Photos: An Amsterdam Airport Hotel in the 1960s
Something weird is going on with airport hotels. It's a full-circle effect really, in that the original airport hotels opened on auto routes to airpots in the dawn of the jet age, when people considered air travel a rare luxury and made the flight experience an event all its own. The 80s and 90s saw the reputation and quality of airport and roadside hotels drop, but now there's been a definite upturn with the re-introduction of style. Just look at the proliferation of Alofts, Elements and Yotels.
Just a second let's turn the clock back. Let's reflect on those original, full-service hotels that marked the beginning of a landmark trip in someone's life, in the 1960s. Welcome to Euro Motel, located on one of the main motorways leading into/away from Amsterdam-Schiphol International.
We recently hit upon this sixties hotel and all its Mad Men glory in an old pamphlet. The Euro Motel has 85 rooms and boats a picnic-friendly lawn, an upscale restaurant, easy highway access, large rooms with radios and some even with patios. These were hot stuff amenities for a roadway inn, and the Euro Motel was no truckstop fleabag joint.
You can just imagine a (Dutch) Roger Sterling pulling up in a Cadillac with a (Dutch) Joan, to romp in a hotel room and enjoy an anonymous steak dinner in the restaurant.
Sadly there are no nightly prices listed for this gem, but we'd guess them to be around $20. Enjoy the images!