The Park Inn, Schiphol Airport
Adventures with Lufthansa and FTU Amsterdam
- Would I like to speak at FTU? Umm. Yes!
- To the airport, LH953 Birmingham to Frankfurt
- An (un)expected extended layover
- LH996 Frankfurt to Birmingham (Business Class)
- The Park Inn Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (This section)
- Speaking at FTU Amsterdam
- LH997 Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt Main
- What is the meaning of the words “Reasonable Connection” at Frankfurt?
- LH958 Frankfurt to Birmingham
- Learning goes both directions
After getting off the plane, it was the long hike from the B Piers to arrivals.
That way is it?
Thankfully, as a Schengen Arrival – there were no further immigration checks – just a customs check.
Pass the point of no return
With that, it was out to Schiphol Plaza – and to the bus stop for the shuttle bus to the hotel. With a service every 15 minutes or so, it was as simple as getting on a bus, and getting off at the hotel.
Arriving in reception, the FTU welcome party was in full swing. I took the time to chat with the organisers, as well as secure my room for the next two nights. With the administration done, I headed up to my room to shower and change into something more respectable.
Pick up and go snacks
Bar and Relaxation area
People… a fact of Kevin style travel – I dress for comfort. This means a polo shirt and tracksuit bottoms. I never got on with jeans at any age, and I loathe wearing a business style dress when I’m not working.
But with that done, I headed to my room. The room itself is simple in its nature, with a bed, work area, TV and more importantly – plugs by the bed.
Work area with tea and coffee facilities
Little things as they say.
The TV itself contained a mixture of European channels, with UK BBC Channels well represented – good for catching up with the world
The bathroom itself was a shower and toilet affair, with (as expected) a shared body wash/shampoo bottle. The temperature of the room was comfortable, whilst not being overly hot or cold.
The bed itself was reasonable enough – nice enough and good for a reasonable night’s sleep whilst not being over firm or over soft. In other words, rather comfortable.
The views were business park-like – although it was near one of the runways of Amsterdam airport.
Downstairs, there were social areas – as well as the conference area where I would be spending most of the weekend. There was also a bar (and when frequent flyers get together – a bar isn’t a nicety, it’s a requirement). With the food offered there – it was a nice option to have without having to wander off-site (say back to Schiphol Airport to get some food or downtown) when time isn’t on your side.
Ceaser Salad from the bar
Overall: The Park Inn provided a nice comfortable pit stop and good facilities for the nights I was staying there. There was nothing overly stand-out, but then that’s not the point of this sort of property – the point is to provide a comfortable environment at a reasonable cost
Disclosure: FTU kindly paid for the hotel room at the Park Inn, as well as entry into FTU Amsterdam 2014. This review is not influenced by the organisers, nor directed by them or their affiliates – and represents the author’s views only
Next: Speaking at FTU Amsterdam.
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