Hotel Van der Valk Airport A4 (the 'A4' refers to the highway you reach it by)
This right here is an excellent hotel, especially if you are like me, and enjoy doing the tourist thing, but don't necessarily like staying in the 'tourist' parts of the city, with their small beds and shared washrooms and constant street noise...
I read the earlier criticisms of the hotel location, and they are right - it IS far away from the hubub of downtown - but here's the thing: they have a free shuttle to Schipol.
Takes 12 to14 minutes during off-hours, and leaves every forty minutes or so. The bus runs out of the airport until 23:40, and after that I doubt a cab ride would be ruinously expensive.
Then, from Schipol to Centraal is a €4 train-ride, and it is really easy.
The rooms are great (or at least the one I had was, room 444), with a big bed, balcony, shower and free wi-fi (with good speeds)
The upscale appointment of the lobby, and the diverse mix of professionals you see there, tail well with quality restaurant and bar. I get the impression they could easily host some pretty good, medium-size events on the premises, too.
Most importantly, in my view, is the professionalism and competence of the staff. Every one of the ones I dealt with were top-flight: the drivers, the desk staff, the manager on duty.
In a nation that prides itself, among many things, as a leader in the hospitality industry, the Van der Valk A4 stands out, and I recommend it wholeheartedly if it fits within your budget.
The downside: it does, indeed, lack the old-world 'character' that you will find in the core of the city; but that's the tradeoff you make.
- 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