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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:
- consult our Guru’s list of Amsterdam's best hotels,
- expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Amsterdam,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The Best Amsterdam Guesthouses
Ambassade Hotel 58 rooms from $294Amsterdam
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 characterViews - Great views from hotelSpaRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Seven One Seven Hotel 9 rooms from $314Amsterdam
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 characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Estheréa 71 rooms from $288Amsterdam
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 characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Frommers
Hotel Toren 38 rooms from $287Amsterdam
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 characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers
Hotel Wiechmann 37 rooms from $183Amsterdam
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 wifiGreat 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
Sandton Hotel Filosoof 38 rooms from $125Amsterdam, NOT TO SHOW
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
Conscious Hotel Vondelpark 81 rooms from $119Amsterdam
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.
Misc 6 rooms from $166Amsterdam
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 gardenLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - I Escape
Blue Sheep B&B 6 rooms from $136Amsterdam
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 chicSights 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
Sunhead of 1617 2 rooms from $159Amsterdam
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 distanceViews - One of the bedrooms has wonderful canal viewsLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller