This was a 3 night trip in September 2015 staying at the Inntel Hotel in Zaandam near Amsterdam, with day trips to Alkmaar and Haarlem.
Click on the links for information about each leg of the trip :
London to Amsterdam – Eurostar to Brussels then Thalys train to Amsterdam
Amsterdam – travelling to and from Zaandam by Dutch local train
Alkmaar, Haarlem and Zaandam – day trips by local train from Zaandam
Amsterdam to London via Thalys and Eurostar