Hostels in Rotterdam start at € 17 in low season and can go up to € 120 in the most visited months. This is not a cheap option, but the most suitable for the budget traveler.
In the second largest city in the Netherlands (after Amsterdam) by the number of inhabitants, railways and roads intersect, and the largest port in Europe is located. It is not surprising that Rotterdam attracts young tourists who admire ancient churches (Scottish, Lutheran), are surprised by the unusual architecture of cubic houses, survey the city from a height of 185 m in a rotating Euromast cabin with transparent walls, get acquainted with the exhibits of the Maritime Museum, and then travel around the country to looking for new experiences.
In order not to spend a lot of money on moving around the city, young people settle in hostels in the very center, where you can use Wi-Fi for free, have a tasty and hearty breakfast in the morning and chat with tourists from different countries in cozy common rooms in the evening.
Based on the reviews of my friends and clients, I have compiled a selection of the best hostels in Rotterdam. All accommodation options are good in their own way, they have only one drawback - free places quickly run out.
Three-storey hostel Stayokay rotterdam is located in one of the cubic houses on Overblaak street next to the Blaak metro station. A minute walk - the Old Harbor and the market, 10 minutes - the Maritime Museum.
The rooms (from 2 to 8 people) have bunk beds with lighting and a personal socket, a shared shower and toilet (including for people with disabilities). There are no lockers in the rooms, but luggage storage is available in the lobby. Through the panoramic windows, you can admire the sky, listen to the rain and the cries of seagulls.
From the common hall - exit to the balcony overlooking the city. There are also vending machines with food and drinks and a bar serving beer in the evening. Sports fans will appreciate the live broadcast of competitions and football matches.
The price includes hearty breakfasts: cheese, eggs, sausage, hot croissants and coffee from a coffee machine, delicious cocoa, fresh fruits and vegetables. The helpful staff will prepare and pack lunch for exploring the city.
There is a coffee shop and an outdoor terrace on the territory, where it is pleasant to sit after an eventful day. Grab a bite to eat at Market Hall Food Court or Panzero 'Apulian StrEat Food (www.panzero.nl).
King Kong Hostel
King Kong Hostel located on the Witte de Withstraat - the main party street in the city. In 3 minutes - the art museum (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), a little further - the Chabot Museum with exhibitions of modern art and the Maritime museum, and 20 minutes - the Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo. An open bar adjoins the building, where young people have fun until nightfall.
The hostel has 15 rooms from 2 to 10 beds, there are rooms with double beds. There are boxes for suitcases under the beds (the lock is paid - 5 euros). Each berth has a lamp and a socket. Bathrooms have rain showers.
The common room with huge windows is divided into two zones: for relaxation with comfortable sofas and for games and communication, where you can take tablets with the Internet. There is a self-service laundry (8 euros). The hotel offers a free city tour.
A banana is available at the 24-hour front desk upon check-in. Hammocks and ropes hang everywhere - stylized as a jungle.
The shared kitchen has everything you need to prepare your meals, including free cereals, tea and coffee. You can order breakfast (sausage, cheese, juice, jams, fruits, cereals with milk) for 7.5 euros. An inexpensive supermarket is 300 m away.
For lunch, I suggest Japanese Cuisine Yama (www.jcyama.com) with a good selection of seafood.
Old building Sparks Hostel is located on Westersingel Street in Chinatown very close to the train station (350 m). The famous pedestrian street Oude Binnenweg with bars and shops is 6 minutes away, the Miniworld Rotterdam is 7 minutes away, one of the first skyscrapers in Europe, the White House (Witte Huis), is 5 minutes away.
Two-story berths provide privacy, rare in hostels, thanks to sliding doors - a personal capsule with two sockets and a shelf for a phone. Each visitor is entitled to a free towel and a spacious wardrobe with hooks and hangers for clothes. Rooms - from a single room with a double bed to 12-bed rooms, on the floor - parquet. A steep staircase, traditional for Dutch houses, leads to the upper floors, but there is an elevator.
At the 24-hour front desk, you can leave your belongings for a long time, even after a check-out.
Breakfast is paid - 6.5 euros: fruits, juices, sandwiches, cereals with milk, coffee with croissants are served. There is a kitchen with everything you need and a bar. Dine or dine at nearby restaurants: Ayla Mediterranean Diner or Saigon Rotterdam www.saigonrotterdam.nlserving Vietnamese food.
- I advise you to read about sights of rotterdam
Hostel Ani & Haakien
From Rotterdam Centraal Station to Hostel Ani & Haakien on Coolsestraat - just 6 minutes of leisurely walk, and the Miniworld Rotterdam is 100 meters away. In a couple of minutes there is the RAW Streetphoto Gallery, where unique works of photographers from all over the world are collected.
Stylish rooms with bright curtains and colorful linens will not get bored. There are personal lockers for things with internal sockets, reading lamps. Travel buddies will love the guest name tags on the beds indicating the length of stay and the friendly lounge atmosphere with books, music and knitting. The presence of a large cat adds comfort.
The hostel has a courtyard garden with comfortable chairs and a hammock in summer.
The price includes breakfast: pancakes or toasts with jam and honey, tea, coffee, cereals with milk. There is a kitchen with the necessary utensils and appliances. I advise you to visit restaurants nearby: Madera House with delicious steaks and ribs or inexpensive Altijd in De Buurt.
The reception offers free guided tours of Rotterdam and bike rental for € 10 per day. In case of a late departure, you can leave your backpack in the storage room and walk around the city lightly.
Hostel ROOM Rotterdam
On Van Vollenhovenstraat in an old building with a clock tower that survived World War II, there is Hostel ROOM Rotterdam... The station can be reached on foot in 20 minutes. Nearby is a beautiful embankment and a park. 6 minutes away is the Natural History Museum (Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam), and 5 minutes away is the Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug), or the Swan Bridge, considered one of the symbols of the city.
The rooms (from 4 to 12 people) have comfortable beds with personal power outlets, lockers and funny lamps in the form of a kettle, lantern or ball. There are family rooms and an unusual room in a clock tower with round windows and a view of the waterfront.
The recreation area has large windows, comfortable leather sofas, board games and its own bar, where live music is played in the evenings, and you can dine during the day. There is an open terrace. An ATM is in operation.
Breakfast is included in the price: coffee or tea, toast, sausage, cheese, eggs, muesli, yogurt, jam. There is a shared kitchen with everything for cooking.
The front desk offers free walking tours and discount coupons for selected attractions.
I recommend taking a walk to the steakhouse The Meat club www.themeatclubrotterdam.nl with delicious meat dishes and salads.
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Choosing a hostel in Rotterdam will be easy after reading the review. If you are in doubt which place to sleep will be the most suitable, ask questions in the comments, I will be glad to answer.