Holland America Line headquarters
In earlier times, many Europeans sailed from Rotterdam to North America, full of hope and looking for a better life. The first 25 years of its existence The Holland America Line (HAL) transported about 400,000 emigrants.
The HAL settled quickly on the Wilhelmina Pier, where impressive ships tended to dock at the quays.
Art Nouveau showpiece
In 1901, the head office was built at the head of the Wilhelmina Pier. A remarkable and stately building which was later enhanced with the characteristic octagonal green copper steeples.
During World War II the Wilhelmina quay was badly destroyed. The HAL headquarters withstood the attacks. At the end of the sixties, the company lost its commercial importance. So did the building.
Fortunately, the building is in the spotlight again. According to Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2016’ Hotel New York is an art nouveau showpiece, reflecting Rotterdam’s irrepressible spirit.
Free chairs on the Hotel New York lawn
In 1978 the HAL sold the head office that fifteen years later got a new destination: hotel, restaurant and grand café.
The Hotel New York terrace is one of the most beautiful and sunniest terraces of Rotterdam. Or just try the free beach chairs on the lawn in front of the establishment.
Just like the Frank Sinatra classic, we have only one thing left to say: It’s up to you, New York, New York!
Hotel New York information tools
- By public transport: Subway line E, metro station Wilhelminaplein.
- By watertaxi: Small taxi boats leave from the northern bank of Rotterdam to bring you to Hotel New York, at the other side of the river Maas.
- By foot: If you’re a bit sporty, walk or cycle the Erasmus Bridge. It is well worth the effort.
- Location on Google Maps