I was in Amsterdam for a few days just before the Gay International Weekend in August, catching a connecting flight to USA. My hotel had cost me those two days about 50 euros/night, on a quiet inner canal downtown. My flight unexpectedly bumped me on departure day, and the Dutch airport official woman, told me that if I walked to the CitizenM airport hotel very nearby, I could use their wifi for free, that they were friendly to everyone there [she had heard], and she advised me that maybe i would have to buy a coffee to stay longer than a few minutes using their wifi in their futuristic lounge. I booked my new flight in the Citizen M hotel lobby, and everyone on the staff was friendly to me for the two hours i was researching better airlines than the one that bumped me. So I inquired about their prices at Citizen M and found out a room cost near 100 euros. As a result, I took the train to central station, and hundreds of thousands of gays were just then flooding into the city. Every hotel i went to was asking a minimum of 235 euros or sold out, completely BOOKED, even trashy dimly lit beer drenched closet sized hotel rooms for druggies and hookers. After three hours searching by foot for a room, and finding other better rooms for 275 and 300 euros, I decided to pay the near 100 at Citizen M, now considering that it was a great bargain, given the situation. I knew they were friendly at Citizen M, already, but I had no idea the rooms were part of an elite artistic very small chain of hotels in elegant venues/cities. At first i did not understand the plexiglass see through tube in the middle of the room, that it was my shower, and the toilet bowl/seat was also like a work of modern sculpture free standing in the center of the room. The bed was very huge and super comfy, a bed could not be better. And the cable TV very generous in its programming and cosmopolitan choices. Lo and behold, i found a remote control device not only for the TV and not only for air conditioning, but a device to remotely open heavy metal shudders that revealed an eagle nest view of the airport runway, letting me observe in bed, taxiing commercial jetliners, protected by soundproofed engineering and tinted triple glass! I had lots of fun watching the jets take off from what appeared to be my feet, and rocketing over my head, in a silent world outside, but in the room the delightful music of a Mozart quintet on TV soothed my formerly frayed nerves.
The food at night was pretty good downstairs, at the buffet also. All in all i was quite gratetful not to be in the crowded and overpriced festive downtown that night, pushing my way through a sardine can of tourists, mostly all guys!
Usually i don't like airport hotels or stay in them, but this one .... only 15 minutes by airport train to the center of Amsterdam, would be a good choice almost for any traveler, who wants modern luxury at a moderate price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Amsterdam on Prinses Irenestraat just ten minutes from city center, citizenM Amsterdam boasts 215 luxuriously appointed rooms at an affordable rate. A perfect spot for a cultural excursion or quick business trip, enjoy free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel, 24/7 on-site dining and cocktailing at canteenM, contemporary living rooms decked out in iconic Vitra furniture and a prolific MENDO library collection. Be sure to try out the hi-tech MoodPad tablet to control your room amenities like mood lighting and temperature, power rain shower, or sprawl out on the XL king-size bed with upscale Italian linens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citizenm Amsterdam City Hotel Amsterdam
- Citizenm Hotel Amsterdam