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Hotel Rotterdam

Schiekade 658, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL-3032AK, The Netherlands
(4 star hotel)
#21 of 61 hotels in Rotterdam
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Good value hotel close to Central Station

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 25, 2016

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Rotterdam for 2 nights during a visit to Rotterdam in June 2016.

We booked our stay through and paid £36 per night for a Basic Double Room without breakfast. We chose not to purchase breakfast as it cost €15 per person per day and we felt that we could find better value at a cafe in the city centre.

We paid in full at the time of booking (the price was a special non-refundable offer) and paid the City Tax (a little over €3) in cash upon arrival at the hotel.

Hotel Rotterdam was formerly the Best Western Crown Hotel.


Hotel Rotterdam is located on a main road, Schiekade, a 5-10 minute walk north-east of Central Station.

We arrived at the hotel from Rotterdam The Hague Airport as follows:

Bus #33 from the airport to Central Station (20 minutes; €3 per person for a 1 hour transport ticket). We then walked from Central Station to the hotel. With the benefit of hindsight and experience, we could have used our transport ticket to catch tram #25 from Central Station which stops right outside the hotel.

Tram #25 is particularly useful. It is just two stops from the hotel to Central Station (where you can connect to the metro) and continues through the city centre with useful stops at Lijnbaan, Beurs, Leuvehaven and Wilhelminaplein (near Erasmus Bridge).

The hotel is suitably located for exploring the city on foot. A few minutes' walk brings you to Hofplein (a square with a large water fountain at the centre) and from there you can continue along Coolsingel into the heart of the city. We were able to walk from the hotel to Stadhuis (City Hall) and the abundant shops and restaurants in the surrounding streets in a little over 10 minutes. The walk from the hotel to Markthal and Kijk Kubus (Cube Houses) took around 20 minutes and to Erasmus Bridge around 25-30 minutes.


Our room, #220, was very small. It may well have been sold as a Single room when Best Western operated this hotel in the past.

However, despite its small size, it was very comfortable and more than adequate for our short stay.

The double bed was very comfortable, with a soft mattress and soft pillows.

We slept very well. We had been concerned that the noise of passing traffic and trams on busy Schiekade just below our single-glazed window would keep us awake – but we slept through it. The heavy curtains kept the early morning sunlight out, further aiding our sleep.

Our room had black and white New York-themed wallpaper; featuring a series of words such as "Queens", "Brooklyn", "Bronx" and "Manhattan". One of the photos on shows a room decorated with wallpaper featuring Xian's Terracotta Army.

The room contained a writing desk with a lamp, a couple of chairs, and bedside cabinets with lamps on both sides of the bed. A very small wardrobe, with a mirror on the door, stood just inside the entrance. It was ok for our limited needs, but would be too narrow for two people wanting to hang a week's worth of clothes in it. A code-operated safe (free to use) was located inside the wardrobe.

The flat screen TV picked up around 25 channels, including BBC 1 and 2 and BBC News, as well as other European satellite channels.

There were a few electrical sockets, but we needed to use the multi-socket adaptors that we had taken along in order to recharge camera batteries and tablets overnight.

We were given a password to access the hotel's wi-fi when we checked in. However, we were able to log in without entering the password. The connection was reasonably fast and reliable; more than adequate for our needs. Some rooms located higher up and further away from reception may suffer from a poor connection judging by other reviews that I read before our trip.

A kettle was provided, along with mugs, drinking glasses, coffee, tea and sugar. Replenishments could be obtained from reception if required.

The en-suite shower room was small, although the shower cubicle itself was reasonably spacious. The water pressure was adequate, but the temperature was a bit hit-and-miss, running hot and cold while showering.

Fresh towels, a few toiletries (soap and hair and body wash) and a hairdryer were all provided.


It is rare that I even mention the staff in a hotel review, unless they have been particularly good or particularly bad. The two girls who were manning reception when we arrived were as miserable and unwelcoming as any that I can remember. We arrived around 11:00am and were told that no room would be available until 2:00pm (fair enough, no problem) – one of the girls opened up the storage cupboard so that we could leave our luggage and return to check in later. It was clearly a chore, and her impatience was evident as we sorted through our luggage to ensure we had any valuables and necessities before handing over our bags.

The staff who checked us in later and checked us out two days later were friendlier.

The hotel has a brasserie (serving food from 6:00pm until 10:00pm on weekdays, but not weekends) and a bar with a couple of beers (Jupiler and Leffe) on tap.

A good value hotel within easy walking distance of Central Station and the city centre. Tram #25 stops right outside the hotel and provides quick transport to Central Station and beyond. Our room was small, but very comfortable, and contained everything we needed for a short stay. The in-room wi-fi was fast and reliable. At this price, we wouldn't hesitate to stay there again on our next visit to Rotterdam.

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Now the Crown!

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 10, 2011

friendly and comfortable hotel a short walk or tram ride from the centre.
Smallish but clean and comfortable room for us and a decent buffet breakfast included in the price.
Several restaurants and bars within a couple of minutes walk.
Happy to revisit here sometime.

Directions: Schiekade tram stop (line #25) just across the road.

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Address: Schiekade 658, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL-3032AK, The Netherlands

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Amenities at Hotel Rotterdam

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Kitchenette
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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