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A nice surprise close to Schiphol TEXT: THESSA LAGEMAN | PHOTOS: NOVOTEL AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT
Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport only opened its doors a little more than a year ago, but the four-star hotel is already the number one hotel in the Hoofddorp area, according to reviews on TripAdvisor. “Many guests compliment the hotel’s pleasant casual atmosphere and outstanding service,” says general manager Floris Licht. The white building with the peculiar windows is an attractive design by Dutch architects Mulderblauw. The inside looks surprisingly light and fresh, with an abundance of wood and greenery. “The architect has paid a lot of attention to the lighting and furniture,” says Licht. “We felt it was important to create a homely atmosphere, a place where you can meet and work as well as relax. Our guests are 66 | Issue 38 | February 2017
often pleasantly surprised when they step into our hotel.”
Easy to reach Many business and leisure guests choose to stay at this hotel because of its very convenient location. Within four minutes by train you go from Schiphol Airport to Hoofddorp Station and from there it is just a 200-metre walk to the hotel. Situated around the corner from the hotel is the upand-coming Park 20|20 and it takes just 20 minutes by train to get to downtown Amsterdam. You can choose a room in one of four categories – a Superior or Executive room, a Junior Suite or Superior Suite. The bathroom is spacious and features a bath or walk-in rain shower. In the rooms, free
Wi-Fi is available, as well as individual air conditioning, LCD TV and a small fridge. Another plus is the fact that the rooms are very well sound insulated and the comfortable beds have so-called ‘smart pillows’ and a duvet that is as warm as it is light. The hotel only opened its doors in December 2015. “This means everything is still brand new and of very good quality,” says the general manager. “Our guests love that the rooms are so tidy and clean. They often tell us that we offer excellent value for money.”
Informal setting In the Gourmet Bar restaurant, you can enjoy local and international cuisine. The dishes are made in the open kitchen with
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.