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Amsterdam: Yotel

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
www.yotel.com

Reviewed by: sandrac from Canada, review #3091

When: June 2011

Yotel helps to make a long airport layover much less painful!

A long airport layover following an overnight flight from North America to Europe can be very uncomfortable and tedious.

But I managed to reduce the pain considerably with a four-hour stay in the Yotel mini-hotel at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The Yotel is a great find for a weary traveler who wants some private space for a few hours to rest, regroup, and maybe rearrange the carry-on luggage.

My single room was tiny but very clean and well organized, with a fantastic shower, soap and shower gel, good towels, good temperature control, comfortable (small) bed, a flat-screen TV, free wireless Internet, and a small desk and folding chair.

The only negative for me was the room's 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 (set at about knee level) but it was comfortable, though I couldn't sleep (I don't sleep on planes either). It was, however, great for relaxing. Small lights at the head of the bed made it easy to read my 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 it was at the furthest reaches of the Yotel. Still, the entire Yotel seemed reasonably soundproofed and would be quiet enough for a nap between flights.

This is definitely an in-transit hotel -- there was a luggage rack above the desk with room for a 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 good 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.

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