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SS Rotterdam
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Rotterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Something different ”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

A quirky hotel stay and something different rather than staying in an ordinary hotel. Nice lay out, decent room and very well priced. We had a few drinks in the bar which was pleasant and it was quite a lively place. Would use this hotel again and hopefully in summer to use the pool

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Sy C, Thank you for your kind words and writing a review after your stay last April. I appreciate this very much! Your words are a perfect summery of the guest experience we desire! I look forward to welcome you back this summer!
Kind regards, Joost van Gils, Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Abbotsford, Canada
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Two weeks before, we were in Rotterdam taking a cruise of the port. We saw the SS Rotterdam and thought we should stay there. Two weeks later we returned for a two night stay.

It was particularly special to me as my family and I left Holland in 1950 on a very similar ship from the same company (Holland American Line) called the SS Volendam. She of course was older, but this gave me a good idea of what it must have been like when we left Holland. We were immigrants so would not have seen some of the luxury of the ship however.

It was a thrill to step on board and see the old decor. What a great idea to put it back somewhat like it was. We chose a mid priced "cabin" and were please with it's size and cleanliness. It included a little kitchen area with a microwave which meant we could have stayed a week doing some of our own meals.

It was fascinating just to be able to walk around on our own, although remembering it is a hotel now, there are areas formerly open that now are not, but reserved for special events.

The huge stern deck was extremely crowded when we first boarded so we waiting for the next morning to be able to sit there enjoying the sites, having a lovely cup of coffee.

In the evening just after dinner the new ship, MS Rotterdam was leaving port. Those that had heard, gathered on the stern deck because as she leaves, she always blows her horn to the SS Rotterdam and she returns the signal. A lot of photos were being taken!

We tried both restaurants available, the Lido and the Club. The Lido was more relaxed and large so you could easily walk in and get a table. The Lido is also where the buffet breakfast is. The Club is more sophisticated. While you can be casually dressed, it is formal so shorts would be gauche!

On our second morning we signed up for the tour that covered the complete ship. This was so interesting and we went from the engine room to the Bridge! Soooo interesting all the way. The gentleman in the engine room only speaks Dutch, but you have an audio apparatus to listen in your own language. Of course, the live guide adds so much more. I was translating what he said to my husband.

The ladies that show you the Grand Ballroom, Theatre, Smoking Lounge and others are conversant in English (all very nice) and the information they have is superb. This was a world class ship and very famous entertainers went on to entertain the passengers.

You also will see a reconstruction of the crew quarters from the late 1950s and a passenger cabin if you take the full tour. It took us about three hours. Money well spent.

Our stay on the SS Rotterdam was the highlight of our trip to Europe!!!!! Thanks to all that made it our special stay.

Room Tip: If you are going to do this, pick a room with a window. We chose middle range and got a couple of po...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear 1946HappyCamper,
I am so proud to read that you came back to Rotterdam to stay on board of the ss Rotterdam and your mention of the highlight of your Europe trip! The experience you summerize is exact the experience we want to offer all our guests. Thank you so much for sharing this on TripAdvisor. Please sent us your taken photos to marketing@ssrotterdam.nl of post them also here on TripAdvisor. I hope to welcome you back in the future!
Kindest Regards, Joost van Gils, Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Erpe, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

In a nice spot in the port of Rotterdam, you can find the S Rotterdam. The former cruise ship has been renovated (style seventies) and is now a hotel. Very good reception. Breakfast was good. Rooms are big for a former cruise ship. You can visit the port and the city by water taxi and that is fun. Many shops in the city. Special buildings. I can advise this location for a city trip.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Marc D. Thanks for your reccomendation on TripAdvisor! There is no greater satisfaction for our team as reccomendations like this. We'll publish your review also on our website. I hope to welcome you back in the future.
Best regards, Joost van Gils, Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Sleep-ing On a former cruiseship is a special thing. This large ship has many rooms and takes you back in history. Everything reminds you to The years travelling was something FOR The happy few.
You want to have a Nice meal that Goes with The same history? Go to The hotel New York!

Room Tip: If possible, take a room with a few. The skyline is best to bes een from The backside of The ship
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear John O.,
I appriciate it very much for sharing your experiences on board of ss Rotterdam. Your words marks our core experience. Thank you so much!
Kindest Regards, Joost van Gils
Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

If you want to have tasty food, good service but mostly an unusual place to have dinner, than SS Rotterdam is highly recommended.
The menu has good variety. We were 8 colleagues, ordered 6 different dishes, everybody was happy :-)
Meat and chicken dishes are served plenty, but fish dishes were slightly under dosed.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear Sargon-JHB,
I have just read your review of your experience of ss Rotterdam and would like to thank you for your kind and enthusiastic words! I will share your words with my team and hope to welcome you back in the future!
Kindest Regards,
Joost van Gils, Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Willaston
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143 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed for two nights for a business meeting (also on board). Cabin was reasonable size, clean and well appointed with usual amenities including a mini bar. Pleasantly surprised with number & siting of power outlets (sometimes a challenge even in major 4* + hotels). Fairly large en suite bathroom with walk in shower. Conference / meeting room facilities were good. Only had breakfast & lunch on board and found food of good standard. Staff efficient and helpful. Transport to from ship was good and large car parking area. However there is also a dedicated water taxi pontoon at rear of ship providing easy access to other parts of Rotterdam, hotel reception can order taxi at moments notice.
Also took a short guided tour of the ship which was very interesting and explained the ships history (former Holland America Cruise Line ship before conversion to a floating (but fixed to shore, so motion problems & no worry of sea sickness!) hotel. Guides, I think, are all people who worked for Holland America and some who sailed on their cruise ships including SS Rotterdam.
Really enjoyed my stay.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear SAHWillaston,
Thank you so much for sharing your kind words! I am really happy to read that you enjoyed your business stay so much. I really can agree to make a tour during your stay to discover the ship. I look forward to welcome you back in the future, Kindest Regards,

Joost van Gils
Operational Manager ss Rotterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Spent one night on board. Good welcome and willingness to sho different room types.
I preferred th Bshamas style room and enjoyed the decor . Unfortunately interior and restauration is un consistent stylewise and unfortunately in many areas the mid century has been badly combined with very poor and styless furniture and decor.

I found bfast overpriced at 19,00 eur x person for the variety and quality offered.
Had dinner on board but both messy service and foodwas disappointing. Menu shows either old fashion fatty buttery creamy dishes or very simple eatery like dishes.
Worth a visit but for food i suggest visiting other cafe and restaurants in the area .

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Giancarlo A
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JvanGils-ssRotterdam, Manager at SS Rotterdam, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear Giancarlo A,
Thank you for sharing your experiences on board of ss Rotterdam. I appriciate this very much! I'm sorry that your stay wasn't what you expected. At the moment we're improving our menus in our restaurants and we are reorganizing our departements. My appologies for the inconvience but i hope to welcome you on board in the near future!
Kindest Regards,
Joost van Gils, Operational Manager ss Rotterdam.
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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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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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