The Best Hotels to Book in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for Every Traveller

Get a flavour of Amsterdam with a stroll past the colourful buildings
Get a flavour of Amsterdam with a stroll past the colourful buildings | © Pongtorn Hiranlikit / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 August 2021
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From hip lofts in De Pijp to canalside guesthouses in Jordaan, Amsterdam has a hotel to suit your style. Whether you’re here for the museums, the coffeeshops or to take in the Dutch capital’s many canals by boat or bike, base yourself at one of these hotels in Amsterdam for an unforgettable stay – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Hotel TwentySeven

Rooftop suite with stylish decor at Hotel TwentySeven
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Smack bang in the centre of Amsterdam, Hotel TwentySeven offers 16 swanky suites in an original period building, each complete with a personal butler. Working with the original features, such as original tiled floors, quadruple glazing has been incorporated to banish any noise. The hotel decor is eclectic and sumptuous – expect thick carpets, mood lighting and extravagant prints, along with a private steam room and whirlpool bath in every room. Guests also have VIP access to the cocktail bar.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

A bed and an archway of books in a hotel room at Pulitzer Amsterdam
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An icon of the Swinging Sixties, when local businessman Peter Pulitzer launched his first hotel, Hotel Pulitzer has since expanded and has transformed a row of 17th- and 18th-century canalside houses to make one vast property. Once the home of decadent Dutch aristocrats, the hotel provides rooms in all shapes and sizes. Guests love the unexpected passages, stairways, surprising open spaces and peaceful courtyards just as much as the location between two major canals and five minutes’ walk from the Anne Frank House.

Hotel V Frederiksplein

A seating area around a fireplace at the Hotel V Frederiksplein
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Think hip, then double it – Hotel V Frederiksplein will appeal to cool cats who appreciate vintage furniture mixed with contemporary touches, which include prints of 19th-century Dutch photographer Jacob Olie (he once lived next door). Budget rooms are in the basement, while those under the beams are the most romantic. Self-catering lofts are also available and you’re on the cusp between the old city centre and the hip quarter of De Pijp.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht By Hyatt

A bed and table in a hotel room at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
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The 122-room Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht has completely reinvented itself from its previous incarnation as a 1970s public library. It’s been transformed into an Alice in Wonderland amalgamation of wonder by Dutch art director Marcel Wanders, where guests can expect the unexpected. From the free wine happy hour and a Willy Wonka-style glass-box lift to neon dancing figures atop Mondrian artwork, wonky tables and egg-chairs. You may need to fuel up in the gourmet Bluespoon restaurant if it all gets a bit much.

The Dylan Amsterdam

A seating area with a pink couch, and a bed, at the Dylan Amsterdam
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Guests enter the Dylan Amsterdam through a 17th-century arch, setting the scene for the old-world elegance of the property, which is decorated top to toe with wood-panelled walls and leather accents. It comprises four types of suites and rooms, spread across two spacious buildings, and guests can choose from beamed lofts, modern spaces or homey rooms. The Occo Bar and Brasserie Amsterdam, one of the city’s hidden treasures, offers a secluded outdoor dining spot in the centre of town for lunch or dinner.

Hotel Arena

The restaurant at Hotel Arena, with wooden bar and ceiling, and hanging plants
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Right on the doorstep of the popular Oosterpark and just a short walk from the city centre, Hotel Arena has been welcoming guests in one way or another for more than 100 years. The hotel itself is expertly designed, making the most of the building’s fascinating heritage while offering a contemporary stay, with a number of thoughtful facilities including bike rental, taxi service and in-house laundry service. The Park restaurant is a modern bistro drenched in natural light and offers a menu of Dutch classics, firm favourites and carefully curated cocktails.

Dutch Masters

A seating area, dining table, and kitchen in a hotel room at Dutch Masters Amsterdam
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First opened in 2011 as a collection of short-stay holiday apartments, Dutch Masters has gone on to become a great accommodation option in Amsterdam. It’s made up of nine flats furnished in the style of some of the country’s most famous artists, including Rembrandt, Vermeer and Brood, each with its own distinct personalities. Overlooking the serene Keizersgracht canal, guests also have access to the private gardens, perfect for a relaxing moment away from the bustling streets.

The Craftsmen

A bed and freestanding bathtub in a hotel room with wooden beams at the Craftsmen
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With its history dating back nearly 400 years, the Craftsmen has cemented itself as a top hotel option in the city. Although the original building has been used as a hotel for several decades, the Craftsmen itself was relaunched as recently as 2018 following a major refurbishment. Today each of the guest rooms pays homage to individual craftwork 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 in-house bar, where you’ll enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and picturesque views over the Singel canal.

Amstel Botel

The large, white boat which houses the Amstel Botel
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Set inside a renovated cruise liner, 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, 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 your stay, and you can reach the city centre within minutes via a speedy ferry service that docks nearby.

Sir Adam Hotel

A bed and desk in a hotel room at Sir Adam Hotel
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As its rooms, facilities and services are geared towards culturally curious travellers with a taste for the local music scene, 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, you can consult the hotel’s team of city hosts, who are on hand to share their knowledge of Amsterdam’s nightlife and cultural offerings.

Hotel Not Hotel

The unique and stylish lobby with a long wooden table at Hotel Not Hotel
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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 22 guest rooms, lobby and on-site cocktail lounge, plus a Thai kitchen called the Kevin Bacon Bar. Each room available at Hotel Not Hotel was designed around a specific theme, and features unusual yet stylish furnishings which 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.

Hotel Seven One Seven

A bed in a hotel room with large, bright windows at Hotel Seven One Seven
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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 ambience. Set inside a 19th-century mansion on the banks of the 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, accessible to guests throughout their stay.

Conservatorium Hotel

The large, light-filled lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of leather seating at the Conservatorium Hotel
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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, cocktail bar and opulent spa facilitates.

Breitner House

Plush seating and a chandelier in a hotel room at Breitner House
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Considering its historic setting, elegant interior and overall ambience, 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 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.

W Amsterdam

The incredible rooftop pool, with views over Dam Square and Amsterdam's landmarks, at the W Amsterdam
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Combining modern style with heritage, this exclusive hotel is spread between two monumental buildings in Central Amsterdam overlooking 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.

Hotel de L'Europe

A plush seating area, with bookcases, drapes and a chandelier at the De L'Europe Amsterdam
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Thanks to its long-standing reputation, first-rate service and Michelin-starred restaurant, Hotel de L’Europe is 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 canalside cocktail bar to a lavish spa and fitness centre.

Nicholas Grantham and Sara Darling contributed additional reporting to this article.

For more options on where to stay, discover our guide to the best hotels with balconies in Amsterdam and book now on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on August 10, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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