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At the mouth of the Maas river, the Delta Hotel offers unique and ever-changing views; it is our winner for Best Luxury Hotel in the Netherlands

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Situated on the banks of the international shipping canal Nieuwe Waterweg, this four star hotel boasts 78 guest rooms including 10 suites and six unique conference rooms.

The comfortable, nautically themed bedrooms have a bath, rain shower, air conditioning and minibar. Rooms on the river side of the hotel afford distractingly fabulous views over the Maas and the many different ships that pass down it from Europe’s largest international port in Rotterdam. The suites are large, sunny rooms with a separate sitting area, some with their own balcony but all with fantastic views of the river’s traffic.

The hotel offers one special suite inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Modelled on Captain Nemo’s private room, it features a replica of his diving helmet, and a number of Jules Verne’s books are displayed in the suite for visitors to get carried away by his thrilling stories.

Meals and dinners can be enjoyed in the restaurant Nautique. This unique restaurant offers different styles of dining in its three areas – the Brasserie, the Grand Café and the Four Cardinal Directions – to make it suitable for any occasion.

The open kitchen on one side and the busy river views on the other create a dynamic spectacle. The Grand Café is a fine venue for a spot of lunch, informal dinner, or simply a cup of coffee while reading a paper; the large terrace is also an excellent space for relaxing with a cool beer or glass of quality wine after work.

For an unforgettable impression, the Brasserie offers a selection of fresh pastries and assorted appetisers. Guests are invited to explore the large, watercooled wine cellar: the first of its kind in the Netherlands. The menu is filled with famous dishes from world harbour cities and stubborn new world wines.

The hotel offers four pleasant banquet rooms, called North, East, South and West. Situated high above the water, these rooms look out over the appropriate compass point of the port of Rotterdam, and can be combined if required; they can also serve as venues for buffet suppers or menus selected to suit guests’ requirements.

The six conference rooms, with capacity for eight to 250 delegates in a variety of layouts, also offer unique views over the Rotterdam harbour.

Nautical novelties
Arriving at the Delta Hotel can also be an entertaining experience by using one of the super-fast watertaxis. Skimming over the waves at 50km per hour, they put the centre of Rotterdam just 15 minutes away.

And as a recognised wedding venue of the Board of Vlaardings mayor and aldermen, the Delta Hotel is an excellent – and official – location to tie the knot. The Crow’s Nest on the roof of the hotel offers spectacular views for the ceremony, while for the wedding breakfast or reception the elegantly decorated nautical halls are the perfect size and style for an unforgettable celebration. Last but not least, the Red Roses honeymoon suite on the top floor has a window-side Jacuzzi, for yet more stunning views while enjoying a glass of champagne in love and luxury.

Delta Hotel, Maasboulevard 15, 3133 AK Vlaardingen; tel: +31 10 4345477; info@deltahotel.nl; www.deltahotel.nl

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