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At times it’s reassuring to know that you’ve got a cozy bed waiting for you upon arrival or in between travel destinations. We recently booked a room at the NH Hotel Amsterdam Schipol Airport for a one-night stay before our transatlantic flight home to Vancouver.

This lovely hotel contains recently remodelled modern rooms with striped off-white wallpaper, comfy chairs and side tables plus easily accessible tech outlets, all a seven-minute free shuttle ride from Amsterdam Schipol Airport.

The lobby is where you’ll find a welcoming glass of mineral water, check in, plus lounge seating, casual restaurant and bar.

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Our third-floor room has light wood flooring, a full-length mirror with silver frame, mounted flatscreen TV, a large white wooden working desk with chair, floor-to-ceiling black and white Rijksmuseum print in the shower and lots of modern accents throughout.

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We like that the room is kept simple with clean lines, allowing a lot of free space to walk around. It’s a far cry from hotel rooms that overstuff with furnishings for the amount of available space.

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A backlight above the bed panel adds atmosphere the the room. The shower is one of the best we’ve seen yet, a combination of rain shower head and Hansgrohe massage hand-held shower head with several massage settings, one that emits a relaxing alternating swirly water massage that’ll knock your socks off.

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The shower wall contains a full-size black and white photo of the Rijksmuseum’s passageway encased in glass. It’s stunning and is definitely the centrepiece of the room.

The hallway has built-in shelving for a laptop-sized safe plus complimentary coffee and tea service with mini bar below.

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We’re quickly connected to the world via free in-room wifi. Outlets are suited for Europe and UK plugs with USB ports on the wall by the desk and on both sides of the bed, making life easy for charging all our tech.

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On the ground floor is an exercise room with machines and stretching mats, an indoor pool and jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room and sauna. We enjoyed a sauna and steam here before dinner.

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From Schipol, the NH hotel shuttle picks up guests just outside the airport main hall and arrives at the hotel in under 10 minutes. You can also reserve a time slot for pick up back to the airport.

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On the ground floor close to the lobby is Bar The Point, perfect for small bites, lunch, drinks and snacks (beer and Dutch bitterballen hit the spot after a day of travel).

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Restaurant Gusto is open for breakfast buffet from 5:30 am and will prepare a to-go option if you need an extra early start to the airport. There’s an inner courtyard patio for enjoying food and drinks on sunny afternoons.

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The buffet room is fully stocked with healthy juices, fresh fruit, pastries, meats and cheeses, breads, yogurts, hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles for bread, a Dutch favourite) selection and hot beverages. And the items get restocked on a regular basis; on a busy Saturday morning, we were amazed to see how quickly staff took care to refill the buffet.

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In the evening, Restaurant Gusto offers dinner and dessert, ranging from soups to marinated salmon with fennel salad. Choices of mains include grilled rib eye steak with fries, gourmet burgers, haddock with Scottish salmon and mushroom ravioli.

We started with the NH Celebrity Salad (veggies, pulled chicken filet and balsamic vinaigrette) and Vitelli maccarello (thinly-sliced beef sirloin with mackerel mayonnaise and pine nuts). Both were tasty and reasonably portioned to make room for the mains.

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The layered haddock fillet with salmon comes on a bed of sweet potato purée with a side of hollandaise sauce. I much enjoyed the soft, flaky salmon combined with the haddock. The contrasting flavours of the fish and sweet potato worked nicely together.

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The rib eye is served in its own jus atop shiitake mushrooms and slices of green asparagus. Whiskey BBQ sauce is drizzled on the plate as an additional accent. Included are French fries and salad.

If I Could Change One Thing

We love open windows at night however hotels close to the airport aren’t allowed the option of installing them due to noise level issues (we set the airco system to low instead). Also, firmer pillows are available. Ask for some at reception.

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NH Hotel Amsterdam Schipol Airport is located at Kruisweg 495 in Hoofddorp.

We were guests of NH Amsterdam Schipol Airport. Opinions, as always, are our own.

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