Travelettes discovers the pleasures of The Pincoffs Hotel Rotterdam
Direct from the blog Travelettes, backpacking in heels – HOTELS WE LOVE:
,,I didn’t expect my stay at Pincoffs to be an educational one. I expected soft towels, neatly made beds, cosy decor and a breakfast I could smell before walking into the dining room. I expected comfort and class and – it is Tripadvisor’s number 1 hotel in Rotterdam – and I hoped for all the things I’ve come to enjoy in a boutique hotel; personal touches, friendly staff and personal tips on how I should spend my time in the city.
,,I got all those things plus a bit more while staying at Pincoffs. Upon my arrival late on Sunday night, I was given a recommendation and assistance in ordering a sushi delivery. The following day, bikes were organised for us – and they were excellent, new and sturdy bikes with a saddle so soft I was tempted to ride it all the way back to Amsterdam, ignoring my old rusty Omafiets waiting for me at the station. And the breakfast was one that I not only enjoyed smelling but got much more pleasure out of eating.
,,In fact, the breakfast room was one of my favourite spaces in this hotel that has been lovingly restored by Karen and Edwin, two former journalists who had a dream of opening the perfect hotel.
,,In 2002 that dream started to become a reality when they bought the old dilapidated port customs house, a space that had been mostly empty since the early 1990s. Listed as a national monument, they spent five years restoring the property in line with numerous laws and regulations, all the while also raising their three young triplet daughters. It’s no surprise to learn that after hearing of their story, a Dutch national TV channel wanted to follow their journey for the opening year of their hotel. One can imagine that RTL expected the family’s struggle to make some good television, but although it was no doubt a challenging time, it has also been a great success. After six years of welcoming guests to Pincoffs, Karen and Edwin are still living their dream. They even have a sister hotel that has recently opened for business, Stroom Rotterdam (“stroom” meaning flow or current in Dutch, a nod to the River Maas that dominates Rotterdam’s layout and lifestyle).
,,Here are some more photos from my room and others that I was allowed to snoop inside, as long as I didn’t jump on the beds. Every bedroom I looked at was spacious and thoughtfully decorated with different colours and details in each. I especially loved the photos on display throughout the hotel, snapped by three famous photographers of Rotterdam (Cas Oorthuys, Frits Rotgans en Aart Klein) and chosen by Edwin to specifically represent the romantic side of Rotterdam.”