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About The Netherlands

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. 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 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.

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 keen on 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 and design, flowers, sailing, dykes and cheese - to make totally unfair and limited generalisations.

The landscape here is iconic and crepe flat. More than half of it is actually below sea level, and 20% of the current land of the Netherlands has actually been dredged from the sea. These reclaimed bits are called polders and they’re a fascinating and unique sight. The Netherlands has long been known for windmills but these days it’s not just the ones with the sails which feature on Delftwear and in songs about mice, these days modern windmills sprout too, helping to sustain the country’s agricultural wealth. The flatness might appeal to you if you fancy biking around. And a lot of people do, both for their day to day travel and intercity. And this popularity of bikes means that the facilities for riders is excellent, with more than 32,000kms worth of cycle paths.

As countries go, the Netherlands has one of the world's best art collections. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vemeer, Mondrian, Frans Hals, 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.

To get a sense of where this country has come from visit Waterland and the the Zaan Region, where you’ll find the typical old Dutch villages of windmills and wooden houses - and clogs. And the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum.

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. Visit 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; Maastricht for its fantastic museums, the Roman and Spanish ruins and impressive French and Belgian architecture; 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, seat of the Netherland’s parliament and home to the royal family, the embassies and several of the country’s best museums and galleries - but not the capital city.

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

What not to Miss

  • Amsterdam’s canals: It goes without saying that you should take a canal trip - there are many choices, from bespoke tours to a range of companies with generous-sized boats offering the classic tour.
  • It also goes without saying that you should visit the flower market and stroll around the inner ring of canals, the Keizersgracht, the Prinsengracht, the Lijnbaansgracht and the Singelgracht. This is where you’ll find many of the charmingly narrow merchant’s houses, the brown cafes and many fantastic boutiques. It also goes without saying that bike hire is a good idea if you want to see beyond the Old Centre and Canal Ring.
  • Amsterdam’s museums: The Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Museum het Rembrandthuis are packed with Dutch Masters. While the Stedelijk Museum has the Mondrians and Matisses among other more modern treasures. The Hermitage now has an outpost in Amsterdam and you can also visit the Rembrandt House museum.
  • Near the top of Rotterdam’s list of world class museums is the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen which has a superb collection of both Dutch and European old masters. Impressive works from all eras, including many Monets several works each by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Degas, Magritte, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali. In addition there is a city museum, the Rotterdam Museum, two maritime museums and a war museum.
  • A small part of Rotterdam did survive the war, the Delftshaven, or seaport for the city of Delft. It’s a bit out of town and the windmill is a reconstruction, but still a wonderful place for a stroll. Packed with little delis and cafes and an outpost of the Rotterdam Museum. American visitors will also be interested in the fact that this is where the Pilgrims tried to leave for America, aboard the vaguely seaworthy Speedwell…
  • The Hague’s Plein, which translates to 'square' is one of the old city's most charming, with some of The Hague's most historic buildings, as well as a good selection of outdoor cafes and shopping opportunities. Just northwest of the Plein is the Binnenhof - parliament house - which was once a castle surrounded by a moat. Also nearby is the small but impressive art collection of the Mauritshuis, which includes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.
  • The Hague also has the Escher in Het Paleis (mathematical museum), which houses works by the prominent Dutch artist M.C. Escher who applies mathematics and geometry to his graphic art.
  • It’s also worth visiting the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
  • Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, and has the charm and visitor appeal of being built around a series of split-level canals in the medieval centre.
  • The Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum is a wonderful way to see the Netherlands as it once was.
  • Schiedam is known for having the world’s tallest windmills.

The Best Places to Stay in the Netherlands

Amsterdam City Break

  • Many of the best places to stay in Amsterdam occupy the tall, narrow canal houses built for merchants and now restored and converted. Our favourite examples include Hotel Estheréa, situated in a 17th century building next to the city's oldest canal. It sounds kind of old school, but is actually very lively.
  • 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.
  • The Hotel Wiechmann is a simple, family-run hotel in a converted canal house in the centre of town and makes for a well located, and reasonable break.
  • The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is a large, historic building with industrial sized rooms each individually decorated and a great selection of public spaces used for art exhibitions, meetings, fashion shows, a library and of course restaurants.
  • Or, for something smaller, and with a little more historic charm, try the Art Deco Hotel Roemer, with its individually decorated rooms, roaring fires and hidden private garden.

Amsterdam for Fun

  • A recent trend has seen the conversion of handsome public buildings into glossy new addresses such as the College. It provides hope for the future as the staff here comprises trainees from the city's Hotel Management School.
  • Another contemporary favourite 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.
  • For something hip, but also beautifully located, try the Max Brown Hotel, which has 34 stylish rooms overlooking one of Amsterdam’s prettiest canals, close to the major sights and nightlife.
  • Misc is a hip hideaway, ideally situated for the city's cultural and fashion districts. With only six rooms it's in great demand, so book early!
  • The Sir Albert is a smart, almost masculine, modern hotel with a fantastic Japanese restaurant and 84 luxurious rooms and suites decorated in white with dark wood and all the modern gadgets you can imagine. There’s also a wonderful library, a spa and a fantastic wine collection.

Amsterdam for Families

  • The Hotel JL No76 is a great value option for families, close to museums and shopping and with a relaxed, fresh design feel.
  • The Blue Sheep B&B is an adorable, eight room, family-run B&B in central Amsterdam with lovely exposed brickwork and wooden beams.

Rotterdam

  • nhow Rotterdam is another large, modern hotel in central Rotterdam, but with great views across the port and the city. Designed by renowned architect, Rem Koolhaas, the decor is neutral and they offer bike hire as well as gym access. There’s also a fun rooftop cocktail bar.
  • Historic on the outside with contemporary interiors, the Suite Hotel Pincoffs is a laid back spot right on Rotterdam's trendy left bank. And with suites from just €110 per night, it won't break the bank either.
  • A city landmark, the Hotel New York occupies an historic building in a peerless, riverfront location. There are 72 large, sleek rooms, a smart cocktail bar and a choice of dining options.
  • It might seem strange but the Mainport Hotel is the only hotel in Rotterdam with a pool. We’re not saying you need it but lots of us find it nice. Aside from that it’s a swanky, designer hotel overlooking the harbour. The rooms are colourful, with excellent details - some have saunas and whirlpool baths.

The Hague

  • Formerly a Palace, the Hotel des Indes, offers palatial rooms, a fabulous spa and one of the best central locations.
  • The Paleis Hotel is a lovely, 20 room boutique hotel with a romantic feel. Rooms are sophisticated and you're right in the centre of town by the Binnenhof.
  • The Hotel Savarin is a very reasonable canal side hotel with large rooms and suites and a Michelin recommended restaurant. There's also spa facilities and extra facilities for kids.

Utrecht

  • The Eye Hotel is an excellent contemporary, 36 room, hotel designed with meticulous style. The location is great and they have large family suites if you need one. All the rooms are comfortable, with soothing colour palettes.

For Art Lovers

  • Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is a beautifully renovated cultural hub with 117, uniquely decorated, rooms with modern Dutch designer furniture and original features. The location is hip and fresh and they have frequent art exhibitions and cultural events.
  • The Hotel Roemer Amsterdam is a 37 room, Art Deco hotel in downtown Amsterdam, close to the art galleries and and Van Gogh Museum. As well as individually decorated rooms and a hidden, privately owned garden, the hotel also has a roaring fire in the lounge when required.
  • Converted from two, 17th century, canalised townhouses, the Hotel Toren is a rather lavish boutique hotel with 38 rooms. Plus and stylish inside, the location is a short stroll from a number of museums and galleries. And it’s got a Michelin star.

For History Buffs

  • The Kruisherenhotel Maastricht is a 60 room hotel converted, from a 15th Century Gothic monastery, into something which looks like a home decor magazine spread. There’s the perfect meeting of old and new and you’re right in the heart of town.
  • Close to the Anne Frank house in central Amsterdam, the Hotel Estherea is another converted 17th century canal side townhouse. The decor is extravagant - think chandeliers and mahogany panels, and the suites are large.

For a self-catering Apartment or private house

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is by far the largest airport in the Netherlands, also the world, and it’s extremely well connected. Rotterdam Airport is the third largest, but probably the second most useful. The Netherlands is also extremely well connected by European rail services. You can also drive in from Belgium or Germany, or catch the ferry from the UK.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
  • The Netherlands enjoys a mild climate, and neither extreme would prevent you from visiting. July and August are the most popular times for visitors, but that’s more due to summer being a season for holidays than a particular appeal. Spring, with its tulips and other flowers, is a wonderful time to visit, but it’s quite popular too. Whenever you choose to visit it’s worth carrying an umbrella, as the weather in the Netherlands is known for being unpredictable.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay The Netherlands for you?

See all » 36 hotels in Amsterdam

  • Volkshotel 162 rooms from $90

    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.

    Local markets  -  Explore the infamous flower markets.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • CitizenM Amsterdam City 215 rooms from $102

    Amsterdam

    Accessible modern Dutch design with affordable accommodation. Small high tech rooms are bright and airy, with top notch accessories including rain showers and free movies on demand. The living and canteen area are lively meeting spots. A cool and great value choice for a city break.

    Value chic  -  A trendy property with smart common areas and neat bedrooms with good amenities, all for only €89 per night.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  You can be in Dam Square in 25mins
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 5 hotels in The Hague

  • Hotel Mozaic 25 rooms from $113

    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!

    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!
    Check prices
  • Hotel Savarin from $113

    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.

    Foodies  -  Michelin recommended restaurant.
    Spa breaks
    City Style
    Luxury
    Check prices

See all » 4 hotels in Rotterdam

  • Hotel New York 72 rooms from $126

    Rotterdam

    In a historic building in a peerless riverfront location, the hotel New York is one of the city's landmarks. Large, sleek rooms, a choice of dining options, and a smart cocktail bar.

    Sailing  -  Take boat cruises to both the port and upstream to the attractive riverside town of Dordrecht.
    Local markets  -  Visit the visibly striking Markthal and browse its fine selection of food stalls.
    Great walks  -  There are great walking paths along the river.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Check prices
  • Suite Hotel Pincoffs 11 rooms from $126

    Rotterdam

    A very cool hotel on the canal - its historic exterior complemented with up to the minute interiors. Boutique suites have mezzanine levels, warm decoration, and state of the art mod cons. Lively bar serving lunches and snacks make this spot a must for young couples and groups of friends.

    Value chic  -  With rooms from just €110 per night, it's excellent value.
    City Style  -  Chic modern accommodation in Rotterdam's trendy left bank.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated right on Rotterdam's historic waterfront
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Utrecht

  • Eye Hotel 36 rooms from $171

    Utrecht

    Designed with meticulous style, the Eye Hotel in Utrecht is an excellent contemporary hotel. The rooms feature comfortable furnishings and soothing, simplistic colour schemes. With the city centre on the doorstep, it's perfect for exploring the university city.

    Families  -  With large family suites, it's perfect for a family trip to Utrecht.
    City Style  -  Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Utrecht.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Aboriginal Art Museum.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Maastricht

  • Kruisherenhotel Maastricht 60 rooms from $234

    Maastricht

    This Design hotel and former Gothic monastery, dating back to the 15th century looks like something from an Elle Decor shoot. Rooms juxtapose old & new: exposed stonework with pop colours and artwork, large arched windows with statement furniture. Surely the most stylish way to discover Maastricht!

    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecturally impressive Basilica of St. Servatius and the Basilica of Our Lady
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the City Park
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Check prices

See all » 36 hotels in Amsterdam

  • Volkshotel 162 rooms from $90

    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.

    Local markets  -  Explore the infamous flower markets.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • CitizenM Amsterdam City 215 rooms from $102

    Amsterdam

    Accessible modern Dutch design with affordable accommodation. Small high tech rooms are bright and airy, with top notch accessories including rain showers and free movies on demand. The living and canteen area are lively meeting spots. A cool and great value choice for a city break.

    Value chic  -  A trendy property with smart common areas and neat bedrooms with good amenities, all for only €89 per night.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  You can be in Dam Square in 25mins
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 5 hotels in The Hague

  • Hotel Mozaic 25 rooms from $113

    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!

    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!
    Check prices
  • Hotel Savarin from $113

    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.

    Foodies  -  Michelin recommended restaurant.
    Spa breaks
    City Style
    Luxury
    Check prices

See all » 4 hotels in Rotterdam

  • Hotel New York 72 rooms from $126

    Rotterdam

    In a historic building in a peerless riverfront location, the hotel New York is one of the city's landmarks. Large, sleek rooms, a choice of dining options, and a smart cocktail bar.

    Sailing  -  Take boat cruises to both the port and upstream to the attractive riverside town of Dordrecht.
    Local markets  -  Visit the visibly striking Markthal and browse its fine selection of food stalls.
    Great walks  -  There are great walking paths along the river.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Check prices
  • Suite Hotel Pincoffs 11 rooms from $126

    Rotterdam

    A very cool hotel on the canal - its historic exterior complemented with up to the minute interiors. Boutique suites have mezzanine levels, warm decoration, and state of the art mod cons. Lively bar serving lunches and snacks make this spot a must for young couples and groups of friends.

    Value chic  -  With rooms from just €110 per night, it's excellent value.
    City Style  -  Chic modern accommodation in Rotterdam's trendy left bank.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated right on Rotterdam's historic waterfront
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Utrecht

  • Eye Hotel 36 rooms from $171

    Utrecht

    Designed with meticulous style, the Eye Hotel in Utrecht is an excellent contemporary hotel. The rooms feature comfortable furnishings and soothing, simplistic colour schemes. With the city centre on the doorstep, it's perfect for exploring the university city.

    Families  -  With large family suites, it's perfect for a family trip to Utrecht.
    City Style  -  Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Utrecht.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from the Aboriginal Art Museum.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Maastricht

  • Kruisherenhotel Maastricht 60 rooms from $234

    Maastricht

    This Design hotel and former Gothic monastery, dating back to the 15th century looks like something from an Elle Decor shoot. Rooms juxtapose old & new: exposed stonework with pop colours and artwork, large arched windows with statement furniture. Surely the most stylish way to discover Maastricht!

    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecturally impressive Basilica of St. Servatius and the Basilica of Our Lady
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the City Park
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
    Check prices