Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4
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Great hotel, restaurant can be better.
The Van der Valk Schiphol A4 hotel is part of the Van der Valk chain. It is located near Schiphol, on the A4 motorway. It has a free shuttle service to Schiphol, which can be very convenient for international travellers.
During my stay I had a "Luxe Standard Room" which gives you a plenty more space for a tiny bit of extra money. The bathroom is spacious with separate (large) bath and shower. Wireless internet is available for a (hourly/daily/weekly) surcharge in the room. There is no mini bar in the room. Roomservice is also very limited and probably pricey (the hotel information guide doesn't specify menu's or prices).
The hotel also offer special themed suites, if you have a little more money to spend, it might be worth considering those suites.
From time to time a plane flies over; if you are easily irritated by this noise, this hotel might not be your choice. I did not find this any discomforting; as far as I know, the hotel is not in the major approach routes.
The hotel has a swimmingpool which is open from 7 am to 11 pm. There is no gym.
Checking in and out is fast and the staff is very courteous, willing to help you with all any questions you might have.
Breakfast is a bit expensive (EUR 15) but it is good compared to other hotel breakfasts. Breakfast starts at 5:30 or sometimes even at 5:00, which is great for the early starters among us. You can order breakfast at your room for EUR 22.
Dinner in the hotel was not so good -and I heard this after my visit from several people who stayed in this hotel previously-. The upside is, you have options. Across the hotel is a 'food hall' where 4 or 5 restaurants are situated.
In conclusion, this is a great hotel if you need to be in the Amsterdam area. It offers free parking, even if you go on an extended international trip. The downside is that is is located on the motorway with no public transportation. So you are bound to the hotel itself, unless you have a car or use the Schiphol shuttle.
It felt like going to heaven!
After a five night stay at a terrible and not inexpensive apartment on Amstel I was very concerned about our last night stay in Holland. Fortunatly I found the Schiphol A4 Hotel which was rated nicely by fellow tripadvisor users!
To start with,the free shuttle bus was on time, the driver was very kind and, upon entering the hotel, I thought I had just gone to heaven!I was nicely greeted and given a large room which was great. The two twin beds were comfortable, the bathroom had a tub and a shower, there was a small terrace outside the sliding door, and the room was very clean.
We had a small emergency and were directed to a special telephone number where they indicated how to go to the pharmacy in the next town. The shuttle driver was very helpful and, after taking Bus 196 at the airport, we found the pharmacy and went back to the hotel for the best night we had throughout the entire two week trip.
The next morning we went to the buffet breakfast which highly exceeded my expectations. It had a great assortment of juices, fruits, coffee types ( capuchino, expresso, etc) scrambled eggs, bacon, different types of bread, cold cuts ( including salmon), cereals, and yogourt. I was very happy with the service and felt that this hotel was truly a gem.
If you need to stay near the airport do not hesitate to book this hotel. Even if you feel that it is too far from the city the shuttle bus will take you to the airport which is above the main train station, where you can catch a direct train to Amsterdam Central Station. Granted it takes time and you have to pay for the round trip train ticket, but it is worth the money since the train ticket costs less than what you would pay for such breakfast in Amsterdam. Furthermore, you will be in a clean and beautiful place and will totally be treated like you deserve.
The next time I go back to Amsterdam I will book my entire stay at this hotel since it is the best value for the money and close to the airport/train station, where you can travel anywhere you want or pick up a half or full day excursion to many places in the Nehterlands or even take a one day trip to Brussels or Cologne!
The A4 is 4-0
The location is especially wonderful for those NOT wanting to be in a city, but close enough to catch a train. The facility is a sprawling modern edifice, nicely decorated and very soothing to the often exhausted traveler. I checked in after a long flight from the ME and was somewhat ill. I asked for and received a very early check-in with no questions or hassles. The diningroom is a wonder, with excellent food and it won't bust your wallet. Also worth noting, free bus transport between Schiphol airport and the hotel, which saves a ton of money - taxis being very expensive in the area.
Breakfast is included with the room rate and it is a very good breakfast. WiFi is available and there is also an internet cafe off the lobby. This is NOT a luxury hotel, but the rooms are more spacious than almost anywhere in Europe ( and some in the States ). Ground level rooms also have outdoor patios, with chairs and access to a small lovely garden. By the way, the rooms here are at least 50 % less expensive than at most Amsterdam hotels.
Wonderful Hotel, Great Breakfast Buffet, Great Location
We just returned from a 10 day stay at the Schiphol A4 Hotel right outside of Amsterdam, and we were very impressed with the hotel.
We had previously lived in The Netherlands, and this was our first trip back in four years. We wanted to stay at a nice hotel without breaking our budget, and knew that a hotel of comparative quality in Amsterdam would be at least twice the price of the A4. We wanted a hotel outside the city so we would not be "locked into" being only in Amsterdam, so the A4 was perfectly located.
Our room was huge, even by American standards, and very, very clean. It did have a very nice balcony to sit in, and a great bathroom with the largest bathtub I have ever seen. The room had a locking safe, which cost a euro, and you got the euro back when you put the key in for the last time. There was a tv, however, there were only 4 channels, including CNN International, and we could never get the radio to work. Alas, there was no coffeemaker in the room, as this hotel chain as a policy does not have them in the rooms. When we arrived the tv set did not work, and within 10 minutes a maintenance man was there to replace the set. The room also had a double set of curtains and blackout drapes. The beds were extremely comfortable, and there were plenty of extra pillows and blankets.
The hotel is laid out kind of strangely, so to get to our room, you had to go up one stop on the elevator, or take a flight of stairs, walk through a large reception area on the second floor, down a short hallway, and then walk down a flight of stairs. There is no elevator to get you down that second flight of stairs, so if you have difficulty walking make sure you have a room that can be reached directly by elevator.
Parking is free, which was a big plus, and the hotel is very conveniently located right on the A4 highway, about a 10 minute straight drive to Schiphol Airport. The A4 highway is a major highway, so you are already on your way to whereever you want to go.
During the entire 10 day stay, we never heard a plane overhead, and cannot understand the reviewer that said there was a plane flying overhead every 10 minutes or so. The hotel was very peaceful and quiet. Our room was also facing the back of the hotel, and you could see what in the spring would be tulip fields, so that would have been lovely.
The hotel has a free 24 hour shuttle service which came in very handy, since we did not want to pay for parking when we visited Amsterdam. The hotel gave us a little card with the shuttle times, the shuttle runs once every 45 minutes to and from Schiphol Airport, and from there you can get a train to Amsterdam or anywhere else. We found the shuttle to always be right on time.
Our room price included the breakfast buffet, and that saved us an incredible amount of money, as restaurants in Holland are quite expensive. The breakfast buffet was incredible. There was a chef that would make eggs any way you wanted, there were poffertjes (little Dutch pancakes that you eat with powdered sugar and syrup), bacon, sausage, potatoes, yogurts, cereals, all kinds of wonderful breads, all kinds of cold meats, ham, roast beef, cheeses, fresh juices, a cappucino and espresso machine, fresh fruit.
The hotel has a very well deserved reputation as a fine place to dine. We had terrible jet lag our first evening and were too tired to go out, so decided to eat at the hotel, not sure what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderful and we found the prices to be very reasonable. The restaurant is well known and people come to eat here even if they are not guests at the hotel. The service is impeccible, with white tablecloths, lighted candles on each table and around the room, beautiful paintings on the wall, the ambiance is very nice. The wait staff is multi-lingual. We both ordered appetizers, I had the Spanish tapas assortment, and my husband can't remember what he had. We both had the lamb chops. There were five lamb chops each, perfectly prepared, and they came with potatoes prepared four different ways (well, this is Holland after all) and a large bowl of freshly cooked vegetables, as well as a dellicious bowl of grated cucumber with yogurt. There was freshly baked bread and butter presented as well. The meal was 15 euro per person and well worth the money. The hotel's wine list is excellent as well. We enjoyed the meal so much we ate at the hotel twice more, once trying the delicious fish offerings, and on our final night in Holland, again ordering the lamb chop meal. Did I mention the food was absolutely delicious?
One of the nice things about dining out in Holland is that eating out is considered an event, you are never rushed through your meal, so plan at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours for your dinner here.
We did check out the indoor pool, it looked very clean, and we even brought bathing suits, but if we got back to the hotel early enough (the pool is open until 10:00 pm) we were simply too tired.
During our ten day stay there were many conventions so the hotel was always very busy, and there can be long lines to check in or out. If you have an early flight, as we did, or you will be needing to take the hotel shuttle to the airport, make sure you check out the night before, and simply drop off your room card in the morning.
Across the street from the A4 is a food court with a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, a Febo (which is a Dutch fast food restaurant) La Place (a kind of trucker's restaurant with good food), a Spanish/Argentinian steak restaurant and a huge Chinese Buffet restaurant with live music. We ate at the Chinese Buffet restaurant one night, but it is not like the Chinese buffets here in the US. Nice for one time, but I thought the food at the hotel was much better, as well as being more reasonable priced. The food court also has a shop where you can buy all sorts of touristy things as well as international magazines and newspapers.
We are planning to return to visit Holland in the spring and will be staying at the A4 again.
Excellent value Amsterdam option
Knew this hotel would be out of the city, but location extremely convenient for airport, and hotel shuttle which runs on time every 20 minutes is very efficient to get you to the airport, where you can get train to city centre really easily. We paid £50 a night for bed and breakfast. Our room was huge, very clean and comfortable and well appointed. Breakfast was excellent with a huge choice. Warm hotel pool which was nice to have at the end of the day. Would certainly recommend this hotel even though it is not central. Value for money very good. Service standards high. Whilst hotel is pretty ugly from the outside, the interior is very pleasant. Good evening eating options amazingly in the motorway service station right by the hotel. We were very surprised to get excellent Chinese buffet options, as well as other really good choice of good foods. An ideal place to visit if it's raining and you want a nice evening meal, as we did.
Stayed at the Schiphol A4 Aug 6-9. Definately 4*, very clean, breakfast good, shuttle bus to & from airport reliable. Would give 10/10 except the indoor swimming pool was dirty and smelly, so as long as you don't want to swim during your stay we would recommend this hotel as it has very comfy rooms and is quiet at night. The hotel being out of town involved traveling into the centre of Amsterdam by shuttle bus to airport then train. This took about 40 minutes. Lots to see & do in Amsterdam but it's expensive! Would definately stay at the Schiphol again.
Convenient for stop overs at Schiphol
I missed my onward connection, had to find a hotel for a night near the airport. All options too expensive or full. I remember this hotel, had stayed there before with my family, also to wait one night for a morning flight. This hotel has free bus shuttle - mind you however, the timetable is not respected, one can easily stand in line for half an hour - which brings you in 10 minutes to the hotel. Do not expect any view, it's really next to the high way, with some fastfood restaurants (I can recommend La Place, great food, friendly staff) and a gas station. Planes are flying over your head all 2 minutes or so. If you come by car .. you can park it for free and pick it up after your holiday, as long as you want. In a fenced area. The hotel itself is big, very big. Rooms can be big as well. Never made it to breakfast or dinner, the options of the restaurants around the corner seem to be better. Would I take this hotel for holiday, for visiting Amsterdam?? No, although the quality and service is really good it still feels like staying at a parking lot, a real stop over hotel.
Lovely stay at schiphol A4
booked deal through expedia, first time of booking through internet so a bit wary, but it turned out better than ones booked with travel agents in the past. Hotel rooms spacious and clean. Hotel staff very helpful. The restaurant excellent, wonderful food and reasonably priced. The breakfast in the morning could not be better, so much choice.
The free shuttle bus to and from airport invaluable, made getting to Amsterdam city very easy took shuttle bus to airport then train from airport to city (price for 4 adults return was 24 euros on the train) and only took 10 minutes from airport. Trains run every 10 minutes from airport to Amsterdam city. All in all a very enjoyable break, highly recommended
Very enjoyable, great location with easy access to Amsterdam. Would definitely recommend.
2 night stay at the Hotel Schiphol A4
I have stayed at the Schiphol twice and its very convenient. Its right off the A4. There is free parking to all guest your whole stay. Plus a free shuttle to the airport and you can catch the train from there right into Amsterdam. That way you wont have to hassle parking and traffic issues in the heart of Amsterdam. If you go to Holland.com website, the roomrates are cheaper but do not include breakfast. Thats not a problem though. Right across from the hotel is a resturant that serves the best breakfast. There is a KFC there too. Thats dinner! The staff is very friendly and speak very good English. Its a very beautiful hotel inside.
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