Hotels in Amsterdam
This unabashedly diverse city has an equally varied selection of lodgings, from rehabbed canal homes to plush old-world hotels and sleek boutique hotels. To get the lowest rates, book an Amsterdam hotel during off-season, between November and March. (The penalty: you'll most likely miss the tulips). Here are some of our favorite hotels in Amsterdam:
Hotel d'Europe: This 19th century grande dame along the Amstel River has 111 plush rooms and is decorated in bold colors. Stay in the newer Dutch Masters Wing and you'll get a replica of a Dutch Masters painting in your suite.
CitizenM: With its mod sensibility and affordable rates, this boutique hotel across from Beatrix Park offers nice perks such as rain showers, extra-large king-size beds, and a "MoodPad," which you can use to fine-tune your room's music, temperature, and lighting.
The College Hotel: Located inside a renovated 19th century school, this charming, 40-room Amsterdam hotel features exposed brickwork and fireplaces, and unique flourishes in each room.
Grand Hotel Marath: This Red Light District building used to be the headquarters for shipping magnates, but it's now a five-star Amsterdam hotel with 165 rooms, an Art Nouveau interior and lovely stained glass windows overlooking the canals.
This 129-room hotel with an arsenal of standout features, offers spare but opulent interiors, courteous service (especially praiseworthy in a city known for a lack thereof), and serious wellness amenities.
Located in the Seven Bridges area, this waterfront canal house turned boutique hotel maintains much of its 18th-century flavor. The eight accommodations have ornate rugs, bedding, and drapes, as well as features like exposed beam ceilings, mixed-period antiques, and lots of natural light.
This historic Amsterdam building dates back to 1578 and served as a convent and City Hall before becoming the Grand hotel, and then Sofitel Legend in 2010. The Sofitel has 177 rooms and 52 suites—each individually designed—with colorful accents and white duvets.
The 57 futuristic, bright-white, podlike Yotel rooms (singles are roughly 10-by-10 feet) can be rented in four-hour blocks from $55. High-tech amenities include flat-screen televisions with more than 40 channels, mood lighting, and free Wi-Fi.
On the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, this hotel laces together 25 heritage houses to form a luxury complex with fitness area, garden art gallery, and classic restaurants.
Set inside a renovated, late-19th-century school, this stylish hotel blends well into its surrounding, fashionable neighborhood.
In September 2007, three years after opening her Antwerp B&B, designer Analik Brower, followed up with three rooms above and one below her Amsterdam boutique-exhibition space in the city’s Negen Straatjes area.
Across from Beatrix Park, CitizenM blends cutting-edge design and technology in 215 luxury rooms by the award-winning Dutch agency Concrete.
Overlooking the Keizersgracht canal in the Jordaan district, this boutique hotel is comprised of three narrow houses built for Dutch merchants in the 17th century.
Located in a 17th-century manor house built for a wealthy sugar merchant, the Seven One Seven hotel contains nine opulent guest rooms named after famous European artists, such as Picasso, Shakespeare, and Frans Liszt.
True in real estate as well as hotels, “location, location, location” is key at this 152-room hotel near Schiphol. The property offers a no-charge airport shuttle and numerous bus stations are nearby, making this a hub for the traveler and businessperson.
Built as the St. Elisabeth Orphanage in 1890, the brick building now houses the Hotel Arena, with its trendy restaurant, café, and nightclub. Some of the 116 rooms feature heritage elements like sloping rafters and high-ceilings.
Located in the village of Oudekerk aan de Amstel, this renovated row of 18th-century buildings houses seven, apartment-style suites overlooking the Amstel River.
Eighty-six rooms occupy seven 19th-century mansions to form Hotel Vondel, which is installed in the museum district of the Dutch capitol. From the giant elliptical dome over the lobby’s desk to the nature-inspired, branch-like lamps, the hotel is saturated with art and modern interior design.
The Intercontinental hotel along the Amstel River in Amsterdam is easy to mistake as royal palace.