A few weeks back I was given the opportunity to go check out the Hostel ROOM Rotterdam in the Netherlands for a couple of days. Needless to say, I jumped on the wagon quite excitedly. The place looked fantastic, I had heard quite a few great comments about the place, and Live Music! need I say more?? Plus Rotterdam had been in my travel bucket list for a while (possibly since I started reading Ender’s Games).
Anyhow, I booked my (rather cheap) train tickets with my BahnCard25 (I’m just trying it out for a couple of months!), packed a light bag, and with expectations of sun and fun I set off on my Dutch adventure.
As I hopped off my train, I was wowed by the spacious modern infrastructure of Rotterdam Centraal. Being used to the traditional red brick German train stations, that was a bit of a shocker, in a good way tho!
Walked out (after having to politely ask how to get out without a paper ticket), and started walking in the direction I thought was the hostel. Silly me I had forgotten to write down the address and obviously internet wasn’t an option. When will roaming fees finally be abolished!? Anyway, after about 20 minutes walk in this direction, I found the hostel! (if you’re anything like me, go write this address now: Van Vollenhovenstraat 62, 3016 BK Rotterdam before you forget)
The old historic building where this lively hostel is located greeted me with wide open (giant) wooden double doors, into an equally lively decorated staircase and corridor. The reception, at the end of the hall and through the door, was manned by one of the lovely staff with a big welcoming smile and ready to help on whatever she could. Check in, check out, tips, tricks, or a joke, all included in your stay.
From all the themed rooms available, I was booked into the all female 6 bed room “Multicultural”. Right above and below toilets and showers, and a hallway away from reception, bar, and common area. Bright pink and gold with lamps as out of the 1001 nights and violet curtains, that was a room I would have liked to take home with me…if only it were possible! I didn’t see the other rooms, but if they are anything like the one I was at, they are worth a visit, they have so much character in them.
Every day: 10:30 AM Historical building tour
Tuesday 10:30 AM Find your local delicacies tour
Wednesday & Friday 10:30 AM Kinderdijk Tour
Thursday: 10:30 AM Rotterdam History Tour
Saturday: 10.30 AM Biketour through modern Rotterdam
After a lot of dancing, laughing, and invitations to meet again next time I’m in town, it was finally time to sleep. Oh that bed, I’m not sure if I was really exhausted or simply that was one of the most comfortable hostel beds I’ve ever slept on. And there’s plenty of storage space in the lockers under the bunk beds, so you don’t have to worry about your belongings when you’re out and about. Anyway, after a good night’s sleep, I was fresh and ready to take on my weekend in Rotterdam for under 25€ challenge (more about that soon!). But first, some breakfast (included) down at the common room. And they have sprinkles!!
I couldn’t have asked for a better stay, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a wonderful time in a laid back budget-friendly fun hostel. Prices range from 16 to 21€/night (aprox.), and includes bedding and breakfast in either all female or mixed rooms. In addition you’ll have access to a complete set of social activities and tours (some are at extra cost) organised by the lovely hostel staff. And all that in a wonderful location. As I said, whether you’re there a night or ten, you’ll want to go back, I know because I’m already counting the days until I can go again myself! Oh and they are part of the Europe’s Famous Hostels organisation!
Van Vollenhovenstraat 62,
3016 BK Rotterdam
Have you ever stayed at Hostel ROOM Rotterdam? What did you enjoy the most? Oh and don’t forget to check back for more on my weekend in Rotterdam for under 25€ challenge posts!