The 8 Airbnbs You Need To Book in Amsterdam

An Amsterdam canal
An Amsterdam canal | © Juan Bautista / Alamy Stock Photo
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4 November 2019

One of the best ways to get to know a city at a local level is to stay in an Airbnb – and in Amsterdam, there’s no shortage of unique spaces for every personality and every type of traveller.

When visiting Amsterdam, the search for the perfect base from which you can stroll through the Rijksmuseum, sip a Heineken at a brown café and bike through Vondelpark needn’t be difficult.

Despite new housing rules in the city that limit owners from renting out their apartment for more than 60 days per year, there are numerous Airbnbs to choose from in Amsterdam. Here are the best.

The Lux at Leidse Square

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The Lux at Leidse Square
The Lux at Leidse Square | Courtesy of Ryan / Airbnb

Located just off the Prisengracht and only five minutes’ walk from the Anne Frank House, this modern and spacious apartment offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony where you can sip your morning coffee to prepare yourself for a day of visiting museums. The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are a short distance away. The apartment accommodates up to four guests, and with its large living room and open kitchen design, you’ll never feel crowded. The monochrome interior is clean and simple and allows for easy relaxation. If you’re in the mood for a drink, Leidseplein, one of the most popular areas for visitors to enjoy bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping, is only a stroll away.

Bright, spacious apartment with rooftop terrace

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Two-bed apartment in city centre
Two-bed apartment in city centre | Courtesy of Pauline / Airbnb

Bright, white and spacious, this two-bedroom property features high, beamed ceilings and a view of Amsterdam’s famous canal houses. There is an abundance of natural light streaming through the apartment’s many windows, so you’ll no doubt wake up feeling energised. With room to comfortably house four guests, the property has a spacious rooftop terrace where you can relax and sip a drink. It’s located in the heart of Amsterdam, right by Dam Square and Kalverstraat, which is perfect if you’re looking to do some souvenir shopping.

Glamping in a tipi

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Camping in a tipi
Camping in a tipi | Courtesy of Yves / Airbnb

While many come to Amsterdam for the thrill of being in the city itself, you might be looking for something that gets you closer to nature. Here, you’ll wake up to the sound of birds singing, and nothing but peace and calm. This isn’t ordinary camping either: inside the tent you’ll find a comfortable bed, television and coffee maker. There’s also a terrace for soaking up some sun (when the weather allows) and a communal picnic area with cosy couches. It’s located in Oostzaan, which has a good range of grocery stores, cafés and restaurants, but you’re still only 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. You’ll also be right next to the Twiske Nature Reserve, where the owners have many animals for you to befriend.

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  • Step aboard the houseboat Nova

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    Houseboat Nova
    Houseboat Nova | Courtesy of Nova Team / Airbnb

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night on an authentic Dutch houseboat, Nova gives you a delightful canal-side experience. This unique property is just a five-minute bike ride from Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s most famous spot for picnics and barbecues. Not only does the place feature a modern kitchen, spacious living room and two bedrooms, it also has a lovely terrace where guests can relax on the peaceful canal.

    Boutique apartment

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    Boutique apartment
    Boutique apartment | Courtesy of Kirsten / Airbnb

    This boutique apartment is located next to Vondelpark in the charming, upscale neighbourhood of Oud Zuid. Within five minutes’ walk you’ll find all the biggest museums on your to-do list, and within 10 minutes’ walk, all the great shopping, cafés and restaurants you could possibly want. High ceilings, small artistic touches and intricate accents create a thoroughly pleasant space and, built in 1882, the building sits on a quiet street. Kick back with a book from the bookshelf or soak your tired muscles in the French bathtub.

    A little bit of luxury, a little bit of minimalism

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    Two-bedroom open-plan apartment
    Two-bedroom open-plan apartment | Courtesy of Erik / Airbnb

    This two-bedroom apartment accommodates four guests, and you won’t be fighting for space, either. An open floor plan, with a huge dining room, living area and kitchen make this an inviting Airbnb for those who like to spread out. High, beamed ceilings that match the white walls will make guests feel as if they’re strolling through the trendiest art gallery in the city, while the wooden floors and cosy couches are welcoming after a long day of sightseeing. Located in the famous Jordaan neighbourhood, this Airbnb is at the centre of everything you could possibly want in Amsterdam. All the best museums are in walking distance, as well as the Noordermarkt square market, which features everything from jewellery to clothes and organic food.

    Flying high above the Rijksmuseum

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    Amsterdam penthouse with view of Rijksmuseum
    Amsterdam penthouse with view of Rijksmuseum | Courtesy of Gert-Jan / Airbnb

    This penthouse loft apartment has a view of the Rijksmuseum and offers one of those ‘pinch me, I’m in Amsterdam’ moments. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the tree house of your childhood dreams with the various levels and stairs climbing to the bedroom, situated high up in the pointed part of the roof. Located in an 18th-century Dutch building, this Airbnb is the perfect escape for a couple looking to have a weekend away from it all and enjoy everything Amsterdam has to offer. This penthouse is situated right in the middle of the buzz, just steps from Museumplein – but the neighbourhood itself is surprisingly quiet, meaning you can also relax in peace after strolling along the canals all day.

    Cosy eggshell-blue studio

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    Studio apartment in Amsterdam
    Studio apartment in Amsterdam | Courtesy of Ivan / Airbnb

    Ever wondered what it would be like to have a slumber party at Tiffany & Co? Look no further than this cosy studio, which will make you feel like Audrey Hepburn herself. Eggshell-blue walls feature prominently in this apartment, the perfect place to snuggle up after a canal cruise or romantic dinner. Just a few minutes’ walk from here is the Micropia museum, where you can get a close encounter with the microbes on your body and in the world – you’ll never see things in the same way again.

    These recommendations were updated on November 4, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.