A trip to Rotterdam is always good fun. As I already described at Suite Hotel Pincoffs….there is something about this city, something raw and exciting that is almost un-Dutch. This time, I am here to visit STROOM, in the Lloyd district. An up-and-coming neighbourhood with beautifully renovated old warehouses and harbour monuments that have been turned into apartment buildings, creative meeting places, restaurants or businesses. And all this right next to the river Nieuwe Maas. Proudly situated on the corner of Lloyd street is a former power plant: STROOM. A conspicuous building with raw industrial elements that tell a tale of history. And all of this perfectly integrated into modern architecture.

Upon entering, the two young ladies at the reception welcome me eagerly. Later on, I learn that everyone at STROOM is as enthusiastic about their work. My room for the night: one of the four loft rooms….a giant room with large high windows, a large table and designer fridge; splendid designer bathroom with bath and double shower and a mezzanine with a wonderful Cocomat  double bed (organic materials) and a second large television screen (there is another television downstairs). But there is no time to watch TV, for I am eager  to discover the rest of the hotel.

As I said, there are four loft rooms, all different but equally spacious and comfortable….be sure to ask which room will suit you best when making a booking! There are also five basic studio rooms with similar wonderful beds and designer showers and 12 split level rooms. The latter come with a beautiful bathroom or sauna and, in my opinion, are the nicest rooms in the hotel! By the way, the hotel also uses sustainable cleaning products and practices, terrific!

Meanwhile, Mrs. Local Hideaways fancies a drink. Lucky for me, the restaurant/bar/bakery/fresh food shop/… is the beating heart of STROOM. A cosy and lively area that is open all day for a bite to eat or a drink. And yes, you can also purchase your homemade bread (yummie!!) and organic products here. What a wonderful idea, this is the perfect way to involve the neighbourhood in STROOM and it creates a very lively atmosphere. Lucky for me, the sun is shining, so I enjoy my welcoming drink on the terrace outside. Indeed, they even have a roof terrace! STROOM is the perfect place from which to start your explorations of Rotterdam, for instance by renting one of the trendy STROOM bikes. And public transportation is on the doorstep, as is the water taxi that will take you to straight to the ‘Kop van Zuid’ area. And you should really visit Delfshaven…I had never been there, and boy, had I missed something! It is such a unique neighbourhood, this is what Rotterdam must have looked like before  the Second World War bombings. Wonderful old buildings, former gin distilleries, the birthplace of Piet Hein, drawbridges, a malting mill and the Delfshavense Schie river. Such history! And also, because of the variety of bars and restaurants,  such an incredible atmosphere! But if you’d rather stay at STROOM, no problem, for they serve a very nice and reasonably priced meal and have regular live performances.

In the morning, I am treated to a wonderful and very sumptuous breakfast. Time to take stock of things over a cup of coffee: STROOM is a definite asset to Rotterdam. A place that is alive with urban energy and that makes you instantly feel at home. And to think that Edwin and Jantiene, the owners, are full of wonderful ideas for this great place, they’ve only just begun!