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“Excellent restaurant and a good nights sleep” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam-Blijdorp

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Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam-Blijdorp
Ranked #18 of 52 Hotels in Rotterdam
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant and a good nights sleep”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

This hotel is modern, clean and tidy. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. It is not cheap but was almost half the price of the inner-city hotels. Travelling into Rotterdam was not a problem as it is only a 3 or 4 minute walk to the bus stop and then an 8 minute ride to the centre of town, by the train station. Or a 30 minute walk to town.
Our room was large and the beds and pillows comfortable. The walls let no sound through from the neighbouring rooms which can be a huge problem in some hotels. Good sized, clean bathroom with shower and the usual trimmings – shower gel, shampoo, body lotion ect….
If you stay here try the “surprise menu” in the evening when the chef will deliver a 3, 4 or 5 course meal. Our meal on our first night was outstanding and so we stayed for a meal the next night and were not disappointed. I would certainly go back.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a view of the city in the distance and the neighbouring zoo and lake. Alway worth a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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South Yorks
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

Visiting our son who lives in Blijdorp - 25 minutes walk. We were allowed early access to our room, at 10.30.am - very useful when arriving on ferry. Free parking - not usually available in city-centre hotels. Large clean room with a fridge - useful for breakfast provisions and drinks, without having to empty the usual minibar first. We did not try the swimming pool as it is actually at David Lloyd next door and costs 10 euro with voucher from hotel, (20 without). Modern decor both in room and in public areas. Our room overlooked this sport centre and the gardens and terraces, so pleasant view. Overall we were impressed with the general environment, but did not use the restaurants or bars at all, so unable to comment on service or food quality.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NanaAnne51
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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127 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

Stayed there last year in March during the Stocexpo at the Ahoy, thought I had got a good deal with the pricing, but realized the savings in room tariff is spent on taxi rides to the Ahoy. Another detterent is the non availability of eating joints nearby, one needs to hop on the bus( bus stop closeby) and pay the minimum fare of 3 Euros one way to get to the town square. Does not make sense to spend 6 Euros for a 8-10 Euros dinner.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Beauvais, France
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182 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2012

Business takes me up to Rotterdam regularly, and the pricing of this hotel is usually slightly above what is acceptable for my expense-account. However, this is a hotel which largely caters for business people, and in July and August (when business is slow and they have difficulty in filling the rooms) they drop the rates to very reasonable levels. Stayed there twice last Summer, and managed to get a "superior room" for under €80 a night - most of the year the rate is about twice that. Restaurant is a little pricey, but the rooms are large, modern, well equipped and comfortable.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the hotel is situated just next door to the zoo. Don't like zoos, so this was not for me. However, the hotel is also next to a large and pleasant canal, and a very large and spacious park, which is very nice for an after-dinner stroll in Summer.
I will defintely stay at the Vandervalk Rotterdam-Blijdorp hotel again if I am able to benefit from the cheaper Summer rates.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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England
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Parking is confusing as theres not actually any set hotel parking. Lobby is very business like but clean and friendly staff. Got to our non-smoking room and realised you can't open a window as it's facing into the lobby so turned straight back round and asked the young chap to change our rooms. He said the only rooms with windows are smoking rooms so we just went with that. So if your a smoker you get the option of fresh air but a non-smoker has to deal with stuffy room and no fresh air! But we got moved with no problems. Smoking room didn't smell too bad and was great to be able to open the window. Went to Rotterdam for one reason, the zoo. Couldn't believe how close it was to the hotel. Restaurant seemed very expensive so we went to the nearest McDonalds! Room itself was comfy and roomy, but like everyones saying the door to the bathroom just swings in and out and there's no privacy at all. I'm confortable having a number 1 with my boyfriend close by but a number 2 ??? don't think so. BUT saying that i'd stay here again as it was reasonably priced but i'd bring snacks next time.

Room Tip: Smoking room has windows which you can open. Non smoking rooms face inwards towards the lobby.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

I stayed here with my partner, we were very surprised at how far from the centre of Rotterdam it was. Our room stated view of Rotterdam Skyline on the internet - you sure do if you can stand on your toes to look thru the window!
Check in was very formal and non friendly, the Receptionist made an issue that we were a gay couple which was very embarrassing as others were checking in at the same time. Unfortunately our experience got worse every time we left or entered the hotel as the Receptionists WATCH every step that you make - it was not friendly, it felt like security!!
The hotel was itself nice, but I was so uncomfortable that I was very close to checking out and moving to another hotel, the Reception should learn some manners and in a gay accepting country such as Holland they should be a little more accepting themselves.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2012

We stayed here for 4 days and had a wonderful time. Among the many positives:
1. Excellent breakfast, including self-service coffee and a wide selection of meats (including smoked salmon)
2. Attentive service, from the restaurant to the reception
3. Low priced bike rental
4. A location nearby several parks and only 10 minutes biking from the city center
5. Free internet, which I'm sure isn't the case at similar nice hotels in Rotterdam

The only drawback would be of course location, as this place is set a few minutes away from town center. But in the end, I think my wife and I lucked out staying here.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam-Blijdorp
Address: Energieweg 2, 3041 JC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Rotterdam
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 52 Hotels in Rotterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam-Blijdorp 4*
Number of rooms: 189
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