Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation. We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris (and a half day in Amsterdam before heading home). Happy to answer questions as I finish up the series. We traveled in mid-July, so right in the middle of the Athens financial crisis. Here’s most of what I expect to cover, including links to posts I’ve already completed:
- Planning Our Summer Vacation!
- British Airways First and Business Class Lounges at Philadelphia Airport
- US Airways Business Class from Philadelphia to Athens
- A Speed Bump Upon Arrival At Arion
- Arion Guest Room Review
- Arion & Westin Amenities
- Arion Restaurant Reviews
- A Quick Trip To The Acropolis And Parthenon
- Athens Metro System
- Temple of Poseidon at Sounio
- Swimming With The Fishes
- Restaurant Review: Garbi (Seafood)
- Restaurant Review: Kiku
- Our Two Favorite Restaurants In Greece
- Tips On Getting Around Athens Airport
- Flying From Athens To Paris
- Hyatt Regency Etoile Paris, Part 1
- Hyatt Regency Etoile Paris, Part 2
- Climbing the Eiffel Tower
- Arc de Triomphe
- Disneyland Paris
- A Study of Macarons
- Various Restaurant Reviews
- Taking The Train From Paris To Amsterdam
- Sheraton Schiphol Airport
After our eventful train ride to Amsterdam, we hopped off at the airport stop, just before the urban center of Amsterdam. It was a 5-minute walk upstairs, then down a short hallway to the Sheraton Amsterdam Schipol Airport.
The lobby is open and spacious as well as another lobby area one floor up if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax.
We were arriving well before standard check-in time (before noon, actually) but the hotel was nice enough to accommodate an early check-in as well as our request for connecting rooms. Unlike many hotels in Europe, the Sheraton will allow 3 people to a room, even squeezing in a rollaway bed. In that respect, it’s much like a Sheraton you’d find in the US.
We had two rooms that faced the airport, yielding great views of arriving and departing planes. Our son was thrilled when he saw a Turkish Airlines plane. He’s never flown Turkish, but he recognized them off one of his Airbus collection surprise eggs!
The rooms had a cosmopolitan feel, clean, lots of white. There were plugs located at the desk and by the bed. The desk was ample to work at and there was some soft seating near the window. To top it off, the hotel was nice enough to leave us a bottle of wine.
The bathroom had both a tub and a shower. The room also had a refrigerator and plenty of closet space. All in all, the hotel rooms are geared very well towards families.
As SPG Platinum members we had access to the club lounge. The club lounge is spacious. There’s a pretty good variety of breakfast foods to make a meal and plenty of space to spread out. The lounge was nowhere near full during our mid-afternoon and early morning stop.
We didn’t get a chance to use the gym but we did stop by for a quick peek. Plenty of equipment in good repair, and a bigger gym than I would have expected.
Delivering At The Airport
The Sheraton Amsterdam Schipol Airport is a Category 5 in the Starwood Preferred Guest program, which means 16,000 points a night. The hotel staff were warm and inviting. The rooms were comfortable and quiet, which is so important (and conspicuously absent from many airport hotels). The top 3 reasons for picking an airport hotel are location, location, location. This hotel exceeds expectations when it comes to an airport hotel. While I’m tempted to pick up a unique Hyatt stay at the Hyatt Place Amsterdam airport next time I’m in that area, it would be hard to turn down a property that exceeded our expectations.
And, heck. The 30-second walk to the terminal doesn’t hurt.
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