SS Rotterdam: The Grande Dame, a luxurious cruise ship hotel

As the title suggests, SS Rotterdam, dubbed as Le Grande Dame, is a hotel ship docked in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It was formerly an ocean liner and a cruise ship which sailed across the seven seas for forty-one years, i.e., from 1959 to 2000. The city converted the ship to a museum/hotel and school for vocational training in 2010. In 2013, it was acquired by Westcord Hotels and has been a famous luxurious hotel and tourist attraction since then.

SS Rotterdam
SS Rotterdam
SS Rotterdam
SS Rotterdam

I did’t really stayed in the hotel, but as part of our little tour in Rotterdam, courtesy of my aunt and uncle, we went aboard the ship and caught a glimpse of the city from there. It is absolutely okay, and free, to explore the ship and learn about its history, from its launching in 1958 by Queen Juliana herself to being an ocean liner and cruise ship of the Holland-America Line (1959-1997), Premier Cruises (1997-2000), and Rotterdam Drydock Company (2003–2005).

At the red carpet entrance of the hotel ship
At the red carpet entrance of the hotel ship
A miniature model of SS Rotterdam
A miniature model of SS Rotterdam
The ship hallway
The ship hallway
Christmas designs
Christmas designs

SS Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants features ” 2 restaurants with open kitchens, free WiFi in the public areas and authentic ship cabins.” It also has an events hall called Ahoy, and offers free shuttle service to Rotterdam city center. The hotel rooms are designed in the 50s style, have tea anc coffee-making facilities, wifi, a mini-bar and a sitting area with a flat-screen TV. For bookings, visit: ss Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurant.

A beautiful little pool on the top deck
A beautiful little pool on the top deck
SS Rotterdam
SS Rotterdam

The hotel ship is perfect for romantic stays. It has a lovely view of the city, the river Meuse and passing boats and ships.

Rotterdam
Rotterdam
A ship passing by
A ship passing by
Hotel New York
Hotel New York, another hotel owned by Westcord

Would love to experience staying in a hotel ship! Or ship hotel.. 🙂 It was not allowed to look at the rooms, so I didn’t manage to capture some photos of the interior. If you’re curious as to how the insides look like, visit the link I posted above! Or simply search for ss Rotterdam Hotel en Restaurants on www. booking.com. 😉

A beautiful little pool on the top deck
A beautiful little pool on the top deck
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