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#Road2Rotterdam!

2 months ago By Jack McCann

Supporters have to plan too!! This information gives supporters a basis upon which they can plan. Ali Keogh has done all the digging, kudos to her!!

#Road2Rotterdam
The mens 1st XI team will participate in KO16 of the EHL in Rotterdam during Easter 2018. The schedule for the competition will not be announced until approximately November 2017, however the competition will run from Friday March 30th to Monday April 2nd. With this in mind, due to the likely demand for accommodation during that weekend, we have pulled together a number of hotel options for people to choose from, alongside some other useful information regarding the tournament venue etc.

Venue
The tournament takes place in Rotterdam H.C., which is situated in Hazelaarweg 2, 3053 PM, Rotterdam, approximately 6km from the city center.

Transport to venue
The club is best accessed via the city’s tram lines from the city center. Trams 20 and 25 leave from Central Station in the city center. Visitors should take the trams heading towards Schiebroek and get off at the Larikslaan stop which leaves you into a housing estate. From there it is a 15 minute walk to the club. Alternatively, Bus 35 leaves North Station and Station Alexanderpolder. If using the bus take the Hazelaarweg stop.

Accommodation
There are very few hotel options within walking distance of the venue. Given the best access to the ground is through the Tram Lines we have pulled together a number of hotel options within the city center, 1km or closer to Central Station. At this stage, these are options for people to investigate. Should supporters begin to book venues, please let us know so that we can track the bookings and attempt to help get as many supports as possible in the same location. The options on this list are for hotels only and are limited to those close to Central Station. Other options may be available, while Air BnB and hostels can be investigated by individual supporters should they wish, as there is obviously no obligation to stay at any of these venues.Hotels.com and Bookings.com offer free cancellation on many bookings if you wish to place a booking but are not sure of your availability yet. All prices below are for four nights, from Thursday the 29th of March to Monday the 2nd of April and include taxes.

Rotterdam Marriott Hotel
0.4km to Central Station and city centre
€1116 price for 4 nights including free cancellation, with no breakfast on hotels.com
€980 price for 4 nights but with no free cancellation on hotels.com
€906 on the hotels own site with free cancellation and breakfast
Room price sleeps 2-3 people (1 king, 1 rollaway)
Hotel website: http://manhattan-rotterdam.hotel-rn.com
Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam
0.5km to central station
€134 a night on hotel website, includes breakfast but no free cancellation
Double room or twin room rate
Hotel website: https://www.ihg.com/…/hot…/gb/en/rotterdam/rtmcs/hoteldetail
Hilton Rotterdam
0.5km to central station
€1176 price for 4 nights with free cancellation on hotels.com
€1336 for four nights including breakfast, with free cancellation
Room sleeps four people (1 king, 2 twin, 1 rollaway)
Hotel website: http://www3.hilton.com/…/hilton-rotterdam-RTMHI…/index.html…
Inntel
Hotel Rotterdam
2km to central station
€419 on bookings.com with free cancellation but no breakfast
Price the same on hotels own site
Price for a double room
Website:
Urban residences
1km to central station
Self-catering apartments
Large apartment sleeps four people (2 double beds)
€876 including free cancellation on hotels.com
€836 on bookings.com
Website: http://www.urbanresidences.com/en/
Hotel Emma
1km to both central station and city centre
€631 for four nights with breakfast and free cancellation on hotels.com and bookings.com
Price for three twin bed room
€733 for a four twin bed room
Hotel website: http://www.hotelemma.nl/en/
Ibis Rotterdam city centre
1.7km to central station
€496 with free cancellation on hotels.com and bookings.com
Room sleeps three (1 double and 1 twin)
Hotel website: https://www.accorhotels.com/…/hotel-8188-ibis-r…/index.shtml
Ven der Walk Hotel Rotterdam
1.8km to central station
€589 including free cancellation on hotels.com
Room sleeps three people (1 king and 2 twin)
Hotel website: https://www.hotel-rotterdam-blijdorp.nl

Match schedule
The tournament draw is expected to be made in December of this year. It is only at that point that we will know the time and dates of matches. The tournament format will mean that the men will play a single knock out game either on Friday the 30th of March, or Saturday the 31st of March. From previous years, the first game of the Friday is usually scheduled for 10.30am (local time).
Should the men win their game they progress immediately to the quarter final on either Sunday the 1st of April (if they played on Friday) or Monday the 2nd of April (if they played on Saturday). From previous years, the last game on Monday is usually scheduled for approximately 3.30pm (local time). Should the men lose their first game, they will play a subsequent second game which will not be televised, and which we do not know the date or schedule of yet. We will confirm the schedule once it is announced.

Flights
The closest airport offering direct flights from Dublin to Rotterdam is Schipol, Amsterdam. Trains from Schipol airport to Rotterdam Central Station take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes depending on the type of train you choose. Tickets are €13.40 for one way per adult and run frequently.
As of the 7th of September 2017, flights from Dublin to Schipol are as follows:
Aer Lingus
Depart Thursday 29th 13.30 – Return Monday 2nd 21.40 = €121.98 excluding baggage
Depart Thursday 29th 18.15 – Return Monday 2nd 21.40 = €136.98 excluding baggage
Depart Friday 30th 6.15 – Return Monday 2nd 21.40 = €131.98 excluding baggage
Ryanair
Depart Thursday 29th 15.30 – Return Monday 2nd 22.05 = €133.98 excluding baggage
Depart Thursday 29th 19.00 – Return Monday 2nd 22.05 = €123.98 excluding baggage
Depart Friday 30th 6.50 – Return Monday 2nd 22.05 = €123.98 excluding baggage
Tickets
Tickets for the event traditionally go on sale in November/December of this year. We will announce the date once it is confirmed.

Further information
If supporters book similar locations we will then endeavour to locate some local restaurant options for the evenings. All other information regarding tickets and schedules will be announced throughout the season.
Additionally, information regarding the fundraising events that will take place to help the guys on their #RoversRoadtoRotterdam will be announced during the season. Your support and endorsement of these events will be greatly appreciated.

Updated 17:53 - 24 Sep 2017 by Jack McCann

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