After staying with friends on previous trips to The Netherlands, it was finally time to test out one of their hostels, so I was really excited to plan a few days with Hostel ROOM Rotterdam. Especially after previously hearing such great things about the hostels from friends.
Hostel ROOM didn’t disappoint!
After a long trip to Rotterdam, I was desperately in need of a cold beer after my arrival. Luckily, Hostel ROOM has it’s own bar that’s open to the public and not just hostel guests. After a great hour chatting away with the reception and bar staff, locals who were friends of some of the hostel staff came flowing through the front door and within another ten minutes the place was buzzing.
If clinking beers and playing traditional Dutch table games with the locals isn’t your thing, there is a cosy seating area at the furthest end from the bar. Large comfortable sofas framed by the large bright windows make this part of the common room the perfect place to curl up with a book or relax with friends whilst planning your itinerary to explore Rotterdam!
Just watch out that you don’t sit on the dog’s big pink bed! Lexie is one of the sweetest and well-tempered dogs I’ve ever met and adds to the family atmosphere in the building. For a few facts on Lexie make sure to click here!
Where to start? Always chatty and with big smiles even when they were cleaning, the staff at Hostel ROOM were always more than willing to help out when I had any important questions (like where to find the coffee in the morning!). Even though I didn’t have too much time to sightsee, one of the girls offered to give me a tour of the map so I would know what to see when I return!
After seeing a few of the rooms at the hostel it became clear why the hostel is called Hostel ROOM. The oldest hostel in Rotterdam, the owners allowed in local friends and artists at the very start to design each room in their own way.
The results of this unique way of interior design are incredible!
Above is one of the quirkiest rooms. The Art Room is creatively inspiring with plenty of natural light and complimentary colours. There are even items hanging from the ceiling, just to give a truly hipster vibe!
The room below is probably my favourite though. The Boardroom retains the original elegance of it’s previous use before the hostel became Hostel ROOM, despite being one of the largest.
And if you’re visiting for a romantic weekend away, Hostel ROOM even provides a private “Love” room complete with a double bed that is available for as little as €60 if you’re lucky!
Each bunk-bed in Hostel ROOM came equipped with under-bunk luggage storage which is possible to lock if you carry your own padlock with you. There is also no need to worry if you arrive before check-in as there is a free luggage storage room which is kept locked at all times.
None of the rooms I saw had en-suite washing facilities, but there are more than enough male and female bathrooms on each floor. The showers were adequate and always warm, with enough space that there is room to change without getting your clothes wet.
Each morning the hostel lays out a great breakfast spread. There is a choice of cereals and bread to toast, as well plenty of jars of marmalades and the traditional Dutch sugar sprinkles if you have a sweet enough tooth to give them a go! Breakfast is included in the price.
In terms of activities, I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to explore recommended city treats offered by the hostel at discount prices, but there seemed to be plenty on offer. I was really gutted to have just missed a recent open mic night a few days before my arrival, but I did get to try the incredibly sweet Dutch treats that are offered on Monday nights.
And if you’re skilled in the kitchen, the hostel provides a great kitchen space in the basement for all guests to have free use of…
Hostel ROOM may not be the closest to the Centraal Station or the main shopping areas, but it is in a beautiful area. Just outside there is a gorgeous dock for classic sailing boats and nearby are two huge parks that will be even more beautiful when spring finally arrives! Just a 10 minute walk from Hostel Room you also have Witte de Withstraat, a really funky street that is great for bars and restaurants that comes highly recommended by my friends in Rotterdam.
The walk from Centraal Station is around 25 minutes, which is nothing during the day unless you are carrying very heavy backpacks. If that’s the case, then there is a tram line that stops just around the corner from the hostel.
The trams in Rotterdam are very simple to use, and I would highly recommend them over the metro if you aren’t a fan of walking around the city. The closest tram stop is Westerstraat which you can find at the bottom of line seven on this tram map. Or you can click here for a simple map of the Rotterdam metro and get off at metro Leuvehaven on line D.
Just to show how easy the tram journey is from Centraal to the hostel… here is the fabulous Lexie showing you how it’s done!
A bed in a dorm-room at Hostel ROOM varies from around €16 to €24 depending on the size of the room. These prices are the average for The Netherlands, which have never been known to offer truly budget accommodation. They’re also far cheaper than any price you will find for a hotel room in Rotterdam, whilst still reflecting good quality beds, breakfast, and service.
As always I would suggest booking directly with the hostel through their website. Alternatively, if you have a Go Around Europe hostel discount card then you will also benefit from their discount – if you don’t have one use the exclusive discount code for Hostel Girl readers!
I went a bit crazy with my camera at Hostel ROOM, especially during a great tour from the manager, Annicka. This post is already a bit photo heavy so make sure to take a look through the gallery below!
Despite having to be in Amsterdam for business throughout my stay, I chose to spend my nights at Hostel ROOM after hearing such great things about it’s history and design and I’m glad I did.
I was provided with a two-night stay courtesy of Hostel ROOM Rotterdam but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Lots of love,