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A Member of Design Hotels, the 215-room Mainport Opens
in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Berlin, May 22, 2013
– On May 13, Rotterdam’s modern harbor skyline became even richer by the opening of new Design Hotels™ member, Mainport. The hotel, designed by MAS architectuur is characterized by a futuristic façade of black glass and aluminum. The hotel stands proud in the central district of Leuvehaven and reflects Rotterdam’s unique architectural aesthetic. Just as Rotterdam is a symbiosis of international influences and Dutch tradition, Mainport’s overall concept entwines the best cuisine, spa traditions and design from around the world, while placing an importance on Rotterdam as the hotel’s ‘main port’. Wellness is a recurring theme throughout the hotel. This is demonstrated not only by extensive spa facilities but the hotel’s overall holistic concept.

Futuristic Architecture and Internationally Rich Interior
Architecturally speaking, Mainport’s step-like facade and huge sweeping windows blend harmoniously with the hotel’s modern surroundings. Architect At Tun’s employment of floor to ceiling glass on both sides of the building creates a feeling not only of industrial grandeur and a connection to the harbor but also a sense of transparency. In light of owner Karin Geurts’ vision for a hotel which functions as a landing place for travelers and locals alike, this light open-plan design warrants neighborhood integration through its inviting atmosphere.

Wellness and light in 215 Rooms
Mainport’s 215 rooms have been split into five categories: City XL, Corner, Waterfront Sauna, Waterfront Spa and the Spa Suite. Each room reflects the hotel’s dedication to wellness by providing an in-room spa equipped with walk-in showers, anti-fog mirrors and a whirlpool. The Waterfront Spa category and the Spa Suite even have a private Jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and a mirror integrated TV.

The interiors of the hotel, designed by Feran Thomassen have been inspired by many different continents. Luxurious marble bathrooms, impressive fireplaces and panoramic windows, offering views of Rotterdam’s highlights, exude grandeur. Light grey curtains, anthracite desks and dark timber flooring accessorize an elegant environment.

Dining in Down Under
In keeping with Mainport’s international influences, the hotel restaurant Down Under and bar on the Rocks are a homage to Australia, in particular Sydney. Located at water level, the restaurant headed up by chef Sander Jongenotter focuses on exceptional Australian-Asian cuisine.

Orient meets Occident in Spa Heaven
In-room spas may be the ultimate luxury but Mainport’s eighth floor spa takes wellness to a whole new level. Here, a Finnish panorama sauna, a Turkish steam room, hamam, two treatment rooms and an extensive relaxation room awaits.

The Neighborhood Experts
Those staying at Mainport can look forward to experiencing a side to Rotterdam usually reserved for the city’s residents. Staff members’ in-the-know knowledge and unique recommendations mean guests can explore the city as a local. Neighborhood integration is further encouraged by owner Karin Geurts who wants to establish the hotel as a meeting place for locals in the city.

The Location
Mainport is located in the area of Leuvehaven next to the historic Maritime Museum and the asymmetric Erasmus Bridge. The inner harbor of Rotterdam provides a beautiful skyline view which connects the center with the southern part of the city and the newly built, futuristic waterfront.

Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of more than 250 independent hotels in over 40 countries across the globe.

More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original," someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven experience that his or her hotel provides.

Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design Hotels™ offers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from conceptual branding to market trend consultancy and international sales representation. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Barcelona, New York, Singapore and Perth. and


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