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by Anna Yu
Airport hotels are usually reserved for business travelers, people with long layovers, and for those stuck at the airport for other reasons. I once stayed at a totally unmemorable hotel by the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport because bad weather conditions grounded my flight. While it was cheap, I can't say I would ever stay at a airport hotel again- until now. The citizenM Hotel at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has totally changed my mind with its super efficient and cutting-edge design. Start by checking in via high-tech monitors in the lobby and then the prefab rooms are set to your specifications: mood lighting, music, temperature, and of course, a wake-up call! The 230 rooms may only be 150 square feet large, but the LCD televisions with free movie channels, a king-sized bed, free wifi, a high pressure rain shower and luxurious Frette linens make you feel right at home. There's even a 24-hour cafe which is good for those munchies you might get in the middle of the night. Take a peek at my slideshow to see what it's like to live by the airport!
Initially started in 2005 as a platform for young designers and artists, Ontfront didn't take long to get swept up by the fashion scene. The line found its niche in a creative and functional fusion of urban streetwear and professionalism known as Sidewalk Tailoring. Nowadays, Ontfront is a statement and huge success within the Amsterdam fashion and club scene. National and international fashion-forward celebrities like Emmy Award nominated DJ Diplo and Musiq Soulchild are dressed in some of their designs. For the Spring/Summer 2010 collection that Ontfront showed at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, they continued to impress with the theme "Tonight is the Knight," which was evident by their brawny statures and iron gloves. The diverse collection was said to be inspired by the brave medieval knight, with the sophistication of comfortable heroism for the modern-day cavalier. With a collection of fitted tees and polos, button-down shirts and tailored suits, the designs certainly broke the mold of modern menswear with its fresh and edgy details. Check the slideshow for pictures of Ontfront's stylish knight parade!