Perfect location for a city break stay outside of Amsterdam
02/03/2017 ss-jaynee_9592, Nottingham, United Kingdom
The whole reason for our trip was to explore Amsterdam, which we'd never visited before, and go to ASOT (A State of Trance) Festival in Utrecht. We wanted something out of the city, cheap, and easy to... more
The whole reason for our trip was to explore Amsterdam, which we'd never visited before, and go to ASOT (A State of Trance) Festival in Utrecht. We wanted something out of the city, cheap, and easy to travel to and from. This hotel ticked all the boxes!
The train station was 4 or 5 stops from the airport and took roughly 20 mins costing approximately €11 for the both of us. The train to Amsterdam Central is 3 stops (5/10 minutes) costing €10 return for both.
From there, the hotel was a short few minutes walk in residential area. From the outside, the hotel looks like nothing special, almost like a prison, we took one look at it and both thought, what have we booked? Thankfully, we were more than pleasantly surprised. Inside is modern, warm and clean. The reception staff were very welcoming and so helpful. Apon arrival we received a map of Zaandam and Amsterdam and was given lots of advice on what to do and where to go during our stay.
The room also was clean and modern. The only downside was we booked a double room and received a twin (which seems to happen to us every time we stay somewhere) but we merely pushed the beds together and didn't think anything else of it.
There's also a restaurant in the hotel which looked delicious but unfortunately we didn't go too. I strongly recommend taking a walk around Zaandam town centre where's there's lots of shops and restaurants and the Dutch architecture is simply stunning, you feel like you're walking through a storybook. It is expensive to eat out, plates are roughly €20 each but there's a fantastic supermarket across the road from the hotel which is really cheap that we ate from everyday.
Definitely recommend this hotel and would/maybe will stay at this hotel again. less
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