Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Mega Hub Reviews
Amsterdam Schiphol mega flight hub took 9th place in the 2015 Best Airports in the World poll according to SkyTrax. This is down four places from their number 5 spot in 2014. Let’s look at some of the features of the Amsterdam transit hub.
Free Internet everywhere in the airport! Those of you with your own devices will be excited to know that you can now get free internet anywhere in the Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Save your data, and use the Wi/Fi feature! This is pretty unique since most airports have high security zones where customers cannot log on to Wi/Fi, and in those zones there are “hot spots” or designated areas where you can log on. These areas are small and sometimes crowded—not at Amsterdam’s transit hub. Check their website for details about how to log on.
Privium is not as the name sounds—it’s not a privy, it’s a frequent flier membership to Amsterdam Schiphol. This is interesting, since most memberships are associated with airlines, this one is associated with the airport itself. Some of the rewards include expedited services such as parking—park in some of the reserved spots right near the terminal. Also enjoy expedited border and passport checks…what a great perk! At the airport, you’ll enjoy lounge access. The ClubLounge includes Wi/Fi access, free food buffet with juice and coffee and work space where you can simply read the paper without the hustle and bustle of the airport scene. There are three levels of membership—Privium Partner, Privium Basic and Privium Plus and corporate memberships are available at reduced rates. Prices for single memberships are 205, 121 and 75 Euros ($225, $242 and $82 US Dollars) respectively.
VIP Service at Schiphol is a nice feature for those looking to impress their guests or have a hassle-free airport experience. It’s best to make a reservation for the VIP Service and arrive 90 minutes prior to your flight. Enjoy some refreshments, work or relax while VIP staff checks you into your flight and holds your bags. Passport services are also available and will take approximately 15 minutes—again this is happening behind the scenes while you are relaxing. Those transferring through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport hub can also reserve the VIP service, it’s not just for those flying out of the hub. You can make reservations right from the airport’s website.
In the airport terminals there are many places to eat and drink. Of the many offerings, the most interesting to the author includes “Bubbles” a seafood restaurant with a saltwater aquarium in the center. What is more relaxing than an aquarium? Not only that, but where else can you find oysters and caviar at an airport? The restaurant is distinguishable by the large aquamarine colored wall where hundreds of bottles of wine are stored. The Dutch Kitchen serves traditional Dutch style foods. Try bitterballen or stroopwafels everything is freshly made and even the ambiance will remind you of your trip to Amsterdam with large tulip structures. If you are in the mood for an adult beverage, you might try Dutch bar. Here, you can find Dutch gin drinks and beers on tap—all served by a real ‘barman’ who will give you impeccable service and perhaps a tip or two about the most popular drinks in Holland. Another stand out restaurant/food store is Bread! If you love bread, or just love the smell, then your senses will have a field day at the restaurant that features a 13 meter (42 foot) high wall of bread racks. At Bread! you can get the freshest sandwich at the airport quickly, and take it to go. If you have little kids and are looking for something familiar, you will still find McDonalds and Starbucks at the Amsterdam transit hub, but if you are looking for an experience, go for the traditional Dutch-style foods and drinks.
An interesting feature on the Amsterdam Airport website is something called the Healthy Bite. It’s a little one page blog that offers tips for staying healthy while traveling. These tips flow over to the restaurants–Healthy Bite signage can be found throughout the airport to designate healthier food and drink choices. The signage designates items that are nutritious and recommended for travelers. Some of the criteria that the food must meet to get the “Healthy Bite” logo are:
- Low Salt
- Low Sugar
- Immune Boosting
Another tip for maintaining health while traveling, according to this little mini-bog, include plenty of movement when not in your airline seat. Travel naturally involves a lot of sitting. Try taking the stairs and moving around as much as possible when not confined to the airplane.
If you are looking for entertainment at the Amsterdam flight hub reviews, then you might enjoy the Holland Casino located at Departure Hall 2 behind Passport Control. The hours of this casino are very different than what we normally associate with places open for gambling in the US, so don’t be disappointed if you had planned to have dinner and then visit the casino. They are open from 6:30 AM to 7:45 PM—so perhaps visit the casino in the morning after breakfast!
Those with longer layovers might enjoy a visit to the spa to have their nails done at the Rituals Spa found in Departure Lounge 1. Transform your everyday routines into a relaxing experience with a foot massage. If you are in more of a time crunch, you can visit the Massage-O-Matic station instead. The Massage-O-Matics are booths that are semi-private and contain a massage chair and a TV screen with relaxing images and music. The chairs must be very popular, as there are 10 stations where you can visit the Massage-O-Matic at the Amsterdam airport hub. They cost 2 Euros ($2.18) and you don’t need to see an attendant to use the chairs. Just find an empty chair and put in your money and relax for 5 minutes.
After a long flight and a potentially longer layover at Amsterdam Airport and KLM flight hub, consider staying at the Hotel Mercure Schiphol Terminal. 33 rooms are available for staying overnight and include shower or bath facilities. If you are expecting a long layover but don’t quite need a hotel room, you can stop in and use one of their Shower Rooms at the Hotel Mercure Schiphol Terminal. Toiletries, hair dryer and towels are provided in the 15 Euro ($16.39 US Dollar) cost.
If you are having one of those trips and a shower alone is not going to cut it, consider booking a full massage or other body service at the XpresSpa. Here you can receive a chair massage which includes a neck and back massage, a facial treatment, a full body massage or a foot massage. Massages do not need to be booked in advanced and can be as short as 10 minutes in length. There are three XpresSpa locations in the airport so chances are high that there is a location near you.
Shopping on your mind? You will find watches, liquor, accessories and perfume at the Amsterdam Schiphol transit hub. Also found are cosmetics, electronics and jewelry. If you are looking for memorabilia or gifts you can find Dutch and merchandise from Holland too!
Here a nice Video of Holland !