Travel Blogs from Rotterdam
... street. I decided to buy a pair of jeans for the club tonight because my Tileys would not be appropriate as they get very warm at times and in a club I would definitely overheat. So I bought my first pair of Levi's jeans. Expensive but I got a style I've wanted for a while and it can be a sort of souvenir.
That's it for today. As I said, tonight will be the club, which will easily be the most eventful part of today. More updates on it in tomorrow's ...
... I've not felt that for a while.
Originally I was going to spend just two nights in The Hague - long enough to visit the incredible Louwman Museum which is a must if you love cars like I do - but when I looked up the cost of hostels in Amsterdam I decided to spend an extra night in The Hague and one less in the 'Dam. Great decision. If I thought Rotterdam and it's industrial but peaceful and diverse feel was to my liking, The Hague went a whole way further. I did spend more time ...
... to Amsterdam. I didn't know for sure it was going to be there because we traveled to Belgium. As it turns out, Internet, wireless signal, and landlines are overrated in the small towns. No surprise here from our perspective, but we were hoping with our belief and optimism alone we could spend the 2 hours getting there so I can have a bag. We left Amsterdam today on a train to Rotterdam, a train from Rotterdam to Antwerp, and then got on a bus that seemed ...
... they built everything new and went for the craziest, most out-there architecture they could. It's a great city. Unfortunately the weather was foul the day we were going to look at architecture so I went shopping instead and Steve had to do some work for his business partner at home. But this morning we went out and saw as much as we could before our train left. It's got some really great things and I hope Opa likes the pictures when I show him. (I might google the bits ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Rotterdam
Dirty Hilton Rotterdam
Dirty and shabby old fashioned rooms. Staff were quite rude (surprisingly for the Dutch). They also charged me twice for the room and were shocked that I amde a fuss and demanded the money to be refunded. Never again will I stay in a Hilton.
I stayed at The Hilton in Rotterdam last Saturday and I have to say how extremely disappointed I was.
Nice room, fine location
Considering I got a weekend offer at a considerably reduced price, price/value was quite satisfactory. Wouldn't have said the same if I had to pay the regular room price. Room was ok and well cleaned, so was the bathroom, and the beds were good, but all in all really nothing above the ordinary. The prices in the room minibar was just simply a rip-off, and the internet service for the guests was below par: bureaucratic, cumbersome and far too expensive for somebody just wanting to spend a few minutes checking their mail. There was a web hookup for a pc in the room, but most people still don't travel around with a personal pc on their vacation!
My name is Maria de Lurdes and I'm from Portugal. Last Summer I went to Netherlands and I chose this hotel because I had lots of good references about it. It was unbelievable what happened to me!!!!
We were impressed by the good prices and ease of use the Hilton website offered, so when we turned up to the hotel, which hasn't been decorated since it appeared to have been built as some kind of homage to the Trump Tower (badly) in the 80s, we were pretty disappointed. The hotel is in bad need of some kind of renovation - even a few lights in the lobby would be a start. The rooms are no better, scuff marks on the walls and doors, cheap looking furniture badly in need of repair or replacement etc. I'm sure that it got it's 4 stars with ease when they awarded them in the 80s, but they wouldn't get them today.
Bland, but OK
I have stayed here regularly on business over the last few months.
The building looks uninviting, and the decor is dated and rather tired.
However, the location is good, the staff are courteous and the service is efficient. The rooms are fine, bathrooms are quite nice.
Room service food is OK, and the buffet breakfasts are great.
It is just a bit soulless - a typical business hotel.
I would agree that the Westin is better, but then it is quite a bit more expensive, plus the Hilton has a better selection of English TV channels !
First of all, if you can try and stay at the Westin. Everyone I spoke to raved about it. It wasn't possible for me this trip as it was sold out becasue the Film Festival was on and I can sort of see why. When I checked in at the Hilton I asked for a quiet room and was assured I was getting the best room available. It was on the 5th floor and had a noisy mini-fridge which I immediately unplugged once I saw the outrageous prices they wanted for a bottle of water and the air conditioner had a rattle in it. That took longer to unplug but I made sure someone came up and closed it dow.The good news was that the windows opened and I really didn't need the heater on as the temperatures were rather pleeasant. The bed was great and comfy and the bathroom was okay though it had seen better days. The bad news is that my room faced a line of bars or discos that were open until 6am and attracted a lot of car traffic honking horns and playing loud music. Now to be fair one didn't hear them as much when the windows were closed, however it meant sleeping in a virtually airless room. My rate at 139 Euros included tax but not the city tax of 6.50 (which I feel is misleading as they quoted me a rate that was tax inclusive-I argued it at checkout to no avail) and it also included breakfast. This is where the Hilton earned some badly needed points with me. The buffet is very varied and has everything you could possibly imagine. Once done with breakfast it was very easy to skip lunch entirely. The lobby also doubles as a restaurant and looking at the menu I was shocked to see how VERY expensive it was. Out of sight as a matter of fact. Also I asked the front desk about Internet access and was told it was 5Euros for fifteen minutes or 9Euros for 30...etc in their 2 PC business centre. Highway robbery. When I asked about an Internet cafe in the area I got a disingenuous reply of having to go to Kinkos' up the street which is four blocks away...etc. One of the guests overheard the conversation and immediately directed me to an Easy Internet Access shop with 100 PC's that is part of a Subway Sandwich place. It was literally around the corner where the charge was 1 Euro per HOUR!!! Needless to say that is where everyone went to. Would I stay at the Hilton again? Definitely not. I would hold out for the Westin or the New York Hotel which is a little farther out but has great character and, which by the way, is a terrfic place to go and have dinner. It has a huge brasserie with good food, reasonable prices and attracts the artists,movers and shakers of the city. Apparently the guest rooms are great fun as well as no two are the same and very comfortable. The hotel overlooks the water which would be an added bonus.
Luxury in Rotterdam
Stayed at the Hilton in October 2004 and was very satisfied.
The rooms were nice with a large bed and lots of pillows, the bathrooms was clean, had a large tub and a radio. New towels every day and slippers and bathrug for free use.
Beakfast was excellent with whatever you can imagine. Great location.
Great hotel in a wonderful city
Stayed here June 04 in an executive room. It was brand new and very spacious. The hotel is located right next to the shopping area and most of the cloths are around 40% cheaper than London. They don't have a restaurant but we had an excellent dinner in the the bar. The lobby has an interesting 70's feel about it but it works. Rotterdam is a definate must if you are going to Holland. I highly recommend the Euromast although if you are scared of hights like me you will be trembling when the cabin gets to the top. The zoo with its new aquarium and the boat cruises through the docks were really nice.