My normal experience of Novotel hotels (Paddington and Reading in the UK) are of
stylish places that ooze modernity in decor and facilities. Well, this isn't one of them but it does get a lot of things right.
From check-in through to the restaurant, bar - and even the somewhat twee gift shop - I was met by well-intentioned staff. Check-in was efficient, the restaurant and bar friendly and pleasant and check-out equally organised. The place was very well-kept, it was clean and everything worked.
What lets it down is the antiquity of the rooms: I can't remember the last time I saw an old-style non-flatscreen television in a room, but this place still has them. Similarly the furniture was a bti ancient, although it was all in good condition. I can only repeat that it was spotless and in good condition, but for EUR125/night it could be better.
For what I needed - a bed, something to eat and an easy trip to/from Schipol, it was fine. It's the kind of functional place that delivers a service in an easy to use form that tired long-haul passengers transferring between flights would fall into gratefully. It would be OK base for tourism around the area, but you;d be better off staying Amsterdam if you;re taking a city break.
As for the pricing, I would struggle to justify this if I'd been paying for myself (I was on business) given the cheaper options nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Amsterdam Airport is a 4 star hotel ideally located in a quiet area around Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, which is only 5 km away. In our hotel, not far from the centre of Amsterdam, a good night sleep is guaranteed. The Novotel is an ideal base for guests on a business trip. All hotel rooms feature free WiFi and airconditioning. The hotel offers 10 meeting rooms, a lobby bar, pub, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and hamam. Adjacent to a sports centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Amsterdam Airport Hotel Badhoevedorp
- Novotel Hotel Badhoevedorp
- Novotel Badhoevedorp
- Badhoevedorp Novotel