9 Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam for an Upscale Stay

A luxury hotel is never too far away in Amsterdam
A luxury hotel is never too far away in Amsterdam | © Picture Partners / Alamy Stock Photo
From historic buildings with centuries’ worth of stories to tell to tall skyscrapers that dominate an otherwise flat skyline, Amsterdam’s best luxury hotels guarantee you’ll always stay in style.

Amid Amsterdam’s Medieval centre, Golden Age canals and eclectic 18th-century districts, you’ll find more and more sophisticated places to spend the night in the Dutch city.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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The Waldorf Astoria is set within 17th-century canal palaces | Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam / Hotels.com

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is known for its remarkable two-Michelin-star restaurant, creative afternoon teas and a luxurious spa with some of the finest facials in town. Situated in six 17th-century double-front canal palaces on Amsterdam’s Herengracht, the hotel breathes understated elegance and offers canal or courtyard views from its rooms. If you’re looking to be pampered in the historical centre of Amsterdam, it doesn’t get better than this.

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Conservatorium Hotel

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The Conservatorium Hotel is steps away from excellent museums and shops | Courtesy of Conservatorium Hotel / Hotels.com

The Conservatorium, named after the music conservatory once housed here, was the first property in The Set Hotels portfolio. The company is now responsible for a trio of Europe’s “modern grand hotels”, including Hotel Café Royal in London and Hotel Lutetia in Paris. Conservatorium’s convenient location in the chic Zuid district – right by Amsterdam’s “big three” museums – is a selling point, as is Italian interior architect Piero Lissoni’s sleek redesign of the 19th-century bank building. It’s also home to an excellent underground spa. It’s not surprising, then, that the style set continue to flock here.

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Hotel Okura Amsterdam

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Hotel Okura showcases a blend of Eastern and Western influences in its decor and services | Courtesy of Hotel Okura Amsterdam / Hotels.com

This Japanese-owned hotel offers outstanding luxury with an Asian twist in Amsterdam. Here, you can go for a glass of champagne 23 floors up, linger over a meal at one of the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurants or stay and wake up to panoramic city views in one of the city’s tallest hotels. Perched on the outskirts of De Pijp, the hotel has a calming feel enhanced by its serene setting and subdued decor. It also has a restful spa, which offers Eastern- and Western-style treatments.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

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Suite at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
The decor at The Grand Amsterdam blends historical and modern elements | Courtesy of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam / Hotels.com

A genuinely historic Amsterdam hotel, The Grand truly lives up to its name. Founded as a convent in the 15th century, it’s famous for being the location of the former queen Beatrix’s wedding. It has also seen more than its fair share of well-known visitors, from William of Orange to Winston Churchill. Classic and charmingly Dutch, with views of Amsterdam’s oldest canal, the hotel features modern art that contrasts with its centuries-old architecture. The hotel’s extravagant breakfast is another highlight.

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Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam has a variety of quirky guest rooms and suites, such as the Book Collector’s Suite | Courtesy of Pulitzer Amsterdam / Hotels.com

Located in the 9 Streets district, Pulitzer Amsterdam has attractive surroundings, including canals, cool shops and excellent eateries. With 25 creatively interconnected canal houses arranged around a peaceful inner courtyard, the hotel oozes Dutch Golden Age romance in a refreshingly modern way. The Pulitzer’s inimitable style is a juxtaposition of colourful and clean lines, distinctly Dutch quirks and original Canal District features. It’s all in the details here, from the luxurious Le Labo bathroom toiletries to stunning floral displays and expertly crafted cocktails in the city’s best hotel bar.

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The Dylan Amsterdam

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The Dylan is situated on the Keizersgracht
The Dylan lies on the Keizersgracht canal | Courtesy of The Dylan Amsterdam / Hotels.com

The Dylan Amsterdam is as lovely inside as it is at first glance through its original Golden Age gates. While it’s now home to 40 individually designed rooms and suites and a Michelin-star restaurant, a theatre where Antonio Vivaldi conducted the orchestra once stood on this site. The Keizersgracht location makes this a handy address for those wanting to explore the tourist trail. You’re on the grandest canal at the heart of the Grachtengordel, near the 9 Streets and Jordaan districts.

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Hotel TwentySeven

Rooftop suite at Hotel TwentySeven
The Hotel TwentySeven is pure luxury | Courtesy of Hotel TwentySeven / Hotels.com

If your definition of hotel luxury is a little over the top, with decadent interiors, an impossibly central location right on Dam Square and a ridiculously high price tag to match, you’re at the right address. The suites here couldn’t be more opulent, with rich silks and velvets, copper-threaded wallpaper, voluptuous sofas and Roman-style bathrooms with double-size steam showers and Japanese toilets. However, the personal butler service is the true selling point of Hotel TwentySeven. The staff are professional, polite to a fault and more than happy to go the extra mile.

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InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam offers city or river views | Courtesy of InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam / Hotels.com

This stately hotel has been an Amsterdam icon ever since its opening over 150 years ago. Favoured by Dutch and Hollywood royalty alike for its legendary service, large classically furnished rooms and ‘little extras’ (such as private tours on 100-year-old saloon boats), the InterContinental Amstel continues to impress. Whether you choose to take the hotel’s celebrated afternoon tea or dive into its indoor swimming pool, you can do so while enjoying unparalleled river views.

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De L’Europe Amsterdam

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Junior suite at De L’ Europe Amsterdam
Each room at De L’Europe Amsterdam features top-of-the-line amenities | Courtesy of De L’Europe Amsterdam / Hotels.com

Since the old days when it was part of the Grand Tour, the 123-year-old De L’Europe has epitomised Amsterdam luxury. Here, guests can have all of their culinary whims met at the Michelin-star restaurant, brasserie or bar, or treat themselves to some me time at the tranquil spa. The hotel is currently in the middle of a redesign, which will bring “a fresh, modern and elegant design to De L’Europe to underline the hotel’s classic character as a place where the rich history of Amsterdam can be seen.”

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