A long airport layover following an overnight flight from North America to Europe can be very uncomfortable. I don't sleep on planes, so when I land in Europe I'm usually tired, cranky, in desperate need of coffee and the means to kill time until the next flight. Sometimes, it's quite a long time until the next flight and the hours can drag.
But in June, enroute to Rome, I managed to reduce the pain of a 6-hour layover considerably with a stay in the Yotel mini-hotel at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The Yotel is a great find for a weary traveler who wants a private space for a few hours to rest, regroup, and maybe rearrange the carry-on luggage.
My single standard Yotel room was tiny but very clean and well organized, with a fantastic shower, soap and shower gel, good towels, good room temperature control, a flat screen TV, free wireless Internet, and a small desk and folding chair.
The only negative for me was that the room had very soft lighting which made it difficult to reapply make-up and re-style my hair after the shower. But that was a fairly small inconvenience.
The bed resembled the lower bunk in bunkbeds and was very low, set at only about 6 inches off the floor. It was comfortable to stretch out on, although I didn't sleep. I think it's a luck of the draw whether you get a room where the bed is a lower bunk or a room with an upper bunk. I peeked into the room across the hall which had an upper bunk, and the bed appeared to be a bit higher than knee level; presumably there's some sort of footstool to help guests hop up!
Small lights at the head of the bed made it easy to read the computer while stretched out in comfort (the TV is flat against the wall at the foot of the bed.) A phone at the head of the bed let me call the front desk after I forgot to get the wireless code; and room service can also be ordered. My room was extremely quiet, although that might also be because it was at the furthest reaches of the mini-hotel. Still, the entire Yotel seemed reasonably soundproofed and would be quiet for a nap between flights.
This is definitely an in-transit hotel -- there was a luggage rack above the desk with enough room for a large carry-on, but I think the space would be very tight for larger luggage. Still, at 10-euro per hour, I think it was worth the price for a four-hour break from my fellow travellers!
The Yotel was easy to find at Schiphol airport, just outside a large food court (so I could take some breakfast back to my room) and directly above my departure gates.