Stay at a hotel unlike any other
You don’t even have to check-in at the Hotel Zaandam before feeling the excitement of a stay there. That’s because one of its biggest draws is the jaw-dropping exterior, which looks like it’s torn straight from the pages of a fantastical fairy-tale, or that the builders stacked a load of multicoloured traditional Dutch houses on top of each other. Venture in, however, and you’ll discover a modern, 4-star hotel which boasts comfortable rooms (including the luxurious Tsar Peter suite), a large swimming pool, spa, a restaurant which serves dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients and an interior which pays tribute to Zandaam’s industrial past. Also, it’s the perfect place to explore the windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses of traditional Old Holland.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, Provincialeweg 102, Zaandam
Live like a king at a country estate
Every room has a story to tell at the magnificent Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg Country Estate. Built in the 16th century, this classic Dutch country house once belonged to His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, better known as William III, former King of England. Whether you fancy bedding down in a suite or even a patio room in the new hotel wing, you’re guaranteed a level of luxury fit for a king. There’s also a modern spa offering a range of cutting-edge treatments, a picturesque English garden to explore, and you’re just a stone’s throw from the exceptional natural beauty of National Park Zuid-Kennemerland. If that wasn’t enough, the estate’s De Vrienden van Jacob restaurant boasts a Michelin star.
Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg, Duin en Kruidbergerweg 60, Santpoort-Noord
Write your own (budget) fairy tale in a moated castle hostel
You can become the star of your very own fairy tale during a stay at the magnificent moated Castle Assumburg, without having to fork out a royal fee. With an array of fantastical turrets and towers, rich medieval style interiors and extensive gardens to explore, guests staying at this incredible hostel truly feel like royalty. But don’t let the castle's grand guise fool you, as the hotel is in fact a Stayokay hostel, and perfectly affordable for the budget-conscious. It also offers the perfect opportunity to explore the perfectly preserved traditional houses and windmills of Zaanse Schans, or scenic Old Holland. Make sure to check out the Amsterdam Area's other amazing array of castles and gardens.
Hostel Heemskerk, Tolweg 9, Heemskerk
Become a castaway in a coastal cabin
There are few feelings better than waking up to the sound of the waves lapping onto a beautiful beach. And though it’s no secret, most people don’t realise there are plenty of coastal gems to discover in the Amsterdam Area. Bloemendaal is certainly that, a bustling place that boasts colourful hippy hangouts a trendy crowd which congregate at its cool beach bars and clubs. So for a stay somewhere just that extra bit special, where you can enjoy the wild dune landscape and wild dancefloors, why not book one of the quaint sea cabins which line-up along Bloemendaal’s bucolic coast, such as these beautiful sea lodges nestled in the dunes just beyond the beach.
Qurios Holiday Park, Bloemendaal
Live alongside nature in a real ‘tree house’
Fancy staying so close to nature that you can spot foxes and owls from the comfort of your bed? Then book a stay at Geversduin camping’s amazing ‘tree houses’. Cladded completely with durable platowood - grown in sustainable Dutch forests - you’ll feel like you’re living in your own gigantic tree. Each 'tree house' sleeps six, is centrally heated and has hot and cold running water. Their incredible panoramic windows look out on to the North Holland Dune Reserves – a scenic landscape with vast dunes punctuated with nature reserves. You’ll need a card to get into the area, but don’t worry, it’s included in the cost of the tree house.
Camping Geversduin, Beverwijkerstraatweg 205, Castricum