The journey from Schipol airport Zaandam took approximately half an hour. The hotel was very conveniently located just outside the train station. We were aware of the close proximity to the station having stayed in the old hotel in 1996 and 2006 and were keen to stay in the new build because of its unusual architecture and for the fact that for us Zaandam is the only place to stay when visiting Amsterdam.
The new hotel is amazing, story book like from the outside. We had booked a junior suite because we were celebrating my 40th birthday, but the hotel is so clean & fresh that I am sure a standard room would be fine.
I'll get the 2 negative points out of the way first. All rooms are themed and ours was themed on a founder of a Zaan region factory, we therefore had an extremeley large picture of a man above our bed (a little freaky). Secondly the tiled flooring in the bedroom created a cold ambience. These 2 factors took nothing away from the two nights we spent here, the suite was very modern, bright, and the bed the most comfortable I have ever slept on. The housekeeper cleaned twice a day and turned down our bed leaving a chocolate in the evening. The bathroom had a seperate shower, jacuzzi bath and sauna.
We used the Wellness area with pool, steamroom and sauna once and had the whole place to ourselves.
We were lucky with the weather having a very hot and sunny few days, a short walk out of the back of the hotel, past the supermarket, through the mall and up the stairs (5minutes max) and we were greeted by a small town square filled with restaurants which were very busy for a Wednesday lunchtime. Everyone around us in our chosen restaurant spoke dutch, the menu was in dutch and we chose something to eat in a hopeful fashion. But hey, we were in Holland and wanted to experience it away from 'touristy' Amsterdam for at least a day. I have to say I absolutely loved it.
The journey from Zaandam to Amsterdam took about 12 minutes and trains ran regularly, but the trains could not be heard from inside the hotel.
All in all a great way to celebrate an occasion or to visit just because....