Inntel Hotel Zaandam
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.
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
Van der Valk Hotel
Surrounded by meadows, seduced by the nearby IJsselmeer yet only a fifteen minute drive from Amsterdam, show business and leisure hotel Volendam the ideal resting point between two worlds. A perfect place for a delicious lunch or dinner, a comfortable overnight stay or a business meeting, which also offers free parking at the door.
Van der Valk Hotel, Volendam
Heerlijck Slaapen (delightful sleeping) is situated on the riverbank of the Zaan. All the rooms have a beautiful view over the water and the village Zaandijk on the other side of the river. Every room has its own details from the past, but are of course also fitted with modern conveniences.
Heerlijck Slapen, Zaandam
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
Camping on a raft
When you think of an overnight stay on the water, you’ll probably imagine large cruise ships or your own pleasure boat with a spacious cabin. This experience is much more special, and adventurous! Camping on a raft in Waterland involves sailing the raft through a beautiful (wetland) nature reserve and drop the anchor wherever you want to spend your night. For a truly unique stay!
Experience Waterland, Uitdam
Other spots for a stay over include Posthoorn Hotel, Van der Valk hotel Volendam, BurgGolf Hotel, Suitehotel Posthoorn, B&B ‘t Zaanse Koopmanshuis anno 1964 and Best Western Zaan Inn hotel.