Spend a few minutes on the train, save many dollars on your hotel!
08/09/2017 robol, Melbourne, Australia
A nicely refurbished hotel with a modern feel, I paid about A$90.30 per night for my Standard twin room. This includes the €30 additional tax that I paid directly to the hotel upon check-in, which com... more
A nicely refurbished hotel with a modern feel, I paid about A$90.30 per night for my Standard twin room. This includes the €30 additional tax that I paid directly to the hotel upon check-in, which comprised €3 per person, per night.
Check-in was OK, I arrived on a rainy night and even though the staff member behind the counter could see us standing at the door getting soaked in the rain, it took him a while to open the door which made me quite angry. Some troublemakers (of dark complexion) had followed us from the train station so perhaps the staff member was wary of them coming in with us.
Anyway, all the staff were ultimately friendly.
This hotel is located probably a maximum of 30 minutes from Amsterdam. That is, if you factor in waiting around 10 minutes for the train, taking the 12 minute train ride to Zaandam, and then walking the 5 minutes from the train station to the hotel. I found it a good compromise, especially when pre-booking early to get the best rates, considering hotels in Amsterdam are almost as overpriced as hotels in the main cities of America!
Sadly and surprisingly the train is not included on a GVB day ticket because Zaandam is outside of the Amsterdam transport area, and NS trains aren't part of GVB anyway, so a return train trip into Amsterdam will cost you €6,40. If you have an OV-chipkaart it will cost you €1 less, but you must have minimum €20 loaded onto the card to be able to validate your trip! This isn't so helpful if you're only there as a tourist and want to use the full balance of your card. The Netherlands, or at least the greater Amsterdam region, could certainly do with some improvements on public transport ticketing integration! In my home city, an all day adult ticket across all modes of public transport, within the whole greater metropolitan area, costs the equivalent of €5.50!
OK, back to the hotel: My room was a reasonable size and clean, especially the bathroom which was a good size and modern. The area was generally quiet, and so my room was very quiet which I appreciated. Beds were comfortable and while the selection of English TV channels wasn't huge, it was still OK. I had no issues with the Wifi.
The DEEN supermarket, a 3 minute walk across the carpark, was very convenient, and is open from 0800-2100 every day except Sunday, when it is open 1000-1900.
While I didn't purchase breakfast at the hotel, they did have a good selection, including a Chocomel dispensing machine! I would recommend purchasing breakfast at check-in for a discounted rate if you're stuck for ideas.
So, to summarise, this is a good quality 3 star hotel that is definitely worth considering for those who don't mind staying a bit away from all the action to save a significant amount of money. A short walk away is Zaandam city centre, with some reasonable options for dining and shopping, and the area is generally pretty quiet. less
ZaanInn, General Manager at Best Western Zaan Inn, responded to this review
Thank you for staying with us and your extensive feedback. We are situated in a quiet and safe area. We are sorry that it took longer than you expected to open our front door at night. Our door is of course in the day time open every time. Whilst we are not included in the GVB tickets, there are regional day tickets that allow you to travel to the airport, Amsterdam centre, Amsterdam beach, Amsterdam Castle, Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam, all touristic hot spots in the region and include train, bus, metro and tram. Considering that our hotel rates are much lower than in Amsterdam centre, this is in our opinion definitely a good option. We also have a mini market in our hotel now so no need to go through the rain to the supermarket. But good to hear that you enjoyed your stay anyway.