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“A great experience on a well-restored ship”
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SS Rotterdam
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Rotterdam
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“A great experience on a well-restored ship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

This one-night stay was always going to be different from being in a conventional hotel. But it turned out to be a great experience.

We had a Deluxe Room which was spacious and comfortable, and whose styling was (as promised) evocatively retro. It was clean and everything was in good condition although the style meant that it didn't have all of the "luxurious" trimmings that a shoreside hotel of this standard would have offered. Importantly, the hotel accommodation areas are quiet and secure.

The rest of the day was spent on the aft pool deck, enjoying the sunshine together with many families and others relaxing on a late Friday afternoon.

We were staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast package. This included a four-course surprise dinner in the Club Room, which is the more formal of the two restaurants on board. The menu was interesting and reasonably well executed, although the quality of the ingredients did not quite match the ambition and skill of the chefs.

Breakfast in the Lido restaurant is pretty standard hotel buffet breakfast fare (with pretty standard hotel buffet service), although plentiful in choice and quantity.

Hotel guests get a discount on tours of the ship. There are two parts, which can be done separately or together: the engine room and other workings, which is guided; and the upper decks and public rooms, which is a self-guided walk although there are plenty of volunteers at each point in the tour. An included audio guide explains a great deal more. There is so much to see - and it has been so lovingly restored - that we simply ran out of time and had to rush at the end.

We were not the only people who'd decided to do this on the night before setting sail on this ship's successor, the ms Rotterdam (VI). It's a great way to start a cruise holiday! And this successful venture deserves everyone's support.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

The ship is permanently attached to its present location and operates as an event center / restaurant / hotel. We joined a special event organized on the whole ship and stayed overnight. The circumstances may thus be special, but we can say that the room was great. We stayed on the B-deck all the way to the back of the ship overlooking the river. The way there may be confusing but once you know where your room is, its no problem finding it again. The room was really nice, stylish, spacious with a great bathroom. Everything looks well maintained and well designed. Breakfast in the morning was also good, even though the staff at the coffee bar was tired of serving coffee and pointed us unfriendly to the coffee machine to do it ourselves. Still a great experience. If you are looking for the special place to stay overnight in Rotterdam, this is the place.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

very oldish decorated room
room has enough space, bed is ok
bathroom is standard
no wifi in the room
however, and the customer is not even informed of it (so do not be claustrophobic!!), some rooms have no windows at all !!!
breakfast is "chaotic" (long wait coffee corner, flow at buffet not well organized...) ; quality wise is rather standard
the boat is interesting (historic cruiseship) with old lowcost decoration (and sticky carpets)
takes this hotel only if you have a special opportunity on board (party, restaurant event...) or a nice discount; otherwise a bit expensive for what you get

the boat istelf is interesting (historic cruiseship) with quite old lowcost decoration

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed one night onboard of the SS Rotterdam and it exceeded my expectations. Sure, it was going to be special to sleep in a ship with a history but it turned out that it's very well renovated with a nice combination of modern comfort and 50s style.
All staff is very friendly and dressed in style as well.
Our standard room on the inner side of the ship was much bigger and comfortable than expected. It even had a separate sitting area, again in the style when the SS Rotterdam was sailing to New York. Breakfast is served on the Promenade deck and offered an extensive choice. If you’re spending the night in the weekend, it might be good to come early as it starts to get very busy from 9.30am onwards. The Ocean Bar tend to be very noisy & crowded during the weekend, but if you want to have drink in a quieter environment before heading to bed, try the Lido bar. During the evening, we chose to eat outside as there are plenty of restaurants at walking distance in the neighborhood of Hotel New York.
In summary: if you're in Rotterdam and want something else then the standard hotel, this is your choice.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

The SS Rotterdam is a huge cruise ship rebuilt to hotel. It has a fantastic atmosphere and great views to the skyline of Rotterdam. The rooms are small and well equipped. I had a room without a window, however the rooms to the outside of the hotel do have windows. The breakfast has a great choice and is well presented. I had a diner in the evening, food was average. To get to the city centre of Rotterdam is complicated. The price for the room is rather high but alternatives are limited in the city.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Stayed in the hotel for 2 days in a nice standard double room. The rooms are very clean and in a 50s style. I was missing a bit of decoration on the wall though around the bed, lot's of wall, nothing on it except a tv. Shower rooms clean, not the most logical layout but clean. Ship has been restored pretty nice, they are not completely finished but overall very nice. Having worked on this ship it was also great seeing it back with many features restored. Would recommend it definitely. Breakfasts are great, really continental mostly.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Stayed on the ship 1 night and was delighted. Loved the experience of staying on board and being greeting by the ships porter when boarding. It leaves an impression. Everything was wonderful, my only complain would be food is expensive. For the rest you simply must stay here when in rotterdam it doesnt dissappoint. Im going back this weekend for a night with the kids cant wait to see there faces when they she the ship:) recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: SS Rotterdam
Address: 3E Katendrechtsehoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Cruise Hotel)
Region: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Rotterdam
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Rotterdam
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Hotel Class:4 star — SS Rotterdam 4*
Number of rooms: 254
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