Airport hotel are a curious breed. You have stalwarts like the Hilton at Amsterdam Airport, which are furnished in what I call “hotel chic”, that mix of contemporary, but safe, not verging too far from the beige. Then you have hotels like the citizenM, which throw it all out the window and give you something chic and cool.

After arriving on Aer Lingus to Amsterdam Schiphol, I met a friend in arrivals and hit the shops. Since my flight had no food service, I needed dinner and naturally we also grabbed some wine. From there we walked the few minutes to the hotel.

citizenM Amsterdam Schiphol

My friend had already checked in, so we headed up to the third floor room. She reports that during check-in on the device, she could pick a runway facing room, and a low floor or high floor. Unfortunately, she didn’t scroll to the next page, which had higher floors, she discovered once it was done. Still, a runway view we had!

Opening the room, you are immediately struck by the bed, which is under the window. It is large, surrounded by three walls, with the window above. Truly you could have three in it comfortably, four at a squeeze. Next up, was the shower and toilet arrangement.

The basin is sort of in the room, while the shower is a circular cubicle. A curtain walls off this part of the room when required. Across is the toilet, also in a circular pod type arrangement. All in all, very compact and for €82.50 for the night, I was not complaining.

The Great citizenM Staff

After eating in the room and having a plastic cup of wine, my friend said we had to go to the bar as it was so stylish. A very large space, filled with people, some eating at tables in one area, others lounging around on the various different styles of furniture.

We chose our wine from a friendly barman, and sat down near the TV to chat away and catch up. Of course, another glass was had, more chatting and then one more.

Naturally, we then had one or two more, and chatted to the bar staff for a while. They were happy to tell us where they were from and answer questions and what not. The staff are not too young, not too old, funky, yet not too funky, very smiley and provide great service. The perfect group, if you ask me. We went to bed, slept for a couple of hours, then hauled ourselves out of bed to go fly.

Overall Thoughts

citizenM Amsterdam Schiphol is an excellent hotel, especially for those who like to visit the bar. The bar vibe really reminded me of Kimpton Hotels, which I also really like. Those who don’t and just need shut eye before a flight will find a gigantic comfortable bed and soundproofed rooms which are really very quiet. Perfect for an overnight layover.

It is far closer to the terminal than the Hilton, with the walk taking about half the time. I’d certainly recommend staying here and with the centre of Amsterdam so close by train, you could even stay here and avoid city centre hotel prices.

Have you stayed at a citizenM hotel before, or maybe even this one? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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