Cool and Unusual Hotels in Rotterdam

Top 20 Cool And Unusual Hotels In Rotterdam 2023

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Known for its unique modern architecture, cutting-edge urban design, picturesque waterways, vibrant nightlife and cafe culture, excellent museums, trendy boutique shops, large port, and its hip, edgy vibe, Netherlands’ second city makes a great alternative city break when you’ve visited Amsterdam a bit too many times! 

Its large collection of hotels is equally as extraordinary and will really enhance your trip. From quirky boutiques to sleek, modern, and sexy here are some of my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Rotterdam, Netherlands (in no particular order).

The following 3 hotels are the coolest quirkiest hotels in Rotterdam.

Best For Funky Vibes

CitizenM Rotterdam

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Staying at the CitizenM Rotterdam is a cool and unique experience, especially for travelers looking to control their commuting costs and enjoy the best of Rotterdam’s popular attractions.

Tucked in the heart of the Stadsdriehoek quarters, CitizenM offers proximity to the Cube Houses, Erasmus Bridge, Markthal, and the Old Harbor.

The hotel offers a wide range of same-sized 2-person bedrooms, equipped with air conditioning, king-sized beds, fluffy pillows, widescreen TVs, and funky mood lights.

The hotel’s onsite CanteenM offers an extensive menu of food and beverages, open 24/7 to cater to guests with speedy room service. The guest rooms offer a distinct home-away-from-home experience, allowing guests to personalize everything to their taste and comfort.

Pros

Onsite restaurant with extensive menu

Best For Millennials and Gen Zs

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

Pros

Lively & creative ambiance

Restaurant offer flavorful food

Game room with billiard & table tennis

Fully equipped fitness center

Cons

No cots and extra beds available

Best For Partying

Nhow Rotterdam

Nhow Rotterdam a trendy sleek and modern hotel featuring a roof top bar overlooking the river Maas city skyline Nhow Rotterdam a trendy sleek and modern hotel featuring a roof top bar overlooking the river Maas city skyline 1 Nhow Rotterdam a trendy sleek and modern hotel featuring a roof top bar overlooking the river Maas city skyline 2

Situated in Rotterdam’s most prestigious address, the Manhattan on the River Maas, the nhow hotel attracts luxury travelers with its spectacular waterfront location and modern amenities.

Guests can choose comfortable two-person and family-friendly rooms or book the sprawling suites decked with lavish amenities and sweeping views of the riverfront and the Rotterdam skyline.

Nhow even offers a pet-friendly suite with an indulgent comfy bed for your furry friend.

Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine at the hotel’s onsite restaurant or grab flavorful cocktails at the trendy nhow Bar.

Business travelers can explore 11 meeting rooms to organize corporate events and conferences while all guests enjoy free access to the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym.

Pros

Luxurious interior with waterfront

Rooftop bar serving fun cocktails

Stylish suites overlook River Mass

Best For Unique Stay

H2OTEL Rotterdam

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A one-of-its-kind floating hotel nestled in the quaint and peaceful quarters of Wijnhaven, H2OTEL is an endlessly charming experience.

Guests can choose from 48 delightful rooms, depending on the size of their party, square footage needs, and comfort requirements.

Families will find the family-friend guest rooms more than adequate for a lavish stay, while the Terrace Double Room is ideal for travelers who like waking up to a magnificent sunrise.

Guests staying at H2OTEL adore the onsite Harburger – a much-loved spot for contemporary and traditional cuisine.

Floating on the water, this unusual accommodation offers proximity to some of the city’s best attractions, including the Old Harbor and MArkthal.

Pros

Cool and unique floating hotel

Terrace rooms with stunning views

Restaurant serves delectable cuisine

Gorgeous art exhibition room

Cons

Floating hotel so can be rocky

Rooms do not have minibars

Best For Instagrammable Decor

Hotel Not Hotel Rotterdam

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Hotel Not Hotel stays true to its name and spirit, offering an exceptional experience in a venue that doesn’t remotely resemble a standard hotel.

Instead of a boring and stuffy lobby, it offers an artsy and creative, exhibition gallery-like space that invites travelers with its modern blend of maximalist interiors.

The premises are like a massive lounging area with delightful seating arrangements between the private cottages and the vibrantly decorated suites.

The vividly bright color schemes, themed artwork, and lavishly comfortable amenities make this hotel apt for an unforgettable experience.

Guests strongly recommend the Eclectic Madness Landscape suites and the Secret Bookcase rooms for their quirky interiors and matchless amenities.

Pros

Artistic and creative interior

Art-exhibition themed lounges

Scrumptious continental breakfast

Eclectic bar serving fresh drinks

Best For Couples

The Slaak Rotterdam, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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Tucked in the heart of the city’s most popular quarters, the Slaak Rotterdam is a boutique hotel that combines comfortable accommodation with a thriving social scene.

Drenched in the vintage charm and retro energy of the 50s, the Slaak offers an authentic Rotterdam experience with a multitude of onsite amenities.

Guests can choose from 74 opulent, expansive, and elegantly designed rooms equipped with air conditioning, king-sized beds, Nespresso machines, and lounging furniture.

The hotel’s onsite Restaurant & Bar Didot 34 offers a delightful farm-to-table dining experience, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests also enjoy free access to Studio34, the hotel’s in-house fitness studio.

Pros

Conveniently near to main area

Fully equipped fitness studio

Onsite restaurant serving fresh cuisines

Cons

Air con can be a bit temperamental

Best For Scenic Views

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Center

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Boasting a splendid location on the banks of the picturesque River Maas and the foothills of the Erasmus Bridge, Inntel Hotels offers a delightful setting for a romantic getaway or family vacation.

The hotel attracts business and private travelers with its top-notch amenities, lavish interiors, and refined setting.

This 4-star hotel offers a wide range of rooms and suites, named after the magnificent views they offer of the city skyline, panoramic riverside views, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Erasmus Bridge.

Travelers staying at the Inntel Hotel find themselves positioned in the heart of all the fun and action, with a multitude of tourist attractions, boutiques, restaurants, and clubs within walking distance.

Pros

Revitalizing Finnish sauna

Professionally equipped gym

Cons

Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Best For Themed Architecture

Hotel Bazar

Hotel Bazar a themed unique and quirky hotel featuring one of Rotterdams most famous restaurants Hotel Bazar a themed unique and quirky hotel featuring one of Rotterdams most famous restaurants 1

A space designed for relaxation and rejuvenation, Hotel Bazar offers a romantic setting and a spa-like vibe with its sumptuously decorated spaces and rooms.

Ideally positioned in the heart of the city, the hotel is located near the city’s best restaurants, tourist attractions, and nightlife.

The rooms and suites are designed in accordance with the hotel’s relaxing ambiance, decked with plush bedding, king-sized beds, air conditioning, and a well-stocked mini bar. Guests will find themselves overjoyed by the hotel’s free breakfast spread and family-friendly amenities.

The onsite eatery, the Restaurant Bazar, is one of the city’s most famous dining venues, popular for its ambient Oriental interiors and flavorful cuisines.

Pros

Unique yet rejuvenating vibes

Oriental African-style rooms

Famous restaurant with delish cuisines

Cons

Noisy rooms and corridors

No coffee machines in rooms

Best For Great Breakfast

Supernova Hotel

Supernova Hotel a trendy new boutique hotel offering guests a buffet or vegetarian breakfast and complimentary bikes 1 Supernova Hotel a trendy new boutique hotel offering guests a buffet or vegetarian breakfast and complimentary bikes 2 Supernova Hotel a trendy new boutique hotel offering guests a buffet or vegetarian breakfast and complimentary bikes

Located conveniently in the heart of the city center, the Supernova is drenched in the traditional Rotterdam spirit with a quirky modern energy.

This boutique hotel allows guests to choose from 38 rooms, offering a wide range of spaces to address the square footage and bedding requirements of vacationers and large groups.

The standard rooms and suites come with private balconies, comfortable lounging areas, and modern amenities, while the opulent Urban Oasis is the hotel’s hidden gem, ideal for stargazing with direct access to the whimsical garden.

Guests can’t stop raving about the hotel’s delightful Library Lounge, and the onsite Superette is famous for its local and international delicacies.

Pros

Luxurious minimalist vibes

Uniquely designed library lounge

Magical garden to stargaze

Gourmet French & Dutch cuisine and daily breakfast

Best For Popular Cycling Location

Le Marin Boutique Hotel

Le Marin Boutique Hotel a quirky chic elegant and unique hotel that is an ideal stay for those ready for adventures in the city 1 Le Marin Boutique Hotel a quirky chic elegant and unique hotel that is an ideal stay for those ready for adventures in the city 2 Le Marin Boutique Hotel a quirky chic elegant and unique hotel that is an ideal stay for those ready for adventures in the city

The perfect centrally-located home base for epic adventures in Rotterdam, Le Marin is a charming abode tucked in the historic quarters of Henegouwerplein.

This location is splendid for travelers looking to explore popular attractions and hidden gems in the unfiltered western side of the city.

This elegant hotel offers two distinct locations, the sprawling Le Marin Boutique Hotel and the more intimate Le Petit Marin.

Guests can explore Comfort, Deluxe, and Standard rooms in both locations, and there aren’t many noticeable differences in terms of amenities and splendid views.

Travelers can enjoy soaking up the sun on the terrace of Le Marin’s eclectic Bar Bato, famous for its scrumptious pizzas, chilled beer, and colorful charcuterie boards.

Pros

Well-appointed spacious rooms

Relaxing sunny terrace bar

Scrumptious continental breakfast

Best For Great Location

Postillion Hotel WTC Rotterdam

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The Postillion Hotel is one of the most charming accommodations for a lavish vacation in Rotterdam, offering sprawling views of the city’s streets and glitzy skyscape from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Home to 168 opulently decorated and comfortable guest rooms, the Postillion is popular among business travelers, European jet-setters, and comfort seekers.

The hotel allows guests to choose between elegantly decorated rooms or enjoy the privacy of a chic loft equipped with state-of-the-art modern amenities.

The hotel is nestled in a section of the sprawling Convention Center, making it ideal for corporate travelers with a busy schedule of meetings and conferences.

Pros

Close to main city attraction

Modern delightful interior

Lavish accommodations with views

Delectable American breakfast

Best For Retro Decor

Savoy Hotel Rotterdam

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Are you looking for a compact sleep station, an affordable 2-person accommodation, a family-friendly guest room, or a lavish suite with a private balcony? The Savoy Hotel has it all, offering 95 beautifully furnished, modern guest rooms with spectacular views of the iconic Markthal.

All guest rooms are equipped with contemporary amenities and tasteful furniture, but the Piet le Blanc Suite is a class apart.

Named after Rotterdam’s famous jazz saxophonist, Piet le Blanc,  the suite comes with a well-stocked mini bar, widescreen TV, digital surround sound installation, PlayStation Pro, and free wifi. The Savoy Hotel offers an ideal location to explore some of the most popular local hangout spots.

Pros

Well-appointed rooms with Markthal views

Complimentary flavorful breakfast

Best For River Views

Mainport Design Hotel

Mainport Design Hotel a 5 star stylish and upscale hotel within walking distance to the citys most popular attractions 1 Mainport Design Hotel a 5 star stylish and upscale hotel within walking distance to the citys most popular attractions 2 Mainport Design Hotel a 5 star stylish and upscale hotel within walking distance to the citys most popular attractions

Mainport Design Hotel, a project of the world-famous Design Hotels, offers a contemporary setting with lavish amenities and sprawling views of the river and harbor.

Nestled on the banks of the scenic River Maas, Mainport offers expansive and luxurious suites with picturesque views of the riverfront and the glitzy cityscape.

Guests can’t stop raving about the five-star Harbor Room and the opulent Waterfront Sauna Room, equipped with extraordinary amenities, including flat-screen TVs, a rectangular whirlpool, a private sauna, and air conditioning.

The hotel also features a world-class fitness studio and a state-of-the-art wellness center. The splendid location is ideal for enjoying Rotterdam’s skyline, riverside charm, and popular attractions.

Pros

Contemporary lavish decor

Sauna room with waterfront

State-of-the-art wellness and fitness center

Cons

Not for budget-friendly crowd

Best For Funky Midrange Getaway

Hotel Unplugged

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Designed for the time-conscious metropolitan traveler, Hotel Unplugged is a technology-driven, design-focused accommodation famous for its fast, hassle-free check-in policy.

Guests staying at the Hotel Unplugged will find everything at their fingertips, using technology to fulfill their needs instead of waiting for bellboys and housekeeping staff.

The hotel offers a wide range of accommodations, categorized as the Standard, the Superior, the Standard Plus, and the Superior Plus. The rooms are designed with a compact approach to space-saving and offering utility over frills and trims.

The hotel amplifies comfort and luxury with extravagant touches, like the king-sized cinema beds, creatively designed bathrooms, and cloud-like plush bedding.

Pros

Uber chic & hassle-free vibe

Cozy rooms with advanced amenities

Best For Scandi-chic Decor

The Bellhop

The Bellhop a bright Scadinavian style and contemporary hotel located on Rotterdams most famous street The Bellhop a bright Scadinavian style and contemporary hotel located on Rotterdams most famous street 1

One of Rotterdam’s most eclectic hotels, The Bellhop invites cultural explorers and soulful travelers to experience community-style living like never before.

Grounded in the principles of community and consciousness, the Bellhop offers an open and inclusive environment to live, work and play in the heart of the city.

Guests can explore a wide variety of rooms, ranging from standard 2-person accommodations to large suites ideal for 4-5 individuals.

The rooms offer a smart, upscale design focusing on utility and blending the interiors with an outdoorsy vibe with bamboo accents and earthy textures.

Bellhop’s onsite bar and restaurant are a popular local hangout spot, famous for curating local delicacies with organic, farm-fresh ingredients. Vegans will find the menu utterly delightful.

Pros

Contemporary eclectic vibes

Extensive menu with vegan options

Cons

No extra beds are available

Best For Budget-friendly Accommodations

CityHub Rotterdam

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CityHub is an urban accommodation designed for digital nomads, business travellers, and vacationers looking for a private and comfortable setting.

This venue masterfully blends the community-living concept of a hostel into the intimacy of a hotel room, offering beautifully decorated private cabins at amazingly affordable rates.

It’s the ultimate spot for travellers to live, work and mingle with like-minded travellers. The private cabins are decked with contemporary comforts and modern amenities, and guests have access to multiple spaces where they can work, lounge around and socialize with people.

Solo travellers will find this accommodation highly rewarding to make new friends and explore the city with insider tips and localized activities. 

Cons

Vibe might not suit everyone

Best For Boat Hotel

SS Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants

Pros

Elegant boat-themed accommodations

Two onsite restaurants with Dutch cuisine

Best For Harbour Views

ART Hotel Rotterdam

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One of the most popular boutique hotels for business and private travelers, the ART Hotel is a magnificent masterpiece of contemporary architecture and a fabulous addition to the futuristic cityscape.

Famous for its bright and vibrantly colorful guest rooms, the ART Hotel delights vacationers with its maximalist interiors and flamboyant color schemes.

Grounded in the philosophy of comfort and convenience, the rooms are equipped with multiple amenities, including air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a fully functional kitchenette.

Vacationers can choose suites with lounging areas to accommodate large groups or entertain local guests. The location is more than ideal, tucked near the Euromast Tower and the Erasmus Bridge.

Pros

Colorful & flamboyant luxe rooms with great views

Gorgeous lounge with complimentary drinks

Onsite restaurant & wellness center

Best For Vintage-chic Decor

Hotel New York

Pros

Historically nostalgic decor

Uniquely decorated spacious rooms

Outdoor terrace with stunning cityscape

Best Offbeat Hotels in Rotterdam Compared

The following table compares the Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Rotterdam. 

Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Room Mate Bruno 52 Wilhelminakade, Feijenoord, $130-$352 Yes 0.2 12
CitizenM Rotterdam Gelderse plein 50, Centrum $144-$183 No 0.1 10
The Student Hotel Rotterdam Willem Ruyslaan 223-225, Kralingen-Crooswijk $121-$189 Yes 0.8 5
Nhow Rotterdam Wilhelminakade 137, Feijenoor $140-$262 Yes 0.5 8
H2OTEL Rotterdam Wijnhaven 20a, Centrum, $132-$196 No 0.3 6
Hotel Not Hotel Rotterdam Schaatsbaan 83, Centrum $103-$163 No 0.4 9
The Slaak Rotterdam, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Slaak 34, Kralingen-Crooswijk $247-$397 Yes 0.8 12
Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Center Leuvehaven 80, Centrum, $158-$261 Yes 0.2 5
Hotel Bazar 16, Witte de Withstraat N/A No 0.2 8
Supernova Hotel ‘s-Gravendijkwal 68, Centrum $166-$396 No 0.4 8
Le Marin Boutique Hotel Henegouwerplein 56-58, Delfshaven, $109-$186 No 0.3 4
Postillion Hotel WTC Rotterdam Meent 110, Centrum, $124-$266 No 0.4 12
Savoy Hotel Rotterdam Hoogstraat 81, Centrum, $144-$335 No 0.4 12
Mainport Design Hotel Leuvehaven 77, Centrum, $195-$836 Yes 0.2 7
Hotel Unplugged Eendrachtsplein 12, Centrum, $122-$252 No 0.2 9
The Bellhop 77 Witte de Withstraat, Centrum, $126-$284 No 0.2 7
CityHub Rotterdam Witte de Withstraat 87, Centrum $82-$125 No 0.2 7
SS Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants Derde Katendrechtsehoofd 25, Feijenoord $132-$255 No 0.7 6
ART Hotel Rotterdam Mijnsherenlaan 9, Charlois, $96-$194 Yes 0.4 7
Hotel New York Koninginnenhoofd 1, Feijenoord, $198-$242 No 0.2 5

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