Experience Rotterdam while floating

TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA| PHOTO © H2OTEL

Can you imagine sleeping on a small boat? Of course you can. But what about sleeping in a great bed surrounded by a little bit of luxury and a great restaurant? You can, if you stay at H2OTEL: Rotterdam’s floating hotel.

There were once ships here that were used by the American army. After the army was done with them, Rotterdam bought them and created a museum. Now, it is a hotel with rooms decorated by local artists. A H2OTEL to be precise, and yes, the pun is intended in the name. It is an interesting concept on the edge of Rotterdam’s city centre. “You’re only a fiveminute walk away from all sorts of shops and restaurants,” sales manager Maxime Haak says.

Though you do not really need those restaurants, because H2OTEL has a very good one on board. Hotel and catering manager Jan Willem Jansen tells us: “We don’t have a very extensive menu, but that’s because we want every dish to be homemade and every product fresh. All organic and seasonal.”

Summer times of course are good for a floating experience like this one. You can enjoy the large terrace, go for a swim or take one of their small boats out for a picnic. “You actually get someone from the hotel to sail it for you, while you enjoy Rotterdam’s hotspots while having a drink and a bite to eat,” Maxime explains. But what about in the upcoming winter? “No problem! Everything inside is heated, of course. And it makes it all the more cosy to sit beside the water and watch winter take place.”

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