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10 Quirky Places To Stay In Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a modern and vibrant city in The Netherlands. Known for it’s modern architecture, and port history, staying in a normal hotel feels like a wasted opportunity. Instead, for a truly memorable and on-trend trip, there are a number of quirky places to stay in Rotterdam.

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– Cube Houses –

The cube houses of Rotterdam have helped put the city on the map, and draw tourists to the area to marvel at how a home fits in the tilted cubes. While you can take a tour in the show-home museum, you can also stay in a modern and updated cube house, getting the true experience here. For those on a budget, Stayokay hostel have dorms and private rooms on offer.

– H2otel –

The name gives a clue, but this floating hotel has a name as fascinating as the fact it’s a hotel that floats! The base originally dates back to WWII when the barges that form the base were floated across from Mississippi by the American Army. Later purchased by the city to transform into the base of a museum, before then being transformed again to create H2otel. Home to 48 rooms, each individually decorated, the hotel is located close to the city centre, and also offers bikes and boats to rent. Could it be more Dutch?! Check it out here.

– Hotel New York –

Until 2014, Rotterdam was the busiest seaport in the world. But the history goes much further back, and thousands of people used Rotterdam as a departure point for a new life in America. The headquarters of the old Holland Amerika Line that transported people to America have since been converted, and although modest in comparison to the other buildings that have since sprung up in the city, the history draws people to stay here.

– CityHub –

Well located in the aptly named Cool District, CityHub offer double room pods that channel the Japanese pod hotel vibes. Pods interlock like the L shapes on Tetris. and you can opt for an upper or lower pod. All rooms are shared bathroom, but don’t let that put you off. Check out what I thought about my stay here.

– Stroom –

Housed in an old energy plant, Stroom has retained the industrial vibe in the urban hotel. Visitors rate the spacious bathrooms, and the split level rooms are a hit. Just a short walk from het Park and the Euromast, it’s a little further from the centre than others. But, the transport links can’t be faulted as the hotel is a stone’s throw from a tramline, metro station and water transport. You’ll find plenty of character here, perfect for a quirky hotel stay in Rotterdam.

– nhow Rotterdam –

Did someone ask for amazing views? Enter, nHow. Floor to ceiling windows showcase the stunning Rotterdam views from the rooms here, as the hotel is based in one of the most architecturally striking buildings in the city, De Rotterdam. All within the same building, you’ll find shops, cafes and restaurants. Comfortable, modern and a short walk across Erasmusburg to the heart of the city, what more could we ask for?

– SS Rotterdam –

In its previous life, SS Rotterdam was the flagship of the Holland – America line taking people to start a new life in the USA. These days it’s permanently moored in Rotterdam, giving guests the opportunity to have the experience of a night at sea while still being within easy reach of the sights of Rotterdam. The onboard facilities include a bar to enjoy cocktails, and two restaurants. It’s a little further from the centre than most hotels, but the free shuttle means you won’t miss out on days sightseeing. You can check out this quirky accommodation here.

Photo taken from hotel website

– Wikkelboat –

Is there anything more Dutch tourist than spending the night sleeping on the water? But Wikkelboat aren’t offering the typical houseboat experience, instead it’s more like an actual tiny home floating on the water. With luxuries like a hot tub and sofa overlooking the water, you know you’re in for a relaxing and comfortable stay. As if that’s not already enough, the location of this place is top notch, just a short walk from the iconic cube houses and Markthal.

– CitizenM –

A boutique hotel with an amazing location that doesn’t cost the earth? Check, check and check! CitizenM is just a stones throw from the Cube Houses, and would win on location alone. Thankfully this place also has a warm, welcoming and modern social interior, offering a comfortable place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Rooms here aren’t huge, but the space is used well and the modern touches like having a tablet to control the lights, blinds, music, etc are a fun twist.

– Euromast –

With just two suites on offer at this Rotterdam landmark, it’s going to be a unique experience to stay. 100 metres up, you’ll have the highest balcony in the city, and stunning panoramic views to match. The suites are aptly named Heaven and Stars, and if you want to get even higher you can join the tourists in the glass elevator to the top floor, a breathtaking 185m high. Have a look at booking your stay here.


Now the only question is, which to book and when?

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  • Reply
    Happy Panda
    September 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Such fun recommendations! I visited Rotterdam way back in 2006, I’m sure it must have changed a lot from back then. Can’t wait to revisit it as a grown up and hopefully stay in one of these unique places. ☺️

    • Reply
      September 10, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      I’d love to go back and stay in one of the places on the water, or in one of the cube houses! It’d be so much fun and something you can’t do just anywhere.

  • Reply
    September 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I loved Rotterdam, such a great city!

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      September 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Me too! I didn’t really know what to expect before going, but as a fan of cool architecture I was in my element!

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