Golden Tulip Hotel Inntel Amsterdam-Zaandam
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Today we went to Zaanse Schans in Zaandam. Zaanse Schans is a preserved collection of historic working windmills and houses.
The windmills found there are:
1). De Huisman which is an octagonal mill that makes mustard. The mill was built in 178 and was moved to Zaanse Schanse in 1955.
2). De Gekroonde Poelenburg which is a paltrok mills (windpowered sawmill). Paltrok mills have an open working floor on three sides and often have a
dark, tar-covered body. When it needs ...
... canal and the staff could not have been kinder or more friendly. Best of all that is where I met my friend, Joke, pronounced Yo-ke. We have kept in touch via email and postcards. She took today, Friday, off from work at the hospital where she is a secretary, and gave us a very special day. She was like our own personal, friendly guide as she pointed out things we would not have been aware of. We strolled past the old Dutch houses and the windmills, and Amy ...
... aren't run over( by bikes ) more bikes there than people.
Great city full of life noise and crowds
Back to boat by 5pm for last dinner
Breakfast interesting yogurts cereal and canned fruit.
Then lots brown breads ( no toast) cheese and cold meats. Watching all these people eating plates full of bread piled high with large slices of cheese topped with layers of cold meats ...
... the shops for Saturday's expedition.!
For the afternoon, Mim and her cousins went to visit her Aunties, I spent the afternoon walking around the village, taking in the scenery, and then it was a return so I could catch up on the Blogs. ...
... licorice. Pieter brought return train tickets from the airport to Zaandam. One journey for one person cost €4.90. We thought that was quite expensive for 3 stops and 10 minutes. The hotel was very easy to find being right next to the station and being so unusually designed. The facade of the hotel is a collection of typical dutch houses. We found that other buildings in the area have also been designed the same way, making ...
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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!!!
Nice hotel - freezing rooms
We stayed at this hotel last weekend for 2 nights.
Hotel was very clean and nice, and right next to the train station. The only negative side was the heating in the rooms - or rather the lack of it!
After, and during our first (arctic) night, we went to the reception to complain. Apparently the heating was fine, but it would take around 30mins to start up. (It wouldn't).
Someone was meant to have a look at it during the day and everything should have been fine.
But, come the second night, the room was again like a freezer. However, having strolled Amsterdam around for the whole day, we still managed to sleep, although waking up to a cold breeze was not too pleasant. Luckily the shower was very powerful and hot so we did not have to freeze too long in the mornings.
All in all, hotel was nice but the heating in the rooms really needs to work properly, especially as this is a 4 star hotel! The corridors and other parts of hotel were warm, we should have properly camped outside the room!
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!
You sure you want to be in Zaandam?
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!
Surprisingly Simple to Get There
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 really enjoyed my stay at The Golden Tulip Inntel Amsterdam/Zaandam
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.