This reviews the full Ibis hotel complex at Schiphol. I slept in the Budget hotel and used the regular hotel next door for services.
My experience solved the problem with Amsterdam hotels of inconsistency and unpredictability of hotel rooms below the 100 euro level. You never know what you're getting, how clean, large, equipped, how many flights of steep stairs you'll have to climb, etc. with these rooms. My favorite reliable hotel in Amsterdam proper is the Rembrandt on Plantage Middenlaan (reviewed elsewhere), but its rates for this trip would have been more than I wanted to pay, while I needed to be close to the airport at the same time. The Ibis Budget room at Schipohl is exactly as pictured and far superior in space, cleanliness, freshness than similar rooms for sometimes twice as much in the city - 55 euro for me this trip. It includes strong, free wifi. As important, it is a companion to a regular Ibis in the same complex with more services, stores, a good and active bar and pretty good restaurant, though both are a bit overpriced. I know we don't travel to eat and drink in suburban hotel bars and restaurants, but sometimes the rigors of travel are eased by those kinds of services.
The premium here is in transportation options. A free hotel bus runs on a continuous loop from Schiphol, about ten minutes away, to the Novotel up the road and back to each of the two hotels in the Ibis complex. So: If you've got early or late flights, it's a quick no hassle transit. Or if you want to take the 15 minute train ride from Schiphol to Centraal Station it takes you right to the train gates there. But there's more: a municipal bus, route 197 (and you can Google it) every 15 minutes for most of the day from Schipohl right into the center of Amsterdam proper. You can take the hotel bus to municipal bus, all in the same location at Schiphol, or you can take maybe a ten minute walk directly out the front door of the regular Ibis to the other end of the large, gray building across the street (KLM catering), and catch the 197 there (not the bus stop you can see from the hotel, but one in a shelter at the other end of the building). From the airport, and a shorter time from the stop near the hotel, you can get to Museumplein through regular city streets in about 20 minutes, then into grid of Amsterdam trams. Buy a day ticket, or 2, 3 day tickets from a van at the airport bus stops, and you can do it all faster and cheaper than train from Schiphol, unless your only destination is the area around CS.
Can't tell you how much easier and more comfortable the Ibis solution made this last trip which required both late arrivals and early departures to/from US and by train from Germany (Schiphol is the end of the line for a number of trains from Germany, probably other countries, as I took from Berlin). And of course we ought to be out in the city streets while we travel, but it was great, for example, to arrive late by train fr. Germany, get to a good, cheap hotel room in 15 minutes, have a couple of gin and tonics at a friendly bar, and a pretty good pizza w Greek salad in the restaurant upstairs. Bus 197 got me into the city easily the next morning, and hotel bus got me quickly to airport for an early morning flight back to US the next day.
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- Also Known As:
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- Etap Hotel Badhoevedorp