Hilton Rotterdam Review
My mom and I stayed at the Hilton Rotterdam in Late June and had a great stay. The Hilton Rotterdam is located in an underrated city in The Netherlands and I’d definitely visit the Hilton Rotterdam, along with Rotterdam itself, again in the future. In my review, I’ll discuss how I booked this stay, the location, the room, the club lounge, amenities, and how we booked this stay. Let’s go!
How I Booked This Stay
I booked the Hilton Rotterdam in the Middle of March for $126 for four nights, and I think we definitely got a great deal. By the time we arrived, the price got as high as $250. That shows just how high hotel pricing is in Europe right now. Even though we got the best price we could’ve gotten, I highly recommend checking your bookings daily to see if the price goes down, as it could save you a lot of money in the process.
Since this hotel is part of the Hilton Honors program, it is also possible to use points. It’s becoming tougher to get good value at $100 night hotels in my opinion, and this hotel is a great example of that. As long as you book 2-3 weeks out, it is easy to pay $100 per night, or 30-35,000 points. That being said, you can only really get 0.3 cents out of your points. That’s below our point valuations, so I would recommend saving your points for another hotel. For peak dates, the hotel goes for as high as 50,000 points or $250 a night. For that price, I would recommend using points, as it is the better value.
Hilton Alternatives In The Netherlands
Originally, I booked Hilton The Hague (Den Haag), but it was a long walk to the central train station. It does look like a great hotel, though because of its location, I decided the Hilton Rotterdam was a better fit. They are also both similarly priced, but if one is more expensive than the other, I would recommend the cheaper one. Furthermore, in January of 2023, there is a Motto hotel that will be opening. The point values there can also be as low as 0.3 cents per point, so I wouldn’t recommend using points there, especially when the cash rate can be as low as $84 per night. For those not familiar with the Motto brand, it is a new Hilton brand with large public spaces but small hotel rooms. I would definitely recommend the Hilton, but if the price is right, the Motto is a solid option.
The Hilton Rotterdam is located in a great location. It is located about eight minutes away by foot from the train station (Rotterdam Centraal). This alone makes the location great. The Netherlands has one of, if not the best public transit systems in the world. It only takes about 40 minutes to get into Amsterdam, so it means you can easily get to anywhere in the Netherlands, no matter how far you are away.
There is also a food hall, known as Markthal, which is located 15 minutes away by foot. I really enjoyed the options. I wish I would have ordered food there, but there are just so many great options in Rotterdam.
Communication Before Our Stay
I emailed the hotel to see if I could get an upgrade, just like I did at the Hilton Strasbourg, but they didn’t upgrade us and said we have to wait until check-in. I still think this is a great hotel, and they were definitely following Hilton’s elite upgrade rules. In the end, the night before our stay, they did upgrade us to a Twin Executive Room, which was a great upgrade.
We were coming in from Paris by train, and we booked it last minute, and because of how full trains and planes are this summer, our only option was to leave at 6 am and arrive at Rotterdam at 8 am. We decided to test our luck at the Hilton Rotterdam and see if our room was ready, and somehow, it was. I was shocked, but it meant we could head straight to our room, located on the 11th floor.
Hilton Rotterdam Review: Room
Our room 1014, was a Twin Executive Room. It was located in the middle of the hallway when you turn right after exiting the elevator. Upon entering, there is a closet on the right and a bathroom on the left. The closet had a safe, along with two pairs of slippers. In the bathroom, there was a toilet, along with a sink and a bath/shower combination. The toiletries were from Crabtree & Evelyn.
In the room, on the left side, there was a bedside table by each of the two twin beds, which on the left had a clock, while both sides had a Europlug (power outlet) along with a USB port.
On the right, there was a television, and below there was a drawer set that also had a mini fridge and coffee maker, which is from Nespresso. There is also a desk between the windows and the TV.
Food and Beverage
We ate breakfast at JAQ, which is the main restaurant at the Hilton Rotterdam. The hours are from 6 am-10:45 am Monday through Friday and 7 am-10:45 am on Saturdays and Sundays. These are very long hours, which is excellent. While you can order coffee from a waiter/waitress, the rest of the restaurant is a self-serve buffet. The buffet never got crowded, even at 10 am, which can’t always be said about other Hilton’s. There was also an Orange Juice dispenser, which squeezes the oranges fresh. This juice tasted excellent, and I looked forward to it every morning. The rest of the buffet was also great, and the photos are above.
Hilton Rotterdam Review: Club Lounge
The Club Lounge is located on the first floor and on the right when you enter off of Weena Street. The space got a bit busy at times, but there were also times when we were the only ones there. I found the food to be quite good, and the spread was different every day, which is great.
As far as public areas go, this hotel is a bit limited. Because it is a city hotel, the only public spaces are in the lobby area. While they are nice, that is the only public space available.
Because this is a city hotel, the hotel only has a gym. I wish there were some other amenities, such as a sauna, but this gym did have a large variety of equipment.
Overall, I found the service at the Hilton Rotterdam to be excellent. The front desk agents were very friendly when we checked out and checked in. The breakfast staff was also second to none. They went out of their way to ask if we wanted anything to drink and were also very friendly when we left.
Hilton Rotterdam Review: Final Thoughts
Although I stayed at the Hilton Rotterdam for four nights, my mom and I wished that we could’ve stayed here longer. The location made it easy to get all around the Netherlands and Rotterdam was also very walkable. The food and beverage options were great, and the room was also excellent. This is likely going to be my new “go-to” hotel for when I return to the Netherlands, and I look forward to it.
What are your thoughts on the Hilton Rotterdam? Do you have a favorite hotel in the Netherlands? Let me know in the comments below!