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Where to Stay in Rotterdam – Best Hotels and Hostels in Rotterdam

By on 17/08/2019

Rotterdam is one of the coolest cities in Europe, and if you haven’t visited yet then it’s time you make it a priority. Whether you spend one day in Rotterdam or a week, there is plenty to keep you in the city or to make it a base for a few day trips around The Netherlands and beyond. And like every good city worth its salt, there are plenty of choices for where to stay in Rotterdam for every budget, including some of the most iconic places in the city.

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Budget Places to Stay in Rotterdam

King Kong Hostel

By Joanna from The World in My Pocket

King Kong Hostel is perfectly located, on Witte de Withstraat– the liveliest street in Rotterdam, where a lot of the restaurants, clubs and pubs are. It is a large hostel, spread over a few floors, with its own bar and terrace downstairs. 

I booked a bed in an 8 bed dorm, which was on the top floor. The room was very quirky, with a hammock, a large mirror and a curtain as the door. Each bed had its own light and power supply. Also, under each bed there is a large storage box that you can lock with your own padlock. 

The bathrooms are on the other side of the hallway, with plenty of shower and toilet cubicles. During my stay here there was always a shower available, so I never had to wait. One thing that King Kong Hostel provides for free is towels and earplugs, which is a nice touch, as most hostels charge for them. Also, the filtered coffee is free and available throughout the day. 

Downstairs, next to reception, there is a great little area where guests can work if they need to. There are plenty of plugs for laptops and it’s quiet, especially during mornings. Also here you may meet the neighbour’s cat, who loves to come and chill out on the doorframe.

Address: Witte de Withstraat 74, 3012 BS Rotterdam

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CityHub Hotel

By Manouk from Bunch of Backpackers

One of the coolest and most affordable places to stay in Rotterdam is the new, futuristic CityHub Hotel. The ‘Hubs’ are miniature private rooms consisting of a huge comfy bed and a small wardrobe only with in-room gadgets like mood lighting and Bluetooth music streaming.

The bathroom is shared with other guests on your hotel floor with free Rituals products. At the bar downstairs, you can tap your own ice-cold beers. CityHub is quite a cool, innovative concept and a fun ‘different’ hotel experience.

And the best thing? CityHub is located in the vibrant, awesome Witte de Withstraat! Witte de Withstraat is the heart of Rotterdam and has many cool bars, cafes and art shops. It’s one of the best places to go for a night out. Don’t worry about the noise though, as the hubs are sound proof.

Although, CityHub promotes itself as a hostel, I would not classify it like this. Rather think of it as a cool budget hotel. If you’re a solo traveller and looking for a sociable hostel in Rotterdam, I’d recommend checking out Ani & Haakien or ROOM Hostel. However, if you’re a couple or a group of friends who prefer a private room but travel on a budget, CityHub is absolutely perfect! Rates for CityHub Rotterdam start as low as 40 Euros (~$45USD) per room. 

Address: Witte de Withstraat 87, 3012 BN Rotterdam

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Stayokay Hostel Rotterdam (Cube Houses)

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

What is one the most iconic things to do in Rotterdam? Visiting the famous Cube Houses. How about staying in one of them? It couldn’t get more iconic than that!

Stayokay Hostel Rotterdam is located within one of Piet Blom’s famous works of art, the Cube Houses. Located opposite Blaak Metro Station, it is in the heart of the city centre.

In this quirky hostel no two bedrooms are the same. Being such a unique building, just staying here is an experience in itself. Just imagine waking up to all the walls around you being at an angle leaning away from you.

The hostel has a private double room, a room for four people, great if you are travelling with friends, and a few dorms, of which the biggest has eight bunk beds.

There is a bistro and a bar within the hostel, and breakfast is included. There is also a vending machine with snacks in case you get peckish. The front desk is open 24 hours and there is bike hire available.

Address: Overblaak 85- 87, Centrum, 3011 MH Rotterdam

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Sparks Hostel

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

Located very conveniently near Centraal Station on Westersingel, Sparks Hostel is a cosy but cool hostel. I booked myself into an 8-dorm room and the beds were extremely comfortable. I loved the way that the beds were built, giving everyone a bit of privacy almost like a capsule. My room had en suite showers and large lockable cupboards to keep your valuables.

It has a very sociable and cool lobby area where you can relax with a cup of coffee, read a book or work on your laptop. The wifi is super fast! But if you want to socialise, the lobby doubles up as a bar too.

Being the in Centrum area, it’s ideally located to explore Rotterdam. The area is famous for its shops, restaurants, cafes and, of course, its museums and the modern architecture that Rotterdam is known for. All of it is within walking distance from Sparks Hostel.

Address: Westersingel 1A, 3014 GM Rotterdam

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Mid-Range Places to Stay in Rotterdam

The Student Hotel

By Jonathan from JourneyMaxx

When you are in your 30s, memories of your easy-going student life begin to feel more and more like another generation ago. Through the eyes of nostalgia it is tempting to wonder whether or not you could still fit in with the university party people or if you will find you’re too old for it? Sometimes, that’s how I feel anyways. But where better to find out than a hotel with an essentially student dorm feel to it!

Likewise, for those enrolled at university finding suitable accommodation with fellow students as your neighbours, it can be very difficult too. So, what would be the best solution for that as well? Enter the perfect answer to both questions and possibly one of the most genius concepts ever conceived in terms of accommodation – The Student Hotel.

Located along the Oostzeedijk leading towards Rotterdam’s two main universities and the botanical gardens, this hotel is strategically placed to cater to Rotterdam’s sizeable student population. With special full semester discounted prices available, any prospective students, whether full time or only for an exchange semester, would have the perfect place to stay. And even for those of us just spending a few nights in Rotterdam too like at any other hotel, this is just as ideal too.

Starting out here in the Netherlands as the brainchild of Edinburgh born founder Charlie MacGregor, The Student Hotel concept has expanded across many other Dutch cities but also across the continent. Similar properties exist in Berlin, Vienna, Rome and Barcelona among other cities with many more to come too.

The mantra of “Work, Rest and Play” is put together perfectly here. A social area with a ping-pong table, darts board and table football as well as separate co-working spaces be it shared or private for those who would prefer a quieter corner to focus on those all important projects. Personal mailboxes as well for each room too, just like a true student dorm.

Although I left uni long ago, I sure did feel like I had gone back in time and not at all like an imposter.

Next time I stay in Rotterdam or any other city with a Student Hotel, I think I know what my first choice will be!

Address: Willem Ruyslaan 225, ES 3063 Rotterdam

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Suite Hotel Pincoffs

By Frankie from As the Bird Flies Blog

Suite Hotel Pincoffs is a unique boutique hotel in the historic heart of Rotterdam. Housed in the old port custom’s house, which was originally built in 1879, it has a great view of the mighty River Maas and was lovingly converted into a beautiful boutique hotel by two married Rotterdam-based journalists who opened the hotel’s doors in 2008.

The name Pincoffs is somewhat tainted in Rotterdam and the Netherlands because it refers to Lodewijk Pincoffs, who in the late 1800s was co-founder of the Holland-America Line and a highly respected Rotterdam businessman and politician… until one night he secretly fled the city for New York. It was thus revealed he had swindled money away from his various businesses, and indeed now there is anti-fraud legislation in the Netherlands named after him thus making his legacy a tricky one.

But back to the hotel. It’s a cosy and comfortable place with elegant rooms that are all individually decorated and named after Pincoffs family members and associates, and there are other original features of the old port house still intact, most notably the huge safe in the bar area.

I loved staying at Suite Hotel Pincoffs because of its story, and because the comfort came from its homely feel – it was like returning to a place I knew well at the end of a day exploring Rotterdam. Breakfast was delicious, the staff was friendly and accommodating, and the location is really second to none as you are walking distance from Noordereiland, Erasmusbrug, and Wilhelminakade. You can also easily walk to Metro and Water Taxi stops to reach the rest of the city.

So if you’re looking for a hotel with history, comfort and charm, Suite Hotel Pincoffs is excellent value for money.

Address: Stieltjesstraat 34, 3071 JX Rotterdam

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Luxury Places to Stay in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Marriott Hotel

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

The Rotterdam Marriott Hotel is located within the Millennium Tower right in the centre of the city, directly opposite Centraal Station. It has 228 elegant and stylish room, all with views of the city’s skyline.

Every room is equipped with all the modern facilities you would expect from a 5-star hotel – air conditioning, flat screen TV with USB & HDMI ports, a minibar, and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as marble bathrooms with a separate shower and high quality toiletries.

If you are staying in an Executive Room or Suite, you get access to the M Club Lounge, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning, and drinks with Hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon.

The hotel is perfectly located for visitors interested in museums, shopping and food. You can explore the city on foot with Rotterdam’s main shopping area less than 5 minutes’ walk, or you can hire a bike from the hotel directly. If you want to explore further afield, there are also car hire facilities.

Address: Weena 686, Centrum, 3012 CN Rotterdam

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Nhow Rotterdam

By Lissane from Weekends in Rotterdam

The hotel with the best view in Rotterdam is definitely Nhow. If you decide to stay here, be sure to ask for a room with a view of the famous Erasmus Bridge and the skyline of Rotterdam. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off this fantastic view during your stay.

Located at the upcoming area of Kop van Zuid, it’s a perfect place to stay during your time in Rotterdam. The area and the view makes you feel as if you’re in New York City and you only have to cross the bridge to enter the centre of the city of Rotterdam. 

My personal favourite part of staying at hotel Nhow was enjoying the sunset over my hometown! Next to the excellent views of Rotterdam, the hotel room itself is also very comfortable and luxurious. Plus, Nhow also serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. And of course you can have a drink at their bar, which also has a great view over the city.

Address: Wilhelminakade 137, 3072 AP Rotterdam

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Hotel SS Rotterdam

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

If you are looking to stay somewhere unique, then Hotel SS Rotterdam is for you. SS Rotterdam is the former flagship of the Holland-America Line. It is now permanently moored in the Katendrecht area, and has been lovingly restored as a hotel. Renovated in the original fifties style, staying here will give you a taste of what it would have been like to experience the first trip to New York back in 1959.

All 254 rooms are located where the cabins of the steamship used to be, and they are all decorated differently according to three themes – Original, Manhattan and Barbados.

If you stay here you can also explore the ship and learn about its history, and also enjoy a nice cocktail at Ocean Bar at the end of a day exploring Rotterdam.

The ship is a little out of the way, so they offer a free shuttle to Rijnhaven Metro stop, from where the city centre is very easy to reach.

Address: Derde Katendrechtsehoofd 25, Feijenoord, 3072 AM Rotterdam

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Euromast

By Teresa from Brogan Abroad

There is no shortage of iconic places to stay in Rotterdam and another one of these iconic places is Euromast. It has two exclusive suites above the restaurant, where you can stay and wake up with spectacular views of the city.

Both suites, named ‘Heaven’ and ‘Stars’, tower over Rotterdam at 329 feet high. They both have balconies, so a great view is guaranteed. And you can even order late dinner and start the day with breakfast in your room while you enjoy the city lights or day dream about the day ahead with the city at your feet.

This is a great place to stay if you are celebrating a special occasion, but even if you are not, waking up to such wonderful views is a pretty unique experience.

The Coolsingel shopping area and the city centre are only 10 minutes away by public transport, and Erasmus Bridge is less than a mile away, so it’s an easy walk.

Address: Parkhaven 20, Centrum, 3016 GM Rotterdam

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Are there any other places to stay in Rotterdam that you would add to this list?
Let me know in the comments!

Visiting Rotterdam? Check out my other Rotterdam article


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