Get a taste of romance at the Nhow Hotel
By Sara Daring
If you are the type of person who starts getting excited about Valentines day mid way through January, you might also be the type of person who expects to get married by the time you are thirty, and have a life plan for children (one of each) by the time you hit 35..
Without dissing romance, there are plenty of amazing places to visit with a loved one which aren’t remotely smultzchy or cheesy, and don’t have a checked table cloth, plastic rose or leering waiting in sight.
Thriving on the unexpected, Rotterdam is one of those cities. The network of cosmopolitan canals, brutalist buildings and impressive street art add to the allure of this modern, forward thinking city, which stands tall and proud with new roots re-built after the war.
With plenty of skyscrapers punctuating the edges of the waterways and super organised metro and tram system it is really easy to navigate; And the super edgy Nhow Hotel was next to the Wilhelminaplein station which is a ten minute ride from central station.
Part of a design chain (sister hotels are in Berlin and Milan) the hotel fits the ambience of Rotterdams’ funky young visitors perfectly. No frills, but plenty of treats await guests in the giant-bed filled rooms. The usual suspects of a big bath tub, super hot shower, giant TV which doubles as a mirror, and floor to ceiling windows with the best views of the waterways you are only a hop skip and trot away from the impressive Erasmus Bridge over the River Maas.
In keeping with the modern luxe vibe, the minimalist structure of the hotel gives it an edgy vibe with urban art and photography adorning the walls. Even the food is trendy! With the breakfast buffet consisting of a concoction of test-tubes smoothies, teeny pastries, the freshest of fruits and a choice of continental cuts.
There is choice of rooms depending on budget, as there are different views from either side of the impressive building. Ask for the Premium Skyline room if you are a party animal and plan to enjoy the sunset over the view while you are getting ready with a drink. Watch the nightlights come on as the city below gets into night mode, and know can rest assured you won’t be woken up too early after a big night out.
The other side of the building offers the harbour view. Still a working marina, when you cast your eyes down, Dutch people will be whizzing by to work on their bikes or by foot. Perfect for a birds eye view of watching the hustle and bustle whilst you’re in a different world.
Even though the rooms aren’t huge, they have everything you need for a city break. And the city is on your doorstep. The impressive FotoMuseum is directly opposite with restaurants on the other corner; But this is a city break after all, so head off by foot (or bike) and soak up the rest of the culture; Recomended is a water taxi ride to the the Euromast; The Kunsthal Museum or the Cube house. With plenty of food options, whatever your dietary requirements, Rotterdam definitely ticks all the romance options for an action packed lover.
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