From the outside the Best Western Art Hotel is uninspiring, high rise glass and concrete, but go through the door and it's a world of art, craft, quirks, colour and fantasy. The public areas, restaurant, lounge and bar areas are a fabulous mix of zany patterns, beautiful upholstery, antique furniture and a wild collection of bric-a-brac. Go up in the glass lift and even before you get to your room you are amazed by the corridors and landings. Each room number is a work of art, in different media and individually made by artists. Walking along the corridor is like wandering through an art gallery.
The room was spacious, colourfully funished and upholstered with some unusual ideas, a good mix of old, antique and new furniture. Quiet, spacious and with huge pictuire windows looking out over Rotterdam (not the best part of Rotterdam but not bad). We were surprised by the little kitchenette complete with microwave and crockery, and the bathroom did not disappoint for colour.
Breakfast was an excellent hot and cold buffet, with live musicians!! We couldn't believe it, one morning a pianist and the next a duet who played and sang (not amateurs either!): a lovely touch. We didn't try the restaurant in the evening, the menu seemed disappointingly pedestrian.
Location is good, the area is residential, the metro and tram stop are right next to the hotel, only a few minutes by metro from Central Station. Only critisism was there were no eating places nearby, but a few minutes on the metro took you right into the centre.
All in all staying here was a real experience, a hotel I will always remember, not something you can say about most city hotels. Excellent value and highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Rotterdam Best Western
- Best Western Rotterdam