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SS Rotterdam - The Start of New Memories


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From an extensive breakfast buffet tot tasty dishes from our KOPA charcoal oven. What used to be Café de la Paix is now lively Lido, our grill restaurant on the Promenade Deck. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere with views on the magnificent Rotterdam skyline!

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December 28, 2022
starting with the table, it is way too small for everything to fit on there. first, when we made a reservation, they did not ask for any dietary preferences, so we were stuck with the explanation that “we had to eat whatever was on the plate, as we cannot change it.” of course, with my nut allergy, i tried to find out which of the sweets were okay for me to eat, as that is the purpose of this high tea of course. i was stuck eating only sandwiches and one scone. the fruit was also rotten and very smelly. i had to ask three times about my nut allergy, but the first two times the waitress forgot. then she came back with the answer that she does not really know.nnthere was only one napkin and nowhere to get new ones. our table even had less tea flavours than the other tables.nnto top it off, the tea warmer came way too late so we had cold tea. and the cups with jam are styrofoam.nni do not recommend this as a luxury experience, especially with other experiences in this field.
Danny Smit
December 19, 2022
Exquisite location! We did the full tour from a local guide. Very interesting to see to the engine room. Bars and restaurant had a fitting ambiance and the food was great. Staff was friendly though perhaps some where young and a little inexperienced. Did not stay the night.
December 12, 2022
Rooms are small. Portholes a little dusty and dirty on the inside. No tea making facility (coffee machine only) - read later (and only in Dutch) that it was possible to request for free. Breakfast buffet was good but I was a little put off by the chef behind the egg station who was on his mobile phone, eating bread and then peeling and eating a whole boiled egg in between cooking pancakes and making eggs to order ....please do this in your break time and not in view of the guests - and wash your hands after touching your phone!
Sam Gostelow
December 11, 2022
Stayed at the SS Rotterdam for X3 nights. Surprise visit for my daughter's birthday. Great value. Staff are friendly. Rooms clean and comfortable. All amenities for a great stay. A little different from the ordinary. Will definitely stay again and highly recommend. So much history.
October 4, 2023
Located out of town towards the south part of the city to be closer to the Feyenoord Football Stadium for an international match. Attentive service at the Lido Restaurant outdoors on the top deck and served good food with superb views over the River Maas. The ship and it's rooms are a bit old with dated hardware. Windows don't open and can be a bit claustrophobic. Breakfast buffet served was sufficient for our needs. A taxi to central station will cost you around 20 euros.
Nienke Verboom
August 15, 2023
This weekend we stayed at this cruise ship which is turned into a hotel for the second time. Like the first time we really enjoyed our stay and the vintage vibes of the place. We did the tour of the upper decks this time which we skipped last time so it was nice to see some more of the ship. Also, kudos to the lovely volunteers who told us passionate stories about the ship and their personal life experiences.nnGave 3 stars because for a 4-star hotel the service is not as good as you'd expect. The staff on the Lido deck is friendly but doesn't have a great eye for detail. On several tables (including ours) the empty glasses and plates were not taken away regularly so we ended up with quite a full table of empty glasses. Also the waiters got our order wrong a couple of times. The app from which you can order via QR also doesn't contain all the dishes on the menu. In our hotel room a hairdryer was missing and our friends who stayed in the room next to us had dirty coffee cups used by the previous guests still in it.nnWe love this place and will most likely return again in the future but the staff need to up their game a bit. This may be due to the aftermath of COVID and staff shortage though.
Peter Snow
August 1, 2023
Cool place for a evening event! Food and drink were very good. Can’t vouch for the hotel but for an event it was great. Went via water taxi which was certainly an experience!
Robin Koelewijn
July 17, 2023
We came for drinks and a bite on the Lido deck on the aft section of the ship. We ordered oisters alongside our drinks. The young folks in the restaurant service were clearly not experienced with that, a lot of grit in them from clumsy opening and we did not receive any forks, napkin or even a slice of bread which is kinda standard practice. But there was a senior guys who fixed that and the location is still superb so we weren't bothered too much by it.
Matthew Cupitt
July 5, 2023
Was unique place to stay. Ship is still largely decorated mid century which I presume is in keeping with the ships original style. Room was spacious. Downside was it isn’t that child friendly (ie. no kids bikes for rent) and it is a little out of town. Recommended for a unique holiday stay.
Matthew Cupitt
Matthew Cupitt
July 5, 2023
Was unique place to stay. Ship is still largely decorated mid century which I presume is in keeping with the ships original style. Room was spacious. Downside was it isnu2019t that child friendly (ie. no kids bikes for rent) and it is a little out of town. Recommended for a unique holiday stay.
pat hum
June 27, 2023
The ship is absolutely beautiful. The location is great. The layout is a bit of a maze compared to the more standard hotels. Overall I would highly recommend this hotel.
tarron kinsella
June 17, 2023
An incredible place.nnIf staying at the Hotel onboard, the rooms are authentic, with many original fittings; there's a fantastic bar, again original, plenty of memorabilia dotted around and a restaurant that does the best cheesecake (the rest of the food is great too).nnThe tours (2 different tours are available daily. One goes up, to the bridge, first class areas, etc., one goes down to the engine and machinery rooms) are also fantastic. Partly self guided, but primarily guided by multilingual guides who previously worked on the boats and are full of interesting anecdotes.nnNote that some of the more expensive rooms come with a free tour.
Christy Duijvelaar
June 9, 2023
The ship that was build for the Holland America Line. Brought the emigrants in eight days to the US. Thereafter a cruise ship. All old sentiment and artefacts.are om board and the whole atmosphere is authentic. Even the steam engine is complete and could be functional according to the board engineer. Worth a visit. We had dinner on a nice summer evening, with BBQ and buffet. Very well taken care off and with friendly staff. Veggy beetroot burgers were available as well. On the fifth floor the view.st.the deck was great. Also a hotel, but I did not check the rooms.
Ries Berkheij
May 4, 2023
What a great place to visit. Not only is this a 60s time capsule, where you wonder what it would be like being on a cruiser like this, but the whole experience is stunning. Food is good but what struck me the most is that everyone working there is genuinely friendly and helpful! Do not skip this opportunity when visiting Rotterdam.
Dr Win Sutanto
February 27, 2023
Everything about this ship is very impressive! A must-visit when you are (or live) in Rotterdam. I actually live within walking distance and therefore have not stayed in the hotel but have frequently enjoyed drinks and lunches/dinners here. Every visit feels like a mini cruise... Highly recommended!
Ann Johnson
February 26, 2023
Loved the whole experience, Lido grill serves a good quantity for price charged, you will not leave hungry wanting to go home and eat again. Really good steak, burgers and mocktails. The restaurant staff are dressed ship crew uniforms which was fascinating to watch. Staff are really friendly. The tour inside the ship was an extraordinary experience, especially at the deck. Would love to visit this place again and check out the Bar.
mary sobiechowski
November 16, 2023
Fabulous experience! Amazing vintage decor. Everywhere you look its beautiful. The staff are very attentive and wonderful.nThe food for dinner at the Lido Grill was amazing - the smoked chiken out of this world!nIt is important and fun to take the tour of the ship - you see and learn so much. I look forward to staying again.
Jeroen de Graaf
Jeroen de Graaf
September 17, 2023
Awesome place to be! A great hotel and restaurant. The tour is amazing and you need to book this. The touroperator is an old employee so he/she knows all the fun inside stories.nThe bar is a true experience with a funny bar man! So go visit and book your stay!
Tunc CAN
Tunc CAN
August 29, 2023
She is representing how wealthy holidays were 1968. There is a dinner menu exhibited when I visited a week ago at the bar. It is a time travel and worth seeing especially for people 70-80 year old now, probably now exciting for 20s youngsters.
Roza Aliyeva
May 26, 2023
If you've never been on a real ship, then this is a perfect chance for you to do so. It is absolutely free of charge. Might be a good choice if you plan to give a tour for a friend or a family member in Rotterdam. Plus you can also enjoy some restaurants there, but I've never had time for food there yet.
Julieta Lucu00eda Ibarra
March 22, 2023
Beautiful ship. Went last December and I wish theyu2019d let us know most areas were closed and they werenu2019t doing any tours when we booked.nIt is really well maintained, with gorgeous views and walking distance from shops. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfy. Will probably come back.
Hermes van Amstel
February 25, 2023
Very interesting historical cruise ship full of art which was commissioned upon construction in the late 1950s. Now kind of a living museum, permanently parked in Rotterdam and in use as an hotel with comfortable rooms in the former passenger huts. Various restaurants and bars now closed due to Covid but you can still book an hotel room and pickup food from the restaurant.

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