I enjoy this place so much, I will actually make the Netherlands my final destination on trips abroad so that I can stop here before returning to the U.S. The Snells are great hosts. They are also really accomplished people (e.g. Mrs. Snell wrote the book about Dutch culture that is given to new citizens, Mr. Snell plays bass). Listen to their recommendations on where to go. They will tell you about things your guidebook might not. The room is very comfy and is the closest I feel to home when abroad. It's very quiet and peaceful (more so than my actual home, sadly). Having one's own refrigerator and microwave is helpful too.
The upstairs room is at the top of one flight of steep winding steps, as this is an historic house. That's not a problem for me, but if you have great mobility problems, you should know this in advance. (You should also know that if you are using public transportation, you will have to arrive at a station that as far I as have been able to ascertain has no handicapped accessibility...but you should ask because maybe I'm missing something).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 't Zaanse Koopmanshuis Anno 1694 offers you a cheerful guest room, with your own bathroom, or a luxurious guest suite with a kitchen, bathroom with Jacuzzi and your personal Finnish sauna. The central location of our B&B offers you an ideal base for both an exploration of the surroundings and visits to Amsterdam, the coast and the many tourist attractions in the Province of Noord-Holland. You are just a few minutes’ walk from: Koog-Zaandijk railway station, with direct links including Amsterdam Centraal railway station (4 x per hour, 17 min. journey); the famous De Zaanse Schans open-air museum with windmills, a cheese dairy and a clog workshop; the Mill museum; shops and a supermarket, five restaurants, bars with outdoor seating, waterbuses, swimming pool and attractive rambling, cycling and canoeing routes. Attractions within about 30 minutes by car – often also readily accessible by public transport – include the historic cities of Haarlem and Alkmaar (cheese market on Fridays), the old, picturesque towns of Monnickedam and Edam and, slightly further away, Hoorn and Enkhuizen on the former Zuider Zee; the charming earlier island of Marken; Volendam, a popular tourist fishing village; Beverwijk’s Zwarte Markt, Europe’s largest indoor market; the popular coastal resorts of Zandvoort, Castricum and Egmond aan Zee with their beaches, sea and dunes and, in the spring, the flowering bulb fields. ... more less