Hotel to Heart: Citizen M in Rotterdam

The Dutch city Rotterdam is booming and getting hipper by the week. New shops, restaurants, buildings and hotels are popping up and putting the city on the international hot spots map.  One of the latest hotels is the Citizen M. After London, Glasgow, and two Citizens Ms in Amsterdam, this is the fifth location. A few weeks ago I stayed in the new kid on the block, and I loved it! I was invited by the hotel after photographing the home of the interior designer of the Citizen M properties: James van der Velden.



The distinctive interior design and laid back yet edgy concept, make this a hotel to heart. It’s affordable luxury for the mobile global citizen. When you enter the hotel, an impressive two floors wall covering cabinet with art pieces and accessories draws you in. A wooden spiral staircase leads to the first floor where you’ll find the (self-service) check in terminals. A Citizen M ambassador is always there to help and guide you. Also in the open space lobby a place to sit and relax, and a large integrated cabinet with Citizen M products and items you can buy in case you forgot to bring them. Think magazines, cool toiletries and travel objects.IMG_0294IMG_0296The hotel’s first floor has multiple sections and living rooms where guests can socialize, work, watch tv, read, or have a drink and relax. Large windows on both sides create a light and open space with view on the old harbour. The different areas are divided by floor to ceiling cabinets that are partly open, creating an open floor plan with transparency. The cabinets are boasting beautiful art and photography books, quirky art pieces, and accessories with a maritime theme as a wink to Rotterdam’s identity. The furniture consists of comfortable sectionals and chairs, poufs, and communal tables from design brands like Vitra, Eames, and Moooi.

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Breakfast is served in the canteenM. It is no fuss, and a simple buffet with lots of healthy choices and the perfect fresh brewed coffee. You can either eat at the communal table or at the bar. During the day you can get salads, sushi and sandwiches. Behind the communal table there is a long bookcase bench and some individual seats to have a chat and drink and overlook the square.



My bed room was simple and sleek with the two most important features scoring an A+ namely an amazing bed, and a good oversized rain shower. Everything in the room is controlled by a tablet. You can control the blinds, curtains and lighting, the air control, and television all on your tablet. There is also a mood control  that regulates the coloured light and the music. Internet, wifi, music and film are all available free of charge.

What I also loved are the texts on all the citizen M items, and the cuddle that is waiting for you in bed. It was a great experience! The citizen M is located in the heart of the city, and across metro station Blaak. For only 72 euros you can spend a night in this awesome, trendy boutique hotel. So what’s stopping you?

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Complete your stay at the Citizen M by going to all Rotterdam hot spots recommended by 30s Magazine in the Rotterdam city guide

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