I stayed in this hotel for 10 days in June 2014 as I had some obligations in Zaandam. But, if you are interested in Amsterdam, it is not a good option. Hotel is not far from the train station (a few mins walk, too short for a taxi ride, too long under the rain or with the luggage). In the morning it takes some 30 mins to get to the Amsterdam, but evening return is not convenient at all, trains are rare and often late. The hotel is at a completely unappealing location. To reach the center of Zaandam from the hotel you have to pass through the train station. Rooms face rail tracks and deserted area under construction. Zaandam itself is a charming place that can be easily visited from elsewhere.
Contrary to the fancy pictures, this is extremely budget accommodation (you can never guess from the price). Rooms are basic. Almost no hangers. There is a glass wall between the bathroom and the room, and it could be a problem if there is more than one person in the room, as the room gets light at night if someone is in the bathroom. Bathroom is very basic and very small, no towel hangers, soap dishes, no shower cap. WiFi is extremely poor with frequent interruptions. Room was not properly cleaned during my stay. There is one small elevator and we always had to wait for the elevator.
Breakfast is a rip-off (15 euros). No fresh fruits or juice. Poor selection of pastry (and everything else). Same offer every day.
Hotel lacks personnel, so whatever you may need they won’t do it. If you approach them with a problem they give you a grin and write-down something and don’t do anything. When I was leaving they did not want to open the door that was closer to the station and I had to go with the luggage around the building under the heavy rain (my request was rejected with the smile, of course).
- 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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