Rooms: Rotterdam

The watery lowlands around the Netherlands' port city offer unique places to sleep in style.

By Julia Buckley
Published 1 Apr 2017, 16:00 BST, Updated 20 Jul 2021, 15:32 BST
Delfshaven is a borough of Rotterdam on the right bank of river Nieuwe Maas, in South ...

Delfshaven is a borough of Rotterdam on the right bank of river Nieuwe Maas, in South Holland

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De Vreemde Vogel
This is glamping like you've never seen: giant bird box-like cabins, perched in a garden en route to the Hook of Holland. If you're not in nesting mode, you can choose a yurt, a caravan suspended in the air, or even a retooled former plane. Doubles from £77 per night.

Stayokay Hostel
It's not often that a budget option doubles as a place of architectural pilgrimage, but this hipster hostel is located in 40 terraced cube houses, tilted at a 45 degree angle. Zigzag, asymmetric walls jazz up the simple lodging, and en suite rooms sleep from two to six. Doubles from £47 per night.

SS Rotterdam
There's a 1950s feel to this Holland America ocean liner docked on the Nieuwe Mass river. Not the staid, shipshape 1950s, but the jaunty Grease era, with bright colours and busy prints. Don't miss the giant paddling pool-with-a-view on the top deck. Doubles from £55 per night.

Rechthuis van Zouteveen
This magical B&B is set on the edge of the Vlaardingen Canal, in an 18th-century house and its outbuildings (two of which are self-catering rentals). Lowlands and water channels stretch out, and ducks, cows and sheep are your neighbours. Doubles from £73 per night.

Published in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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