Tribute Portfolio, Marriott International’s collection of independent, characterful hotels, has welcomed The Slaak Rotterdam, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel to its European roster following a captivating transformation of the iconic ‘Het Slaakhuys’ building which was originally designed by Dutch architect Jo Vegter in 1952. The architecturally significant landmark was home to the influential Dutch newspaper Het Vrije Volk (The Free People) until 1976. The building’s rich history associated with print has inspired the design and concept for the 74-room boutique hotel.
The interior design was overseen by Dutch firm HDVL and blends a sleek, modern aesthetic with standout design features referencing the bold architecture of the reconstruction period in Rotterdam. A color palette of greens and yellows blends with classic materials such as marble, wood and brass throughout the property, evoking the flair and freedom of the 1950s.
The Slaak Rotterdam embraces the grandeur of ’50s culture in Rotterdam and pays homage to the historic time period with its concrete parasol-shaped entrance area, raw brick surfaces, large open spaces, natural stone and use of mosaics. While the expansive, characterful lobby welcomes guests upon arrival, a stunning bronze bar is the centerpiece of the hotel’s captivating design.
Quirky, residential-style guestrooms feature bespoke, handmade furniture including solid wood tables and eye-catching wall murals. Private balconies can be found in 13 of The Slaak Executive rooms and The Slaak Suites, with fantastic views over Rotterdam.