citizenM Hotel Amsterdam City
What We Love
- Movies on demand are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Chic and spacious lounges, where sassy young staff mix cocktails and you’re invited to play couch commando with the TVs
- There’s a distinct aversion to ripping you off; WiFi and movies are free, and prices for international calls are comparable to Skype
- The self check-in process is seamless and takes seconds
What To Know
- A 5.5 percent city tax per night, will be collected by the hotel at check-in
- All guestrooms have a maximum occupancy of two; Twin beds and cribs are not available
- It's a short tram ride into town
- It’s not possible to open windows in the guestrooms
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- Free WiFi
Unlike many spaces in Amsterdam, citizenM’s lobby has the scale to pull off an “eclectic world traveler” vibe without looking like a thrift store. Almost the entire ground floor of this converted office building is given over to lounging, and there are plenty of colorful talking points to kick-start the conversation, from the adorable Scotty dog shoeshine machine to the racy coffee table material by the likes of David LaChapelle. The pea green Hella Jongerius sofa — one of several couches strewn about the place — hints at a healthy pride in Dutch design without (mercifully) going the whole clog.
Bed and Bath
Imagine a diminutive, light-flooded Tokyo apartment decked out by Stanley Kubrick. Bed and bath (well, rain shower) are one and the same at citizenM, with space-saving amenities encased in retractable glass enclosures that can be pushed back to increase the square footage when not in use. Of course, whether you want to stare at a toilet — however chic — is another matter. Everything deemed surplus to requirements has been dispensed with, but what remains is a tactile, modular joy. The bed, which takes up more than a third of the room, is more of a nest, complete with a pinstriped plush toy by the name of Marvin.
The traditional hotel restaurant/bar has been nixed in favor of a central bank of on-the-go services designed with characteristic cleverness by in-demand Dutch architecture firm Concrete. This seductively low-lit space offers everything from a decent morning coffee to a snog-me-senseless breath spray from U.K. cosmetics brand Anatomicals, plus hearty microwave meals that can be heated up whenever hunger strikes, a fridge full of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and addictive raspberry cheesecake from the deservedly venerated Holtkamp patisserie across town. The bank of Apple computers for guests’ use could easily be mistaken for a start-up PR agency’s office, and the proverbs stenciled in the corridors (“A good lawyer is a bad neighbor”) are typical of a brand of hospitality that favors wit over fussy wallpaper.
How to Get There
The hotel's location close to the airport was great. Even with 2 suitcases it wasn't difficult to walk the distance. It was also very clean and the bed was really comfortable. Check in and out was very easy and quick.
First time to stay this kind of hotel. Check in and out by yourself and in very short time. Everything was in accordance to my expectations and target as a one night stay just nearby to Schippol airport. I like and enjoy to stay. Great breakfast.
A very short walk from the arrivals hall, but you would never know sat in the bar and reception area - no airport noise at all. Great buzz in the bar area, reasonable prices, food more than acceptable even if menu is limited.
Rooms are interesting, like walking into a well designed, comfortable container, but again cant knock it! High spec, high tech just weird but ..... again in a good way. Again no airport noise
Travel into Amsterdam easy and cheap, 20 minutes on the train.
Will definitely stay here again if on a layover or business trip - give it a try.
Great location, staff, room was clean and bed was fabulous. Near the street but very quiet. Very modern, StarTrek-like rooms with the shower pod and the water closet pod in the front entry interior of the room- glad I was traveling alone!
We needed an overnight stay at Schiphol to catch our flight to the U.S. the next day. I found citizenM here on trip advisor. Absolutely perfect!! Walking distance. Easy to find. Excellent accommodations. 24/7 food and drink. Cost effective. Great staff. Great vibe with a little funkiness. Nothing more to say!! Will do it again both here and other locations.