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The Best Amsterdam Guesthouses

Amsterdam, Holland's premier commercial city, has a stunning setting around a 17th century ring of canals, some of the world's finest art and a tolerant culture - see the red light district and its liberal drug laws. But building hotels in this city’s historic centre full of narrow houses has always posed a problem, so if you want to stay in the centre of town you need to stay in one of our Guru’s list of the best Amsterdam guesthouses.

Many of our Guru’s best Amsterdam guesthouses occupy the tall, narrow canal houses built for merchants and now restored, though a recent trend has seen the conversion of handsome public buildings into glossy new addresses such as The College Hotel. But our Gurus have divided our recommendations for the best places to stay in Amsterdam into Amsterdam's best hotels and the best Amsterdam guesthouses (by which we mean hotels that do not have restaurants) to make it easier for you to find the best places to stay in Amsterdam for you!

The Best Amsterdam Guesthouses

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for Romance

The Seven One Seven Hotel is a wonderfully historic canal-side address with beautiful, unique interiors in each of the nine bedrooms, and every luxury. Or you might consider the Hotel Toren, a lavishly designed boutique hotel with 38 rooms, some with canal views, and the option to order Michelin starred room service. Another great guesthouse for couples is Misc, a six room canal-side hotel with boutique rooms and a small cocktail bar right by the cultural and fashion districts.

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for Great Value

The Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is a large eco-hotel with 81 bright, state of the art modern designed rooms right next to the leafy Vondepark, with room rates starting from around £70 per night. For around £50 a night you can stay at the V Hotel, a hip and happening spot with smallish rooms, eco-decorations and a central location.

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for a City Break

The Ambassade Hotel is a modern, mid-sized hotel converted from a charming 17th Century building right on the canal, the rooms are large and individually decorated with modern design and traditional antiques. Or you might try the Hotel Wiechmann, a simple, family-run hotel in the centre of Amsterdam with all the mod. cons. you might need in a renovated canal house.

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for Families

The Blue Sheep B&B is an adorable, eight room, family-run B&B in central Amsterdam with lovely exposed brickwork and wooden beams.

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for Canal Views

The Hotel Estheréa is perfectly located, right by Amsterdam’s oldest canal, a wonderful, 17th Century boutique hotel with extravagant decoration and great views.

Best Amsterdam Guesthouses for an Escape

The Sandton Hotel Filosoof is a stylishly designed, 38 room guesthouse, converted from two 19th Century townhouses in the old city centre, close the museums, or there’s the tiny Sunhead of 1617, a two room B&B with lovely living areas and loads of traditional charm.

If you haven’t found your idea of the perfect Amsterdam guesthouse on our Guru’s list of the best Amsterdam guesthouses, you could:

The Best Amsterdam Guesthouses

  • Ambassade Hotel 58 rooms from $275

    Amsterdam

    17th Century waterfront hotel in the heart of Amsterdam's central canal district. A clever conversion of 10 canal houses, rooms are Louis XVI in style, filled with traditional antiques and complemented with modern art. There's fine dining at Brasserie Ambassade & drinks in the library. A city gem.

    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
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  • Seven One Seven Hotel 9 rooms from $294

    Amsterdam

    Grand, 17th century sugar-trader's residence oozing with old-world charm on the UNESCO canal network. Marble floors, oak panelling and beautiful paintings adorn the rooms. Enjoy breakfast in the dining room, relax with a book in the antique-filled sitting room or explore the city at ease.

    Designer  -  Interiors by former owner, the fashion designer Kees van der Valk.
    Outstanding location  -  Overlooking Amsterdam's most beautiful canal, Prinsengracht.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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  • Hotel Estheréa 71 rooms from $281

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  The Anne Frank House is close by.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • Hotel Toren 38 rooms from $280

    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.

    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
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  • Hotel Wiechmann 37 rooms from $171

    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.

    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
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  • Sandton Hotel Filosoof 38 rooms from $117

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
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  • Conscious Hotel Vondelpark 81 rooms from $111

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Misc 6 rooms from $155

    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.

    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
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  • V Hotel 48 rooms from $74

    Amsterdam

    Friendly and hip hotel. Service with local charm, smallish rooms, eco decoration, and organic breakfasts. Central location provides easy access to museums, nightlife, and shops.

    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Blue Sheep B&B 6 rooms from $127

    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.

    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
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  • Sunhead of 1617 2 rooms from $149

    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.

    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
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Written by Alexander Duncan

posted Wednesday, 23rd March 2011
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