Rotterdam is known throughout the world as an architect’s playground for its innovative modern architectures.
This was very clear as I wandered around the city of Rotterdam, seeing building after building, each more inspiring and interesting than the next and the CityHub Rotterdam hotel was no different.
The CityHub Rotterdam hotel was definitely designed for those that live a digital lifestyle. With a contactless wristband that grants you access to your room, coffee and drinks area, an app that controls the lights and music in your room, as well as personal advice on what to see and do in Rotterdam, 24/7 reception and the adored Rituals bath products. CityHub in Rotterdam had it all.
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The hotel reminded me of the pod hotels, I saw in Japan but due to my limited time there I was unable to stay in one of these pod hotels. But while I was visiting Rotterdam for the weekend I was not about to miss out on an opportunity to stay in the CityHub. If you have read my hotel review on Pentahotel Prague, you already know I have a thing for quirky and interesting hotels that are all about an experience instead of just -staying at a hotel.
And staying in a Hub, was an experience.
Even with almost 100 rooms the hotel still felt spacious and inviting with modern décor.
The hotel is located on the famous and lively Witte De Withstraat street in Rotterdam. The CityHub Rotterdam is one of two CityHubs in the Netherlands, the other CityHub is located in Amsterdam.
CityHub Rotterdam First Impression
From the seamless check-in with my microchipped wristband and entering my ‘hub’. I could tell that CityHub Rotterdam is the hotel for the contactless generation. I had downloaded the CityHub app before I even arrived in Rotterdam. The app allowed me 24/7 access to the CityHosts, that could tell me where the cool local spots where things to do and see in Rotterdam while there.
Once check-in, I was given my portable wifi device for free internet access to use when I was exploring the city of Rotterdam.
The hotel does not serve breakfast but there are plenty of places you can grab breakfast from on Witte De Withstraat street – mostly after 9:30 am.
The communal space is small, but well decorated and contains a coffee, drinks area and vending machine. Everything paid for by swiping your wristband. Each item is charged to the card you booked your reservations with.
The HUB (room) – At CityHub Rotterdam
With a swipe of my wristband, a click and flash of green light, I pushed the door and walked into my hub! It was quite the experience I felt like I was 20 light years ahead. I played with the different light setting or scenes going back and forth between the disco lights and the forest light. Because I’m an 80’s baby, I went with the disco lights.
Climbing onto the top bunk, I fell into the whitest, fluffiest duvet imageable on a queen size bed. The rooms are soundproof with was great for when the party Witte De Withstraat was in full swing.
Towels and a bathroom are also included in each room.
The bathroom was spacious, clean with fresh towels, rainforest showers and the cult brand Rituals. Which I was surprised by as I have never seen Rituals products, even in the 5 stars hotels I have stayed in.
My Final Thoughts on CityHub Rotterdam
Hands down I loved staying at the CityHub hotel in Rotterdam. Being on one of busiest streets in Rotterdam meant that there were people partying well past 2 am in the night, but I couldn’t hear a thing as the rooms are soundproof. So, I could get a good night’s rest and be able to change the lighting and mood of my room also added to my sleeping experience. If like me you are fussy about sharing a bathroom with other people (let’s be honest we don’t know how clean others keep their bathroom and no one wants to use a bathroom that is messy), but fear not as the bathrooms in CityHub were always clean and tidy with fresh towels. The rain-forest shower was to die for and the cubicle had more than enough space for me.
I also found the staff at the CityHub hotel friendly, ready to have a chat with you and welcoming at all hours of the day. Even 11:30 pm at night which is when I arrived in Rotterdam).
Everything in the hotel was seamless from the contactless check-in point to accessing my hub. I felt like I was on the starship enterprise and I loved it.
The hubs are not the kind of rooms that you would spend all day in but are perfect for anyone that will be spending most of their day sightseeing and exploring around Rotterdam. I would recommend the CityHub Rotterdam hotel to anyone looking for a cool and modern hotel in Rotterdam.
Also, the guest of CityHub Rotterdam get 25% off at the Wagamama’s restaurant that is next door to the hotel - I found this out only on my last night there.