Ultra-Sleek Mainport Hotel Opens in Rotterdam

Posted by Kristine Hansen on May 31, 2013 at 11:31:12 AM EDT | Post a Comment

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Earlier this month, Mainport Hotel opened in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a sleek design consisting of black glass and aluminum, poised to make the skyline in the country's second-largest city even more moderne. It's in perfect pitch with the city's newly built waterfront.

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Located in Leuvehaven next to the Maritime Museum and on the banks of the Maas River, the 215-room property harnesses futuristic concepts designed by Feran Thomassen, most evident in the mostly black-and-white furnishings with curved lines, like black bucket seats in the water-level restaurant (Down Under). In addition, floor-to-ceiling glass walls on both sides provide views of the harbor.

At Down Under is a love letter to Sydney, Australia, with foods inspired by that region prepared by chef Sander Jongenotter. Similarly, bar on the Rocks also adopts an Aussie vibe.

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With a property-wide focus on wellness, Mainport Hotel also features Spa Heaven on the eighth floor where there is a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, Hammam, relaxation room, and two treatment rooms. Within each of the five room categories is an in-room spa concept with a walk-in shower, whirlpool, and anti-fog mirrors. Waterfront Spa and Spa Suite rooms offer a Finnish sauna. A king-size bed, flat-screen television, and Illy espresso machine are also in each room. But what's especially unique is that each floor adopts a different design theme as expressed through patterns and color hues

Owner Karin Geurts says her number-one focus in creating this hotel is to launch a "landing pad" or hub for locals in the city to utilize too.

Rates start at 150 Euros ($207) per night.

Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Mainport Hotel

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