For our upcoming fall trip to Europe, our flight home is KLM/Delta, flying out of Schiphol at 8:35 a.m. We will have been staying in nearby Leiden, a short train ride away.
However, having learned how much more convenient and less stressful it is to stay at or near the airport the night before a morning flight, I booked us a room at the Mercure Hotel Schiphol Terminal. This hotel is actually IN the airport, PAST customs and security. I'm curious about how this works. It would save a lot of time on departure morning, but is less convenient for checking in.
You must have a ticket (I'm presuming boarding pass) for a flight the day of or day following checking in, and the check in time is listed as 20:00. (I didn't see that until after I had booked.) We will only have carry on luggage, one medium backpack and one "personal item" each, but we'll be having to keep those with us after checking out of our previous hotel. I'm sure we can ask our Leiden hotel to hold our bags for a few hours, but probably not all day.
Has anyone here stayed at this hotel or one similarly situated? Can anyone recommend another hotel at or very near Schipol that might have fewer restrictions on arriving and checking in? I have looked at other hotels, but we need one that is either in easy walking distance or has a shuttle that runs as early as 4:30 or 5:00. Not all of them do. And I'd prefer to keep the price under €200; the Mercure is €161 for a double with breakfast. I'm also looking at the Ibis, which has a shuttle that runs early enough, and the Citizen M, which is in walking distance. It's pricier, €189 without breakfast, over 200 with, but looks more convenient.
Breakfast is not an issue; we can eat at the airport once we've checked in with the airline, but I do like having it available.
Thanks for your suggestions and advice.