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7 Cheap Hotels in Amsterdam To Book if You’re on a Budget

There are plenty of affordable ways to visit Amsterdam’s charming canals
There are plenty of affordable ways to visit Amsterdam’s charming canals | © JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy Stock Photo
With so much to do in Amsterdam, it is easy to spend more than you would like. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable accommodation options that offer both character and style.

The Student Hotel

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The Student Hotel
The Student Hotel has a trendy, modern aesthetic | © The Student Hotel / Booking.com
Despite the name of this relatively new hotel, guests from all walks of life stay here. Situated slightly outside the historic centre, where the De Pijp neighbourhood meets Amsterdam-Oost, the minimalist, concrete feel is livened up by brightly coloured furniture and fittings and street-art murals. Rooms are generously sized and immaculate, have a large double bed, a shower room and a desk, and there are large communal areas including a restaurant and bar, workspaces and a gym. There is another Student Hotel in the city, the Amsterdam West.
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Hotel Dwars

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Hotel Dwars has cosy rooms with a traditional touch | © Hotel Dwars / Booking.com
This small hotel is tucked down a side street in the canal district, near good restaurants and cafés, boutique shops and the nightlife of Rembrandtplein. Its spotless rooms are delectably stylish, mixing vintage, modern and repurposed furniture with lovely touches like unplastered walls with original centuries-old bricks and colourful throws. The en-suite rooms have a TV and coffee machine, and although the hotel doesn’t provide breakfast, there are good cafés just steps away.
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Volkshotel

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Volkshotel is located in the former offices of an Amsterdam newspaper
Volkshotel is located in the former offices of an Amsterdam newspaper | © Volkshotel / Hotels.com
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Located in the hip Amsterdam-Oost neighbourhood, 10 minutes from the centre via the Metro, this large, quirky, buzzing hotel offers far more than the usual: we’re talking yoga, massage, exhibitions, boat tours, a hairdresser, life-drawing sessions and festivals. Its glass, wood and concrete decor is brightened up by bold colouring and unconventional styling. As well as the standard rooms, there are nine pricier special rooms with concepts such as a cabin in the woods or a Japanese spa. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace, hot tub and sauna.
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Qbic Hotel WTC Amsterdam

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Stay in a minimal room with plenty of quirky character at the Qbic Hotel WTC Amsterdam | © Qbic Hotel WTC Amsterdam / Booking.com
Although business travellers like this hotel because of its location in the heart of the World Trade Center complex, you wouldn’t expect it from the funky, colourful decor. Not surprisingly, it’s popular with tourists too, being just one stop from Schiphol Airport and a short tram ride to the centre. The 82 futuristic rooms, all built with the environment in mind, are minimalist in style. There’s no restaurant or bar, but there are lots nearby.
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CitizenM Amstel

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CitizenM Amstel has plenty of space for mingling with like-minded travellers | © CitizenM Amstel / Booking.com
Each of the 88 rooms at this sleek hotel has a generous extra-large bed, and there’s even a Philips electronic MoodPad, allowing you to control the lighting, blinds, temperature and ambience without getting out of bed. There’s a spacious lounge with designer furniture as well as a well-stocked café, and it’s just a 10-minute walk from the historic centre. CitizenM, a chain of budget hotels, also has sites near Schiphol Airport and in the business district south of the centre.
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Motel One Amsterdam

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Motel One Amsterdam is ideal for short stays in the city | © Motel One Amsterdam / Booking.com
This bright and airy, imaginatively designed contemporary hotel is well situated near Waterlooplein Platz and its popular flea market, as well as a number of cultural hotspots such as the Dutch National Opera and Ballet and the Rembrandt House. It has rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, luxurious beds and funky lounge and bar areas. There’s a workstation, and pets are welcome.
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Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

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Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy
Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy balances the old with the new in its spacious rooms | © Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy / Booking.com
This hotel has history: since opening in 1920 it has been a prison, a refugee centre, a juvenile detention centre and an artists’ studio. Overlooking the IJ harbour, it has rooms catering to all budgets. More than 40 artists were involved in the interior design, so your room decor could be anything from Art Deco to modern, with charming features like exposed wooden beams. There are also studio flats with kitchen and living areas, and rooms with up to seven beds, making them ideal for groups or families. Located in the Eastern Docklands, about two kilometres (a mile) from Centraal Station, the Lloyd has a large restaurant and terrace, a library and bike rental and it also organises regular cultural events.
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