While Zaanse Schans is less than an hour from Amsterdam by train, you might want to spend the whole day there and overnight at D 'Vijf Broers (The Five Brothers) to complete your Zaans experience. The 14-room hotel owned by Sjoerd and Mar Bergsma offers coziness without fuss in a quiet residential neighborhood adjacent to the Zaanse Schans village.
The hotel's showpiece is a terrace bar with subtle white and gray decor, overlooking the establishment's man-made Zaan Beach—a great place for drinks, lunch or dinner when weather permits. Upholstered benches set right on the sand provide comfy space for watching the sea while nibbling on bitterballen and sipping a glass of Moët & Chandon, the house supplier. The hotel's 80-seat restaurant serves local specialties like Zaanse mosterdsoep in an intimate dining area overlooking the water.