Hip Apartments in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Hotel TWENTY EIGHT awaits with stylish looks in the Olympisch Kwartier of Amsterdam
Hotel TWENTY EIGHT awaits with stylish looks in the Olympisch Kwartier of Amsterdam | Courtesy of Hotel TWENTY EIGHT / Expedia
Photo of Alicia Miller
13 January 2021

Sun-flecked canals lined with trees and rows of tall townhouses. Cycling through parks on warm afternoons. Cosy cafes with frothy beers and deep-fried bitterballen meatballs. Yep, you’ll see the best side of Amsterdam when you do it like a local. And what better way to act local than by hiring an apartment? Whatever your bag – old-school and atmospheric, or trendy and modern – the Dutch capital has a stay to suit.

Yays Bickersgracht Concierged Boutique Apartments, Bickersgracht

On a quiet canal just a few minutes’ walk from handy transport hub Centraal station, these two-bedroom apartments – some sleeping up to six – show off the modern face of Amsterdam. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows, designer furniture and terraces bumping up against the sparkling waters. Families will love the easy access to Westerpark, home to kid-friendly lidos, while couples can explore the chic boutiques of nearby Jordaan.
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Free WiFi
Express check-out
Concierge services
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Dutch Masters Amsterdam, Grachtengordel

The name is fitting – the Rijksmuseum is just down the street – but you’re hidden from the crowds, on a ring canal of cosy cafes, in a brick-fronted build that was once the Dutch Women’s Club. In the early 20th century, this place was filled with creatives and concerts, and, today, the spirit lives on with apartments named after famous Dutch artists. The design follows suit: Vincent Van Gogh comes with floral-splashed curtains, while Mondrian sports blocks of primary colour. As they say, home is where the art is.
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Free WiFi
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Yays Zoutkeetsgracht Concierged Boutique Apartments, Zoutkeetsgracht

There’s a local feel to this converted historic warehouse in Zoutkeetsgracht, a pocket near Westerpark once famed for processing salt. Whitewashed-beam ceilings jumble with colour-pop furniture: turquoise leather sofas, 60s-style chairs and throw-back canal-house photos. Pop into coffee shops, see the monthly Sunday Market, and visit the oldest movie theatre in the city, the Movies. Families should opt for a two-bedroom suite overlooking the waterway, sleeping up to six.
Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Smoke-free property

The Student Hotel Amsterdam City, Wibautstraat

Social butterflies get a buzz off the creative open space here – coworking desk spaces join a media studio and trendy bar space (serving strawberry bellinis and Buddha bowls with halloumi, no less). A 24-hour front desk, a gym and a games area add to the roster of fun and useful facilities. Grab one of the bikes for hire, and cycle your way in from trendy Oostpoort to the city’s headliner sights – cultural and physical stimulation in one easy hit.
Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hotel TWENTY EIGHT, Olympisch Kwartier

In the upscale, tourist-free south of Amsterdam, TWENTY EIGHT is styled like the cool flat of a trendy friend: expect sage-green bedrooms with retro-chic mirrors, metro-tiled bathrooms and metallic accents. The smallest apartments sleep just two, making them perfect for holidaying couples who want to dive into the gorgeous honesty bar, sweat it out in the sauna or breakfast on locally sourced organic juices. You’re handily close to the airport, too, which means you can stretch out every last moment of your holiday.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Zoku Amsterdam, Weesperstraat

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    Zoku Amsterdam, Weesperstraat
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    Holiday, business trip, work-cation – these cleverly designed apartments in the city’s east are brilliant for them all, with loft-style beds to maximise space, tucked-away workspaces and full-sized dining tables. You’re encouraged to make it your home away from home – even choosing the art that hangs on the walls – while quirky touches (gymnastic rings hanging from the ceiling) underline that you’re in one of the coolest cities in Europe. Don’t miss the rooftop restaurant’s healthy offerings: think pan-fried mackerel with golden beetroot.

    Eric Vökel Amsterdam Suites, Centraal

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    Eric Vokel Amsterdam Suites, Centraal
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    Moments from Centraal station, this Nordic-meets-Mediterranean pad is a tranquil escape from the city buzz. Duck-egg-blue shutters and pastel sofas add to the soothing vibe, and exposed-brick walls and polished-wood floors generate a lived-in, heritage feel. Three-bedroom apartments can accommodate larger families, although the most spectacular stay has to be the one-bedroom penthouse: window-lined walls and a terrace overlooking the IJ mean you can wake up to boats sliding across the water.

    Freelodge – City & Nature, Eendracht

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    Eric Vokel Amsterdam Suites, Centraal
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    Chic lodges surrounded by greenery? Not what you’d expect from a city break, but these seven luxe villas, built among foliage west of Amsterdam’s urban heart, make a great base from which to navigate the sights. They provide real escapism, too, and not just because of their glamping vibe. Each unit has a different theme, from Marrakech – with bohemian print rugs – to Vintage, with retro-furnishings and a record player. A short walk away, eco-store Fruittuin van West gets you fully into the rural vibe with pick-your-own apples.
    These recommendations were updated on January 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.