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3 Hr Layover Schipol Airport - May

I will be traveling from Cape Town back to the States w/ a 3 hour layover in Amsterdam. Any suggestions on how I can spend time in a relaxing atmosphere after an 11 hour trip and before another 8 hour return trip to the States. Should I consider an airport lounge, if so, any suggestions? I am not an elite member of an airline/hotel/or credit card so would prefer a lounge that's reasonably priced. Thanks for your assistance! BP

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Well, there's the Yotel within the secure area of the airport which we happily utilized last year. The rate sheet lists a shower cabin for one hour at 15€, which might be all the time you can spare. Have a shower and maybe a meal in one of the many dining options.

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Hi Bruce, Thanks for suggestion. I'll add to my list of options and check the online site. Cheers! Barbara

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Even if you are not an elite member of an airline, if you are a frequent flier, you may be able to purchase a daypass to the club lounge. Many of them have showers. Might be worth looking into.

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There are worse airports to idle away a couple of hours than Schiphol.There ar lots of shops, everywhere, although prices on duty-free booze no longer look like an automatic bargain (my currency is rather weak.) WiFi is free everywhere and there's an Internet lounge.
The airport also has a small art gallery with items from the downtown museums. Nearby is a sitting area with a free piano that draws volunteer players. The airport website also shows a spa and, less relaxing, a casino.
https://www.schiphol.nl/en/

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I got a massage on my stopover at Schipol and it was great - totally relaxing. They have a massage station in the airport, not hard to find. Overall, it's a very pleasant airport to while away the hours (even looking at all the tulip bulb shops was relaxing).

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Thanks Southam and Agnes for your input. SInce I'll be arriving after an 11 flight from South Africa and will be boarding another 8 hour flight back to the States I think the Yotel shower will be the best thing to provide a refresher for me. I appreciate your advice. Cheers,
Barbara

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I spent the night at the Schiphol Yotel once. It would be fine for a shower. I could have used a can opener more than a room key.