the station is presently under construction, therefor a little shabby, surely will better in future.
We booked a 3-course meal within the package of the hotel. The menu had options of fish, meat and vegetarian which was good. The service was very good and the price within the package was good, but the food was average.
Wonderful coffee and a choice of snacks. We used this place while we waited n every morning. Never crowded and reasonable prices.
Zaandam is only two stops (15 minutes) away from Amsterdam Central and the same amount of time from the RAI exhibition centre (change at Sloterdijk). It is a modern station with elevators and escalators.
When you ask the locals what they think about the new buildings surrounding the train station, they'll tell you it's kindof magnificent, but really unneccesary and overly extravagant at the same time. Yes, we are really down to earth, even for Dutchmen.