The Ibis Budget Hotel Amsterdam Airport was a cost effective choice for me during a relatively short overnight stay. Whilst the name “budget” says it all, I found the experience comfortable and more than exceeding my admittedly low, expectations.
Review of Ibis Budget Hotel Amsterdam Airport
I’d spent much of the week in northern Holland and felt it wise to drive to Amsterdam Schiphol airport the night before my early morning flight.
There might be some confusion for some, well there certainly was at check in that there is more than one Ibis hotel at Amsterdam airport. In fact you will find both airport hotels beside each other in what is effectively a shared car park.
The standard fit Ibis hotel Schiphol is branded in red.
In this review I am talking about the Ibis Budget hotel Amsterdam Schiphol airport which is branded in blue. It is also the cheaper of the two options. My one night stay was priced at just less than €73.
There is a free branded shuttle from airport to both hotels. The journey is around 10-15 minutes.
On taking the shuttle bus you realise exactly how big the grounds of Schiphol really are. Whilst it qualifies as a hotel near Amsterdam airport these hotels are most certainly not walking distance from the terminal!
If you want a terminal based hotel then you should consider:-
Mercure actually inside the airport terminal
I was fortunate enough to be first off the complimentary Ibis shuttle bus and head through a multi-seat and table lounge/reception area.
On check-in the receptionist reminded me that whilst they are part of the Accor Group of hotels, since this is branded in the Ibis hotel budget category stays do not qualify for earning points on their hotel loyalty scheme. (This is an exception rather than the rule and I’d certainly recommend joining the free Accor hotel loyalty scheme.)
The arrival process was fairly quick and easy. Since my room booking cost was at budget prices (c. €73) breakfast was not automatically included. However a breakfast could be bought for a very reasonable price. I’m glad to see it was in a price range similar to low price hotels in the UK (like Travelodge and Premier Inn) since this is the type of hotel a cost conscious person would use.
As a result of the time of my morning flight, and use of the airline lounge for breakfast :-), I didn’t have an opportunity to try the breakfast at the Ibis Budget Hotel Amsterdam airport.
Instead of being given a traditional room key, or the modern swipe card keys, I was instead given a code to enter my room. All the Ibis Budget hotel rooms had a keypad lock on the front of the door. I actually thought this was quite novel and it also meant no need to return your key to Reception when you leave.
It also reduced the chances of the nightmare situation of going up various flights of floors with your luggage only to find out that your key card doesn’t work! Then you have to traipse all the way back to Reception with your luggage to have your key card validated again. (I’ve lost count of the number of times that has happened to me.)
Whilst I was travelling by myself I somehow ended up with a triple room. This consisted of a double bed then a bunk single bed overhead. Clearly this was a clever use of space in a relatively small room.
Having said all that there was still enough room to swing the proverbial cat, if you so wished (unlike some more costly hotels I’d find in Norway).
The room did have a Norwegian (or is it even European) style wardrobe. That is an open wardrobe with one hanger. Again this was a style which allowed to free up some space in the room. I also suspect since this a Schiphol airport hotel people aren’t expecting to stay more than a single night.
The toilet appeared to be in a closet style room. No fancy doors here or lots of spacious. I think it is fair to say it was practical and fit for purpose.
The hand basin was in the main bedroom area whilst the shower cubicle was just to the side of the basin.
In all fairness the shower was more than adequate and I was refreshed afterwards.
This budget Ibis hotel Schiphol airport also came with a work desk and chair plus a wide, flat screen TV.
For a budget hotel it was also an extra bonus that it came with free wifi. You can upgrade to a premium service but the free wifi at Ibis Budget hotel was great for the short time I was there.
I had a quick flick through the TV channels and there were more than 40 to choose from, sourced from various countries.
This budget Ibis Hotel near Amsterdam airport didn’t offer complimentary drinks making facilities in the room, nor a restaurant or room service. Instead, close to reception were a range of vending machines offer snacks and drinks. Just make sure you have some €uro handy.
I’ve stayed in some posh hotels over my time travelling and some very basic ones. The Ibis Budget Hotel Amsterdam Airport certainly fitted the later category. However since I was staying here fully aware I’d signed up to a budget facility I found it to be a great stay. The bed was comfy, I had a private toilet and shower. I even had a work desk with free wifi (which is not what I expected). The hotel shuttle bus to the airport ran according to a published and frequent timetable. I was very happy with my stay and would consider it again if I needed to.