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Stay Report: Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Such visionary and unforgetable geometrical design, the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has one of the most unique facade and building structure in all of the Hilton hotels I’ve stayed at. For an airport hotel, they do have a exceptionally high rate, with over 200 Euros a night, the price is higher than many of the high end hotels in the city. Sure the building has an nice overview of the airport and a direct pathway connecting to the airport terminal, but so does Sheraton and those others.

It’s conveniently a short 10 minutes walk from the arrival terminal to the hotel, although I didn’t know that they had a indoor pathway connected directly, but the walk outside the building wasn’t that bad either, besides you get some fresh air. The building is very noticeable all around the airport, and the hotel is also quiet new. I was pretty much surprised by how beautiful and elegant the hotel lobby was, but it was very busy as well. It’s understandable as Amsterdam airport is one of the busiest in Europe, if not the world.

Picture from Hilton website


Check In:

As seen from the Youtube video I’ve made, you can see it was quiet busy during my time of arrival and with five out six the receptionist counters manned, all of them were busy helping other guests, but it was alright as I am next in line. It took around 3-5 minutes til I’ve got to check in as the receptionist were very dedicated to explain the practical information to guests.

He was very helpful as he started with some small talks and right after finding out that I am a diamond member, he also thanked my loyalty which is very professional. He informed that I am upgraded to the room with the airport view, which I original booked one with atrium view, it was a standard one category upgrade. I kindly asked if there would be any suite upgrade inventories available, he immediately said no. I complied with having the offer and he informed me upon some other information about the facilities at the hotel.

Here’s the key points about my stay:

Room: 1129

Original Room: King Guest Room with Atrium View

Upgraded Room: Executive Deluxe Room with Airport View

Stay Length: One night

Booking: Direct on Hilton App (2 days in advance)


The Room:

Unique geometric shaped window

Window view of Amsterdam Airport

Located on the 11th floor, with a view over the airport runway(tilted), I am quiet satisfied with what they assigned me. The room itself is spacious and big but being called a executive room, I did not see any extra amenities being provided other than being in the highest floor level. Of course it’s okay, but I would feel like surely they could have done something to differentiate among different room categories.

The design is trendy and fashionable as well as the Tiffany blue scheme which adds to the elegance of the entire property. The bed is big and comfortable, they also provide with some quiet special bathrobes.

A single armchair accompanied with a small coffee table which nowadays comes as standard for deluxe rooms across hotel chains.

A nice working area with a desk and a chair. Although it faces against the window which means in daylight, you wouldn’t be able to see your computer screen if you don’t shut the curtains.

One thing I had a big concern with the room it’s that I felt so much electric charges everywhere that every time my hand reach somewhere it got electrified for a second and it happened like a dozen times. I thought most hotels these days would do some sort of anti static coatings treatment to those metal door handles. Maybe it was just a very dry room or I am just very unfortunately not balanced with the charges in the room.


Bathroom:

The bathroom is quiet big especially the shower, I bet it almost took half of the bathroom space. It has a gold door and an unique curved bathroom counter. Such smooth design and extremely fitting light.

One thing I didn’t understand it’s that the property is a 5-star hotel property, but they did not have a separately a wet area and a dry area in the bathroom. Not to mention it should be come as naturally to have a bathtub, or maybe combine both together, because they definitely get the space for it.


Amenities:

The mini-bar has a decent collection of beverages as the tea and coffee set is also conveniently packed together in the corner closet.

In the closet for clothes, I failed to find the bathrobes and flip-flops which made me curious if they provided any, then after five minutes of searching in the room, I realised they put it in the most unexpected place ever, it was under the sink in the bathroom.

The bathrobes is very special as it has the different sides with the inside has the normal cotton which helps absorb water and the outside has a silk quality fiber which feels definitely nice to touch.


Gym:

Before I check out the hotel five in the morning, I managed to have a sneak peek of the gym facility, it wasn’t that big but it comes with all the functionalities you would need. It was quiet busy even though it was five in the morning, I am glad some people have the motivation to work out regularly. (Not me, not today, hehe.)


Executive Lounge:

The executive lounge is located at the 10th floor of the building and it as well has a great view of the airport runway. When I first visited the lounge, the fornt desk lady completely ignored me even though I smiled at her. I didn’t took it as a offensive matter and carried on.

I headed back to the lounge during happy hour which starts at 6:00 PM, she greeted me this time and I happily responded with a smile.

The happy hour spread is a decent collection of small food with highlights like shrimps and the crab-shaped snacks which tasted quiet nice. I am pretty sure you wouldn’t get full from those as that’s exactly the point of how they keep costs down, however, compared to many other lounges in Europe, I wouldn’t its bad, but definitely there’s room for improvement.


Breakfast:

As I had a early flight to catch, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of the breakfast they can offer, but thoughtfully, they had a grab to go breakfast stand before 6 o’clock. They provide free breakfast for diamond members both in the executive lounge and the ground floor restaurant.


Bottom Line:

This Hilton property is definitely an ideal one to stay at when you need to catch a flight early at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. I do recommend do a comparison of different hotels they offer around the hotel at a economical standpoint. The airport is always busy and so is it for the hotel most of the time. However, if you are lucky enough to score a night under 190 Euros, it’s definitely worth it to stay with them.

I didn’t managed to try their Spa and swimming pool which on their website, it looked extremely nice. Maybe next time.

I also discovered the pathway connected to the airport terminal in the morning as it’s located one level up of the lobby floor and it connected all the hotels aligned next to one another straight to the airport. I have to say it’s very nicely done for all the connectivity.


Staff Experience: 7/10

Check-in Experience: 8/10

Loyalty Experience: 7/10

Overall Stay Experience: 7/10


Stay tuned, until next time. Leave a comment, thanks.

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review

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Hotel Indigo Warsaw - Nowy Swiat - Courtesy Of IHG

The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.


How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


Check-In

The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.


Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.


The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.


The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.


Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.


Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Ratings

Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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Stay Report: Moxy Frankfurt East, Germany Review

Moxy hotels are Marriott’s new budget chain that has properties with very basic room categories, so with Marriott Rewards, you won’t be getting suite upgrades or lounge access as they practically don’t come with any, instead, it’s a nightclub-like hostel that are filled with flirty little details to discourage you from thinking about the price you are paying for those tiny rooms.

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Moxy Frankfurt East Stairways Wall

Moxy hotels are Marriott’s new budget chain that has properties with very basic room categories, so with Marriott Rewards, you won’t be getting suite upgrades or lounge access as they practically don’t come with any, instead, it’s a nightclub-like hostel that are filled with flirty little details to discourage you from thinking about the price you are paying for those tiny rooms.

Moxy Frankfurt East Building Facade

Building Facade

Moxy Frankfurt East is not conveniently located near Frankfurt Central railway station, but it’s definitely not far from it; you may reach the hotel with the city tram which will drop you one block away from it.

Moxy Frankfurt East Lobby Floor

Lobby Floor


Practical Info:

  • Length: One night stay (late check-in)
  • Booked Room Category:  One Standard Room
  • Upgrades: No Upgrades
  • Booking Made: Marriott App
  • Marriott Rewards Tier: Platinum Premier Elite
  • Welcome Amenities Choice: 500 Marriott Reward Points

Check-In:

Moxy is offering a bar alike check-in experience, as the counter area staff are also bartenders who sell and make drinks. I arrived at the hotel around 12 PM in the middle of the night. I supposed the lady who checked me in was already tired of her shift, also I didn’t have too much expectation from Moxy to start with, she used a lazy tone and informed me that she will just credited me the 500 points and carded me a room on the first floor. I then asked for a higher floor, only to be told the hotel is fully booked. K…

Moxy Frankfurt East Lobby Area

Lobby Area

Moxy Frankfurt East Looby Seating Area

Lobby Seating Area

Apart from the nightclub business at night, the lobby decor feels like some trendy café during the day.


The Room:

Moxy Frankfurt East Room Hallway

Hallway

This Moxy property only has three room categories, and I was given one at the most basic level at the most basic floor.

Moxy Frankfurt East Room 139

Room 139

Moxy Frankfurt East Floor Layout

Floor Layout

The room is tiny, as you would expect from a hostel, but it has tried its best to offer everything a standard hotel room could give. It has a IKEA style minimalistic furnishing and everything is of miniature size. Except the TV, the TV is huge compared to everything else in the room.

As the Moxy brand is a quiet new, they are able to offer a lot of innovative smart solutions. Even for hotels like JW Marriott Hong Kong, their top notch service doesn’t include a high resolution TV.

Moxy Frankfurt East In Room Overview

In Room Overview

Moxy Frankfurt East In Room Wall Grafitti

In Room Wall Graffiti

Moxy Frankfurt East Room TV Wall

Room TV Wall

In addition to TV and radios; the TV also offers internet browsing, personal device connection and weirdly enough – ASMR bedtime stories. Young people today would love these and it’s still very new. So, good job, Marriott.

Moxy Frankfurt East Working Area In Room

Working Area In Room

I do think the nightclub alike touches could attract a younger crowd than normal; and just maybe Marriott could win them over when their younger targets become business travellers one day. Not bad.

Moxy Frankfurt East Bed

Moxy Frankfurt East Bed

The bed and linens are well, not so comfortable, it’s close to hostel qualities and it’s far from the good ones.

Moxy Frankfurt East Room Nightstand

In Room Nightstand


The Bathroom:

Moxy Frankfurt East Bathroom

Bathroom

The bathroom is not big either, but you wouldn’t be having a problem to have a good shower.

Moxy Frankfurt East Bathroom Sink

Bathroom Sink

Moxy Frankfurt East Bathroom Towels & Blow Dryer

Bathroom Towels & Blow Dryer

The towels are thin and shower amenities like soap and shampoo are in dispensers only. Nothing much to complain here, as for a brand like Moxy, it will never get better.


Breakfast:

After the introduction of the new Marriott program since August, Courtyard, AC Hotels, Protea and Moxy will stop offering free breakfast for elite members. Instead you get a 10 USD credit. Breakfast cost 10 Euros at Moxy Frankfurt East, and I am not sure it’s worth what you are paying for.

Moxy Frankfurt East Breakfast - My Choice

Breakfast – My Choice

Here’s what I’ve chosen to eat. Not something I would expected to be eating at a hotel normally.

Moxy Frankfurt East Breakfast Pastries Display

Breakfast Pastries Display

Moxy Frankfurt East Breakfast Warm Servings & Bread

Breakfast Warm Servings & Bread

The only two hot plate offerings are just eggs, boiled and fried.

Moxy Frankfurt East Breakfast Cold Plates Display

Breakfast Cold Plates Display

Moxy Frankfurt East Breakfast Cereals Display

Breakfast Cereals Display

They offer a decent selection of cereals though, I am uncertain whether it’s a Moxy thing or a German thing, or a pop-culture reference; maybe a little bit of everything then. But the word for the hotel is – cost-saving.

Moxy Frankfurt East IKEA Alike Breakfast Tray Return Station

IKEA Alike Breakfast Tray Return Station

Another IKEA alike feature is that you might be expected to return your tray after you are done with your breakfast. It’s quiet common for young people today to do this self-willingly.

Another notable feature is their coffee machine that freaking offers more than 20 different choices. Impressed.


The Gym:

The gym area is located at the lobby as well. It’s a square-shaped room with all the necessary facilities. Nothing to complain about.


Other Amenities:

The lobby area is a cool place to explore as they combine everything at a business-oriented hotel all within the same place.


Conclusion:

I’ve paid more than 100 Euros for my one night stay which could get you some decent full service brands instead, I would only consider staying here if I am able to score a deal around 60 Euros in the future. Other than paying for breakfast, I wouldn’t mind recommending you staying here for a special experience and if you are into getting some instagramable pictures taken.

Moxy Frankfurt East Terrace

Moxy Frankfurt East Terrace

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