The 4 Best hotels in De Wallen
Everyday life rubs shoulders with Amsterdam's less-than-glamorous side in De Wallen, heart of the city's oldest neighbourhood, Oude Zijde. Stay in one of the best hotels in De Wallen and Oude Zijde to experience Amsterdam at its most raffish – especially after dark – but also to be close to cultural attractions like the graceful Zuiderkerk, the Oude Kerk, and the medieval Montelbaanstoren (one of Rembrandt's favourite subjects).
Home to the fleshpots of Amsterdam's notorious Rosse Buurt red-light district, De Wallen is also a residential district where neighbourhood stores and cafés rub shoulders with tattoo parlours, strip joints and sex shops. In a bid to improve the area's reputation Amsterdam's city council has clamped down on guided tours that let visitors gawp at scantily-clad sex workers who pose in brothel windows.
There's great ethnic dining in Amsterdam's Chinatown, along Zeedijk. Centraal Station and all the sights of the historic centre are within easy walking distance of the best hotels in De Wallen and Oude Zijde, and the sights of the Jewish Quarter are a stone's throw away, across the water of Oudeschans.
The best hotels in De Wallen
FOR PERIOD STYLE
- MISC is a delightful canalside house filled with bright, individual rooms with views of the water or the hotel's gardens.
- Nine split-level apartments at Harbour Suites boast period touches like wooden beams and exposed 17th-century stonework, but they also have a very sleek contemporary feel. Overlooking the Oosterdok, within walking distance of Centraal Station.
FOR LUXURY LIVING
- Suites at Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand pamper guests with butler service and classic elegance. Plus there's a Michelin-starred restaurant and lavish spa.
- Hotel de l'Europe is opulent to the point of decadence: gleaming brass, marble and and mahogany are keynotes. Its Michelin-starred Bord'Eau restaurant and indoor pool make this one of Amsterdam's most luxurious places to stay.
Misc Amsterdam 6 rooms from £127
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.Views - Of the canal and hotel gardenLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - I Escape
Harbour Suites Amsterdam City Centre 9 rooms from £222
This boutique hotel is located on the harbour in central Amsterdam. The individually styled suites feature exposed stone walls, cosy fireplaces and unique design pieces; book the Pond Suite for exposed wooden beams, a classic bathtub and an interior patio with a goldfish pond. A stylish city hotel.City Style - Located in a historic building in central Amsterdam, featuring many unique design pieces, this hotel has reams of city styleLocal exploring - With a great location on the harbourfront, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring in AmsterdamRomantic Break - Couples love the romantic suites at this hotel; book a suite with a cosy fireplace for added luxurySights nearby - Visit the nearby Basilica of St. Nicholas, a landmark historic church
Sofitel Legend Amsterdam the Grand Amsterdam 177 rooms from £268
Luxurious five star hotel, in the heart of Amsterdam. 52 suites, with butler service, furnished with French elegance and grandeur. The Michelin star Bridges restaurant offers delicious organic seafood and the spa facilities are excellent. Luxury, with the city sights on your doorstep.Spa - Several treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool with jacuzzi, hamman and saunaConference facilities - 17 meeting rooms and banqueting hallsBar - Vinotheque, cigar lounge and bistroRestaurant - Michelin star restaurantRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Hotel de L'Europe Amsterdam 88 rooms from £324
A luxury Five Star hotel on the canal side with Michelin starred restaurants and a state of the art spa. Decadent traditional living areas lead up to opulent rooms and suites. Rich wallpapers, private jacuzzis, marble bathrooms, mahogany furniture. Definitely for the luxury traveller.Foodies - Michelin starred restaurant and others.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSwimming Pool - Indoor pool with a jet stream, jacuzzi area and great views over the Amstel River.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection