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15 of the Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam

Hotel Wiechmann

Amsterdam seduces tourists with its stunning setting around a 17th-century ‘Golden Age’ ring of canals (the Grachtengordel) and some of the world's finest art (in the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum). It is a city of charm and easy-going appeal. The city has a vast collection of hotels ranging from intimate and charming to all-out grandeur. However, our hotel experts generally lean towards something intimate and authentic. With this in mind, our Gurus have compiled a collection of the best guesthouses in Amsterdam, and by guesthouse we generally mean somewhere you can stay and have breakfast, but where there is no restaurant for lunch or dinner. Whether you want a stylish boutique, a romantic hideaway, or something suitable for a family break — there is a property to suit most tastes and budgets. So why not browse through our collection to start planning your next city break?

For couples

Breitner House

  • The Seven One Seven Hotel is a wonderfully grand, 17th-century sugar trader's residence oozing with old-world charm. There are just nine rooms, and the address is canal-side. If you want to stay somewhere intimate, beautiful and perfectly located then it's hard to find better.
  • Another great guesthouse for couples is Misc, a six room, renovated 17th-century canal house in the heart of Amsterdam. Boutique-style rooms have bright, modern decor and canal or garden views, and there's a small cocktail bar. You're right by the cultural and fashion districts, and you can hire a bike from the hotel.
  • Elegant, romantic and in the heart of Amsterdam, Breitner House offers just two rooms with champagne breakfasts and architectural treasures. Impressionists such as George Breitner and Isaac Israel worked in these splendid rooms.

For a boutique

Hotel Toren

  • The simply named Canal House is a converted 17th-century merchant's townhouse in the heart of Amsterdam's cultural centre. The 23 rooms have a contemporary feel, with old-world touches — dark woods and ornate ceilings, chic and open-plan. Guests can also enjoy the lovely garden with a romantic gazebo, tucked away from the city bustle.
  • Alternatively, 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. Dam Square, the Royal Palace and several museums are within walking distance of the hotel.

For a B&B

La Remise

  • Mokum Suites is a unique B&B located in a heritage property in the heart of the canal district. Suites are contemporary, featuring chic design pieces and homely soft furnishings. The best have canal views. Pick this for a charming city bolt-hole.
  • La Remise is a luxury B&B set in Noorderstraat. Three chic rooms are dressed in a pastel palette and feature innovative design pieces, cosy soft furnishings and contemporary artworks. An intimate and stylish choice.

For city style

Hotel V Frederiksplein

  • The Hotel Roemer Amsterdam is an intimate Art Deco hotel in downtown Amsterdam. Individually decorated rooms and suites, a wonderful private garden, and a roaring fire in the cosy lounge make this an appealing choice. This is a fun and stylish hotel, intimate enough to be called a guesthouse.
  • The Sandton Hotel Filosoof is a stylishly designed guesthouse converted from two 19th century townhouses in the old city centre. An easy choice and well located to visit the museums.
  • For something hip, but also well 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.
  • Hotel V Frederiksplein is a modern hotel offering a fantastic central location. Expect great city advice and free bike hire here. Complete with an open plan firelit bar-lounge with soulful music, ideal for returning to after a day's exploring.

For something just outside the city

Villa Oldenhoff

  • Villa Oldenhoff is a charming countryside B&B just 10km outside Amsterdam. Originally built in the 16th-century, the decor is contemporary but keeps the building's charm. Surrounded by sweeping green pastures and winding rivers, you can hire the hotel's boat to tour the area. A relaxing stay.

For canal views

Hotel Estherea

  • The Hotel Estheréa is perfectly located right by Amsterdam’s oldest canal. This wonderful 17th-century boutique hotel has extravagant decoration and great views. Large suites are all unique with luxurious fabrics and vibrant wallpapers. A stylish stay.
  • The Hotel Wiechmann is a simple family-run hotel in three converted canal houses on the Prinsengracht canal in the centre of town. It has comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms and a complimentary delicious breakfast. A well located and reasonably priced break.

Still not sure where to book?

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    • Seven One Seven Hotel Amsterdam 9 rooms from £456

      Local exploring  -  Location lends itself nicely to exploring the city whether you want to explore the nearby museums, restaurants or designer shops
      Total relaxation  -  Relax and recharge in this homely hotel, afternoon tea in the library, and an evening glass or two of wine
      Designer  -  Interiors by former owner, the fashion designer Kees van der Valk — this is a very stylish stay
      Outstanding location  -  Overlooking Amsterdam's most beautiful canal, Prinsengracht
      Air conditioningViewsNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel

      A 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 with ease. See More

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    • Hotel Estheréa Amsterdam 91 rooms from £195

      Full of character  -  The feel is much like you've stepped into a period drama with patterned wallpaper, detailed fabrics, & not a hint of uniformity
      Local exploring  -  Set on the oldest canal on the city in the heart of the historic centre and surrounded by hip shops, cafes and restaurants
      Intimate  -  The hotel may be large, but it is a family-run affair and that really shows in the genuinely friendly service
      Historic  -  Set in a beautiful seventeenth-century building on Amsterdam’s oldest canal, the Singel
      Air conditioningViewsParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel

      17th century townhouses make up this boutique hotel on Amsterdam's oldest canal. Chandeliers, mahogany panelling 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. See More

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    • Breitner House Amsterdam 2 rooms from £516

      City Style  -  A private home with beatifully ornate interiors and the owner present to give you personalised city tips
      Townhouse  -  The house is decorated with period antiques, original fireplaces and Italian chandeliers, and brocades
      Historic  -  Once home of a celebrated 19th-century Dutch artist, the building still keeps its lavish design
      Luxury  -  Touches such as the exceptional champagne breakfast make this a very luxurious stay
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      Expect champagne breakfasts and architectural treasures in this elegant and romantic boutique hôtel. 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. See More

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    • The Pavilions Amsterdam, The Toren Amsterdam 40 rooms from £198

      Romantic Break  -  Rooms are equal parts boudoir as they are bedroom and bathrooms feature hot tub baths - very romantic
      City Style  -  Enjoy cocktails at the lively bar before an evening exploring the vibrant restaurants and bars
      Sights nearby  -  Dam Square, the Royal Palace and several museums are within walking distance of the hotel
      Close to nightlife  -  Set in the Jordaan area there is a wide range of restaurants and typical Amsterdam cafés
      Air conditioningParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel, Tablet

      Lavish boutique encompassing two 17th-century canal-side townhouses in central Amsterdam. Romantic rooms and suites are decorated in moody hues with rich fabrics and theatrical details. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar (where breakfast is served) or small bites in the lounge. A great city crashpad. See More

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    • Hotel Wiechmann Amsterdam 37 rooms from £82

      Local exploring  -  A quaint and charming hotel overlooking the canal, peaceful and romantic, but within walking distance of the main attractions
      Close to nightlife  -  This quiet hotel is just ten minutes from the busy Leidseplein Square, full of bars, restaurants and cafes
      Less £  -  With rooms ranging from singles to family suites, there is something to suit all budgets
      Groups  -  Quadruple Rooms are a great option for small groups wanting an economic stay
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      Recommended by  -  Frommers

      Hotel Wiechmann consists of three canal houses turned into a simple family-run B&B offering the essentials. Comfortable, breezy rooms with modern bathrooms and a complimentary delicious breakfast. Proximity to the main attractions and shopping districts is a big selling point. See More

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    • Hotel Roemer Amsterdam Amsterdam 37 rooms from £164

      Local exploring  -  Just one street from Vondelpark & Leidseplein, you are right in the city centre with museums, nightlife, and restaurants nearby
      Charming  -  Designed to feel like a home-away-from-home. There's an honesty bar, and bikes available - great for independent travellers
      Families  -  Spacious (for Amsterdam) Family Rooms with a double bed and bunk beds plus there is the park nearby for kids to run around
      Historic  -  Set in an iconic 18th century Amsterdam townhouse
      Air conditioningGardenNo pets
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Michelin Travel

      Set in an 18th-century townhouse near Vondelpark, this is a simply styled boutique stay with a homely feel. Rooms range from compact doubles to well-designed family rooms - all decorated in a neutral palette. There's an honesty bar, a courtyard garden, and bikes available - an easy city base. See More

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    • Canal House Amsterdam 23 rooms from £183

      Romantic Break  -  Pick one of the rooms with original wooden floors, fireplaces, in-room baths, and moody hues for a romantic stay
      Local exploring  -  In the canal district, bordering on the romantic Jordaan quarter, you're right in the heart of the city
      Full of character  -  Comprising three 17th-century canal houses, the hotel is a fun warren of corridors and staircases
      Museums  -  A three minute walk to the Anne Frank House and the main Museum Square is also easily accessible
      Air conditioningGardenNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

      Three 17th-century townhouses in the heart of the canal district. 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. See More

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    • Hotel V Frederiksplein Amsterdam 48 rooms from £101

      City Style  -  A chic mix of vintage designer furniture and contemporary design pieces set against steely hues makes this a stylish stay
      Local exploring  -  Set between the old city centre and the hip quarter of De Pijp, it is convenient both for sightseeing and restaurants
      Self catering  -  The self-catering loft apartments (that sleep three) are a great option for those in search of a home-away-from-home
      Artworks  -  Find photos by the renowned 19th-century Dutch photographer Jacob Olie adorning the walls
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      This modern B&B in the heart of Amsterdam with stylish rooms and a handful of self-catering apartments. Interiors mix retro furniture with chic modern design pieces. Apartments, complete with kitchenettes, are perfect for small groups & families. A convenient and well-priced base in the city centre. See More

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    • Conscious Hotel Vondelpark Amsterdam 81 rooms from £90

      Local exploring  -  Well positioned right around the corner from Vondelpark, close to nighlife, shops, restaurants, and museums
      Eco break  -  As the name suggests, almost everything in the hotel is sustainable from the furniture to the green rooftop
      Close to nightlife  -  A walk or cycle across the park takes you to Leidseplein, the city's most popular area for nightlife
      Roof terrace  -  The green rooftop created for the bees and the butterflies is a nice touch
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      A stylish eco-hotel with state-of-the-art modern design. Rooms are simply designed with feature walls and minimalist furniture. There's a green roof terrace and a 100% organic cafe. Fully sustainable and ideally situated, right next to the leafy Vondelpark in the centre of the city. See More

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    • Misc Amsterdam 6 rooms from £194

      Local exploring  -  Located right in the city centre, this is perfect for access the city's best restaurants, cafes, museums, design, & shopping
      Lively  -  Located in the buzzy Red Light District, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from
      Short break  -  Centraal Station is just over ten minutes’ walk away, perfect for those on a quick trip
      Boutique  -  Friendly owners, eclectic design, and limited rooms make this an idyllic boutique stay
      ViewsNo pets
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      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. See More

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    • La Remise Amsterdam City Centre 3 rooms from £170

      Local exploring  -  This hotel is in a great location, close enough to visit all the main attractions while still being able to sleep peacefully
      Romantic Break  -  Couples love this cosy B&B; book the Sud Room for a king-size bed with plush linens
      City Style  -  With chic, contemporary interiors, this modern B&B has lots of city style
      Sights nearby  -  Stroll along to Dam Square, one of Amsterdam's central squares and within walking distance of the B&B
      No pets
      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      This unique, luxury bed & breakfast is located in Noorderstraat, Amsterdam. Rooms are dressed in a pastel palette and feature innovative design pieces, cosy soft furnishings and contemporary artworks; book the Sud Room for extra living space. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast; an intimate city stay. See More

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    • Villa Oldenhoff Abcoude (1391 HJ) 6 rooms from £134

      Chic  -  The design is well executed Scandi-chic with plenty of pale wood, minimalist furniture, lots of light and yet still a cosy feel
      Hideaway  -  Located just 10km from Amsterdam but benefitting from a quiet rural location, perfect for a quiet hideaway
      Country Escape  -  By lakes, rivers and rolling green pastures that stretch on endlessly into the horizon
      Short break  -  Well positioned for those looking for a break from the city for the weekend
      Air conditioningGardenViewsParkingNo pets

      A charming countryside B&B just 10km outside of Amsterdam. Originally built in the 16th century the decor is contemporary but keeps the buildings charm. Surrounded by sweeping green pastures and winding rivers, you can hire the hotel's boat to tour the area. A relaxing stay. See More

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    • Mokum Suites Amsterdam City Centre 2 rooms from £195

      Local exploring  -  Located close to the city centre and the main attractions, this B&B makes a great base for local exploring
      City Style  -  Situated in a heritage property in the charming canal district, this hotel has lots of local style
      Romantic Break  -  The hotel's contemporary, stylish suites are great for a romantic couples' getaway
      Sights nearby  -  Stroll through town to Dam Square, Amsterdam's lively central plaza and home to the Royal Palace, a neoclassical gem
      ViewsParkingNo pets
      Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

      This unique B&B is located a heritage property in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district. Suites are contemporary, featuring chic design pieces and homely soft furnishings; book the airy Star Suite for high ceilings, original architectural details and pretty canal views. A charming city bolt-hole. See More

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Written by Alexander Duncan

posted Tuesday, 12th July 2022