Outline of trip:
We flew into Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, then took the train to Rotterdam. Walking out of the station, the Marriot Rotterdam was immediately opposite.
An early morning visit to the Euromast (a tower overlooking the whole of Rotterdam), followed by speed dating with several hotels and then an trip on the water taxi to SS Rotterdam, a stationary cruiseship with meeting rooms and accommodation. After lunch at a local restaurant we experienced a walking tour of the city and to the World Trade Centre, then the Hilton then back to the hotel to change before going for dinner and drinks at the roof top bar Suicide Club.
We went to a museum then to Mainport and took a RIB boat trip (AMAZING) and then took a coach to The Hague.
So, what did you think of Rotterdam as a destination?
Rotterdam all very modern in design as the city was man-made following heavy bombing during WWII. The streets have very wide pathways, cycle lanes, tram lanes, and not many cars on the roads. All the hotels we saw were lovely and the city is a great business destination.
What initially caught your eye as you entered the Marriott hotel?
The Marriott was a very big tower-like structure and was very classy. The rail station was impressively modern compared to UK stations and easy to get around; it is very well signposted in English throughout.
What was the food and drink offering at the venue like?
Breakfast at the hotel was very good with plenty to eat. The restaurant for lunch was a set menu with very healthy options. Dinner was Tapas style which I really enjoy as I could pick what I liked to eat. They also catered for my dairy intolerance which was refreshing.
What was the accommodation like during your stay?
The Marriott was lovely. I had a great room on an executive floor, it was very spacious and offered great staff service. The hotel was very accessible in the city centre and also had a smoking area if preferred. The lifts were operated by a room key card so you felt safe in the knowledge that only guests had access to bedroom quarters.
What were your hosts like during your stay?
Paul, Faye and all other suppliers were very hospitable from start to finish and really made you feel welcome. They were all very knowledgeable and kept us informed on all we needed to know. A big thank you to all of them!
Would you recommend the venue to business travellers and why/not?
I would recommend the Marriott to corporate travellers as it had all the amenities you would need for a comfortable business stay. The WiFi was very strong, rooms big, great location and had a working area in the hotel also in case you wanted to work in a more social environment to your hotel room.
What was the highlight of your trip?
The highlight was the City Tour as we saw a lot of sights and learnt a lot about Rotterdam; the guide was very knowledgeable. It was really useful to experience the train to Rotterdam as I often book it for clients and can now provide first hand knowledge of the journey lengths and stoppages.
Any final comments/ opinions you think would be useful to a business traveller?
The train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam is about €9.00 and takes 50 minutes on a slow train and 20 on the fast train. I would recommend leaving about 3 hours to get through security as it is very busy.