The alarm goes off at 5am, and bleary eyed you hit the snooze button, thinking that it can’t quite be time to get up. Early morning flights are often the cheapest, and can be better, as you’ll get to spend a full first day at your destination.
However, it’s the getting up, and trekking to the airport that is no fun, unless of course you are at an airport hotel, you wake up in a comfortable bed and the journey to the airport takes you 10 minutes.
I recently experienced this during a city break to Amsterdam, when I stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson at Amsterdam Airport.
Amsterdam is a highly sought after city break location; its grand canal system, artistic and facades, and 17th century architecture are just some of the cultural reasons to visit the city. The liberal laws, and colourful scenes of certain areas of the city, may be some other reasons to visit. Either way, you’ll spend a fair amount of time either wandering the city on foot, or by one of the main transport systems; the bike, so you’ll no doubt need a comfortable place to lay your head at the end of the day.
Amsterdam has a plethora of accommodation options; from budget hostels, to high end hotels. However, when planning the trip to Amsterdam, I set on the Park Inn by Radisson, due to the proximity to the airport, which is handy for early morning flights, whilst giving the option of locating the city, when required. I’ve also stayed with Park Inn a few times before, and enjoyed my stays very much, so it was a easy option when choosing accommodation in Amsterdam.
The Park Inn by Radisson is located a short 10 minute bus journey from the airport. A shuttle bus is located just outside the terminal building, and in peak time will run every 20 minutes.
If you are travelling into the city, then you can easily get a shuttle to the airport, then jump on the intercity train, which will take you to central station within 30 minutes.
The Park Inn by Radisson at Amsterdam Airport is has a chic and modern design, with a light and bright lobby, open bar and restaurant area, and plenty of space to relax with a drink in the evenings.
If you worry about staying near and airport, and not being able to sleep; you have no need. Despite the proximity to the airport, there is virtually no noise from aircraft, or traffic outside, so you can sleep easy at night.
If you happen to be arriving earlier than the check in time, sometimes you may be able to check in early; if your room is ready. You can do this for a small fee.
If you do not wish to do this, then you can easily leave your baggage in a secure luggage room if you need to go off into the city, or attend a meeting.
Facilities – Gym
The Park Inn by Radisson at Amsterdam Airport caters well for any kind of traveller, whether you are a business traveller, or tourist. If you have not spent enough time walking, or cycling around the city, then you can easily spend part of your trip working out at the in house gym, which is well equipped.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel, and this works very well. So whether you are checking your emails, uploading pictures to Instagram, or watching videos online – you won’t get frustrated by poor internet.
Rooms at the Park Inn by Radisson, Amsterdam Airport, start at just 99 Euros per night for a standard room, or 110 euros with breakfast, to 169 euros for a one bedroom suite, with breakfast.
I stayed in the one bedroom suite, which was incredibly spacious, with a large kingsize bed, sofa and a desk where I spent time blogging, and editing photos.
A kettle was provided, as well as a Nespresso machine (proper coffee!), a fridge and a safe to store all your valuables.
The bathroom was large, and included both a bath and a shower, with lots of mini toiletries included, and the all important hairdryer (perfect for the female traveller).
Food and Drink
If you happen to be a late riser, then breakfast at the Park Inn by Radisson, Amsterdam Airport is perfect, as breakfast is served until 10.30am.
Breakfast selection is by far one of the greatest hotel breakfasts I have had in a while, and the inner dinosaur in me loved it. There are various choices from a hot, cooked breakfast, yoghurts, pastries, fresh breads, ham and cheeses, along with fresh juices, teas and coffees.
In the evening, if you don’t fancy eating in the city, or if you are not visiting the city, then you can eat at the hotel. During my stay however, the restaurant was closed on the night I wished to eat there, so the Park Inn by Radisson offered a 20% discount voucher for the restaurant based at the Radisson Blu Hotel, a short walk away.
The bar is well stocked, and drinks are reasonably priced, so you can enjoy the end of your evening relaxing with a few drinks.