Grand Hotel Central3.0 out of 5.0
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After our check-in I wanted to write a mild review. Suggesting that for one day/night and for the last option for a room in Rotterdam one can book it for one! night, because of the near of the Centraal station. After our first "night" (in which we got no sleep) that mild attitude was lost. So here is a summary of my stay. First i shifted the arrival to the day before, via telephone. When we arrived nobody knew anything about that, it was not in the system. So after a while we got a triple bed room for one night and the double bed room we booked regularly for the next day. The first room was disastrous. The first thing that came in view was a pair of dirty socks over the fire alarms. (After mentioning them to the receptionist we got the information "you can take them off") The bath reeked of marijuana and was ugly. The bed sheets were wrinkly. The water boiler was dirty. And after we laid down more issues became present. The walls are thin as paper. You hear literally every whisper one does on the hallway or the neighboring rooms. Our room faced the front of the building and out of the window you saw a disco, a bar and a garage. It was not nice that this particular window can't be closed properly that we had constant fresh and cold air and noise from outside. The curtains didn't block light too. So room was flooded with light the whole night. The other room was quite better, windows facing the inside of the building. The walls were thin too, so the other nights were nearly unenjoyable like the first one. We avoided the breakfast even when we had it included. The entrance and our rooms told us not to go. The building itself is out of shape. Renovation is needed. The lift reached us what fear really is. Summed up it was the worst travel experience of my life.
If you're someone, who cares a great deal about comfort and hygiene, then this is most likely not the place for you. If you're someone who wants (or has) to travel on a budget and are willing to make some concessions, then this hotel will just do. It's located as centraly as it gets (close to all the main landmarks and the train station), the breakfast is pretty basic, yet varied and filling, and you do get a sense of staying in a piece of dilapidated history (which, I guess, can have its appeal to some, including myself). At the same time, having read some of the reviews, it's difficult not to notice how fairly happy and sattisfied some guests are, and how utterly disappointed and appaled others were. I guess not everyone has the same standards or expectations, but it also seems that not all the rooms are in the same bad shape. Personally, I found little to complain about (considering my short stay here and the peanuts I paid for it), staying in the room on the first floor with the small balcony right above the entrance (sorry, don't remember the room number anymore). That room was far from some horror stories I've read in other reviews, so I guess, if possible, try to get that one ;)
I' ve been here for one night during a exibition, I paid 80 € per night when the rate of the other other was 3 times. The quality is very pour the furniture are old. I can't say that is not so clean. So at the end for a night is ok, for more better to find something else.
This place is cheap, but it is beautiful in that they do not hide the fact. In fact, Hendrix stayed here as did Marilyn. It is one of the only buildings in Rotterdam to survive WWII and so is revered in some ways. Rooms are simple, plumbing is ok, water is hot and there's always help at the desk. I would rather stay here than across the street at the Hilton (for 1/5 of the price).
Waaaay over priced for the accommodation you get. Wifi is useless, shower leaks, no cold water in basin, funny smell in bathroom, cold breakfast restaurant. If this was cheap, I might make my peace with it, but won't recommend it to a friend.
I was here with a work colleague. At fist, both of us received terrible rooms (noise from the heating pipes, strong odor from the freshly painted bathroom). We asked to change the rooms and the girl from the reception told us the classical "we are full, no other room available". The other rooms we received were "ok-ish". Acceptable at most. The internet so just crap. Conclusion: avoid it!
Just about everything was a little or very depressing and dreary. There were some fairly tough looking guys hanging around in the lobby and leaning up against the elevator door. Of the four rooms that I was shown one had a terrible smell. They all had holes in the walls, chipped paint, flaking plaster. The room I took had a TV that didn't work, a clock radio that did work, but no electric outlets by the bed. The bathtub looked horrible and the toilet give you a little shower from above each time you flushed it. On the back staircase they were huge patches of paint falling off the walls, rotten plaster etc. there wasn't really anything very nice. On the plus side The Location was excellent for my conference and transportation needs. The sheets and towels were clean. I asked for and received a no smoking room. There was no traffic noise or street noise. The friendly young woman at the desk was bemused but agreed to show me rooms before I had to pay at check-in. Which was a good thing because at least I had a choice.
Location only good thing about the hotel, central but definitely not Grand. Very shabby and damp double room at back of hotel, filthy carpet and bathroom, no hairdryer, smelt musty and damp. Door handle to bathroom not fixed on and not enough room to move! Glad we only had to stay for one night. Breakfast okay but problems with the public toilets upstairs, which had dog poo on the carpet and blocked toilets which we reported to reception. Asked for extra pillows before we went out, still not there when we got back so had to go to reception again where they could only find one more. Would not recommend and would never book here again.
Ive booked a double room and paid 73 euros to stay just for one night. The bed was comfy but thats where the positive ends. The was either freezing cold or boling hot, so could not user for shower, the water pressure was absolutely appalling, very weak to have a shower, I spent 25 minutes inside and couldnt shower me. The lights bulbs were broken inside the room and the bathroom was very small with no ventilation. Despite all this there was no compensation or discount for us when we said about the problems on the reception. I will stay away from this place.
You get what you pay for, suitable for friends who don't plan to spend much time in the room. WiFi worked ok, beds were comfy enough and the location is ideal. The downsides were the facilities, the noise. The rooms are old but adequately maintained. Bathroom was poor but that was to be expected for the price.
Grand Hotel Central places you in Centrum, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as De Koopgoot and Maritime Museum. This 64-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and a computer station. Located centrally in Rotterdam, it's also close to Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum and Erasmus Bridge.
For your convenience, breakfast is served for a fee each morning. Quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge.
All 64 rooms provide coffee makers and desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and cable TV.
Guests of Grand Hotel Central enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a computer station. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the area. This smoke-free hotel also has a TV in a common area.
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17% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 380 reviews