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Best Western Zaan Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Zaandam
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Clean, functional and convenient”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed at the hotel for 4D/4N and booked a comfort double room.

Location-wise the hotel was fabulous and one has to walk about 2 minutes to get to the Zaandam station. Regular trains connect Zaandam to the airport and Amsterdam Centraal and cost-wise it was almost 30% cheaper than similar hotels in Amsterdam, so this is a fair trade-off for the cost-conscious.

The rooms had simple but good furnishing. There was a gigantic bed and good air-conditioning. Even though it is very close to the trains (I could see the station from my windows if I drew the curtains), it was very quiet inside. Everyone I interacted with - the receptionists, hotel manager and the bartender were very polite and helpful and spoke fluent English, which really helps.

Overall, it is not a resort so dont expect frills. If you want to move around Netherlands and want easy access to Amsterdam and the airport, this hotel is a very good bet.

PS: I did not try the restaurant, so I can not comment on the food

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

this hotel is certainly a good choice, at 2 minutes from the railway station and what could be considered as the centre of Zaandam. It is quite new, which shows (people were still painting the lines in the car park, painting some of the meeting rooms, and some of the wall outlets are not finished). But hey, it is a good place, with light and clean rooms, nice flooring, and a bathroom that is better than average. The rates are OK, and if you don't feel like going out for dinner, you can go to Pulse (the restaurant). It serves quite good food (OK, it's not a Michelin star place, but much better than the average place in Holland), decent wine and Belgian beer (couldn't skip the chauvinism). It is not expensive, and they offer daily dishes (go for the catch of the day, it's fresher than fresh). If ever I have to be in this neighbourhood again, I think I'll come back to this place

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

recently stayed for 5 nights with group of eight.impressed with hotel.staff really friendly and helpful.fab facilities,rooms clean and modern.excellent location,5 mins walk from station,less than 20mins by train to amsterdam.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. They were very accommodating with every request. The only issue I had was the electricity went out but they gave us another room. Location was just ok. I wasn't big on the whole bathroom door bring clear and see-thru but I could live with it.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

I would have left a positive review if it wasn't for a horrible experience with one staff member on my last day. This person berated me in front of other guests. No excuse for this. Will not go back or recommend based on this experience.

Apart from this I have the following comments:
-Level of cleanliness was really good (although they simply forgot to clean the room one day)
-Right near train station (couldnt be closer) and close to supermarket too
-cheap price but if you want to spend time in amsterdam just pay more for something closer as you will end up spending that money on public transport anyway
-Bar staff were really friendly
-Breakfast was more like a continental breakfast + boiled eggs
-Lots of parking
-Good wifi connection throughout hotel
-Expensive and really average restaurant (avoid this)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Basic hotel with a lot of ikea... The staff makes you feel at home. Good food, great drinks. Love the service. Try the sizzling pan.... very close to the city centre. Also try the "blauwe pauw" witch is very close by

  • Stayed March 2014
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This hotel is functional rather than cosy. Unlike reviews from previous guests we found the reception staff and the breakfast staff friendly and helpful. The hotel is right in the middle of Zaandam, next to the main railway station but inside the rooms there is hardly any noise, from the trains or the traffic. Our bed was enormous - almost needed binoculars to find each other! The transparant shower doors mentioned by previous guests seem to have been replaced, at least in our room (a comfort room). Good and free wifi. Excellent location for visiting Amsterdam but don't forget Zaandam itself. The centre is becoming very pretty and it has a lot of good eating places and shops. We arrived by car and although the hotel can be seen clearly from the roads, finding the hotel (free) parking place was tricky: no signposting and many roads around the hotel blocked off for road works. Even our son, who lives in Zaandam, found it difficult to find Two other things: the pillows on the bed are very small, about half the size of a normal pillow and not very comfortable. The price of the breakfast, 15 euros pp, is ok as there is a lot of choice and all very fresh, but if all you want is a coffee and a croissant, it's too expensive. Why not offer a cheaper price for continental breakfast?

Room Tip: Our room was on the side of the rail track but very, very quiet nevertheless.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Zaan Inn
Address: Grenehout 22, 1507 EB Zaandam, The Netherlands (Formerly BEST WESTERN Zaan Inn)
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Zaandam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Zaandam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Zaan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEST WESTERN Zaan Inn is a modern hotel, situated next to the Zaandam train station. It is nearby the Zaandam city centre, the Zaanse Schans and 12 minutes by train from Amsterdam.Zaan Inn Hotel has 102 spacious non-smoking rooms, with a save, refrigerator, desk, telephone and free WiFi. All rooms have a big flat screen television. The bathroom is equipped with a toilet, sink, shower and hair dryer. In the Zaan Inn Hotel is a nice grill restaurant situated, named Restaurant Pulse. There is also a cosy bar, a smoking lounge and pool tables. ... more   less 
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