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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!

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.

It is a city full of charm and easy-going appeal, with so much to do and see and delight the eye. The beset places to stay in Amsterdam, 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&Bs. Our selection of the best places to stay in Amsterdam would not be complete without suggestions for these too.

  • Misc is a hip hideaway, ideally situated for the city's cultural and fashion districts. But with only six rooms it's in great demand, so book early!
  • Sunhead of 1617 is a historical canal house with just two guestrooms. It's great value and is in a superb central location.

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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  • Volkshotel

    Amsterdam

    Set in East Amsterdam, an old Newspaper Office HQ has been redesigned as a creative hub welcoming all guests, 'from stockbrokers to punk rockers.' The contemporary feel runs throughout the hotel, from the flexi work space to the exciting bar and nightclub and into the individually designed rooms.

    162 rooms from $88
    Local markets  -  Explore the infamous flower markets.
    Full of character
  • 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 $94
    Value chic
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the city centre and Museum Quarter
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • 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 $110
    City Style
    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Near all the museums.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • 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
  • Conscious Hotel Vondelpark

    Amsterdam

    A vibrant, stylish eco-hotel with state of the art modern design. Bright, spacious rooms and delicious organic breakfasts. Fully sustainable and ideally situated, right next to the leafy Vondelpark in the centre of the city.

    81 rooms from $115
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Sandton Hotel Filosoof

    Amsterdam

    Full of character, this brightly decorated hotel has uniquely designed rooms, in the style of different philosophers. Situated in two 19th century townhouses in the old city-centre, close to museums and the Vondelpark. A cosy place from which to explore the city.

    38 rooms from $121
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

    Amsterdam

    Beautifully renovated cultural hub, where travellers can enjoy frequent art exhibitions and cultural events. Rooms are uniquely decorated, with modern Dutch designer furniture and original features - wooden beams and original tiling. An innovative location, dripping with creativity.

    117 rooms from $127
    Local markets  -  Explore the hip new Oostelijk Havengebied quarter, Amsterdam’s ‘New East’, in which the hotel is located.
    Sights nearby  -  Bimhuis concert hall is a just 15-minute walk from the property.
    Quirky  -  A creative hub, arty and innovative
    Designer  -  Beautiful modern Dutch decor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers
  • 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 $129
    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
  • 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 $132
    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 Vondel

    Amsterdam

    A sleek and modern hotel with a lively atmosphere near Amsterdam's nightlife, shopping, and museums. Decor is chic: courtesy of designer owner Arjen van den Hoff. Untreated wooden furniture and white-washed walls create a minimal feel with cosy textiles. The courtyard garden is fabulous.

    86 rooms from $184
    Lively  -  At the heart of Amsterdam's lively centre.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers
  • Max Brown Hotel

    Amsterdam

    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. A hipster hang out that won't break the bank.

    34 rooms from $144
    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 $154
    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 $154
    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
  • Misc

    Amsterdam

    A renovated 17th century canal house in the heart of Amsterdam. Personally-styled rooms - bright, modern decor and canal or garden views. On the doorstep of the city's cultural and fashion districts - hire a bicycle from reception and explore the city at ease.

    6 rooms from $161
    Views  -  Of the canal and hotel garden
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    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 $165
    Foodies  -  Michelin starred restaurant.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Hotel Roemer Amsterdam

    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.

    37 rooms from $218
    Sights nearby  -  Very close to art galleries and Van Gogh Museum.
    Great walks  -  Vondelpark is just round the corner.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • Hotel Wiechmann

    Amsterdam

    Central Amsterdam canal house turned small, simple family-run B&B offering the essentials. Comfortable, breezy rooms with modern bathrooms have free wifi and a complimentary delicious breakfast. Proximity to the main attractions and shopping districts is a big selling point.

    37 rooms from $178
    Free wifi
    Great walks  -  This charming hotel is set on the Prinsengracht canal, an ideal spot for an evening stroll.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • 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 $188
    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
  • Piet Hein Hotel

    Amsterdam (Vossiusstraat)

    A no nonsense hotel located in the very centre of Amsterdam's beating heart. Overlooking leafy Vondelpark and a few hundred metres from the city's designer shops and museums. Modern rooms are decorated in natural palettes.

    81 rooms from $245
    Great walks  -  Overlooking Vondelpark, the ideal spot for a picnic.
  • 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 $215
    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
  • The College Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Four star boutique in Amsterdam's Fashion and Museum District. Welcomed by sensual interiors, the modern guest rooms are spacious and a great base for local exploring. Enjoy the Bar Lounge and the High Tea, a cocktail on the terrace and mouth watering dishes throughout the day. Vibrant and trendy.

    40 rooms from $221
    Designer  -  Interiors by famed designer Martijn de Goede.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • 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 $235
    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
  • Hotel Toren

    Amsterdam

    Lavish boutique encompassing two 17th Century canal side townhouses in central Amsterdam. Plush rooms with sensual interiors and modern bathrooms. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar, Michelin Star food as room service or small bites in the lounge. A great find in the city.

    38 rooms from $312
    Sights nearby  -  Dam Square, the Royal Palace and several museums are within walking distance of the hotel.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Estheréa

    Amsterdam

    17th century townhouses make up this boutique hotel on Amsterdam's oldest canal. Chandeliers, mahogany paneling and extravagant decor adorn the rooms. Large suites are all unique with luxurious fabrics and vibrant wallpapers. Breakfast is worth waking up for; drinks at the bar worth staying up for.

    71 rooms from $313
    Sights nearby  -  The Anne Frank House is close by.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • 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 $277
    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 $305
    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 $307
    Romantic Break
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Anne Frank House, Wester Church, Royal Palace, and the Red Light District.
  • Canal House

    Amsterdam

    17th century townhouse in the heart of Amsterdam's cultural centre. Contemporary designs, with old-world touches - dark woods and ornate ceilings. Bedrooms are chic and open-plan. A stylish place to stay. Guests can enjoy the lovely garden with a romantic gazebo, tucked away from the city bustle.

    23 rooms from $327
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Seven One Seven Hotel

    Amsterdam

    Grand, 17th Century sugar-traders residents now pays homage to old-world charm on the UNESCO canal network. Marble floors, oak paneling and beautiful paintings make up the rooms. Enjoy breakfast in the dining room, relax with a book in the antique-filled sitting room or explore the city at ease.

    9 rooms from $333
    Designer  -  Interiors by former owner, the fashion designer Kees van der Valk.
    Outstanding location  -  Overlooking Amsterdam most beautiful canal, Prinsengracht.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Sofitel Legend Amsterdam the Grand

    Amsterdam

    Luxurious five star hotel, in the heart of Amsterdam. 52 suites, with butler service, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The Michelin star Bridges restaurant offers delicious organic seafood and the spa facilities are excellent. Luxury, with the city sights on your doorstep.

    177 rooms from $340
    Spa  -  Several treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool with jacuzzi, hamman and sauna
    Conference facilities  -  17 meeting rooms and banqueting halls
    Bar  -  Vinotheque, cigar lounge and bistro
    Restaurant  -  Michelin star restaurant
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Ambassade Hotel

    Amsterdam

    17th Century waterfront hotel in the heart of Amsterdam's central canal district. Large, modern rooms are filled with traditional antiques. A delightful fusion. There is fine dining at Brasserie Ambassade and drinks in the library. A city gem.

    58 rooms from $348
    Great walks  -  Amsterdam has 165 canals over 100km in length. Great for exploring on foot or by boat.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
  • 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 $361
    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 $409
    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
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