Are you ready to experience one of Rotterdam’s hippest locations in the ultimate of luxury? A comfortable, modern, stylish hub full of international influences awaits you at Mainport a member of Design HotelsTM.
Mainport, situated in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and beautifully poised on one edge of the inner harbour of the city clearly resonates with the owner Karin Geurt’s philosophy, that “hotels should reflect the city they’re in.” Thus Mainport due to its no less than envious location becomes a fitting place from which to immerse oneself in the city’s fascinating history and cosmopolitan charm.
Architect At Tuns of Mas architectuur was at the helm of affairs of building the hotel. An IMAX cinema once stood here and for the foundation that he created for the hotel he innovatively used part of the dike that protects the city from water.
Daring design has always been a forte of the Dutch and in Mainport the architectural firm has more than proved and established this truth. The hotel’s step-like façade is a lattice of aluminum panels and wide glass windows, a design which takes inspiration from the industrial character of Rotterdam.
These massive windows and the elevator shaft which offer views across the city’s jagged skyline, known locally as Manhattan on the Maas, light up at night and act as a beacon on the harbour.
A wave-like pattern on the floor of the spacious lobby and the transparent and airy feel created thanks to the massive windows on both sides combine to creating a tempting and attractive sight for the passersby. This visibility and openness was key to owner Karin Geurt’s vision for Mainport: “to create a venue loved by neighbours as much as out-of-town guests.”
A panoramic descent to the riverside level is assured by the elegant staircase and exterior lift – both of which are encased by glass. Just steps away from the hotel lobby, with great views over the harbour, a far-away continent awaits. Restaurant Down Under and the cocktail bar on The Rocks continue with Mainport’s fascination for travel and the exotic by paying homage to Australia, in particular, Sydney.
At Down Under, chef Sander Jongenotter offers predominantly Australian cuisine, characterised by the melting pot of influences from east to west. There are classic dishes to be found on the menu alongside Japanese Sashimi and Argentinian steaks. Barkeepers create refined cocktails like Singapore Sling and Manhattan.
Some hotels want you to make yourself at home but at Mainport it’s easy to get even more comfortable than that. The hotel’s uber luxe interiors designed by Feran Thamassen have interlaced within them both highlights of the city and influences of far-flung places.
An intelligent orchestration of Dutch traditions and international modernism, every one of Mainport’s spacious rooms exudes a unique charm.
Mainport encompasses 215 rooms and suites and each room includes an XL King Size bed or King Size bed, superior linen, an in-room ‘do not disturb’ switch and windows that open. It would be a shame if they didn’t open as the magnificent, panoramic view of the river Maas is best experienced when you can feel the breeze as well.
In the Waterfront Spa Room and Mainport Suites are present luxurious in-room spas which include an oversized round Jacuzzi and a Finnish Sauna. The sublime range of toiletries is by Malin+Goetz and entertainment includes a 26”-32” LCD flat screen TV and ONAIR interactive TV.
The Mainport Suite includes two 32” LCD flat screen TVs, complimentary Illy espresso machine and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, 24 hour in-room dining, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, two telephones (bed and desk), self controlled air conditioning and ironing facilities.
Another TV sleekly incorporated in the mirror of the bathroom allows one to groom and be kept up-to-date with world happenings, both at the same time.Rotterdam is a city full of diverse influences. The feel is unmistakably international with architecture that is chic and modern; it has a dynamic and pulsating art scene that engages with both the locals and visitors.
It has for long been the busiest port in all of Europe. In the aftermath of WWII’s destruction this city emerged much like a phoenix and the symbiosis of old and new has graced it with a truly unique aesthetic.
Mainport is situated right next to the Leuehaven dock and the charming riverfront is a mere 5-minute walk from the iconic Erasmus Bridge and just 10 minutes away from the main shopping area around Beursplein.
A tram, bus stop and metro station, all just a few feet away from the hotel allows one to see even the more distant sights easily. So whilst at Mainport, sit back, loosen up, enjoy the spa-in-room facilities, call room service, and order something that doesn’t even necessarily have to be on the menu!
Text By Mala Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Design Hotels™
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