With my usual rider that someone else was paying, this was an excellent choice of mine corporate hosts.
Location seems odd but then you get to the room (21st floor in my case) and get a 180-degree view of Rotterdam harbour and the Erasmus bridge, as other reviewers have noted. Stunning.
The room is uber-styled but (most) of this style and cutting edge design is not at the expense of practicality. Unlike Lisbon's odd Evidencia Belverde Atitude, reviewed recently, the bedside tables actually reach to the bed and the AC outlets are close enough to keep your phone/alarm plugged in all night. Lighting is good, too, wifi works in all areas, a/c actually responds to the wall 'stat and, bonus, there's an unusual opening vent to let outside air in though, if you open the hall door at the same time, the gale force draught is amazing... And be warned, trams heading on to the bridge make a right row (clang, bang, roar) in the middle of the night! This is minimised with that vent shut, though.
I'm not sure if every couple staying here will appreciate the 100% see-thru bathroom and it's either have the outer glass door shut - to minimise the draught round nether regions while showering - and the loo open, or vice-versa, which is odd and, post morning constitutional, annoying unless they start supplying air freshener to complement the extractor vents. Some form of bathroom heat would be nice, or at least a heated towel rail - there was nowhere to hang towels handy when showering or to allow them to dry afterwards. A nice selection of amenities was included, along with a 'pod' coffee maker, safe (as usual, too small for my huge laptop) and minibar.
Architecture in places like floor lift lobbies was minimalist (lots of bare, polished concrete) but imaginative (seats on top of heating radiators).
Staff ran a cocktail event and set-menu dinner with professional aplomb.
'Town' is, apparently, a 10-minute walk. Parking is available but, if driving here, research the entry point on Streetview before you arrive as the entrance is not obvious and you can't drive in to the front door.
Even on my own dime, I'd stay again. With pleasure.
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