In the NOW: Nhow Rotterdam

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The tagline of the newest Nhow hotel in Rotterdam is ‘Elevate your stay’. We were ‘elevated’ for sure, with probably the best view one could have from the city.

As we arrived by tram across the Erasmus bridge, an impressive building arose in front of us: De Rotterdam. Also known as the ‘vertical city’, with a living, office and hotel area, settled at the Wilhelmina Pier, a.k.a ‘Manhattan along the Maas.’

The hotel is the first ever designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, and guarantees an innovative and progressive experience. Nhow Rotterdam is the third in the series of Nhow hotels after Berlin (2010) and Milan (2007). Each hotel revolves around a theme, an identity derived from the city in which it is located, and for Nhow Rotterdam it is noticeably about architecture and design.

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Furthermore, the Nhow Rotterdam is based on powerful contrasts; concrete and metal, finished with gold-colored accents. Contemporary art and acknowledged architecture.
As for the rooms, don’t expect unnecessary frills, just pure urban minimalism and high level comfort. There are 4 room types: Urban Room, Sunrise Room, Sunset Room (the only difference between those two is on which side of the building they’re situated) and the Horizon Suite.

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Call us lucky birds, but we had the chance to stay in the Horizon Suite, with a panoramic view of the Erasmus bridge and city skyline. The suite consists of two spaces: a sleeping and living area. A queen size bed with crisp white sheets, a Montis lazy chair, more closet space than we need, a bathroom with rainshower (baths are also available), two huge TV screens, a mirrored mini pantry/minibar, a Nespresso machine, a dining table with 4 chairs, a fold out couch, comfy bathrobes and slippers…that about sums it up. Surprising detail is that the bathroom is a glass construction within the bedroom. It is still a bit see-through so make sure the person you stay with is no stranger to you.

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After a heavenly night sleep, an other pleasant surprise awaited us: the breakfast. We’ve seen many great breakfast buffets already, but this one is ah-ma-zing! There didn’t seem to come an end to it, so much choice in food and beverages. We could have stayed there for hours, but our stomachs probably couldn’t have handled it.

We were a bit sad to leave the next morning. Fortunately, the ride to the train station in the Uber made our luxe stay last a little longer.

For more information and bookings at the Nhow Rotterdam, click here.

Find our review about the Nhow BAR/KITCHEN here.

 

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All images © The Digitalistas -except the last two , with courtesy of Nhow Rotterdam

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