Schiphol

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Schiphol

Schiphol's strategic location makes it the perfect base for a day out in Amsterdam or one of the other nearby cities. You can also go to the beach from here.

The airport has excellent train and bus services to cities such as Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht. Nature reserves or the beach at Zandvoort are also easy to reach.

Schiphol is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016! The airport was built in 1916 on the bottom of the reclaimed Haarlemmermeer at 4 metres below sea level. It was used in the First World War as a military airfield and in the Second World War by the Germans as a base for their air raids on England. The airport grew quickly in the 1970s and has been growing steadily ever since.

It takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of Amsterdam from Schiphol airport. Spend the day shopping in The Nine Streets, stop for a drink in the Jordaan or go to the Albert Cuyp Market. Leiden is also a 15-minute train ride away. The Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) and the Waag (weigh house) are definitely worth visiting.

The beach at Zandvoort, which is 9 km long and up to 100 m wide is only a 30-minute train ride from Schiphol and a great place to relax with the kids. Not far from Zandvoort lies National Park Zuid-Kennemerland which is the perfect place for nature lovers. Chances are you’ll even see European bison (wisent), Scottish highlanders and deer.

Schiphol has excellent train services to the bigger cities such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam and Amersfoort. It takes about 2 hours and one transfer to get to cities such as Leeuwarden which is quite a way north. Schiphol is on the A4 motorway which is convenient if you're travelling by car and would like to stay somewhere a little different at the beginning or end of your holiday.

Make sure your hotel has parking so you can leave the car there while you're out exploring. City parking can be very expensive and public transport in the Netherlands is generally excellent.

If you're not travelling by car and have time before your flight, you can always leave your luggage at the airport and take a train into Amsterdam for a last-minute visit. Schiphol really is conveniently located!

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is £68 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and RAI Exhibition and ...
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Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
The price is £135 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from World Trade Center Schiphol Airport, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,080 reviews)
"Proximity to airport and COVID checking."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

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Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 701, Schiphol
The price is £135 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from World Trade Center Schiphol Airport, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"Very easy check in. The room was ready and clean when we arrived."

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2021

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 3, Amstelveen
The price is £70 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amsterdamse Bos, Wagener Stadium and Amstelpark. RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (703 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The room was nice, spacious and quiet. It has lovely duvet bedding and a well equiped kitchen (I loved the Nespresso machine). The bathroom was also quite big and I enjoyed the nice smelling handsoap and bodywash / shampoo. Very convenient were the washing ..."

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2021

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Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Stroombaan 1, Amstelveen
The price is £88 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Located in Stadshart, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Amsterdamse Bos, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johan Cruyff Arena and Van Gogh Museum. Rijksmuseum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (305 reviews)
"Nice hotel, near public transport and shopping. Very welcoming staff and room was very clean"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2021

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Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
4 out of 5
De Ruijterkade 127, Amsterdam
The price is £113 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Public Library and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). Dam Square and Anne Frank ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (380 reviews)
"Stayed in 2019. Good value, spacious and clean. Close to the station and only 15 minute walk to Dam Square"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

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