If you’re a long-time reader you’ll know I’ve never done hotel reviews. Or product reviews, in general, to be totally honest….in fact, I’m pretty sure I loudly proclaim I “don’t do reviews’ in my about me page. Which is awkward, because here metaphorically sat together; me writing a hotel review and you, loyal reader, reading it.
Why the change of heart? It’s twofold. I got a bit bored of travel writing, and when I found my mojo again I realised one of the things I liked reading was hotel reviews. Huh. And secondly, it’s a great service to offer brands when I travel in exchange to a complimentary stay.
So, one hashtagauthentic reason and one purely business one. Anyway, enough of that gumph. Here’s why I ended up staying at the delightful citizenM hotel in Rotterdam.
A mini-break in Rotterdam
The reason I was in Rotterdam for the weekend was to attend (and speak at!) a travel blogging-conference. So I should put my cards on the table now and tell you I arrived via
Amsterdamon Friday night (via a long-winded route) before leaving Sunday morning. I didn’t see all that much of the city at all, hence why I’m not about to write y’all an itinerary or recommend it as the next best city-break.
However, I did notice a few things and can even recommend you a cheeky brunch spot too. You are SO welcome.
Rotterdam is about 30 mins by train from Amsterdam but you can fly straight into the city too. I’d probably go back if I were to visit Amsterdam again and perhaps hop over to see the museums and markets for the day.
Because it’s a super-chill city and really easy to walk too – I didn’t need to use the public transport aside from zipping in and back to Amsterdam Schipol airport (which cost approx €13 on the inter-city train) which probably brings you to one of the reasons citizenM is so awesome — it’s literally opposite the Rotterdam Blaak metro station!
My stay at citizenM
First off, I paid for this myself. Just wanted to get that out of the way! I’d always wanted to stay at a citizenM after seeing a few friends rave about the London hotels, but given I lived in London it never seemed relevant to me.
So when I started searching for places to stay in Rotterdam I was pretty chuffed (and surprised) to see a branch of the boutique hotel in a super cool area of the city. I should say I was surprised purely because there are only six citizenM locations worldwide and one of them is only 30 mins away in Amsterdam so…yep, didn’t expect one in Rotterdam too.
The hotel ticked all of my boxes; Location in the Nieuwe Maas? Tick; Bar? Yep; Slight hipster-y boutique vibes? Absolutely. But if I’m honest, I didn’t think I’d be in the hotel for so long I’d need all the bells & whistles so was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to a really cosy room (they aren’t big, but somehow manage to feel spacious) with the coolest little luxuries.
Like I say, this was 100% paid for by moneybags herself aka moi. But I guess I should also admit citizenM is super affordable. My hostel days are over (unless I go back to Singapore that is) and, as a mum to an extroverted little bean, I was really looking forward to having a hotel room to myself.
Is that wrong? If so, I don’t wanna be right.
Anyway, although I wasn’t there for very long I REALLY made the most of my time and by that i mean I had a super long shower and watched all of the tv in bed. The hotel has iPads in all the rooms which you use to control the lights, temperature, films…..and obviously you can go basic and, erm, just use the iPad for internet too.
I so wish I had a video of what happens when you utilise the mood settings on the iPad because, no lie, I spent way too long going from ‘Romantic’ to ‘Chill’……and I even used the jazzy alarm function which woke me gently with the sound of birds. Quite different to my usual baby crying morning-song.
Here are my hotel highlights:
The bar is so hip. Also open 24/7! Penguin books adorn an old bookshelf and you can enjoy a drink with a view of the Geldersplein, canal and the Marinersmuseum.
Everything was really reasonably priced and the hotel offers breakfast in the form of a delicious, but basic looking buffet I didn’t partake in. I went across the road to Lot & Dan which was SO YUMMY and Instagrammable. I also paid the same for my brekkie (€14) as you would at the hotel (although I didn’t get a belly-busting buffet…..)
What else? Hmmmm, the staff are crazy friendly and the bed was super comfy. And the marketing worked on me because all I want is to stay at another citizenM hotel so….yep, how stupid am I for saying no when the London PR offered me a free room over two years ago?! DOH.
Anyway, #bloggerprivilege aside, I can’t wait to stay at the hotel again and have a cheeky Amsterdam trip with my beau planned soon!
I review my recent stay at the dreamy, delectable citizenM hotel in central Rotterdam; the perfect city break destination.
This Rotterdam post by the wonderful Abi King.
Booking.com are my platform of choice because of the super flexible cancellation policy.
I flew to Amsterdam but you can get direct flights to Rotterdam too.
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