Bastion Deluxe Hotel Amsterdam / Zaandam
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBastion Deluxe Hotel Amsterdam / Zaandam
The rooms were Ok but smaller than expected. The corridors smelt of smoke. The rooms were not as clean as I would have hoped. The location, although not far from the Lelylaan train station (2 stops from the airport) and 200 m to a tram stop and 500m to the far end of Vondel park, was in a weird situation of mixed business district, empty lots and residential blocks - no atmosphere at all nearby - but that is modern Amsterdam I suppose. it was still 3-4 km from the centre of Amsterdam requiring a tram trip in daily, kind of fun anyway - get a day pass on the tram cheaper - the centre, museums, cafes, canals etc is where we spent most of our time. But that's what you get for a budget price. I thought it was odd that the manager told us we MUST wait at the desk for 15 minutes to check out whilst she conducted the daily meeting with cleaning staff - this was a little inconvenient and more so for some who might need to make train connections, but not a show stopper. OK stay - but I would stay closer to the centre and spend a little more to do it.
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