Probably closer to "Poor" rather than "average, but I am being kind... I have been visiting Rotterdam regularly on business for the past 15 years and have frequently stayed in the Ibis since the very beginning. Over the years they first renovated the restaurant and then (a year or two ago) the rooms. What I mean by room renovation, is that they added flat-screen televisions, replaced the old wash basins by plastic-resin moulded basins and replaced the bathtubs by larger, walk-in showers that occupy the same floor-space as did the former bathtubs. Guess they also upgraded the loos, can't remember how the old ones were. The resin basins are aging badly and apparently stain very easily. The size of the rooms has not changed, however - still miniscule. The walls are thin and not particularly sound proof - it was once obvious (and rather distracting) that the occupants of the room next door were apparently a honeymoon couple... There is a thermostat control pannel for the aircon / heater, that I have never managed to get to work to my satisfaction - either to hot or too cold. The windows are protected by insect screens. But if you open them in hot weather in preference to using the aircon, the traffic from the nearby A20 motorway is very noisy.
The breakfast buffet is usually acceptable and the restaurant staff friendly. But the restaurant staff seem to be overworked and service is usually very slow, with it often taking ages to attract anyone's attention. The choice on the menu is limited, the prices high, and the food usually mediocre at best. One recent improvement - a year or two ago they decided to make internet access free for all hotel guests. Only trouble is that more often than not the wifi signal is poor to nonexistant in the rooms.
With the afore-mentioned "renovations" and "improvements" someone seems to have decided that this justifies a significant increase in rates. I have never particulary enjoyed staying at the Ibis Vlaardingen, but continued to do so because the hotel was relatively inexpensive (up until a couple of years ago only about €80 per night) and conveniently located for me. For my last stay it was suddenly over €100 per night excluding breakfast (another €15). I consider that to be to expensive for what you get - one can get equivalent or better accommodation for less than that on the outskirts of Rotterdam.
Will now only stay there if I find that I have exhausted all other options. If they let me, after reading this review....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel ibis Rotterdam Vlaardingen: close to the ports In addition to individual travelers, this ibis hotel specializes in accommodating business groups. In just 10 minutes you can be at the ports of Rotterdam, Rozenburg and Spijkenisse. The ship and repair yards of Schiedam are also just around the corner. And why not visit the Euromast? The entire hotel provides free WIFI and free parking. In the evening, enjoy a meal in our restaurant or a drink at our bar. You can be at Rotterdam The Hague Airport within 15 minutes. If you are taking the Stena Line ferry from the Hook of Holland, then stay the night before or even after your trip at our ibis hotel, where staff will be on hand to help you round-the-clock. ... more less
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