Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam: Uniquely Dutch
Colorful Stacked Houses.
This hotel looked so strange and unique in the way it was built. For a moment I thought I was in some kind of wonderland when I saw the colorful houses stacked on top of each other, even upside down. This was Zaandam, a town that’s close to Amsterdam Central Station by 12 minutes on the train and this was where we chose to stay for a few nights in the city. The hotel is made up of almost 70 individual world famous little Zaan houses in 4 shades of the traditional colors of this region. At the top corner is a striking blue house which was a subject in Monnets’ painting when we was in Zaandam. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that floor in the blue house and was given a room in one of the green houses instead.
The location of Inntel Hotel is less than 5 minutes walk from the Zaandam train station. When we got off the train, we took the escalators up, turned left to exit and there stood the hotel. The station was also made up of stacked green houses, fronting a river where a small walkway bridge connected us to the town center.
Spacious rooms, nice interior.
I’m fond of looking walking into a hotel, glancing at the ceiling, taking in the lobby area, observing guests in their holiday or business attire and all this before approaching the reception table. The receptionist was kind enough to let us store our luggage since the room wasn’t ready. We were also given a map and instructions on how to get to Zaans Schans from the hotel. He mentioned that we could take the boat there too, but only during the summer.
The hotel has 160 rooms and suites, with a cozy cafe on the ground floor, a swimming pool, fitness center, massage services, bike rentals, as well as free Wi-Fi. The last item is the most important for every traveler. Once we got back, we used our key to enter the elevator to our hotel floor. On each door was a photo of a windmill in different colors and when we entered the room, the wall was covered in windmill too, reminiscent of the Dutch history. The windows overlooked a row of shops with stacked houses just like the hotel and we could see people tightening their hold on their jackets as the wind blew.
Zaandam the town.
Zaandam is such a lovely town and what I like to call a cozier version of Amsterdam. The best part is that Primark is just across the hotel and although it’s not as big as the one in London city, it’s still a good place to shop. There’s an Asian cafe to the right, which is often crowded during lunch time, a coffee place below, a supermarket along with restaurants, clothing shops and a weekend market.
Other places to explore in Zaandam are:
- Tsaar Peterhuisje (Czar’s Peters’ House) – The oldest wooden house in Netherlands, where Russian Czar Peter used to sleep in.
- Boating on Gedempte Gracht (Muted Canal) – A large canal with shopping streets on both sides and many bridges.
- Blue House by Monet – The house was painted by Monet during his stay in Zaandam.
- Zaans Museum – Located in Zaans Schans with history of the Zaan Region.
- Zaanse Schans – Highlight of Zaandam with windmills, crafts, cheese & clogs workshop.
Walking into the weekend market.
Now this was definitely my favorite part of the whole Zaandam affair. We took a walk on the pedestrian walkway, going straight, passing by shops and bridges when we noticed people taking a turn into one of the alleys. We decided to follow the group and walked into a market square, with vans, stalls set up for the morning customers. It was such a nice surprise particularly because we love markets and we try to make time for this in each country we visit.
Since we didn’t have any breakfast yet, we walked around and found a van selling fish sticks, seafood and pasta (all seafood based). We took away some fish sticks, fried mussels and sat on a bench nearby, thankful that the hot food would keep out tummies warm for the next few hours. Another stall sold all kinds of bread in sacks, baskets, displaying a menu with items that was hard to pronounce. Locals were seen pushing their shopping trolleys and ordering fruits, vegetables as well as cheese from the sellers. I love open markets and the people here are friendly. We got ourselves grapes and more mussels to eat in the room, in case we get hungry at night.
Stay in Zaandam for the windmills.
If you’re ever in Amsterdam and want to stay in a hotel that’s unique with plenty of places to visit, I would highly suggest staying in Zaandam. However, if you plan to explore the market, it’s best to stay over for the weekend. Transportation to the city (Amsterdam) might be slightly more but you can ask for the day pass which is convenient and helps save some money.
Here’s how to reach them:
|Name:||Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam|
|Address:||Provincialeweg 102, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1506|
|Contact:||+31 75 631 1711|
|Check-In Times:||2:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||12:00 pm|
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.