The Best Hotels in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, For Every Traveller

Book a hotel along Amsterdam's famous canals, the perfect location for exploring the beautiful Dutch city.
Book a hotel along Amsterdam's famous canals, the perfect location for exploring the beautiful Dutch city. | Courtesy of Hotel de L'Europe / Expedia
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10 October 2018

Amsterdam is famous the world over for its laid-back way of life and beautiful canals. With a vibrant nightlife scene, plenty of cultural attractions and some excellent green spaces, it’s easy to see why the city attracts thousands of people every year. The capital city of The Netherlands boasts many world-class hotels, offering a wide range of services geared towards travellers of all stripes. Whether you’re there to relax or in town to party, you can’t go wrong with these excellent picks for accommodation in The Venice of the North.

Hotel Arena

Located on the doorstep of the popular Oosterpark and just a short walk from Amsterdam’s fascinating city centre, Hotel Arena has been welcoming guests in one way or another for over a hundred years. The hotel itself is expertly designed, making the most of the buildings fascinating heritage while offering a contemporary stay, with a number of thoughtful facilities including bike rental, taxi service and in-house laundry service. PARK, Hotel Arena’s very own restaurant, is a modern bistro drenched with natural light and offers a delicious menu of Dutch classics, firm favourites and carefully curated cocktails.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Dutch Masters

First opened in 2011 as a collection of short-stay holiday apartments, Dutch Masters has gone on to become one of the best accommodations in Amsterdam. Made up of nine apartments inspired and furnished in the style of some of the country’s master artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Brood, each of the suites take on their own distinct personalities. Overlooking the serene Keizersgracht canal, guests also have access to the apartments’ private gardens, perfect for a relaxing moment away from the bustling streets.
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Free WiFi
Terrace
Smoke-free property

The Craftsmen

With its history dating back nearly 400 years, the Craftsmen has cemented itself as one of the top hotel options in the city. Although the original building has been used as a hotel for a several decades, the Craftsmen itself was relaunched as recently as 2018 following a major refurbishment. Today each of the guest rooms pay homage to an individual craft work found within the city and are beautifully furnished with high ceilings, rich colours and extra-comfortable Nilson bedding. Be sure to stop by the Gallery – The Craftsmen’s in-house bar – offering a welcoming atmosphere and picturesque views over the Singel canal.
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Free WiFi
24-hour front desk
Smoke-free property

Kamer 01

An eccentric boutique B&B in the historic Canal District, Kamer 01 is a delightful option that places you right in the heart of Amsterdam. With only three guest rooms available, easily distinguished as the Red, Blue and Green rooms, Kamer 01 puts an onus on quality over quantity. Each room reflects the building’s extensive heritage while still offering modern luxuries, such as an apple mac with printer, L’occitane toiletries and complimentary, superfast wifi. Based just a short walk from the world-famous Flower Market, the lively Nine Streets district and Begijnhof courtyard, Kamer 01 is a perfect starting point for exploring the city.
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Free WiFi
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Amstel Botel

Set inside a renovated cruise liner that has been moored to the northern banks of the River IJ, this shipshape hotel offers guests the opportunity to rest, relax and socialise while surrounded by water. There are 175 simple, yet spacious guest rooms onboard the boat, plus five individually designed lodgings located inside the red letters that spell out B-O-T-E-L on its upper deck. Though it may seem further afield than other accommodation options, guests at Botel have immediate access to Amsterdam’s trendy, post-industrial quarter NDSM-Wharf during their stay and can reach the city centre within minutes via a speedy ferry service that docks nearby.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

Sir Adam Hotel

As its rooms, facilities and services are geared towards culturally curious travellers with a taste for the local music scene, the Sir Adam ranks among the best destinations in Amsterdam for night owls and clubbers who appreciate an added dose of luxury during their time abroad. Musical memorabilia is peppered throughout the hotel, with each room equipped with a Crosley Cruiser record player alongside a collection of LPs. As the hotel stands inside a sky-high culture hub called A’DAM Toren, there are plenty of bars, hangout spots and restaurants located nearby, including an underground club named Shelter, which lies directly underneath the Sir Adam. To discover other local hotspots, guests can consult the hotel’s team of city hosts, who are on-hand to share their knowledge of Amsterdam’s nightlife and cultural offerings.

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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

Hotel Not Hotel

Due to its creative layout and avant-garde interior elements, Hotel Not Hotel resembles something more akin to a contemporary art gallery than a conventional place to stay. Rest assured, though, as there’s plenty of space for relaxation, recuperation and leisure too, in the hotel’s 23 guest rooms, lobby and on-site cocktail lounge, plus a Thai kitchen called Kevin Bacon Bar. Each room available at Hotel Not Hotel was designed around a specific theme, and features unusual yet stylish furnishings that match perfectly with the hotel’s artsy vibe. For instance, guests can reserve a spot inside a renovated tram from the early 20th century or spend the night inside secret rooms hidden behind mock bookcases. Aside from their quirks and idiosyncrasies, every room is equipped with a double bed, an ensuite bathroom and other essential items.

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

Hotel Seven One Seven

This award-winning boutique hotel christens its guest rooms after famous literary figures and artists, creating a measure of prestige that perfectly matches the establishment’s welcoming yet exclusive ambiance. Set inside a 19th-century mansion on the banks of Prinsengracht canal, the hotel stands within walking distance from many famous sites, making it an ideal home away from home for sightseers in Amsterdam. Two suites inside the hotel boast canal views, while the other seven look onto an enclosed garden that’s accessible to guests throughout their stay.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service

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  • Ambassade Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    This classy spot, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal belt, is set inside 10 charming townhouses. Though they are centuries old and still feature many of their original elements, the townhouses in question have been renovated to meet modern demands and currently contain 57 spectacular rooms, equipped with everything you’d expect from a four-star, boutique hotel. Aside from the essentials, Ambassade Hotel’s rooms also feature artworks and items from different periods of European history, ranging from paintings created by members of the COBRA movement to furnishings that date back to the Napoleonic era. There’s also a French-style brasserie located on-site, plus a large library with lounge, stocked with 4,000 books signed by their authors (all of whom have stayed at Ambassade Hotel at one point or another).

    Conservatorium Hotel

    Famed for its spectacular neoclassical architecture, high-end services and luxurious wellness centre, Conversatorium stands among the most refined hotels in the Netherlands. Built inside a former music conservatory with stately details, the hotel lies roughly midway between Vondelpark and Museumplein, in Amsterdam’s affluent Oud-Zuid neighbourhood. Its interior and rooms are masterfully crafted, employing touches of modern style to complement the hotel’s historical character. Though there’s plenty to see nearby, it is easy enough to spend entire days relaxing inside Conservatorium, thanks to its excellent restaurants, charming cocktail bar and opulent spa facilitates.

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Breitner House

    Considering its historic setting, elegant interior and overall ambiance, it is easy to mistake this delightful, two-suite hotel for a museum. Long before it became a hotel, Dutch impressionist painter George Breitner lived and worked inside the house, creating artwork inside its lofty halls. Though today there are some modern touches hidden around the hotel, it is decorated in a manner befitting Breitner’s time with fin de siècle (end of the century) elements spread throughout its rooms and hallways. Both suites inside the hotel are decorated with lavish furnishings and look as though they’ve remained frozen in time since the end of the 19th century – creating a picture-perfect destination for honeymooners or couples searching for a romantic getaway in Amsterdam.

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    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff

    W Amsterdam

    Combining modern style with heritage, this exclusive hotel is spread between two monumental buildings in Central Amsterdam that overlook Dam Square. The entire hotel was designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and is geared towards globetrotters or jet-setters who are happy to splash out during their time abroad. Potential guests can choose between 238 high-end rooms and suites, with access to an underground spa, three restaurants with bars and a nightclub. What’s more, the hotel is the only establishment of its kind in the capital with a rooftop pool, which offers incredible views across Amsterdam’s historic centre.

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    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Full-service spa
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel de L'Europe

    Thanks to its long-standing reputation, first-rate service and Michelin-starred restaurant, Hotel de L’Europe is quite possibly the most celebrated and respected establishment of its kind in Amsterdam. The hotel dates back to the mid-19th century and stands inside a monumental building with grand flourishes befitting a five-star residence, from an acclaimed canal-side cocktail bar to a lavish spa and fitness centre.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    Nicholas Grantham contributed additional reporting to this article.