First off, it really is as lovely as the pictures -- and from my window, I could admire the train station's equally witty take on regional architecture. Front-desk staff were so helpful: storing my bag when I arrived at 9 am and promising to make a room available as soon as possible; running upstairs with a flashlight and ladder when my efforts at very-early-morning coffee the next day blew a fuse. Light promptly restored -- though one does wonder why they would supply a kettle that overfaced the circuits.
There are some fine-looking restaurants on the pedestrian-oriented Dam a few blocks away, a lot of them running to three-course menus for hearty appetites. The best choice of light supper dishes with a local Dutch touch turned out to be right in the Innhotel's own restaurant. Can't testify to the breakfast as I had to leave for my plane.
The room itself had all the comforts one could wish, including a mini-fridge, safe, Wifi, a good-sized bed (not guaranteed in a European single room), warm duvet, toiletries and generous Grohe fixtures in the shower. Internet in the lobby was a bit slow, but free, and a godsend if you aren't carrying your own laptop.
Train service to and from Schiphol was frequent and took about 20 minutes. A transfer at Sloterdijk is usually, but not always, required. Much better value than an airport hotel, more personal, more Dutch, and in an interesting, walkable town. I'd alternate between here and Haarlem for future stopovers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique and famous. This 4 star hotel with its world renowned look is situated next to the Zaandam train station, where the train will take you to the centre of Amsterdam within 12 minutes. Also, the RAI Congress Centre and Schiphol Airport are easy to reach by train. Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam has 160 unique hotel rooms, a Wellness Club, free wifi internet and its own Tourist Information Office. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam North Holland