Ok, let's get over with the negatives first. The hotel is a bit far to be considered an airport hotel ,it takes around 15-20 mins from airport to hotel, the way back is a bit fast ,while going from airport to hotel you have to travel at least 10 mins on the highway before you can have a U turn. This considerably increases one way journey. The shuttle frequency is every 40 mins..which is a bit too much, should have been 25-30 mins, having said that they are very punctual..you can correct your watches by checking their departure times (from airport first bus is at 6:20AM and last one is around 11:20PM).Also for some strange reasons they do not have tea kettles/tea arrangements in the rooms (even in the suites) you have to borrow tea kettle from reception with a 15 euro deposits(subject to availability) and tea bags/sugar etc from restaurant(which can be refused depending on who is managing the restaurant on that day).
We reached hotel around 3:00PM, and to our surprise though our booking was confirmed there were no rooms available, this took some time eventually we were upgraded to Mexican suite at no additional cost. The hotel as mentioned by someone is ''BIG'' as it is just 4 floors high but has 400+ rooms. All rooms are huge with balcony and it is bit off the road so you can have any room without worrying about the noise from A4 motorway. The Mexican suite which was given to us seems to be newly built as some part of it is quite elegant while few things are tacky...looks as if it was hurridly completed with the existing furniture for the tulip season rush to accomodate evantualities like overbooking.It has 3 choice of showers, a bath tub, toilet is seperate, and well it has a sun bed (yes you heard it right a personal tanning sun bed).I was a bit shocked to find no television..soon found out that there was a screen with overhead projector for TV channels, not much of TV channels to select from though. The decor does not look like from Mexico..not sure why this is called Mexican suite. Breakfast is elaborate and hot. We also used room service, the food was good and decently priced. Staff is accommodating, when we went to restaurant and ordered something which was not on restaurant menu but was on room service menu, they arranged for the same. There are also some good eating joint just across the road, which has KFC,burger king and some good restaurants.The indoor swimming pool is small and not quite warm.The massage, though we didnot use but is again decently priced..This hotel if booked early is great value for money and a good stop for Keukenhof or Amsterdam, can also be used for park and fly as they offer parking for long terms too..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located, a stone's throw away from the Schiphol Airport and close to the centre of Amsterdam, you will find luxury, comfort and hospitality with us. Because of its ideal location our hotel is easily accessible by car, public transport or by the free shuttle service. Our hotel offers generous parking spaces, where you can park your car free of charge during your stay in our hotel. Our friendly staff members, the generous, luxurious rooms, suites and many amenities will make you feel at home straight away.We're looking forward to welcoming you in Hotel Schiphol A4! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Schiphol a4 Hotel
- Schiphol a4 Hoofddorp
- Van Der Valk Hotel Schiphol Haarlemmermeer