Rotterdam Citizen M hotel
When I was in Rotterdam a few months ago, I stayed in a great hotel: CitizenM. It is a bit hidden in a corner of the old port, but once you enter this hotel your eyes will work overtime seeing all the great designed spaces full with ornaments and books. It is one of the most cosy hotels I've ever stayed at. I was enchanted with my room. Although on the small side, it definitely didn't feel like it. I loved the bed that was pushed all the way to the window, looking over the old harbour. The view of the 'Witte Huis', Europe's first real skyscraper, built in 1897 is quite special when you wake up.
In the lift I read the check-in note and saw something funny about 'lucky socks'. Hotels that make you smile on a rainy day are the best.
The thing that really brought the five-year old in me were the blinds and curtains, that are operated with an in-room tablet. I hope nobody saw me jumping up and down when I discovered I could buzz the curtains up and down with one tap on the tablet. The next surprise turned my excitement up a notch: I could change the ambient room lighting with the tablet too! Green, yellow, red, turquoise whatever light mood you are in, even in the shower! Another great details in the shower was the AM/PM choice of shower gel (just like I have at home!).
I had some work to do in the evening so I decided to have something to eat in the hotel canteen. It offers a selection of sandwiches, sushi, soups, curries and lasagne. I was in a sushi mood and installed myself with my laptop in one of the big sofas. It felt like home.
When I arrived at Rotterdam train station I had picked up a folder with an architecture walking tour. A great way to discover the city and even greater is that the hotel is right next to one of the eighties landmarks - the cube houses - and very close to the new Markthal.
I will definitely try to stay at one of the other CitizenM hotels whenever I will be in London, Glasgow, New York or Paris.
Gelderse Plein 50
3011 WZ Rotterdam