Business travelers staying at the many discount hotels near the Groothandelsgebouw in Rotterdam will appreciate the close proximity to both the Central Station as well as this huge office complex. Construction first started on the building in 1949, and it is now home to literally hundreds of offices, as well as dining areas and a major conference center. Since this is such a central area, many tourists also choose budget hotels near the Groothandelsgebouw in Rotterdam. The large office complex has attracted retail outlets, entertainment and dining areas all within a very short distance.
The Groothandelsgebouw has the distinction of being the first major building constructed after the Second World War. It has been upgraded but not structurally changed since its construction, and is 10 storeys tall and covers a total floor area of 127,000 square meters. It was very recently nominated to become one of the new Rijksmonuments or national monuments that pay tribute to the architecture of the country.