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Amsterdam, Holland's premier commercial city, has long been seductive to tourists with its stunning setting around a 17th century ‘Golden Age’ ring of canals (the Grachtengordel), some of the world's finest art (in the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum) and its tolerant culture, evidenced by the Red Light District and liberal drug laws.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Amsterdam aims to find a property for everyone, from five star luxury to great value guesthouses. At the top end of the spectrum, Seven One Seven Hotel should satisy even the fussiest of guests. Located in a grand old world canal side building, it is hugely luxurious, but at the same time does not appear to be trying too hard. For those with fewer Euros in their wallets, the V Hotel is ideal. Stylish, friendly and hip, plus a great location and great value too!

It is a city full of charm and easy-going appeal, with so much to do and see and delight the eye. Hotels here, however, have always presented something of a problem, since the vast majority of buildings in the city’s historic centre are tall and narrow, giving little space for such amenities as restaurants, lounges, spas and so on.

Best places to stay in Amsterdam

Converted canal houses

Many of the best places to stay in Amsterdam occupy the tall, narrow canal houses built for merchants and now restored.

  • Our favourite examples include The Estherea, situated in a 17th century building next to the city's oldest canal
  • The Dylan Hotel, with its classic exterior and glamorous interior designed by Anoushka Hempel.
  • Another one to try would be the Canal House, a successful combination of contemporary designs and old world decorations.

Best contemporary places to stay

  • A recent trend has seen the conversion of handsome public buildings into glossy new addresses such as the College. As one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam it provides hope for the future as the staff here comprises trainees from the city's Hotel Management School.
  • Other contemporary favourites would have to be The Conservatorium, originally a bank then a music school and now a hip, buzzy hotel ideally located for all that the city has to offer.
  • The Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is an eco hotel with up to the minute modern design. Everything here is recyclable and breakfast is totally organic and free range.

Best guesthouses and B&Bs

The city also has a great collection of guesthouses and B&B. Our selection of the best places to stay in Amsterdam would not be complete without several suggestions for these too.

  • For a traditional family run B&B in the centre of town then look no further than the Hotel Keizershof. It has four simple bedrooms and a fabulous back garden for taking breakfast in warmer months.
  • The Seven Bridges Hotel is an ever popular choice - all the rooms are individually decorated and feature Persian rugs & antiques galore. Even better, it's breakfast in bed as there is no dining room!
  • For a spot of luxury B&B then try Kamer 01 - its two rooms are stylishly decorated and no detail has been overlooked.

Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Amsterdam and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice. Contact

 
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  • Hotel Vondel

    Amsterdam

    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 $89
    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, Michelin Travel
  • CitizenM Amsterdam City

    Amsterdam

    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 $96
    Value chic
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the city centre and Museum Quarter
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Brouwer

    Amsterdam

    Small traditional hotel. Rooms individually named and decorated in the style of Dutch masters. Canal views, centrally placed in old Amsterdam.

    8 rooms from $121
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel Keizershof

    Amsterdam

    Traditional family-run B&B. Low-key and homely in the centre of Amsterdam. Canal house with four rooms. Dutch charm and friendly personal service.

    4 rooms from $121
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel JL No76

    Amsterdam

    An urban-chic destination in downtown Amsterdam. Funky modern art designs and a lively restaurant. Its understated style and casual ambience is perfect for families or a relaxed city break.

    39 rooms from $126
    City Style
    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Near all the museums.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • Conscious Hotel Vondelpark

    Amsterdam

    Large eco-hotel with state of the art modern design. Bright, spacious rooms and organic breakfasts. Next to leafy Vondelpark in the centre of the city.

    81 rooms from $127
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
  • Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

    Amsterdam

    Large historic building. Industrial sized rooms renovated for comfort and multiple functions. Restaurant, library, art exhibitions, catwalks, meeting rooms entertain many cultural interests. Rooms individually decorated.

    117 rooms from $128
    Sit-out Terrace
    Room service
    Meeting Room
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Hotel V Nesplein

    Amsterdam

    A modern and slick city hotel. Industrial-chic rooms and suites with dark wood floors and beautiful bathrooms. Buzzy restaurant and bar area which occasionally hosts live music. A central and cool spot for a romantic weekend away in Amsterdam.

    39 rooms from 102
    Contemporary  -  Loft-style rooms are super chic.
    City Style  -  Central Amsterdam location
    Local markets  -  Floating flower market (Singel canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein) and the open-air market on Albert Cuypstraat
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Sandton Hotel Filosoof

    Amsterdam

    Brightly decorated and uniquely designed hotel. Each room in the style of a different philosopher. Breakfast room, bar, meeting rooms, and garden. Situated in two 19th century townhouses in the old city-centre. Close to the museums.

    38 rooms from $139
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Seven Bridges Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Small but charming B&B. Individually decorated rooms. Wooden floors, oriental rugs, beautiful antiques and breakfast in bed. Ever popular.

    11 rooms from $140
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Roemer

    Amsterdam

    Small art-deco hotel in downtown Amsterdam. Individually decorated rooms, a roaring fireplace in the lounge, and a hidden privately owned garden. A city break with oodles of character and an intimate atmosphere.

    23 rooms from $140
    Downtown  -  Minutes from all the major attractions.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Very close to art galleries and Van Gogh Museum.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Michelin Travel
  • Park Hotel Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    Understated elegance in this hotel with its striking modern designs. An award-winning restaurant and plethora of different spaces for private events or conferences make it ideal for business travellers or those on a stylish city break.

    189 rooms from $148
    Meeting Room  -  The meeting an conference rooms boast 700sqm of space - all rooms decorated to energise and inspire any occasion.
    Restaurant  -  Award-winning MOMO restaurant offers Pan-Asian cuisine.
    City Style
    Contemporary
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Michelin Travel
  • Blue Sheep B&B

    Amsterdam

    An adorable family-run B&B in central Amsterdam. Just three large airy rooms with parquet floors, exposed brickwork and wooden beams. Family friendly suites sleep up to 4 and are situated close by, plus there are self catering apartments too. An understated spot with great access to all the sights.

    6 rooms from $152
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  The Red-light District, Jordaan, Anne Frank’s House and the Nine Little Streets.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Hotel Wiechmann

    Amsterdam

    Simple family-run hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. Free wifi, breakfast included, and walking distance from main attractions. Renovated canal house.

    37 rooms from $160
    Free wifi
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Orlando

    Amsterdam

    A smart townhouse hotel with a friendly atmosphere. Traditional elegant bedrooms with stone floors, paintings, and antique furniture. A romantic canal side spot, but family friendly too.

    7 rooms from $160
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from Amsterdam's cultural landmarks, the Opera (5 minutes), Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Chic & Basic Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam outpost of the trendy chic&basic brand. Trademark stylish rooms, in a great central location, all at a reasonable price. Larger rooms have great views over the Herengracht canal - one of Amsterdam's prettiest. Major sights and nightlife are all easily accessible.

    34 rooms from $166
    Sights nearby  -  Very central location, with many sights easily accessible on foot.
    Views  -  Views over the Herengracht Canal, one of Amsterdam's prettiest
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Hotel V Frederiksplein

    Amsterdam

    This modern B&B in the heart of Amsterdam is great value for money. Its richly toned and spacious interiors ensure a comfortable stay in an unbeatable location. Relax by the cosy fireplace after a day of cultural activities.

    48 rooms from $178
    Value chic
    City Style
    B+B
    Less £
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Sunhead of 1617

    Amsterdam

    A cosy B&B with traditional elements and designer flair. Lovely living areas, picturesque breakfast room, and warm bedrooms (just two of them). Great value, lots of charm, and very central.

    2 rooms from $178
    Sights nearby  -  Superb central location. Most major attractions are within easy walking distance
    Views  -  One of the bedrooms has wonderful canal views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Hotel Estheréa

    Amsterdam

    Opulent 17th century boutique hotel next to Amsterdam's oldest canal. Chandeliers, mahogany panelling, extravagant decoration. Large bedrooms, meeting rooms and fully equipped gym.

    91 rooms from $179
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Misc

    Amsterdam

    Small and modern canal-side hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. Personally-styled boutique rooms with canal or garden views. Cocktail bar. On the doorstep of the city's cultural and fashion districts.

    6 rooms from $185
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Suitehotel Posthoorn

    Monnickendam, Amsterdam

    An excellent townhouse hotel just outside Amsterdam with a Michelin starred restaurant. Sumptuous, sultry rooms and suites with wallpapered walls, four poster beds, and stand alone bath tubs. A sophisticated gourmet choice.

    6 rooms from $190
    Foodies  -  Michelin starred restaurant.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Inn on the Lake

    Amsterdam (AH Broek in Waterland)

    Gorgeous lakeside guesthouse with beautiful views. Elegant suites with wallpapered walls, lake views, and large comfy beds. Lovely terraces and excellent dinner on request. A romantic spot.

    4 rooms from $216
    Views  -  Wonderful lake and river views
    Sights nearby  -  10 minutes from Amsterdam
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel
  • Hotel Toren

    Amsterdam

    Lavishly designed boutique hotel in central Amsterdam. Rooms with canal views. Michelin star food can be ordered from room service or to eat in the lounge. Conference room with ornate decorations.

    38 rooms from $217
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Sir Albert

    Amsterdam

    Very smart, almost masculine, contemporary hotel with a fantastic Japanese restaurant. Luxury rooms and suites in white with dark furniture and all the modern gadgetry. Wonderful library, wine collection, and spa. Sophisticated, smooth, very luxurious.

    84 rooms from $248
    Foodies  -  Fantastic Japanes restaurant.
    City Style
    Spa  -  Access to the City Street Spa in central Amsterdam
    Sights nearby  -  Van Gogh museum.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Ambassade Hotel

    Amsterdam

    17th century canal-side hotel in the heart of Amsterdam's central canal district. Large modern rooms. Individually decorated with modern designs and traditional antiques. Breakfast salon and large boardroom for meetings.

    58 rooms from $249
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • The College Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Boutique hotel with four stars in the centre of Amsterdam's Fashion and Museum District. Spacious rooms, private meeting rooms, a terrace, a bar, and a restaurant. Corporate events, weddings, or cultural visits.

    40 rooms from $262
    Spa
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Art'otel

    Amsterdam

    A sophisticated contemporary hotel with its own art gallery. Young, hip and designed for movers and shakers. Shiny rooms and suites with lots of space and subtle lighting. Excellent restaurant and access to the spa off site. A trendy spot.

    107 rooms from $271
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town with Dam Square on the doorstep. Close to all major attractions
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Spa
  • Kamer 01

    Amsterdam

    Boutique B&B in the heart of Amsterdam. Marble bathrooms, wooden ceilings, and spiral staircases. A heritage building and personalised service.

    2 rooms from $278
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Canal House

    Amsterdam

    17th century townhouse in the heart of Amsterdam's cultural centre. Boutique hotel that combines contemporary designs and old-world decoration.

    23 rooms from $307
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Sofitel Legend Amsterdam the Grand

    Amsterdam

    Grand hotel with five-star facilities in the heart of Amsterdam. Modern renovation, spa and fitness, and a unique selection of bars. Corporate or luxury destination.

    177 rooms from $401
    Bar  -  Popular with locals.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Conference facilities
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Conservatorium Hotel

    Amsterdam

    A homage to modern design in the centre of Amsterdam. Huge open rooms, minimalist furniture, and natural light. Bars, restaurants, and a large spa.

    129 rooms from $319
    Spa
    Conference facilities
    Business meetings
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • The Dylan Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Large canal-side hotel in central Amsterdam. Its contemporary interior design compliments a classical exterior. Modern grandeur, Michelin star restaurant, and central courtyard bring comfort and beauty.

    40 rooms from $351
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Spa
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Andaz Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    A spectacular Five Star boutique hotel, the ultimate in fantastical design. The suites, garden, spa, restaurant, bar and library are designer showcases - fish head centre pieces, chandeliers, ornate cornicing, murals, porcelain, metallic gold etc. Canal side cool and splendour. Romantic too.

    122 rooms from $354
    Romantic Break
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Anne Frank House, Wester Church, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District.
  • Breitner House

    Amsterdam

    Champagne breakfast and architectural treasures in an elegant and romantic boutique hôtel in the heart of Amsterdam. Just two exquisite suites in this fascinating and beautiful house where impressionists such as George Breitner and Isaac Israel worked in these splendid rooms. An unforgettable treat.

    2 rooms from $415
    Townhouse  -  The house is decorated with period antiques, original fireplaces and Italian chandeliers, brocades and finest linens
    Suites  -  Two sumptuous suites to choose from the george Breitner Suite and Isaac Israel's Suite
    Historic  -  The house has always been associated with art and literature
    Bicycles available
  • Hotel de L'Europe

    Amsterdam

    A luxury Five Star hotel on the canal side with Michelin starred restaurants and a state of the art spa. Decadent traditional living areas lead up to opulent rooms and suites. Rich wallpapers, private jacuzzis, marble bathrooms, mahogany furniture. Definitely for the luxury traveller.

    88 rooms from $471
    Foodies  -  Michelin starred restaurant and others.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool with a jet stream, jacuzzi area and great views over the Amstel River.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Seven One Seven Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Grand old world canal-side building. Utmost modern day luxury does not detract from its historical authenticity and the unique charm of its stunning interiors. Includes marble floors, oaky panelling, beautiful paintings.

    9 rooms from $511
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Spa
    Full of character

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