The 10 Best hotels in Canal Belt

The Canal Belt (Grachtengordel) is quintessential Amsterdam. Four concentric waterways – the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht – curve from Brouwersgracht (just west of Centraal Station) around the historic centre. Choose from the best hotels in the Canal Belt for enviable views of gracious waterside houses – relics of Amsterdam's 16th-century 'Golden Age' – that rise from tree-lined canals where a few of the city's iconic houseboats are still moored.

Canal BeltFlickr user Christian van Elve

Many of the must-see sights of Amsterdam are dotted along these canals, including the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk on Prinsengracht and the Munttoren and the ever-popular Bloemenmarkt where Singel meets the Amstel river. All the sights of Amsterdam Centrum and the Nieuwe Zijde are within easy walking distance of the best hotels in the Canal Belt, and from the southern reach of Prinsengracht it's just a couple of blocks to Museumplein and the Rijksmuseum. For funky shopping and bar-hopping in hip cafés and old-school taverns, the Jordaan lies just west of Prinsengracht. The Negen Straatjes neighbourhood is an ultra-chic enclave within the western Canal Belt, between Prinsengracht and Singel. Night owls will find rock, pop and dance music at legendary clubs like Paradiso and Melkweg, both on Leidseplein, the square that's also home to the Stadsschouwburg theatre, and Rembrandtplein's bars and cafés are magnets for visitors. Book a stay at one of the best hotels in the Canal Belt and you'll have the entire city within your grasp!

THE BEST HOTELS IN THE CANAL BELT

FOR ALL-ROUND VALUE

Max Brown

  • With big, well-appointed rooms Hotel V. Frederiksplein is a well located base for sightseeing.
  • Canal House combines tradition with modern design in a 17th century house with a tranquil courtyard.
  • Max Brown is a hip, well-priced spot close to the city centre and major sights.

For a great location

Hotel Dwars

  • Hotel Dwars is a chic property situated on the buzzing Utrechtsestraat, stumbling distance from great bars, restaurants, clubs and shopping!
  • The Vanguard also enjoys a top spot on the charming Reguliersgracht - a small canal that connects many of the major ones! You're ten minues to Centraal, or just 15 minutes walk from the major museums. This boutique B&B has only two rooms, so you'll need to plan well ahead to guarantee a reservation.

FOR lavish style

Hotel Toren

  • The plush rooms at Hotel Toren are split between two period townhouses, where opulent interiors are complemented by up to the minute facilities.
  • Seven One Seven started life as a grand sugar merchant's residence, and the opulent old-world charm is still everywhere to be seen. Rooms feature oak panelling, beautiful old artworks and are crammed with antiques.

FOR A CHARMING B&B STAY

La Remise

  • Rooms at La Remise feature modern art set against pastel colours. A uniquely luxurious bed & breakfast.
  • Blue Sheep B&B offers family apartments and suites.
  • Mokum Suites is a superb 2 bedroom B&B situated in a heritage property on the Herengracht. Contemporary interiors feature individual design pieces and lovely canal views.

Still not sure? Check out our picks in Negen Straatjes (which are also technically within the Canal Belt), or browse all our Amsterdam recommendations. Alternatively contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.

  • La Remise 3 rooms from £145

    Amsterdam City Centre

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Blue Sheep B&B 6 rooms from £104

    Amsterdam

    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 chic
    Sights nearby  -  The Red-light District, Jordaan, Anne Frank’s House and the Nine Little Streets.
    Traditional
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Toren 40 rooms from £200

    Amsterdam

    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 (where breakfast is served) or small bites in the lounge. A great find in the city.

    Local 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 character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
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  • Hotel V Frederiksplein 48 rooms from £122

    Amsterdam

    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 chic
    City Style
    B+B
    Less £
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Canal House 23 rooms from £259

    Amsterdam

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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  • Max Brown Hotel 34 rooms from £114

    Amsterdam

    Stylish rooms, in a great central location, all at a reasonable price. Larger rooms have great views over the Herengracht canal - one of Amsterdam's prettiest. Major sights and nightlife are all easily accessible. A hipster hang out that won't break the bank.

    Sights nearby  -  Very central location, with many sights easily accessible on foot.
    Views  -  Views over the Herengracht Canal, one of Amsterdam's prettiest
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • Mokum Suites 2 rooms from £132

    Amsterdam City Centre

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Hotel Dwars 9 rooms from £167

    Amsterdam City Centre

    This chic hotel is located in central Amsterdam on the vibrant Utrechtsestraat. The warm, individually styled rooms feature exposed brick walls, eclectic vintage furnishings and natural accents; set the mood with light-dimming controls. The large triple rooms are great for families; a charming stay.

    Local exploring  -  Located on the boutique shopping street Utrechtsestraat, this hotel is in a great location for local exploring
    City Style  -  Situated in a heritage property in downtown Amsterdam, this hotel has lots of chic city style
    Families  -  The triple rooms available at this hotel are great for families travelling with children
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • The Vanguard 2 rooms from £189

    Amsterdam City Centre

    This boutique bed and breakfast is located in a 17th-century house in central Amsterdam. Guests can choose between two, individually styled rooms featuring original artworks, custom-made design pieces and family heirlooms; choose the loft suite for a private terrace and canal views. A charming stay.

    Local exploring  -  Located close to the main museums and attractions in central Amsterdam, this hotel is a great base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  This charming B&B is perfect for a couples' getaway; book the loft suite for a romantic terrace
    City Style  -  Situated in a traditional, 17th-century merchant's house, this B&B has lots of local style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Dam Square, one of the main squares in central Amsterdam and a short walk from this B&B
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Seven One Seven Hotel 9 rooms from £241

    Amsterdam

    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 character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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Written by Robin Gauldie

posted Monday, 10th June