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Rebirth of Rotterdam

Martin Morrell

Photo: Martin Morrell

THE FACTS

HOTELS

Bilderberg Parkhotel 70 Westersingel; 31-10/436-3611, fax 31-10/436-4212; doubles from $160. A late-19th-century townhouse revamped in the early 1990's with the addition of a gigantic steel tower.

Hotel New York 1 Koninginnenhoofd; 31-10/439-0500, fax 31-10/484-2701; doubles from $75. Rotterdam's own twin towers used to be the headquarters of the Holland America Cruise Line. Now you can get a room with a view over the dockyards.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Off_Corso 22 Kruiskade; 31-10/411-3897. A cyber-lounge.

Artusi 15A Witte de Withstraat; 31-10/412-1413; dinner for two $50. Mediterranean food in a modern setting.

Restaurant Lux 133 S. Gravendijkwal; 31-10/476-2206; dinner for two $50.

ART & ARCHITECTURE

Netherlands Architecture Institute 25 Museumpark; 31-10/440-1200; www.nai.nl.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 18—20 Museumpark; 31-10/441-9400; www.boijmans.rotterdam.nl. A vast permanent collection—from van Eyck to Magritte.

Kunsthal 341 Museumpark; 31-10/440-0300; www.kunsthal.nl. The 3,000-square-foot space houses temporary exhibitions on architecture, art, and design. "Rotterdam As Seen by European Masters" is on display until January 6.

Sonneveld House 25 Museumpark; 31-10/440-1200; www.nai.nl/sonneveld. The recently restored Dutch Functionalist house is open to the public.

31st International Film Festival Rotterdam 2002 278B Karel Doormanstraat; 31-10/890-9090, fax 31-10/890-9091; www.iffrotterdam.nl. Held next year from January 23 to February 3.

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