6 of the Best Hotels near Dam Square, Amsterdam

The Dam is the heart of the historic centre. The epicentre of Amsterdam's busiest tourist neighbourhood, it's where most visitors start exploring the city. You'll find many of the best hotels near the Dam in Amsterdam Centrum and the adjoining Oude Zijde (de Wallen) neighbourhood.

Dam SquareFlickr user Salon NYC

There's nothing left of the 12th-century stronghold built by Gijsbrecht van Amstel, the city's founder, but the Nationaal Monument marks the spot where his castle stood. Erected in 1956, the 22-metre column commemorates Dutch victims of the Nazi occupation during World War II.

Dam SquareFlickr user Paul Cagnon

On the west side of the square stands the grand Koninklijk Paleis. This opulent Baroque pile, built at the height of the Dutch Republic's 'Golden Age' as the city's town hall, became a royal palace when Napoleon Bonaparte made his younger brother Louis, King of the Netherlands in 1808. It's been a seat of the Dutch monarchy since 1814, when both Louis and his big brother lost their thrones. Inside, it's magnificent, with florid marble halls and a fine sculpture collection.

Dam SquareFlickr user Viv Lynch

The Dam is a favourite venue for street performers and 'living statues' who impersonate historical figures and fantasy characters – for some loose change, you can take a selfie with Rembrandt, Gandalf, or Napoleon. More of the best hotels near the Dam await in the Negen Straatjes – a chic enclave west of the historic centre.

The best hotels near the Dam

FOR A CENTRAL BASE

Hotel Twenty Seven

  • Amsterdam hotels don't come any more central than Hotel Twenty Seven. Right on the Dam, this posh hotel has opulent suites and an intimate cocktail bar.
  • At hip and centrally-sited Hotel V Nesplein dark wood floors and beautiful bathrooms accentuate slick modernist rooms. The restaurant bustles, and the bar hosts live music.

FOR LUXURY AND FINE DINING

Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand

  • Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand offers a lavish spa where you can unwind after a day's sightseeing before dining in the Michelin-starred restaurant. Suites have butler service for that extra touch of class.
  • Hotel de l'Europe combines Michelin-acclaimed cuisine with luxurious rooms and facilities including one of central Amsterdam's few hotel pools.

FOR CANAL-SIDE CHIC

The Hoxton

  • The Hoxton is one of the most achingly cool hotels in Amsterdam. In the Negen Straatjes district, a ten-minute walk from the Dam.
  • Hotel Estherea is a charmer on the inner shore of the Singel. Luxury suites, vibrant colour schemes and a tempting bar.

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  • Hotel Twenty Seven Amsterdam City Centre 16 rooms from £664

    Local exploring  -  Perched on one of Amsterdam's central squares, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Book a luxury suite with a private hot tub for added indulgence on your next couples' getaway
    City Style  -  Located in a beautifully restored heritage building, this hotel has lots of chic city style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Royal Palace, used by the Dutch Royal House; tours are available, the hotel can book ahead for you
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This boutique hotel is located in Dam Square, in the heart of Amsterdam's city centre. Suites are opulent, featuring textured walls and luxury prints in a regal palette; book a signature suite for stylish living space and breathtaking city views. Enjoy a cocktail in the cosy bar; an exclusive hotel. See More

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  • Hotel V Nesplein Amsterdam 42 rooms from £150

    Contemporary  -  Loft-style rooms are super chic.
    City Style  -  Central Amsterdam location
    Local markets  -  Floating flower market (Singel canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein) and the open-air market on Albert Cuypstraat
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A modern and slick city hotel. Industrial-chic rooms and suites with dark wood floors and beautiful bathrooms. Buzzy restaurant and bar area which occasionally hosts live music. A central and cool spot for a romantic weekend away in Amsterdam. See More

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  • Sofitel Legend Amsterdam the Grand Amsterdam 177 rooms from £266

    Spa  -  Several treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool with hot tub, hamman and sauna
    Conference facilities  -  17 meeting rooms and banqueting halls
    Bar  -  Vinotheque, cigar lounge and bistro
    Restaurant  -  Michelin star restaurant
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Hotel de L'Europe Amsterdam 88 rooms from £320

    Foodies  -  Michelin starred restaurant and others.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool with a jet stream, hot tub area and great views over the Amstel River.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    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 hot tubs, marble bathrooms, mahogany furniture. Definitely for the luxury traveller. See More

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  • The Hoxton Amsterdam 111 rooms from £156

    City Style  -  A sleek hotel offering chic design and easy access to the city centre.
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic cruise along the canals.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    A retro chic hotel in the heart of the city. Spacious rooms feature sink-into beds, parquet floors, wood panelling and luxurious bathrooms. There's hotel bikes to rent, a very good restaurant and a lively bar. Just a stroll from many of the major sights and set on one of the prettiest canals. See More

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  • Hotel Estheréa Amsterdam 71 rooms from £221

    Sights nearby  -  The Anne Frank House is close by.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended 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

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Written by Robin Gauldie

posted Monday, 17th February 2020