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Windmills and clogs are probably no longer as prevalent as the traditional stereotypes about the Netherlands would have you believe, but if you visit in Spring, tulips and bicycles probably are. The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in the Netherlands are all well situated to make the most of this fascinating country. These days the Netherlands is probably just as famous for its liberal politics and open minded approach to, well, to a lot of things! its land grab from the ocean, its art collections and beautiful canal-lining towns and cities.

The Dutch have a reputation for height and directness, making it easy to ask for directions. They're also more likely to direct you to the coffeehouse serving the best coffee, rather than the kind teenagers on their first trip away from home might be looking for.

Most of the stuff stag-dos are looking for is kept to one part of Amsterdam, conveniently located for the train station, while the rest of the city, and the country is more about art, heritage, beautiful architecture, dykes and cheese.

As countries go, the Netherlands has one of the world's best art collections. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vemeer, Mondrian, Hieronymus Bosch, there are plenty works by these masters to be seen. Spread across a number of excellent museums. It's not all Dutch Masters either. And the contemporary cultural scene is also well known internationally. The Netherlands is somewhere to be creative in.

It's not just great art this country has produced either, there are a number of architectural wonders, and some of the most spectacular gardens imaginable. The Keukenhof Gardens feature on innumerable bucket lists.

Amsterdam is wonderful, and worth returning to again and again, but it's also worth taking to the canals, or the bike paths, like the Dutch, and exploring further afield:

  • Edam, for the cheese and the hand-operated drawbridges;
  • modernist Rotterdam, with its world class museums and maritime legacy;
  • Haarlem with its peaceful, canal-side charms;
  • Vermeer's Delft, with its wonderful old buildings, compact old town and the distinctive blue and white pottery;
  • and Utrecht with its castles and towers.

And then there's the famous Den Hague…

And those are just the ones we've all hear about. Some of the nicest are really best discovered for yourself, along the canal or tulip-lined bike path.

The Best Places to Stay in the Netherlands

For an Amsterdam city break

  • Hotel JL No76 is ideal for a relaxed city break - urban-chic, close to the museums and very family-friendly. But if you're looking for character you'll be wanting the Hotel Roemer, small, art deco and intimate.

For those on a budget

  • For Amsterdam explorers after a taste of the city, sleek and lively Hotel Vondel provides a great base that the thrifty Dutch would approve of. Or for all the mod. cons. and then all the high tech ones too, try CitizenM Amsterdam City.

For culture vultures

  • If you love the Dutch Masters look up Hotel Brouwer, a small, traditional, canal-side hotel with rooms names and decorated after different artists. But if you're looking for the Netherlands' modern artistic side try the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, which has its own library, catwalks and in house exhibition spaces.

For canal-side location

  • For canal-side views consider Chic & Basic Amsterdam, by the Herengracht canal, one of Amsterdam's prettiest. Or the Hotel Estheréa, an opulent 17th century boutique hotel right beside Amsterdam's oldest canals. Or for Michelin starred food as well, try the lavishly decorated Hotel Toren.

For luxury

  • For the ultimate in grand, old world charms stay at the Seven One Seven Hotel where every luxury feels discreet and effortless. Or, if you like your luxury more obvious, opt for the Andaz Amsterdam.

Still not sure where to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in The Netherlands, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • Hotel Vondel


    A sleek and modern hotel with a lively atmosphere near Amsterdam's nightlife, shopping, and museums. Wooden furniture and white-washed walls fill the rooms, but its piece de resistance is the courtyard garden. The perfect base to explore Amsterdam from.

    86 rooms from $74
    Outstanding location  -  Minutes from nightlife, shopping, musuems.
    Lively  -  At the heart of Amsterdam's lively centre.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • CitizenM Amsterdam City


    Accessible modern Dutch design with affordable accommodation. Small high tech rooms are bright and airy. The living and canteen area are lively meeting spots. A cool and great value choice.

    215 rooms from $80
    Value chic
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the city centre and Museum Quarter
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

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  • Hotel Mozaic

    The Hague

    Located in the beautiful Archipel area Mozaic provides a chic base for travellers looking for something different. Rooms are modern, with black white and silver palettes, some with open plan bathrooms all with music systems and coffee making machines. Free wifi makes this a hipster haven!

    25 rooms from $129
    Sights nearby  -  Plein 1813, Panorama Mesdag, and the Peace Palace are all close to the hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Hotel Savarin

    The Hague

    Fabulous canal side hotel and spa with a Michelin recommended restaurant. Large rooms and suites have light wooden floors, all the mod cons, and large comfy beds. Lovely terraces have canal views, fantastic food, and extensive spa facilities. A lively spot for all out pampering.

    from $105
    Foodies  -  Michelin recommended restaurant.
    Spa breaks
    City Style

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  • Mainport Hotel


    Located on the Maas River banks with views overlooking it this is one of the most stylish hotels in town. Rooms are decorated with patterned wallpaper, windows that let light flood in and white linens. There is a spa, wellness centre including indoor pool and hammam providing numerous treatments.

    215 rooms from $149
    Local markets  -  The Markthal Rotterdam is as much a piece of architecture as it is Rotterdam's main market
    Sights nearby  -  One for the kids or adults visit Rotterdam Zoo
    Great walks  -  Through the Arboretum Trompenburg
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • nhow Rotterdam


    Slick, chic, designer hotel in Rotterdam. Ensuite rooms contemporary and modern in neutral tones with air conditioning, a free minibar and views across the port and city. With a fun rooftop cocktail bar, restaurant, gym and bicycle hire. A stylish and funky hotel.

    278 rooms from $161
    Designer  -  Designed by reowned architect Rem Koolhaas
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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