The 3 best hotels near Artis Zoo
Amsterdam's royal zoo is one of the city's great escapes, especially for families. If you're travelling with kids who find the urban vibe of the bustling centre a bit too much, a day at Artis, an oasis of greenery in the heart of the gracious Plantage neighbourhood, is the perfect antidote. You'll find some of the best hotels near Artis Zoo in Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter and the Plantage neighbourhood.
Within the park, kids can marvel at hundreds of animals, from chimps and gorillas to elephants and sea lions. Smaller creatures can be seen in the Insectarium and the Butterfly Pavilion, where thousands of brilliantly coloured butterflies flit from flower to flower. Also within the park are a planetarium and aquarium – perfect rainy-day refuges for families. The zoo has its own café-restaurant and picnic areas.And there's more. In spring, Artis has the most stunningly floral displays in Amsterdam, with vast swathes of multicoloured tulips – what else? – flanked by thousands of crocuses and daffodils. More of the best hotels near the Artis Zoo can be found in the eastern Canal Belt, two blocks west across the Amstel river.
The best hotels near Artis Zoo
FOR SELF CATERING FAMILIES
- Smart self-catering facilities make The Wittenberg an excellent family choice. Bike hire is a bonus.
FOR ALL-ROUND VALUE
- Hotel Arena is a family-friendly hotel next to the leafy Oosterpark, is a stylish property that also pleases couples.
- Hotel V. Frederiksplein is a handy base for exploring Artis and the other sights of Plantage, with well-appointed modern rooms.
Hotel V Frederiksplein Amsterdam 48 rooms from £121
This modern B&B in the heart of Amsterdam is great value for money. Its richly toned and spacious interiors ensure a comfortable stay in an unbeatable location. Relax by the cosy fireplace after a day of cultural activities.Value chicCity StyleB+BLess £Recommended by - I Escape
Hotel Arena Amsterdam 139 rooms from £195
This chic, four-star hotel is located in a heritage property on the edge of Amsterdam's city centre. Rooms are bright and inviting with vintage design pieces; book a suite for beautifully appointed living space and panoramic views of the city or Oosterpark. Eat at the airy bistro; a charming hotel.Foodies - Foodies are spoiled for choice at the hotel restaurant, with local and international dishes and a focus on fresh produceCity Style - Located in a beautiful heritage building on the outskirts of the city centre, this hotel has reams of local styleRomantic Break - Book a luxury suite with a freestanding bathtub for added indulgence on your next couples' getawayGreat walks - Explore Oosterpark, the pretty public park which neighbours the hotel, on a long walk
The Wittenberg 1018 VL Amsterdam 115 rooms from £160
Historic accommodation in a peaceful, leafy central area consisting of chic self-catering apartments, ideal for independent travellers. The decor is simple and fresh, with a muted palette of greys and creams and hip statement pieces. A stylish home-away-from-home.Local exploring - The apartment style living is ideal for more independent travellers, and its well located to easily access the famous sightsSights nearby - Head to the nearby Hortus Bontanicus just across the canal, the world's oldest botanic gardenLocal markets - Wander around the world-famous Waterlooplein Flea MarketRomantic - Good for couples.