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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If IKEA designed a spaceship, the result would be the citizenM. Concrete, clean lines, Vitra and Eames furnishings, and portal-like rain showers are a few examples of what makes this location so very European.
This boutique hotel, named for the poet Dylan Thomas, opened in 1999 and occupies restored 17th-century buildings along the Keizersgracht canal in Amsterdam’s central shopping district.
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.
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.
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.
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.