Simon Brooke has recently written a report of a new-ish hotel at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which has airport views and very reasonable prices.
The CitizenM hotel is a cross between a boutique hotel and the Starship Enterprise.
It is located a short (3 minutes or so) walk from the terminal at AMS (with a covered walkway) and overlooks the easyJet stands and everything to the north of that.
It is almost totally computerised so there is, for example, no reception – just six self-service check-in screens. As the screens give a “runway view”
room choice, this shouldn’t be a problem for enthusiasts.
The view from the fifth (top) floor is pretty good!
The rooms are not very big, and the bed takes up the whole width of the room
for a couple of metres from the window into the room (so the only way to get
a really good view out of the window is to lie on the bed – spotting in
comfort!!!!). No good for photography as the venetian blinds are adjustable
Wi-Fi is free, and there is a British 13 Amp socket in the room (as well as
several European sockets) but the 2 tables are tiny. However the bed is so
big that the SBS box and laptop can happily lie on it beside a single
The bar/coffee shop is open H24 and snacks (hot & cold) are available H24 as
well. There are, of course, plenty of other eating options in the Schiphol
There is no parking at the hotel, and the hotels is all non-smoking.
The computerised check-in system allows you to check in early – before 14:00
– for a fee (I checked in at 10:30 in the morning) and offers you a similar
facility for late check-out – after 11:00.
It’s rather twee and amusing – especially for technocrats – but it’s
reasonably priced, convenient for the airport, totally B-S free and the
“runway view” rooms on the higher floors are pretty damned good. The staff
are very friendly and helpful. It also has the best lounge area – virtually
the whole ground floor – of any hotel I’ve ever used!
I hope this is of interest as an alternative to the Ibis and Etap.