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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Amsterdam trendy








Our last stop on our Netherlands trip was a hotel at Schipol Airport. This made our departure a lot easier in the morning, since we had mid AM departure. We could walk just a few minutes from the hotel to the airport. Additional we could check in the night before while shopping in the many airport stores.

After checking out the hotels near or on the airport, we settled on the CitizenM hotel, mostly because of location and cost. Some of the hotels wanted as much as 260 dollars. This relatively new chain of hotels is designed to be trendy hotel. It is also designed for primarily overnight guests. The first thing you notice when arriving is that there is no traditional check-in desk. As you enter the door, you are met by a bank of computer monitors, not unlike the new check-ins at airports. You check yourself in and create your own key.

The lobby consists of a self serve food and drink station. There are also four mini lounges with tv’s and chairs to relax. There is a computer lounge for internet access.

Upon entering your room you find a space that is as wide as the bed at the far end of the room, although it is not very far away. You see a “facility” in the open wide opaque sliding glass column for semi privacy if you feel the need. Ditto with the shower. Not a room that two relative strangers would care to share. A sink stand only a midget could love. Then you discover that the entire room’s controls are contained in the mood remote. I am sure some of those even younger than me would have a tough time making this minicomputer work. I admit that once I got the hang of it, I spent a lot of time playing with it and testing all the mood lighting.

For us, it was a fun one night stay. Long term, the restricted space would wear thin fast. If you are looking for a trendy hotel, this is apparently it! They have one downtown Amsterdam and apparently will be opening one in NYC soon.

19 comments:

Linda said...

We recognize the photos. We stayed there in 2008 our last night before flying back to the US. Fun place! We had difficulty getting into the room, the door pushed IN instead of pulling out. What a unique room, we loved it!!

Judy and Emma said...

Can't think of anyone I'd like to spend the night with in that room. :)

Donna K said...

Well that's different! I think I would like just a tad more privacy when using the "facilities" if you please. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Texas Yellow Rose said...

We stayed at the Sherlock Holmes (a boutique hotel) in London when there for Dave's VISA interview in 2006. It was convenient to the US Embassy. While the room was a tad bit bigger than what yours looks like, the toilet facilities were separated from the rest of the room by a frosted sliding glass partition. Definitely not what we were used to and it gave us giggles. Although we were comfortable with each other, we still exited and took a walk around the area when the other might need . . umm . . some privacy. One's first impression was "What were they thinking???" :)

Sherry said...

Boy that sure is different from anything in the states. Looks like experimental design but I guess using smaller space and fewer people makes the price less expensive. Very intersting.

Janie and John said...

Actually looks like a fun place to stay. Trendy can be a fun experience.

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Very interesting. I love to see what options are out there :) I, too, think I'd like a bit more privacy, but I could make do if necessary :)

Bob said...

We've had to stay in a couple hotels in the Schiphol area. Luckily my wife had been collecting points with Sheridan, so on one occasion we stayed there, but only because we didn't have to pay their normal sky high rate. It was certainly nice, but not worth the almost €300 a night they charge. I think we ended up forking over something like €90. I can handle that.
It's so much easier to basically roll out bed, get ready and stroll off to the gate.
Schiphol was/is our favourite all time airport.

E Squared and Mui said...

Reminds me of a "budget" W Hotel. Our Priceline bid for a pre-cruise hotel a couple of years ago gave us the W in Ft Lauderdale ... a clear-glass shower stall separated the sleeping area from the facilities, with the toilet area in a frosted-glass enclosure of its own ... interesting concept. No mood lighting for us :-(

Karen and Al said...

Interesting room. Not one that I would want to stay in very long, but it served your purpose quite nicely.

Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Sounds like some of the places we stayed in Italy. Are those colored lights in the bathroom? WOW.

Elaine and Rick said...

looks like a fun experience...trendy but fun...new age decor for sure...

Jeff & Barbie said...

Definitely a unique room! Thanks for sharing.

Gypsy said...

When I used to travel a lot I often missed a connecting flight and had to stay overnight at a hotel. I would have welcomed something like this

Rick Doyle said...

Interesting room. Can't say it would fly over here in North America but what do I know?

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Just don't let the RV designers see one of these, they'll incorporate these "trendy" ideas in next years models!

Kevin and Ruth said...

Sounds like a pretty cool hotel and room.

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

John and Carol said...

What an interesting concept. Safe travels!

Sue Malone said...

hmmm, kinda like being in a small RV, with colored lights.