I love unique, authentic hotels. Want to go to Amsterdam and looking for a nice yet affordable hotel? This can become quite a challenge, as hotels in Amsterdam are on high demand and are getting super expensive… Now here is my advice.
Go for this one
I would recommended anyone to stay at the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam. Trust me, you’ll love it. Just see how gorgeous it looks! Rates start at €72 per night, average around €100.
Architecture & design
This stunning 4-star hotel is one of a kind. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else. The architecture represents stacked traditional wooden houses found in the Zaandam area. All rooms are unique; the interior design displays traditional crafts in Zaandam, known for food production. Don’t be surprised to smell chocolate in the air!
The Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam is perfectly located. Only two train stops from Amsterdam Central Station, at Zaandam Station. You’ll be there in no time. For travel details see below under Train.
The Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam has all you need:
- Spacious rooms
- Private bathrooms
- Free WiFi
- Meeting rooms
- Great reviews
Trains between Zaandam Station and Amsterdam Central Station go very frequently (every 5-15 min). Schiphol-Amsterdam airport is also within easy direct reach by train to/from the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam (<20 min).
Train ticket machines in The Netherlands all have an English menu available. You can pay cash or by debit/credit card. Or if you stay for a number of days or weeks, consider to buy an anonymous OV chip card (€8), put some money on it and swipe at the entrance gate – simple as that. Use the website or app of NS or 9292 for times, track numbers, prices, etc. 9292 provides door-to-door information for all public transport including walking between your location and train stations, bus stops, pond, etc.
Amsterdam is very close to Zaandam, so that’s great. It’s only a short train ride away! I am sure you will have a list of things to see there, filling up your time there. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, The Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Leidse Square, Rembrandt Square, the Jordaan neighborhood, the canals… There is much more to see, I promise to write an article about it some day.
Prefer more luxury and determined to stay in the city of Amsterdam? Then check out my other article Amsterdam: 6 luxury hotels where you may bump into pop stars and other celebrities at breakfast.
Beyond Amsterdam, there is much more to see. Some other recommendations closeby are for example: Utrecht, De Keukenhof garden in Lisse and several smaller, charming towns and cities in the province of North-Holland. Read more about it in my article about recommended places to visit in The Netherlands (as day trip from Amsterdam or longer). My top favorites are the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam and Alkmaar, where I also wrote an article about.
This mobile friendly map includes most things mentioned in this article and is smartphone friendly. You can use it easily via Google Maps. Click on the top left icon to open the menu. You can (un)select categories/areas to customize the map to your needs. Via Google Drive you can copy it to your folder of My Google Maps.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam and Zaandam? Are they on your to do list? Please feel free to leave a question or comment below.
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