I mentioned it earlier and I’ll mention it again — jettison all thoughts of what a Hyatt Place is. Very different than than the U.S. brand, the Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport feels much more like a nice Hyatt Regency than a simple roadside hotel.
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Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport Shuttle
First thing, I LOVE how Amsterdam Schiphol Airport organizes hotel shuttles. So many airports could learn from this model. You proceed to Arrival Hall 4 and follow the signs to the STA Desk. There you can wait inside a comfortable, warm, waiting room with Wi-Fi. So much better than huddling outside in the cold breathing in second hand smoke.
Presently, a driver pulled up in a Hyatt Place van, came inside, and made an announcement that he was traveling to the Hyatt Place. The shuttles runs every 30 minutes from the hotel to the airport between 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM and from the airport to the hotel between 6:45 AM – 11:15 PM.
On the way back, the shuttle was about 15-minutes late (and I was already cutting it close), but I still made my flights. I’d take a shuttle two hours before your flight…it is only a 10-minute ride, but I ended up arriving later than expected (only about 65 minutes prior to departure).
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport Lobby + Market
As you walk into the hotel, you immediately realize this is not any typical Hyatt Place. The lobby is grand, with ample seating and even nice artwork.
In the U.S., Hyatt Place hotels generally have a menu you can order off with food, coffee, and alcohol. This hotel has a market in the lobby area with a wide selection of hot and cold meals, snacks, and a full bar. If you buy a frozen dinner a microwave is available and there is a huge seating area as well. BTW, the frozen lasagna looks delicious. I regret not ordering it!
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport Room
A very cheerful agent checked me in and thanked me multiple times for being a Globalist member of Gold Passport. She beamed with pride as I remarked how nice this hotel looked and informed me that this was a four star property with a full-service restaurant.
I was assigned a room on the fifth floor with views of Schiphol Airport. The room are actually smaller than a Hyatt Place in the USA, with no kitchenette, but still have the signature L-shaped couch.
A welcome note was waiting for me along with a bowl of green apples and two bottles of water. In addition, a robe was left on the bed.
The bathroom was larger than a Hyatt Place in the USA, with the sink, toilet, and shower all in the same room. The soaps and shampoos were identical.
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Restaurant + Complimentary Breakfast
In addition to the kitchen, the hotel has a full-service restaurant. You can check out the menu here (.pdf). I’ll save where I had dinner for a future post, but there are some eateries in the neighborhood. The menu looked nice, though — I just did not want to spend 30EUR on dinner.
Breakfast is also served in Gallery Cafe and it blew me away. Breakfast was a European treat — with delicious cold cuts, breads, pastries, cheese, vegetables, and great hot items like eggs, bacon, and sausage. Even the coffee was great (unlike the Andaz).
Breakfast was the biggest surprise at the hotel–be sure to take advantage of it.
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport Fitness Center
A large fitness center on the second floor provided all the equipment necessary for a great workout. I used it at about 5am and there were two other guests using it as well.
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I should mention the price…only 72EUR thanks to a winter promotion. I see the normal rate is closer to 89EUR on weekends and 119EUR during the week. Still a good deal. I enjoyed this hotel immensely even though I only spent about 12 hours there. While not as convenient as the Sheraton on the airport grounds, I appreciated getting one night closer to my Globalist requirement.
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