The Spaander in Volendam is a lovely hotel. There are nice views across the Markermeer, towards Marken if you request a room at the right side. The rooms are fine, but I would have expected some tea & coffee making facilities (maybe I am comparing to typical UK hotels where this is the 'norm' these days). The hotel has a pool and sauna, which are excellent to relax in, after a days walking or cycling. I always found the staff to be more than helpful, and thankfully all speak excellent English.
The food is of good quality. Breakfast is buffet-style. I would have preferred to see a bit more selection of breakfast cereals, but again this may be more down to my UK experiences. There are certainly plenty other things to try (hot food, cold meat, bread, croissants etc).
I feel that 'Best Western' do not explain enough about the hotels location. Volendam used to be a busy fishing port and the streets are small and narrow. Access to the hotel can be tricky if you do not know what to expect. There are also restrictions on when the main access road can be used during the summer. Trying to find the hotel via your Sat-Nav will take you into the middle of a one-way system which is still some way from the actual hotel entrance - better to go through town and find the Zeedijk and Noordeinde roads (but do your homework first on access times, as due to the narrow road, there is a 1-way 'timed' system - access-only for 30 mins, then egress-only for 30 mins!). You then have to negotiate what would appear to be a pedestrian-area (but is just the normal road) before turning left at the harbour. Once you reach the car-park there is normally plenty of parking for residents, but it may be busy during the tourist season.
But don't let any of that put you off! The history of the Spaander is worth sampling. Their involvement with Dutch artists over the years makes it a little 'different' from most places. Certainly has bags of character. The surrounding bars and shops mean that you can meander along the dijk and take in the views across the water. The hotel also has a couple of bikes which can be borrowed. We spent a day having a lazy cycle to Edam and Hoorn. The excellent Dutch cycle paths make this both easy and enjoyable.
I would happily return for another visit (been 3 times so far).
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Spaander
- Best Western Volendam
- Volendam Best Western