Golden Tulip Hotel Inntel Amsterdam-Zaandam
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While I had been frequenting Amsterdam about 2 to 4 times a month this past summer, I had never really ventured out of the city limits. However, this time, I did and it was far from a bad idea. While my childhood imaginations of the Netherlands always consisted of wooden windmills, the city of Amsterdam hadn't really fulfilled that realization from my visits this summer. And I clearly see why, cuz the good stuff is hidden about 40 minutes away.So ...
For the day we went to a small and cliche town. This town was absolutely adorable! They had a cheese museum where we got to see how Dutch cheese is made and taste all kinds of cheese! They had a honey section too in the store. I wish there was actual honey to taste, but they only had honey products like lotions. However they did have wine honey, so we got a small bottle to drink later. Then we went ...
... had little girls at about the same time.
He lives some distance from Amsterdam, but very kindly drove all the way to meet me at Schiphol Airport, and took me to a place called Zaanse Schans, about half an hour north of Amsterdam, which is a sort of open-air museum preserving the quintessential Dutch things like windmills, canals, and clog-making. I should imagine it's a bit of a tourist trap during the day, but arriving, ...
... authentic houses and shops which we missed. I wanted to go to Keukenhof Gardens before it closed (wasn't sure of the opening times) and it was a half our drive. We were dropping off the car that day so it was the last day for a driving tour. Gabi bought a windmill souvenir. It turned out Keukenhof Gardens closed in May because its only open for a limited time while the flowers are ...
... A walk through the red light district followed by all 40 of us being rounded up to another bar, this time it was what I call a 'stitch up bar'. Where your leader takes you to a bar where they get kickbacks ie free drinks for dragging you there. About ten of us weren't too keen, it was just another bar full of backpackers writing themselves off, so we left for to find our own Amsterdam nook. And we did, down a little alley was the cutest little bar, a ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Tulip Hotel Inntel Amsterdam-Zaandam
Best shower ever!
I loved this hotel, It has all the ammenities that big cooperate hotels offer; yet has the charm of a small property. It also has the best shower that i've ever had, WOW!
Great hotel - great location!
We just got back from spending the week of New Years in Amsterdam. WILD city!! GT Inntel was superb! Super friendly staff, free upgrade 2 levels to business, quality room, and fantastic location! Right in the thick of it. In the Red Light but safe, walking distance to Dam Square, Centraal Station, Damrack, etc... We were very pleased with our experience and will stay at the hotel again in the future when returning to AMS! Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar!!!
We stayed at this hotel last weekend for 2 nights.
Very upset by the hotel!!!!
The stay was ok but about 2 weeks after we came back from the holiday, we received credit card bills from the hotel. As far as we know, we didn't use any extra services the hotel provides that were not included in our package holiday. I wrote a letter to the hotel asking for a invoice on the things that they are charging us for but our holiday was in july, now its Sept already. I still haven't heard from them. I really hope if they see this review they will get back to me as soon as they can! I was very upset because they charged us without us even knowing what for!
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A tired run down hotel with small spartan rooms. Zaandam is completely unmemorable. A good location for visiting Ahold/Albert Heijn both within walking distance. Very expensive for what you get. The only (expensive) breakfast in town before 9am. Next door to train station -easy to get to Amsterdam. So easy I will stay there next time, and commute to Zaandam. Not great.
I had a fantastic time in Amsterdam most of it was down to having stayed at the Golden Tulip. The hotel was very clean, very spacious and staff were extremely helpful. l'll be returning very soon.
I visited Amsterdam with a friend in February 2004 where we spent 5 days. I booked this hotel at the last minute through expedia. It happened to be the day's pick, so I picked it - it didn't fail me. Zaandam is only a 10 minute train ride from Amsterdam Central with trains running to and from the centre very frequently. It was also extremely easy getting there from Schiphol and vice versa. The hotel is basically connected to the train station making it extremely easy to find. Even though the reception area was very small for a 4 star hotel, it was very cosy. The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and spoke fluent English. We requested a smoking room, but upon arrival we were informed that there wasn't one available. However, they made sure we got transferred into a smoking room the following day, as one became available. Although we didn't have breakfast on the premises, the small bar/café was very pleasant and relaxing. Once again, the staff there were very friendly and the service incredible. Our rooms were in both cases spacious, clean and comfortable. The bathroom was also very spacious and was equipped with one of the biggest bath tubs I have ever seen in a 4 star hotel. The daily room cleaning service was very efficient as well. There is free computer/internet access at the lobby which proved helpful for quick e-mail checking. Overall, I was more than happy with our choice. I was a bit worried about the fact that it was out of Amsterdam, but the location is fantastic. Highly recommended!
I quickly chose the cheapest hotel affiliated with a United Vacation. I've done this three times now to Paris, London and now Amsterdam. Zaandam looked like it was actually a part of Amsterdam, but in fact, it is not. It is NW in a very business like setting with huge office buildings with none of those quaint canals or oddly shaped canal houses.But it is certainly worth the price you pay as a single. The rooms are clean. crisp and spacious by European standards. The morning breakfast included with the room was a hot breakfast which could take one all the way to mid afternoon. The Golden Tulip is located right at the Zaandam train stop and is a mere 10 minute ride from Amsterdam Central and 20 minutes by direct train from Schiphol Airport.At first I felt I was missing out on the central old town ambiance, but later realized that traveling single made me a target if I placed myself on a dark side street. This was a well lit, well traveled route and quite cozy.Additionally I found out later that Zaandam is the gateway to many of the tulip fields and bike riding paths into the courty side so if I had had more time I might have rented a bicycle (from a shop right at the entrance to the Inntel) and ridden out to those glorious fields.Amsterdam is a gracious and forgiving city for the inexperienced and a delight to the seasoned traveler. In three days I was able to walk most of the enitre downtown area and do two self conducted walking tours, visit the Rijksmusuem, the Van Gogh Museum, the Ann Frank House, the RembrantHouse Museum, the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, a restored 19th Century Canal House, DeCoster diamonds, a canal boat tour as well as the Red Light district and two outdoor Saturday markets. Whewwwww.......To say the least it was a whirlwind long weekend. Amsterdam is more than I ever expected and left me wanting just one more glass of white wine or another evening at a canal side restaurant.
I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Golden Tulip Inntel Amsterdam/Zaandam, for four nights. I arrived there on Thanksgiving Day. The hotel is situated adjacent to the train station; so finding it was no problem at all. I had a nice room with a kingsize bed;a well stocked minibar with bottled water, several wines, snacks, cappucino and an assortment of teas, along with cable television and radio for in room entertainment, for the Tulip Mania Rate of seventy euro's a day. The room rate was a steal for the quality of the hotel. There was an extensive room service menu which had a price fixe meal which included several entree's for the price bargain price of 22 euro's. The food was absolutely delicious. Being centrally located in Zaandam was a plus because I was just steps away from the local open air market and the shopping district. The stores were open late on Thursday night and there were lots of bargains to be had. The spirit of Sint Nicolaas was definetly in the air. There were colorlful parades and the smell of everything from Vietnamese Loempia, Dutch Apple Cake, Turkish Donenkabobs, Belgian Waffles, Cotton Candy.....you name it and they had it.The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. There was also a computer in the lobby for guest use. Trains departed from the railroad station next door to the Amsterdam Centraal railroad station and to Schipol airport every 15 minutes and the tickets only cost about $3.40 roundtrip to Amsterdam and about $3.00 each way to the airport. You won't find a four star hotel in Amsterdam at that price. I strongly reccomend it to anyone who is interested in visiting Amsterdam.