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Mainport Hotel

Mainport Hotel

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Located on the edge of Rotterdam’s maritime museum waterfront, the modern Mainport Hotel styles itself as a gateway to the world, with direct access to the port and decor reflecting worldwide themes. The glassy, cubic design of the outside gives way to a nautical theme within, and its lobby sports a compass in the ceiling and an enormous map, once used for navigation at sea, on the wall.

From the glass elevators, you can see the old port and across the city skyline as you travel up and down the hotel’s floors. Each floor is decorated based on a different part of the world, with pale hues and snowflake motifs on one level, earth-toned patterns and safari animals on another. The rooms match the look of their floors, but all have dark wood furniture, large beds and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the water or the city.

The Restaurant Down Under serves an internationally-influenced menu, and shares a comfortable waterfront terrace with its bar, Cocktail bar on the Rocks. The hotel has its own spa on the eighth floor, plus a wellness club and pool shared with its sister property next door.

OUR RATING: First Class

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OUR OPINION:

This hotel’s prime location in the heart of Rotterdam means it has easy access to the city’s plethora of museums. It’s set on the banks of the Maas, offering views over the ever-developing Rotterdam skyline.

Rooms

The rooms are spacious, with creative wall decorations based on the theme of the floor you’re staying on, such as the African or the Arctic. The smallest room is the Corner room, though it boasts windows on two sides so you can see the city panorama. The Harbour room has port views, while the City XL room gives you more space to stretch out.

The Waterfront Sauna room includes a private sauna, while the larger Waterfront Spa room adds a whirlpool as well. The Spa suite has a colossal round whirlpool, private sauna and separate sitting room with a fireplace. 

All rooms include en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Location

The Mainport Hotel is located on the banks of the Maas, next to the Maritime Museum Harbour and the Erasmus Bridge. Sights such as the Art Hall and the Markthal are close by, while the Euromast is about a 20-minute walk away. The modern Cube Houses are a 15-minute walk away on the older side of the waterfront. You can reach the SS Rotterdam on foot in 40 minutes, or drive there in 12 minutes.

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast is served daily in the dining room.
  • Restaurant Down Under offers lunch from 11:30am–3pm and dinner from 5:30pm–10pm, with a menu influenced by world travel and offering options from Argentinean steak to sashimi.
  • Cocktail bar on the Rocks offers drinks and bar snacks from 10am–1am every day.

Families

  • Family room available
  • Interconnecting rooms available

Facilities and activities

  • Well-equipped gym
  • Eighth-floor spa with Finnish panorama sauna, Turkish team bath, hammam area, treatments
  • Indoor swimming pool (shared with sister Inntel hotel in their Wellness Club H2O)
  • Laundry service
  • Terrace for your use
  • Water taxi dock
  • Bikes to rent
  • Concierge

Accessibility

All rooms have a small step, which makes them less friendly to wheelchairs.

Tour ideas in Rotterdam

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Mainport Hotel as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      The Markthal in Rotterdam

      Bike & bites

      Bike & bites

      A cycle tour that encompasses Rotterdam’s buildings, culture and food. You’ll explore a mosaic of architectural styles, from Cube Houses to gleaming skyscrapers, as well as below-the-radar street murals and sculptures while stopping off to sample the food that the Dutch love to eat.

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    • Windmills of Kinderdijk
      Windmills and tulips of Kinderdijk

      Windmills of Kinderdijk

      Windmills of Kinderdijk

      You’ll visit the Dutch village of Kinderdijk, where 19 wood and stone windmills stand sentinel along the canals, keeping the town from being lost to the water. Learn the history of these 18th-century structures and go inside one to see how it works.

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