If you’re looking for an Amsterdam Airport spotting hotel, the CitizenM is one of three hotels located in the central area of Schiphol Airport, where the main passenger terminal and train station are located.
I had an invitation to try out the hotel recently from a spotting perspective, so here’s the report I’ve put together based on my stay.
CitizenM is a very modern, trendy hotel brand. The Schiphol hotel (there’s also one in the centre of Amsterdam, so be careful when booking) is only a short distance from the terminal area and public transport, so it’s perfect if you’re travelling from the airport.
I arrived for the 2pm check-in. This is done via screens in the lobby, much like airline self-check-in, and was very swift. I could see my request for a high level room with an airport view listed, and I even got to create my own room key!
The hotel has five floors and I was allocated 542 on the top floor. It was a very smart, clean and modern room with rain shower, mood lighting and free amenities including water bottles, chocolate and on the shelf some popular books to read.
The blinds were drawn beyond the large bed, so I quickly raised them to assess the view and wasn’t disappointed as it revealed a grandstand position overlooking the western portion of the passenger terminal, including the long-haul Pier G and low cost Pier H.
The best rooms at the CitizenM Amsterdam Airport are on the top floor in the even number range. The higher the number, the better the view. Rooms on the fourth floor may be ok, but any lower will be restricted by Pier H. There are no windows in the corridor of the hotel.
You can request an airport view room upon booking, which should be honoured if available.
CitizenM Amsterdam Airport Views
As I mentioned above, rooms facing the airport have a view of the cul-de-sac and parking areas of piers G and H. Pier H obstructs aircraft parked at its gates, but you’ll see them come and go, and can get pictures as aircraft push back.
All aircraft parked on the western side of Pier G are visible, although light poles get in the way of photographs until the aircraft push back. You can see the tails of some aircraft on the eastern side of Pier G, and part of Pier F.
To the left is the remote parking area used by KLM’s long-haul aircraft during the day.
Runway 09/27 is right in front of you. You can see aircraft at the 09 end easily, but most will have turned off before coming into view if using 27.
Runway 18C/36C is just off to your left and easy to see with binoculars. This runway is not used all day, however.
In the distance off to the left is the newer 18R/36L “Polderbaan” runway. Aircraft using it will be visible taxiing to or from this runway.
Aircraft passing by on the taxiway are within easy reach of a 300mm lens. Those using the nearby piers are much closer.
The windows are double glazed, but were very clean and easy to photograph through, as seen from the pictures here.
CitizenM Prices and Amenities
Rooms at the CitizenM are generally in the reasonable 79-110 Euros range, depending on room type and demand.
The in-room amenities are great, with an iPad Mini used to control the TV, lighting, temperature and alarm, although no hot drink facilities were provided. Nevertheless, downstairs a cafe/bar area is open 24 hours for food and drink, and there are comfortable areas to relax, or hold meetings.
Rooms also receive complimentary WiFi internet access, so you can carry on using flight tracking websites to monitor aircraft movements, particularly after dark.
Of the spotting hotels at Amsterdam Schiphol, the proximity of the CitizenM to the parking aprons and taxiways is probably the best you’ll get, particularly for photography. You won’t see many of the parking gates and piers B-F of the terminal, but all aircraft using the runways at the western side of the airport will be in view when taxiing.
To book your stay at the CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport, visit this link: https://www.citizenm.com/destinations/amsterdam/schiphol-airport-hotel
My thanks go to Alexa Cobbold and CitizenM for arranging this stay which, in the interest of openness was complimentary.