Last week, I had the amazing opportunity of staying at the ss Rotterdam. It’s an amazing hotel located on a ship. Yes, you heard me correctly, a ship! The ss used to be part of the Holland America Line travelling from Rotterdam to New York. Westcord Hotels decided to turn this magnificent piece of history into a hotel. Let me introduce her to you.
The ship ss Rotterdam
The ss Rotterdam is not your ordinary ship. The Grande Dame as she’s called is a former ocean liner and cruise ship. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands launched her and she’s the last great Dutch ‘ship of state’. Her career spanned forty-one years; she sailed from 1959 till 2000. Destinations include New York, the Carribean and Alaska. Stepping aboard on this ship is the perfect way to discover what travelling was like in the past.
Where the cabins of the steamship used to be, you now find 254 4-star hotel rooms. It is considered to be one of the best hotels in the city of Rotterdam and above all, you’ll get to spend the night in a unique setting. You can find the rooms at the B Deck, A Deck, Main Deck, Lower Promenade Deck, Boat Deck and Sun Deck. You can expect each room to be different because every single one of them is unique in shape, decor and colour.
As I’ve stated above, each room is different. Not only are they different in shape, decor and colour; they all have a unique ambience! Each room is equipped with free wifi, a minibar, a safe, a coffee machine, a tv and a safe. My room was also equipped with a study and a small salon table.
The bathrooms have good showers as well as free shower gel, shampoo and body lotion. Towels are soft and the bathroom is very clean.
The deck might just be the most spectacular part of the ship. You can enjoy some coffee at one of the many restaurant tables or you can take a dip in the swimming pool. It’s the perfect place to witness the sunset; views of the famous Erasmus bridge are guaranteed! Olive trees, palms and lightbulbs decorate this place to be one of the most stylish parts of the ship.
The restaurant (Lido)
There are 2 restaurants aboard of the ss Rotterdam but I only had breakfast and dinner at one. Its name is the Lido restaurant and the food there is delicious. The breakfast buffet has everything you can wish for ranging from bacon and baked beans to fruit salad and croissants. Besides that, everything is fresh and everything tastes good.
Dining here is also a great experience. Waiters and waitresses dress up in sailor clothing and they serve you with kindness. Their menu ranges from hamburgers to salmon steak. By the way, you should totally taste their fries; they put rosemary on top!
Wrapping it up
This hotel is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. The rooms are clean and luxurious, the staff is kind and helpful and the food is delicious. Even if you’re not planning on staying here, make sure to check it out. The ss Rotterdam will make you feel more than welcome.
This post isn’t sponsored in any way. My thoughts in this post are genuine. I really like this place the way I told you. Thank you ss Rotterdam for having me!