During our last holiday in the Netherlands a week ago we hopped from one meeting to the other and stayed the night at friends and family. Yet Ralf and I also chose to spend a few nights in a hotel together. Sometimes, especially now that we are mom and dad, it’s nice to do that by the time. For example, we had booked the Volkshotel in Amsterdam earlier and chose for Hotel Bazar in the city of Rotterdam as the next.
Bazar Rotterdam has been around for over 20 years in one of Rotterdam’s most popular entertainment areas: the Witte Withstraat. A striking monumental building on the corner of the Witte de With and William Boothlaan offers space to a restaurant and a hotel. When I was still living in Rotterdam I visited the Bazar sometimes for a lunch or diner. But I had never spent the night in the hotel before. In fact I had never slept a night in a hotel in my own city. So this time it would be an even more special experience.
When you think of the ‘Bazar’, you imagine a market in the Middle East. That is exactly what you can expect when you enter the restaurant and the hotel lobby. Both are beautifully illuminated with lamps as you know them from the stories of One-Thousand-and-One-Nights. The interior is completed with wooden tables and chairs in striking colors and at the background you hear cheerful music. In the restaurant large trays full of delicacies passed by which are served above the head to the tables. A whole experience and contrast with the outside environment. Like you’re on vacation in the middle East and have diner at a local restaurant.
For us it was actually a holiday aswell, not in the far Middle East but in my own city. At least the city where I was born thirty years ago and lived all my life before moving to London, which fortunately also feels a bit like ‘home’ right now. Yet Rotterdam will still remain my first home city. And I will always look forward to a return visit. Also this time when we travelled by car back to the big harbour city.
After we had parked the car in the parking garage at the Museumplein we moved with our suitcases towards the hotel. Hotel Bazar has no private parking but as a hotel guest you can use one of the nearby parking garages at an advantageous rate. That is fine, since parking in the center of Rotterdam is not necessarily very cheap. We check in and are escorted to our room on the third floor. Hotel Bazar has 27 rooms decorated in Eastern, African and South American atmospheres, all are equipped with a television, telephone, minibar and bathroom en suite. We booked the ‘Standard Double Africa’ including an extensive breakfast which you can have in the restaurant downstairs in the morning.
Upon entering our hotel room we are immersed in an oasis of color, lights and prints on the wall and above our heads. Exactly what we suspected when we booked the room in advance. The staircase in the building is perhaps the most neutral and quiet place of the whole building. Nonetheless, we are very satisfied with the room that brings a lot of comfort and cosiness with it. The view of the Witte de Withstraat makes it complete. Cheers on our stay.
The twilight falls and we get ready for an evening in the city where we will meet up with friends. Nice to be in Rotterdam again, although not as a resident anymore, but now as a tourist. I have to get used to that idea a bit. But never to Rotterdam, that feels forever familiar to me.
Plans to visit Rotterdam and still looking for a hotel in the middle of the city? Then Hotel Bazar is definitely recommended. Excellent value for money for a spacious room including breakfast. And located in the nicest street of Rotterdam. For more information about the restaurant and hotel you can visit the website of Bazar Rotterdam.