16 of the Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, seduces 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. It is a city of charm and easy-going appeal. However, the best places to stay in Amsterdam 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 things like restaurants, lounges and spas... so if you want to stay in the centre of town it's worth perusing our Guru’s list of the best guesthouses in Amsterdam.
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 20 Best Hotels and the 15 Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam to make it easier for you to find the best places to stay in Amsterdam for you!
The 16 Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam
The Most Romantic Guesthouses in Amsterdam
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. Personally-styled boutique-feeling 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 of champagne breakfasts and architectural treasures. Impressionists such as George Breitner and Isaac Israel worked in these splendid rooms.
The Best Boutique Guesthouses in Amsterdam
The simply named Canal House is a converted 17th century mercant'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.
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. Dam Square, the Royal Palace and several museums are within walking distance of the hotel.
The Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam for a City Break
The Hotel Roemer Amsterdam is an intimate, Art Deco hotel in downtown Amsterdam, with 37 individually decorated rooms and suites, a wonderful private garden and a roaring fire in the cosy lounge. This is a fun and stylish hotel, intimate enough to be called a guesthouse.
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.
The Ambassade Hotel is a modern, mid-sized hotel charmingly converted from ten 17th Century canal hosues. The rooms are large and individually decorated in the Louis XVI in style, filled with traditional antiques and complemented with modern art. There's fine dining at Brasserie Ambassade & drinks in the library.
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.
The Hotel V Frederiksplein is a modern, 48 room B&B in a fantastic central location. They offer great advice and free bike hire, and the 48 rooms are generally small, with compact bathrooms. The beds, however, by Auping feature organic, eco duvets which ups the comfort rating. And after a good day’s exploring you're welcome to relax by the fire in the open plan bar-lounge with its soulful and funky background music.
The Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam 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. 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.
The Hotel Wiechmann is a simple, family-run hotel in three converted canal house on the Prinsengracht canal in the centre of town. It has comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms and a complimentary delicious breakfast, and makes for a well located, and reasonable break.
The Best Value Guesthouses in Amsterdam
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.
The AMS Suites are a collection of just four modern, minimalist suites in a beautiful historic building. The simple details make the most of the original features, you're close to many of the main sights, and rooms start from around £115 per night.
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 20 best hotels?
- Or you could expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Amsterdam?
- Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
The 16 Best Guesthouses in Amsterdam
Ambassade Hotel Amsterdam 58 rooms from £221Great walks - Amsterdam has 165 canals over 100km in length. Great for exploring on foot or by boat.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterSpaRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
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 and drinks in the library. A city gem. See More
Seven One Seven Hotel Amsterdam 9 rooms from £239Designer - Interiors by former owner, the fashion designer Kees van der Valk.Outstanding location - Overlooking Amsterdam's most beautiful canal, Prinsengracht.Full of characterHouse party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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. See More
Hotel Estheréa Amsterdam 71 rooms from £221Sights nearby - The Anne Frank House is close by.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Michelin Travel
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. See More
Breitner House Amsterdam 2 rooms from £282Townhouse - The house is decorated with period antiques, original fireplaces and Italian chandeliers, brocades and finest linensSuites - Two sumptuous suites to choose from the george Breitner Suite and Isaac Israel's SuiteHistoric - The house has always been associated with art and literatureBicycles available
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. See More
Hotel Toren Amsterdam 40 rooms from £198Local exploring - Situated in the heart of historic Amsterdam. Perfect for exploring on foot.Sights nearby - Dam Square, the Royal Palace and several museums are within walking distance of the hotel.Full of characterBoutiqueRecommended by - Frommers, Michelin Travel
Hotel Wiechmann Amsterdam 37 rooms from £108Great walks - This charming hotel is set on the Prinsengracht canal, an ideal spot for an evening stroll.Sights nearby - Main museum area is 15 minute walkViews - Some rooms with canal viewFull of characterRecommended 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
Hotel Roemer Amsterdam Amsterdam 37 rooms from £154Sights nearby - Very close to art galleries and Van Gogh Museum.Great walks - Vondelpark is just round the corner.BoutiqueRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Michelin Travel
Canal House Amsterdam 23 rooms from £256Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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. See More
Hotel V Frederiksplein Amsterdam 48 rooms from £121Value chicCity StyleB+BLess £Recommended by - I Escape
Conscious Hotel Vondelpark Amsterdam 81 rooms from £90Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Michelin Travel
Misc Amsterdam 6 rooms from £126Views - Of the canal and hotel gardenBoutiqueLocal markets - Good for local colour.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - I Escape
Blue Sheep B&B Amsterdam 6 rooms from £103Value chicSights nearby - The Red-light District, Jordaan, Anne Frank’s House and the Nine Little Streets.Local markets - Good for local colour.TraditionalRecommended by - CN Traveller
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. See More
AMS Suites RW Amsterdam 4 rooms from £129Local exploring - In easy reach of the main attractions including the Anne Frank's House, Vondel Park and the museum districtSights nearby - The Anne Frank House is a must; the front is a museum but the back annex has been preserved to give an idea of life back thenLocal markets - Visit the Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market, the Albert Cuypmarket and the Waterlooplein flea marketRestrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated at the hotelRecommended by - Great Small Hotels