could not sit up and watch television or read with your back to the headboard.
Beware the mini bar - unusually there is no price list in the room. We had two small cans of Heineken, two small bottles of water and a small Mars bar and it came to eighteen euros fifty... We had asked for a price list at reception and were told that one would be sent up but it wasn't. Reception staff were friendly but we did have to chase up on things such as when we asked if housekeeping could do anything about our moving castor bed - they couldn't by the way. Housekeeping are also friendly and efficient.
We didn't eat breakfast in the hotel - at sixteen euros fifty per head it seemed expensive to us and so we went to one of the many cafes in the area each morning. There is a bakery on the corner if you wanted to get some fresh croissants, an Albert Hein supermarket less than five minutes walk away and a bank opposite with half a dozen cash machines inside if you are short of money.
Would recommend a visit to the World Museum on the waterfront (you can also get water taxis and go on boat trips on the Maas from this area too) because there is a very interesting display about the Samurai of Japan at present.
One disappointment is that we understood from the website that there was a roof terrace and bar but it was permanently closed during our stay - it would have been a good place to watch fireworks (the streets were not the safest place with huge rockets and high power 'explosives' being set off randomly everywhere with absolutely no regard to passing people. I saw one women in real pain having been struck by a stray rocket. I have to say I think the city needs to do something about this because it did detract from our stay and I'm sure others will have felt the same).
A final comment is that we thought the art deco style of the hotel charming - especially the long light down the outside of the building. When next in Rotterdam we would definitely stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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