We were on our first visit to Amsterdam but wanted to include a Spa in order to relax after Christmas. In the end we booked the Spa package for the three days we were there.
Previous reviews have mentioned that it is not the easiest place to get to or get into Amsterdam from. This made me slightly nervous but really there was no need to worry.
Before we came away I inquired about taxi/limousine from the airport and was quoted 90 euros return which I thought was a bit excessive when the distance was about 5 miles maximum. So I asked the hotel about buses and in the end we took the 197 from the Schipol Plaza at the airport to Amstelveensewag. Time 20 minutes. Cost 8 euros for both of us. This stop was about a 10 minute walk from the Hotel Spa Zuiver. We could have taken another bus (170 or 172) the 2 stops down the road but didn't bother.
On the subject of travel, I'll finish off... Going in to Amsterdam - we caught the 170 or 172 from the Koenenkade bus stop on the Amstelveensewag main road. We got off outside Anne Franks house but could have continued to the Central Station. Cost 2 euros each. The buses have screens showing the next few stops so you can work out when you will be getting off.
We arrived at 10.00 and were too early to book in to our room but we just dropped off our bag and went to the Spa. When we checked in later in the day we were very pleased with our room. Very clean. Good facilities and the most excellent shower. Each morning our room was cleaned while we were at breakfast and it was done to a high standard. The breakfast was okay. We thought a bit pricey - 15 euros. Breads, croissant, pastry, yogurt, juice, cheese, meat, scrambled egg, boiled egg, bacon, tea and coffee. It sounds good as I write this but I still think for 15 euros it was a bit much. We didn't have dinner in the hotel - it looked a bit like it might be canteen type food (a bit unfair as we didn't actually try it) so we ate in the Spa which was excellent. Reception staff were all helpful and very polite.
Entrance to the spa was down a short corridor from the hotel reception, so on the days when we had already checked in we just wandered down the corridor in our bath robes and flip flops. The changing rooms, of which there are 6 are mixed. The entire spa is totally nude only.
Once inside there are numerous showering locations with good gel, shampoo and copious amounts of salt to scrub yourself. Indoors there are two water rooms where you can lay in warm scented waters, three saunas of differing degrees, cold plunge pools, cold shower areas, a steam room, two hot tubs, a hot tiled bed room, two relaxation rooms a restaurant area and a large balconied relaxation room which has hot water beds, couches and a bar where they also serve sushi and dim sum. This balcony looks down onto the pool area which goes from indoors outside via an easy opening glass partition. on the outside the pool is about the same size again. It is nice swimming from inside to out, especially as when we went it was quite cold outside.
Outside there are two more saunas, a calcium room, a log fire sauna, a large outdoor hot tub and a warm plunge pool. Despite the cold and even rain on one evening all these facilities were well used. Yes it was cold getting out of the warm water and going to your next location but quite invigorating.
Spa restaurant / bar cafes. The drinks were reasonably priced. The food was of very good quality. The chefs and their cooking areas were visible when eating our meals. Very relaxed and very professional. The sushi and dim sum, served in the upstairs relaxation room were also of very good quality.
On our third day, my birthday, we were there from 10.00 to 23.00 and didn't get bored.
A great place to stay and a great spa to relax in.
Everyone we met from the bus drivers, reception, restaurant staff... were all so polite, nice and helpful. We will be going back to Amsterdam and the hotel Spa Zuiver.
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