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Updated: April 7, 2020

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Amsterdam Hotels for Families – Tips and Recommendations

  • Booking.com – the best website for hotel deals in Amsterdam.
  • My favorite neighborhood in Amsterdam is the Jordaan but anything within the Singelgracht canal – which roughly marks central Amsterdam from outer Amsterdam – is convenient and family-friendly.
  • Best Luxury Amsterdam Hotel for Families: Pulitzer Amsterdam
  • Best Cheap Amsterdam Hotel for Families: Hotel CC
  • For most families the Linden Hotel (great location, good rates, friendly staff, lots of nearby restaurants) in the Jordaan is probably the best choice.
  • The NEMO Science Center is one of the best kids/science museums we’ve ever been to. Highly recommended.
  • The I Amsterdam City Pass is excellent value (especially the 72 hour version). And there are many excellent Amsterdam tours for families.
  • Vondelpark is the best park in Amsterdam for kids. There’s a good playground and lots of space to run and wander. It’s walking distance or a short tram ride from most hotels in central Amsterdam.
  • Renting bikes to get around the city is lots of fun. MacBike has a large selection and many locations. Bike City is my favorite and good if you don’t want “tourist bikes” with advertising painted all over them.
  • Great Night Out: Get pizza from De Pizzabakkers and beer from Cafe Brandon next door. Sit on the canal with the locals and eat and drink into the evening. Super fun.
  • Highly Recommended: Do an overnight bike trip to Edam then take the ferry from Volendam and return through Marken. It’s a perfect length for a family with kids 8 or older. The Hotel & Restaurant De Fortuna, beautifully situated on an Edam canal is close to idyllic. Rent bikes from Bike City in Amsterdam.

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The 9 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Amsterdam

  • Click the hotel name to check prices on Booking.com – my favorite website for booking hotels. Book 4 to 6 months in advance for the best rooms and rates.

1. Pulitzer Amsterdam – Luxury

Pulitzer Amsterdam in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel phone: +31 20 523 5235
The family suite is beautiful, has canal views, and sleeps a family of four. This is the best luxury hotel for families in Amsterdam.

2. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Luxury

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel phone: +31 20 523 1234
Whimsical, luxury hotel with a wellness center, creative Dutch restaurant and bar, and lovely setting on Prinsengracht Canal. Rooms and suites are filled with fanciful artwork, some with private terraces and garden or canal views; suites add a separate living area. Family-friendly perks include a 50% discount on second rooms for children under 12, a kids’ minibar, babysitting service, free bicycles, and free 90-minute bike tours on Sundays. Fantastic location just outside the Nine Streets shopping district, near the trendy Jordaan neighborhood, and the city center.

3. Conservatorium Hotel – Luxury

Conservatorium Hotel in the Museum Quarter
+31 20 570 0000
Heritage, luxury hotel boasting the city’s largest wellness center (includes a pool with dedicated hours for children) and fantastic local and Asian-fusion restaurants. The hotel offers family-friendly connecting rooms, 1 to 2-bedroom suites for 3 to 4 guests, and the largest Artists Residence Two-Bedroom Suite with 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette, sleeping up to 5. The Set Family Adventure package (summer only) adds kids’ amenities, late check out, daily breakfast, and tickets to NEMO Science Museum. Wonderful location near the Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark, The Concertgebouw, the Rijksmuseum.

4. Linden Hotel – Moderate

Linden Hotel in Jordaan
Hotel phone: +31 20 622 1460
Charming hotel set in an 18th-century, flatiron building in the hip Jordaan district. The Lush Triple is a quirky loft space with angled walls, while the Velvet Family room is the largest and comfortably sleeps up to 4. Great walkable location near Noordermarkt, Anne Frank House, and local restaurants, including the famous apple pie of Winkel 43.

5. NH Amsterdam City Centre – Moderate

NH City Center hotel in the Medieval Center
Hotel phone: +31 20 420 4545
4-star hotel on the Singel canal, offering triple and quadruple rooms plus connecting options for families. The hotel boasts a fitness center, complimentary late check out on Sundays, a lovely bistro, and the half-restaurant/half-museum Restaurant D’Vijff Vlieghen. Just a short walk to Dam Square, the New Church, and Anne Frank House.

6. WestCord Art Hotel Amsterdam – Moderate

Hotel phone: +31 20 410 9670
Cheery, art-filled hotel with an outdoor swimming pool (open in summer) and a brasserie, serving international fare highlighting seasonal ingredients. Quad Deluxe Rooms have 4 single beds in 2 rooms separated by a door. Quiet location northeast of Westerpark, about 10-minutes by bus to the city center.

7. Max Brown Hotel Canal District – Moderate

Max Brown Canal District in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel phone: +31 20 522 2345
Cozy, quirky boutique hotel set in 3 historic canal houses with an honesty bar, great coffee, and super comfy beds. The Extra Large Canal View Loft sleeps a family of 4 in an open-plan room with a sofa bed. Wonderful locaiton in the Western Canal Ring near Centraal Staion and Noordermarkt.

8. XO Hotels Park West – Moderate

HO Hotels Park West in Sloterdijk
Hotel phone: +31 20 262 9260
Contemporary hotel a little off the main tourist track, sitting in a quiet neighborhood at the western tip of Westerpark. The Quadruple Room can be booked with 4 single beds or 2 singles and a double bed. A hearty, reasonably priced buffet breakfast is available daily. Located in quiet neighborhood but easy access by tram to central Amsterdam.

9. Hotel CC – Budget

Hotel CC Amsterdam in the Medieval Center
Hotel phone: +31 20 527 0027
Affordable hotel in a historic canal house in the Medieval Center just steps from the Old Church and Centraal Station (note that it’s also across the canal from the Red Light District). Cozy triple and quad rooms accommodate families of 3 or 4, all with single beds. Breakfast is available but not included in the room rates.

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  1. First Time Family Trip To Europe

    I love the website and the good info. My husband and I will be travelling with our 12-year-old to Europe for the first time in September. We are considering either Amsterdam or London as our base and then travelling by train to other places such as Paris and Germany. We will be in Europe for a week. My husband suggested Paris be our base, but I think that may a bit too hectic for our first time in Europe. What do you suggest for a family of three visiting Europe for the first time? Is Airbnb good to use in Amsterdam?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      London, Amsterdam, and Paris are all great cities worthy of a visit and all have great stuff for adults and 12-year-olds. I’m not sure why you need a base though. I would recommend picking 4 to 6 different places and hopping from one to the next – usually by train but you can fly for the longer legs. But none of these places make good day-trips from one another (they’re a little too far apart) and so backtracking to your base would be a waste of time and money – as well as a great hassle.

  2. Good Amsterdam Airport Hotel

    Hi Dave! Can you recommend a nice hotel by Schiphol airport for an overnight stay for family of 7? Maybe a sightseeing activity evening/night? I heard about a lookout tower? THANKS!!!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’ve stayed at both the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Both are connected directly to the airport by a walkway. Very convenient and minutes from check in. You’ll no doubt need multiple rooms. The main restaurant at the Hilton is quite good and much better than the food at the Sheraton. I’ve no idea about sightseeing or tours near the airport.

  3. Amsterdam Hotel for Family of 4

    We are looking for a hotel, apart hotel, from May 30 to June 4 for 2 adults and 2 kids (10 & 12). Any recommendations? Most of the places are sold out.
    We are also planning to visit Anne Frank house, canal cruise, tulips, any other idea?

    Thank you

    Deborah Fisher

  4. Amsterdam Bike Trip with Kids

    Love your stuff. Plan on going to Amsterdam with my husband and 11 and 14 year old girls. Really would love more info on the Edam overnight bike tour. We love biking and I would appreciate a more in depth itinerary if possible.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Essentially, you just plug in your route (Amsterdam to Edam) into Google Maps and follow the route. It starts by taking a free ferry across the canal from the Amsterdam train station to northern Amsterdam. On the ride to Edam this restaurant is one of the few that is right on the route. In Edam stay at Hotel Fortuna (lots of space to park bikes). Then map Edam to Marken but select “walk” instead of “bike” as the bike route takes an indirect route while the walk uses the ferry (which is fun) to get to Marken. Finally, map Marken to Amsterdam. There are two routes back to Amsterdam, both are fine. Google defaults to the inland route which is more picturesque though the route along the water (and through Durgerdam) is good too. It’s flat the entire trip but you can get some wind (blowing north) on your way back. We rented bikes from Bike City.

  5. Efteling and Amsterdam

    Hi,
    I’ve just come across your website and thinks it’s fantastic!
    I’m thinking of taking my children to the Netherlands for a few days in the May half term. They are aged 2, 6 and 7 and I’ll be the only adult. I’d like to visit Efteling theme park and Amsterdam. Would you recommend staying closer to Efteling and travelling to Amsterdam for a day trip or staying in Amsterdam and travelling to Efteling?
    We’ve been on lots of holidays together but I want to start getting used to using more public transport instead of booking ‘excursions’ so that we can have more freedom to travel around and see more places in the Summers (I have all the school holidays off with them so we like to go somewhere new every school holidays).
    Thanks is advance

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s almost 2 hours by train between Amsterdam and Efteling so not sure they’re great for commuting between. If I had to choose, it would be to stay in Amsterdam and visit Efteling through the day.

  6. Amsterdam Hotel for Family of 5

    Hi David! We are a family of five going to Europe for the first time. We are planning to visit Amsterdam (1 full day/2 nights). Our boys are 14, 20,and 22 do you have any recommendations for us?
    Thanks,Maria

  7. Amsterdam with 2 Teens

    Hi there! We’re headed to Amsterdam – for 3 days- with two teenage daughters (16 and 13). The Anne Frank House is definitely on our list but what else might they enjoy? I’m a bit at a loss as to what would be a “must see or must do”. We’re also looking for a hotel location that works best. Would you suggest two rooms or one large room for the 4 of us? Open to any and all ideas! Thanks…Rick Berardi

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      First, try to book skip-the-line advance tickets for Anne Frank House (hard to get but the line is crazy long without them). I’d also do a canal cruise, a walking food tour (both great fun), and rent bikes. As our kids get older (they’re now 10 and 13) we really like having two rooms, so I’d recommend that if it works budget-wise.

  8. Amsterdam with Kids – Where To Stay and What To Do?

    Amsterdam will be the half-way point of a trip that takes us from London to Paris, Amsterdam, then Rome and Venice. We have 3 children ages 6, 9, and 11. We have 3 days in Amsterdam and it’s not quite as clear exactly, unlike Paris or Rome, what we should do. I have 3 questions and I hope you can help.

    1) Is Jordaan a good location for us to base ourselves? Will we be able to find enough places to eat as I understand it’s not the main tourist area.
    2) Trying to decide between the Tropen Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the Nemo science museum. Will likely do 1 or 2 of these. Which would you recommend?
    3) Can you recommend a walking tour of Amsterdam that would be good for kids?

    Thank you,
    Garth

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1) Jordaan is a great area. Still very convenient and an easy walk to central Amsterdam. It can look off on its own when you look at a map but the reality is that it feels very much a part of the pedestrian and bike friendly central neighborhoods. And Jordaan is known for its restaurant scene. It’s a foodie neighborhood but most places still have a kid-friendly vibe.

      2) I would put Nemo at the top, then the Maritime Museum (a 5 minute walk away), and then the Tropen (still good but perhaps a little dry for the younger kids). The zoo is in the same general area of these 3 museums and it’s worth a few hours especially if you have nice weather.

      3) Both the Eating Amsterdam and OMY Amsterdam tours are great. They focus on small group tours that are much better than the large groups that you’ll see with Sandemans. Food tours work really well with kids as you get some history and culture but the food keeps it fun – and, of course, everyone likes to eat. A bonus with the Eating Amsterdam tour is that you get a canal ride on a private boat. The OMY tours are usually only for 4 people but I’m sure if you email them they’d take a family of 5.

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