Posted December 4, 2018

Kimpton Has Designs on Rotterdam


The secret’s out. Once best known as the home of Europe’s largest container port, Rotterdam is rising as a destination for contemporary design, eclectic nightlife, and a place to get an authentic taste of city life in South Holland. It’s also one of the leafiest cities in the Netherlands with lush public parks dotted throughout the city. We’re bringing Kimpton’s design-driven aesthetic to Rotterdam’s Cool district (literally) in 2022.

Located in the historic POST building, the former main post office built in 1921, Kimpton Rotterdam is on Coolsingel, a dynamic business and shopping street in the city center. We’ll restore the property, including its soaring, 74-foot entry hall, to its original grandeur to create a modern boutique hotel with 231 luxury guest rooms.

Rotterdam’s skyline is known for bold, modern architecture.

Less than 20 minutes by foot or public transportation from Centraal Station and walking distance to Museumpark, Markthal and many architectural treasures, Kimpton Rotterdam will be the ideal base for business travelers as well as the growing number of leisure travelers who are discovering Rotterdam’s unconventional allure.

Highlights on the Skyline

With much of the city rebuilt after World War II, Rotterdam’s architecture is markedly modern, offering a change of scenery for architecture enthusiasts traversing Western Europe. Just a few highlights include:

The cube houses are part creative solution to spatial constraints, part work of art, and like nothing you’ve seen before. Image Credit: @hannievanbaarle via Twenty20.

  • Kijik-Kubus, one of 38 trippy yellow and gray “cube houses” designed by Piet Blom. You can tour the three-story house, which sits on a hexagonal pylon at a 45-degree angle.
  • The 2,631-foot blue steel Erasmus Bridge, nicknamed “The Swan,” which connects the city center and northern Rotterdam with the south over the River Nieuwe Maas.
  • Van Nelle Fabriek, a former tobacco, tea, and coffee factory in the Russian Constructivist style, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

Rustic architectural elements meld with contemporary art in this industrial chic café. Image courtesy of CROOS.

Art for Everyone

You don’t have to visit Amsterdam to see Van Goghs. Just a wooden-shoe’s throw from the hotel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a stellar collection—plus old masters, impressionists, surrealists, expressionists, pop art, and even home décor. Contemporary design lovers will want to visit Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, a few blocks from the hotel, and Kunsthal, located in a building designed by renowned architecture theorist Rem Koolhaas. An appreciation of design permeates everything in Rotterdam, from the plethora of interior design and concept shops, to the ceiling of the Markthal, which has the largest artwork in the world, known as “The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.”

Dining and Drinking: the Next Wave

Gourmet sausage at Monsieur Saucisson isn’t the “worst”. Image Credit: @JJFarquitectos via Twenty20.

Rotterdam also has a blossoming dining scene, with a growing number of Michelin-starred restaurants, hip coffee shops, healthy brunch spots and traditional European food halls. We like exploring Markthal with 100+ restaurants and vendors, and Fenix Food Factory, which showcases local and artisanal products (think cider from the Netherlands’ first cider shop and stroopwafels with creative flavors like lavender or sea salt) in a warehouse in the former red-light district.

A former warehouse turned brewery and food mecca. Image courtesy of Fenix Food Factory.

To close the evening, head to Witte de Withstraat, the buzzy neighborhood steps from the Kimpton Rotterdam, where you’ll find plentiful speakeasies and laid-back bars. If you like gin, don’t leave without sipping a Dutch genever, a sophisticated malted liquor made from juniper berries.