Top hotels in Amsterdam
This completely renovated modern 5-star hotel with historic touches is an 8 minute walk from Dam Square and only 4 minutes from Central Station. Bridging the gap between traditional Dutch heritage and modern amenities this hotel provides free wifi and a state of the art gym and spa. After a day of cycling around Amsterdam, you can relax in the hotel's cozy bar which serves cocktails and small bites. All rooms show a perfect mix of modern decor with classic touches.
Full of contemporary style, the 4-star superior Park Hotel Amsterdam sits beside the canal and close to the Rijksmuseum. Relax in the hotel’s lobby where you can curl up on an oversized sofa, take in an art exhibition or enjoy a drink from The Jewelry Bar, while the MOMO Restaurant and Bar is one of the city's trendiest nightspots. Featuring unique open-plan design, rooms have flat-screen TVs, and high-speed wifi, and are decorated with George Heidweiler artworks.
This modern hotel is located right in the historic city centre of Amsterdam. The central train station is within walking distance. Major sights, shopping areas, business districts and museums are on the doorstep of this stylish contemporary hotel.
A 4 minute walk from the fashionable P.C. Hooftstraat shopping district, this modern 4-star hotel sits close to Leidse Square. Hotel highlights include a spa with hammam and sauna, a gym, onsite bar and restaurant and free wifi to keep you connected. The rooms have a warm interior design and hardwood flooring and are air-conditioned.
This modern 5-star hotel in South Amsterdam is only a 6 minute walk away from the posh shopping area of Cornelis Schuytstraat and only 10 minutes from the Vondelpark. In the hotel you can relax in the lounge and on the outside terrace with fireplace or enjoy some casual fine dining in the famous restaurant. The luxury rooms decorated in warm colours provide free wifi and a spacious bathroom with bathrobe and slippers.
The 3-star modern Amsterdam Tropen Hotel sits in the cosmopolitan area of Dapperbuurt, famous for its market. The on-site bar and restaurant Brasserie La Vistas looks out over the peaceful Oosterpark, and at the hotel’s 24 hour reception desk you can hire a bike to pedal your way around the city. The Amsterdam Tropen Hotel’s rooms display a sense of contemporary style and have a terrace or balcony, as well as a private bathroom, stocked with toiletries, satellite TV, a selection of pillows and free wifi access.
This contemporary 4-star hotel with its impressive 19th century façade occupies an ideal spot literally only 10 steps from Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam. You're within 200 metres of a huge range of excellent shops, restaurants, museums and cafés. The hotel itself offers complimentary access to the on-site gym, free wi-fi. The rooms include large windows, soundproofing and a spacious bathroom with free bath products. Some even overlook Dam Square.
This modern 4-star hotel is found close to leafy Rembrandtpark in the West of Amsterdam. There’s a restaurant, bar, roof top terrace and gym onsite and you can unwind in the sauna after a day of exploring. Elegant rooms come with a flat-screen TV, and the hotel’s free wifi keeps you connected.
This modern 5-star hotel sits on Dam Square across from the Royal Palace. Keeping its original historic exterior, inside you’ll find a modern style. There’s plenty to keep you entertained during your stay including a Michelin starred restaurant, an award winning bar and a grand cafe serving afternoon tea. Free wifi is provided throughout the property.
This modern 4-star hotel stands on an artificial island in Amsterdam’s IJ River, a short walk from Central Station. Stay here to enjoy stylish rooms with mod cons such as flat-screen TVs, an onsite bar, gym, and sun terrace.
Kimpton De Witt Hotel provides a luxurious, light-hearted haven where the very best of this iconic city intersects. The hotel is inspired by Dutch heritage but with a tailored twist and Kimpton's signature wit and whimsy. A living wall and Delft-inspired tile welcomes guests into an inviting living room and a lush interior open-air courtyard, complete with swings. The restaurant stars local brews and elevated fare, while the beignet and coffee window satisfies late night and early morning cravings. Every afternoon the hotel hosts a wine reception for all hotel guests. Make sure you visit the historic bar where curated cocktails and a social ambiance prevail.
A beautiful Art Deco building by the bustling Rembrandt Square, the 4-star NH Schiller is full of eye-catching details, interesting artworks and beautiful stained glass. Decorated with paintings by Frits Schiller, the hotel’s brasserie serves Dutch and French-inspired cuisine in intimate surroundings. Pleasantly contrasting with the NH Schiller’s historic public spaces, the hotel’s rooms are comfortably contemporary, and have a flat-screen TV and free wifi.
Cheap Hotels in Amsterdam
This unique hotel offers simply-furnished rooms aboard a boat in the centre of Amsterdam. Amstel Botel is located on the River IJ and includes a bar. It has a free 10-minute ferry service to Amsterdam Central Station twice every hour. The rooms have either land or views over the River IJ. Each room has a private bathroom and soft duvets. A continental and English-style breakfast buffet is served each morning with sausages, eggs and other warm dishes. Guests can relax in the bar area and play pool, darts or pinball. Amstel Botel also offers free newspapers, a wake-up service and a bike and car-rental service. During nice weather guests can enjoy the terrace.
Ideally located for Amsterdam Arena, Ziggo Dome and Afas Live, the smart easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard is found in the south-east of the city, close to public transport links to the historic centre and the airport. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, and offers free wi-fi, tour and ticket assistance and bike rental. Rooms include modern furnishings, air conditioning and TVs.
The 3-star New West Inn is located in the West part of Amsterdam, in a residential area. Hoekenes tram stop is only 800m away providing direct services into the vibrant city centre. Its facilities include a fitness corner, a solarium, a restaurant and bar, a 24-hour reception, free parking and a garden terrace. The smartly decorated rooms feature free wifi, cable TV, a desk, and seating area.
Found in the cosmopolitan Oud-West area of the city, the Hotel Espresso is a modern 3-star hotel, that’s close to the beautiful Vondelpark, the Van Gogh Museum and the buzzing nightlife around Leidseplein. The hotel’s lobby is a cool spot to relax with a complimentary tea or coffee, and the Hotel Espresso City Centre also has a breakfast room and 24-hour reception desk. Rooms are decorated in a chic and simple style, with richly coloured fabrics, air conditioning, free wifi and flat-screen TVs.
Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Sitting in the exclusive residential area of Oud-Zuid, the 3-star Hotel Central Park is a modern hotel overlooking the attractive Vondelpark, and close to the Van Gogh Museum and the buzzing nightlife of Leidseplein. The hotel serves a tempting breakfast buffet each morning and has a 24-hour reception desk. Among the Hotel Central Park’s room features are flat-screen TVs, free wifi access and a private bathroom with shower.
Found in trendy De Pijp, famous for the buzzing Albert Cuyp Market, the easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre South is a modern 2-star budget hotel that’s a short walk from the city’s famous museums. The contemporary-styled reception area is staffed 24 hours a day and staff will be happy to offer advice for exploring this incredible city. The easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre South’s rooms are simple and minimal, and have attractive hardwood floors, individually controlled air conditioning and private en suite shower rooms. The hotel prefers payments by cards for any extra's.
The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam Wtc is a 3-star contemporary design hotel housed within the bustling World Trade Centre in the south of the city. The lobby is a cool space that showcases the work of upcoming designers, with high-tech information kiosks to help you learn more about the city. The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam Wtc’s rooms have state-of-the-art mood lighting and designer furniture, as well as comfortable Hastens and Eastbon beds, free wifi and modern bathrooms with rain-showers.
West Side Inn Hotel Amsterdam is located west of the town centre, just off the A10 city ring and 20 minutes' by public transport from the old city centre. It features private parking, a 24-hour reception, a bar and terrace, a restaurant serving a breakfast buffet, and a food corner in the lobby serving salads, sandwiches and pizzas. The stylish, modern rooms feature TVs, work desks, and en suite bathrooms with free toiletries.
Stay in one of 19 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature showers with rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and blackout drapes/curtains, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Found among the high-end shops of Beethovenstraat, the 3-star Hotel Beethoven is a modern hotel within walking distance of Amsterdam’s major museums. The hotel serves a generous and healthy breakfast buffet every morning, and there are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. Simple and cosy, the Hotel Beethoven’s rooms have flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and private bathrooms with modern fittings and showers or tubs.
Urban Lodge Hotel brings a mixture of Urban Design and Country Style Lodge to Amsterdam´s Sloterdijk Station area. Combining elements of inviting Dutch design and coziness they have created a unique and warm ambience. The decor mixes aspects of city and country life using lots of woods and neutral colours and touches of Classic Delft Blue. The spacious rooms are airconditioned and include free wi-fi, working desk, in room safe, flat screen TV and large bathrooms. In the lobby you will find The Living Room with a fire place and comfy lounge furniture. The brasserie style restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner serving a variety of dutch cuisine inspired dishes.
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Hotels in Amsterdam
Famous for its canals, cafes, picturesque buildings, museums, and liberal culture, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Rent a bicycle or take a boat trip to really get to know this hip city and its bustling streets and waterways. There are a range of hotels in Amsterdam to suit most budgets and requirements, ensuring you can relax and make the most of your stay here.
Amsterdam’s 17th century canals run through the heart of the city and have been awarded World Heritage status. Lined by iconic, narrow buildings and home to many sleepy houseboats, a stroll along the maze of canals is a pleasant attraction in itself. When you need to relax, there’s always a café nearby. A combination of pub and cafe, ‘brown cafes’, as they are called, have an intimate, cosy atmosphere and serve a range of traditional drinks and snacks.
More adventurous visitors might be intrigued by the city's famous red light district, in the old town area, with its window displays and sex shops. Despite initial reservations some may have, the area has a strong police presence and is populated by a range of people, from hen parties to tourists, seeking amusement and titillation more than anything else.
Arts and Culture
The city has a number of important museums which attract visitors from all over the world, quickly filling up most of the cheap hotels in Amsterdam during the summer months.
The Rijksmuseum houses the largest collection of classical Dutch art, with nearly one million objects from around the country. Some of the most famous pieces on display are the works of Rembrandt, including his masterpiece, De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch).
Rembrandt fans will also enjoy the Rembrandt House Museum which has been reconstructed to show how it would have looked during the artist’s time living there.
The Van Gogh Museum is home to the largest collection in the world of the famous artist’s work and is the most visited museum in Amsterdam. Here you will find his renowned paintings including the Aardappeleters (The Potato Eaters) and Zonnebloemen (Sunflowers).
Just next door is the Stedelijk Museum, containing Amsterdam’s largest display of modern art, including works by Piet Mondriaan, Karel Appel, and Kazimir Malevich.
The Anne Frank House is where the young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, and her family hid from the Nazis during the war and where she also wrote her famous diary of the ordeal. Today, the house is a museum dedicated to her memory with the original diary, photographs and personal possessions on display.
Amsterdam has three main theatres which host a wide variety of entertainment. The Stadsschouwburg is the former home of the National Ballet and Opera and offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional plays, mainly by Dutch writers.
The Royal Theatre Carré was originally designed as a circus theatre in 1887 and now features acclaimed shows like The War Horse and performers such as Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, and Marianne Faithfull.
The DeLaMar Theater is also host to a range of international theatre, musical, and dance performances. The Dutch National Opera & Ballet has been the main opera house in Amsterdam since 1986 and is home to the Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet. Across from the Museum Square is the Concertgebouw, home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and considered to have some of the best acoustics in the world.
Restaurants and cafes
Amsterdam’s food is as rich and diverse as its culture, with sweet, savoury, mild, and spicy dishes to suit any appetite.
Dutch pancakes are a popular meal that every visitor should try, we recommend Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs (so long as you don’t mind the steep staircase up to the restaurant) which serve generous sized helpings of this favourite, the bacon and syrup pancake being particularly delicious.
Stroopwafels (two thin waffels with syrup in the middle) are another Dutch classic which can be bought packaged as a souvenir or eaten fresh.
Two of the best places to try hand-made stroopwafels are a little café called Lanskroon, in the centre of the city, and from the vendor in Albert Cuypmarkt who makes them from fresh throughout the day.
Indonesia was a former colony of the Netherlands and has contributed significantly to Dutch cuisine, particularly with the rice table (Rijsttafel in Dutch).
This dish consists of small plates of spicy meat, fish, or vegetables that can be shared between groups for more variety.
For food on the go, chips with peanut sauce (another Indonesian fusion) are a very addictive Dutch snack and can be bought at most street stands. Raw herring may not sound appetising to everyone, but, served with onions, is another popular street food snack.
Bars, Clubs and Music
Amsterdam has a thriving and diverse nightlife that attracts many tourists. In addition to the traditional bars serving beer and snacks, there are various nightclubs around the city, such as the Escape, Club Home, and Panama. For a safe and quick journey we have a wide range of hotels in Amsterdam city centre that will make your nights out less complicated.
Trance music is very popular in the Netherlands and home to some of the scene’s leading talent, including DJs such as Armin van Buuren and Tiesto. Every October, Amsterdam hosts the Amsterdam Dance Event which is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.
Jazz is also very popular in Amsterdam, with many live performances in clubs such as Bimhuis, Café Casablanca, and Café Alto.
For rock/pop concerts and shows, there is the Afas Live, which features shows such as Batman Live, Riverdance, and acts like ZZ Top. The Ziggo Dome is an indoor music arena that also hosts big name acts, such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Tom Jones.
Shopping in Amsterdam City Centre
To get a feel for how the locals shop, head to Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam’s oldest and busiest market. Here, you can find a wide array of cheap goods and tasty snacks, including stroopwafels, doughnuts, and egg rolls. Tulips can be bought from Bloemenmarkt, by the Singel, and Delftware, the famous blue and white Dutch pottery, can be bought at many specialist shops in the city, such as Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts and Collectables in the Munt Tower.
Amsterdam Airport has an outstanding shopping area, with many unique and stylish gift ideas on display, from Gouda cheese, to wooden clocks decorated with tulip designs, and merchandise from the world of Miffy (Dutch artist Dick Bruna’s loveable bunny character).
The airport also has a well-stocked reference library and an annexe of the Rijksmuseum, where you can appreciate paintings and artifacts from Dutch history, before checking into your Amsterdam hotel.
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