Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands in modern Rotterdam is Hotel van Walsum.
While it’s not right in the middle of this small yet bustling city, it’s location was ideal on a quieter side street. The tree-lined neighborhood had plenty of cute boutique stores and trendy restaurants right around the corner, which worked out perfectly for us.
Even when we wanted to head further into the city to explore, it was not a problem. Rotterdam is very small and walkable from all of its neighborhoods.
We were greeted at the hotel by the owner’s son, and given great information about the city. They had maps that pinpointed all of the areas we wanted to go, making it very convenient since we only had one night to spend there.
He was very warm and welcoming and took the time to answer all of our questions before showing us to our room.
There was both an elevator and stairs for guests to use. I now know what my friends meant when they joked about Dutch stairs, as these were very narrow and steep– so we stuck to using the elevator.
The rooms were actually a lot larger than I would have expected, especially by Dutch standards. Our room was outfitted with two comfortable beds, one single and one queen. Even then there was still plenty of space to spare, and the high ceilings gave it an even more spacious feel.
I absolutely loved the decor with all of the detail on the ceiling and along the floorboards. The main centerpiece was a rustic chandelier that complemented the room perfectly.
The room had more than we needed– tea, coffee, and even a refrigerator. There was a nice big desk next to the window overlooking the street, which was perfect for getting work done on their super fast Wifi.
As much as I wanted to stay in the room and get some work done however, I knew I also needed to go out and explore the area.
Each time we were on our way out of the hotel, the staff always smiled and checked to make sure there was nothing we needed before we set off. I just couldn’t get over the warm customer service, but I think it’s the fact that it’s a family-run hotel that makes all the difference.
The next morning, breakfast was all spread out in a nice display downstairs in the bar-lounge area. Although we sat inside, there was an inviting patio just one step out the sliding glass door. The gardens were beautiful and made you feel outside the city. We thought about going outside to eat, but the table was already being enjoyed by the family cat.
Overall I would highly recommend a stay at Hotel van Walsum, the service there really exceeded our expectations and went above and beyond your average boutique hotel. When I return to Rotterdam, I will certainly be staying there again!
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