I have stayed in many Holiday Inn Express hotels, and this one is different. The rooms are not the same as many of the others, and the location, in a high-rise in the city center is different too.
We liked this hotel. It is right in the middle of Rotterdam, and is you are with your own vehicle, they do have a parking garage. It does cost extra, and the entrance is on the back of the block from where the street entrance of the hotel is located. It's lockable, has a door to keep out people not picking up or dropping off their vehicles. The hotel shares a high-rise, and the parking is also shared.
The hotel entrance is street level, but only the entrance. Once inside the front door, you have to go up to the 1st floor to find the "lobby" and check in desks, eating area, and bar. The staff is remarkably friendly, very knowledgeable about their city and what there is to to do and how to get about. There is no real "lobby" with big chairs, couches and so forth per se, but they do have a bar area, and a business area, where there is free WiFi. In the same area is the breakfast area. Breakfast is in the room price, and they have a very nice breakfast buffet.
The rooms are modern, very well color coordinated and attractively laid out. The exact layout is not the same as Holiday Inn Express hotels in England and Germany, but better I think, at least for my taste. Our room was quite sound proofed, considering 4 lanes of high traffic outside, and a very busy street car stop in two directions right below us, not to consider a 4 by 4 crossing of tracks on the corner (traffic circle) where the hotel is located. The TV picks up a lot of channels from many countries in Europe, and there is WiFi, free, in the room. The AC works well and is easy to control.
Our bathroom was very nice, all in white and black tiles, a wall to wall mirror on one wall, and a nice large glass shower stall, a lot nicer than I have seen in many Marriott hotels. The safe's are not in the rooms, but there are individual safes in the check-in area. Do not expect to find a swimming pool or deluxe restaurant - perhaps across the street in the Hilton. We are in a different price category, but quality wise, this hotel is a very good value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam – Central Station is perfectly located in the heart of Rotterdam. Whether you are visiting Rotterdam for business or leisure purposes, this hotel is your place to be!The hotel is located next to the central station of Rotterdam in close vicinity of the main shopping area of the city the Koopgoot and on the corner of the Hofplein and Coolsingel. Large companies such as Nationale Nederlanden, ING, Unilever, Houthoff Buruma and the Holland Casino Rotterdam are all on walking distance. The hotel has the perfect location for every purpose.The sound proof, well furbished and spacious rooms offer modern equipment like LCD TVs with 50 international channels, free wireless Internet, coffee/tea facilities and a spacious shower. On top of all these facilities, our guests are served a complimentary Continental breakfast. The hotel offers a modern decorated lobby and bar, where our guests feel at ease and can relax with friends and colleagues. ... more less
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