Hotel has real wow factor on arrival. We arrived a few hours before we could get into our room but the hotel allowed us to store our cases in a secure room. We had interconnecting rooms on 8th floor, double room had huge comfy bed and large bathroom with bath tub and separate shower, robes and slippers. Both rooms had mini bar, fridge, safe. Breakfast was great with a large selection, didn't try dinner so cannot comment. Nice outside terrace area over looking canal. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Nice pool with separate quiet area with sauna /steam room.
Zaandam itself is a train or bus ride away from Amsterdam central (2 stops on train, very easy to navigate and trains are frequent and clean). If you want the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam this isn't for you but if you want somewhere more relaxed and quiet Zaandam is great. Some nice restaurants in the area too.