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The Keizersgracht is the widest canal in Amsterdam
The Keizersgracht is the widest canal in Amsterdam | © JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy
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The 9 Best Boutique Hotels in Amsterdam

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Updated: 19 December 2018
Among the hundreds of hotels in Amsterdam, there are several noteworthy boutique establishments that offer uniquely curated services, tailored to travellers’ wants and needs. The best boutique hotels in Amsterdam include spots with breathtaking locations, unrivalled interior design and other facilities specifically geared towards visitors to the city.

The Tire Station

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The Tire Station is an environmentally friendly hotel
The Tire Station is an environmentally friendly hotel | Courtesy of The Tire Station / Hotels.com
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In order to reduce its carbon footprint and create somewhere for eco-conscious travellers in Amsterdam, The Tire Station relies on renewable energy to power its electrical appliances and heating systems. The hotel actively maintains an environmentally friendly approach towards hospitality and has developed its business model with sustainability in mind. Apart from its charming, well-equipped rooms, the hotel also features an ecologically minded pastry shop called Sticky Fingers that serves fresh cakes and coffee throughout the day, plus an on-site organic restaurant named MOER, which bases its menu around each season’s harvest. The hotel stands metres away from Vondelpark and near several tram stops that connect the surrounding neighbourhood with Central Amsterdam.
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Volkshotel

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Volkshotel is located inside the former offices of an Amsterdam newspaper
Volkshotel is located inside the former offices of an Amsterdam newspaper | Courtesy of Volkshotel / Hotels.com
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Aside from offering potential guests the opportunity to stay in meticulously curated lodgings, ranging from minimalist spaces equipped with twin beds to more extravagant “special rooms” adapted around specific themes, this bustling boutique hotel also serves as a focal point for Amsterdam’s creative sector. Located inside the former offices of Amsterdam’s de Volkskrant newspaper, the hotel contains several spaces that are tailored around work and play, including ateliers that are available to local artists and a rooftop restaurant with bar, called Canvas, which hosts club nights during the weekend. As these facilities are open to travellers and locals alike, there’s always an eclectic mix of like-minded people working, relaxing or partying in the hotel, making it an ideal destination for anyone who is eager to discover Amsterdam’s cultural scene or nightlife during their time abroad.
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Sir Adam Hotel

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Guests at Sir Adam Hotel can look out over Amsterdam
Rooms at Sir Adam Hotel look out over Amsterdam | Courtesy of Hotels.com
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This sky-high boutique hotel lies between several nightlife and culinary hotspots, inside the middle sections of Amsterdam-Noord’s cultural hub, A’DAM Toren. As the hotel’s rooms are spread over several floors that stand well above sea level, they offer incredible views across the city and its surroundings. These stunning modern rooms are designed to appeal to culturally curious travellers and are fitted with working record players, electric guitars and artwork created by local movers and shakers. After settling into this home-away-from-home, guests at Sir Adam can relax in several communal spaces in the hotel or check out the many other hang-outs A’DAM Toren has to offer, including revolving restaurant Moon and subterranean nightclub Shelter. For an additional cost, guests can also hire local and highly experienced guides, who work with the hotel, to discover cool or secret spots around Amsterdam.
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Hotel Not Hotel

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Hotel Not Hotel houses a host of quirky rooms
Hotel Not Hotel houses a host of quirky rooms | Courtesy of Hotel Not Hotel / Hotels.com
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Geared towards travellers with an eye for design, this happening boutique hotel features 23 stunning rooms that are tailored around site-specific artworks and interior items. For instance, it is possible for guests at Hotel Not Hotel to spend the night inside a renovated tram cart fitted with a double bed, or sneak off into several secluded rooms that are hidden behind mock bookcases. Due to its unconventional, playful layout, Hotel Not Hotel looks more akin to a contemporary art gallery than a traditional hotel, with its rooms spread over several winding levels that are accessible via seemingly unmarked, individually designed doors. There’s also an equally remarkable cocktail lounge and Thai kitchen attached to the hotel called Kevin Bacon Bar, where guests can enjoy snacks, meals and drinks throughout the day.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Non smoking
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The Dylan

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The Dylan is situated on the Keizersgracht
The Dylan is situated on the Keizersgracht | Courtesy of The Dylan / Hotels.com
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Thanks to its stunning location on the Keizersgracht (Emperor’s Canal), exclusive services and refined rooms, The Dylan stands among the most acclaimed hotels in Amsterdam. Unlike most other five-star hotels in the city, though, The Dylan has less than 100 rooms (40 to be exact), allowing the establishment to create an experience that feels both luxurious and exclusive. Prospective guests can choose between several lodging types, ranging from deluxe double bedrooms with canal views to converted loft spaces that are framed by exposed wooden ceiling beams. Other facilities at The Dylan include meeting rooms, which are available for corporate events, weddings or private parties, and two high-end restaurants with outdoor canal-side seating.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Gym
Airport transfers
Business facilities
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Breitner House

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Breitner House was built in the 19th century
Breitner House was built in the 19th century | Courtesy of Breitner House / Hotels.com
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Known for its splendid historic design, this charming two-suite boutique hotel looks as though it has been frozen in time. Built at the end of the 19th century, the residence that houses the hotel was once owned by local Impressionist painter George Breitner, serving as his home and studio. Nowadays, the townhouse features many lavish elements that hark back to the fin de siècle. A perfect spot for romantic getaways or honeymoons, Breitner House offers guests an experience that’s like nothing else found in Amsterdam, plus champagne breakfasts every morning.
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Hotel De Hallen

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The building that now houses Hotel De Hallen used to be a tram depot
The building that now houses Hotel De Hallen used to be a tram depot | Courtesy of Hotel de Hallen / Hotels.com
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Set inside a former tram depot that it shares with several other cultural hotspots, including Amsterdam’s largest indoor food court and an art-house cinema with bar, Hotel De Hallen mixes modern design with vintage industrial vibes. Each of the hotel’s cosy rooms is equipped with all the essentials, plus many minimalist design items, which add a welcome layer of sophistication to the whole experience. Guests can enjoy delicious meals inspired by French cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, while anyone eager to head out for the night will find plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, especially on Kinkerstraat, Overtoom and De Clercqstraat – three popular streets that run parallel to one another.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Airport transfers
Business facilities
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Ambassade Hotel

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Each of Ambassade Hotel’s rooms has a unique layout
Each of Ambassade Hotel’s rooms has a unique layout | Courtesy of Ambassade Hotel / Hotels.com
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Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic canal belt, inside 10 adjoined townhouses that date back to the 17th century, this charming boutique hotel exudes a sense of class that matches perfectly with its monumental surroundings. As the hotel’s lodgings are spread over several renovated houses, each room or suite has a unique layout and features various modern and historical elements, ranging from furnishings from the Napoleonic era to artworks created by luminaries of the COBRA movement. After spending the day exploring Amsterdam, guests at Ambassade Hotel may retreat to an on-site brasserie that serves French haute cuisine-style dishes or relax amid 4,000 books, signed by their authors, in the hotel’s stunning library bar.
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Crane Hotel Faralda

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Crane Hotel Faralda towers over Central Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda towers over Central Amsterdam | Courtesy of Crane Hotel Faralda / Hotels.com
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Adventurous travellers searching for memorable lodgings in Amsterdam may want to check out this towering boutique hotel in the city’s post-industrial NDSM Wharf. Set inside an enormous metallic crane perched above the River IJ, the hotel offers unrivalled views across the city, allowing guests to experience Amsterdam from a sky-high perspective that’s both breathtaking and exhilarating. There are three suites inside the crane, which are arranged vertically above one another, plus an exclusive lounge on its highest level that’s available for social or business events. Guests at Crane Hotel Faralda may also access a heated spa pool on its upper deck, which overlooks Central Amsterdam.
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