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Updated: October 1, 2020

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The 19 Best Hotels in Amsterdam

Luxury hotel on Amsterdam canal.

The dock and private boat of the Pulitzer Hotel – my favorite hotel in Amsterdam.

1. Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 523 5235
Set in the Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) neighborhood on the Prinsingracht canal bordering the wonderful Jordaan neighborhood, this gorgeous boutique hotel consists of 25 beautifully-restored 17th and 18th century canalside houses, that feature a diverse range of unique charming rooms & suites. (Canal views are worth it for a glimpse of life along the canal). All suites have marble bathrooms and heated mirrors, complimentary sweet & savory delights, and bike repair kits. The best suites are the hotel’s ‘Extraordinary Suites’ that are individually themed (Book, Art, Antiques, and Music) and custom-crafted, offering private entrances, personalized drink set-ups, canal views, and complimentary buffet breakfasts. The hotel also has a classic hotel boat for canal cruises, a garden cafe and courtyard garden, a restaurant, and a bar. Fantastic location close to boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, with many major attractions (Anne Frank House, Dam Square, Royal Palace) within walking distance. The nearest tram stop is a 5-minute walk and the hotel sells daily tram tickets.

2. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam in the Southern Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 718 4600
Housed in six 17th century canal palaces on the UNESCO-protected Herengracht (Gentlemen’s canal), this opulent luxury spa hotel with historic interiors & old-world glamour, has elegant rooms with canal & courtyard views, black-out curtains and marble bathrooms (some rooms have included breakfasts, bathtubs). Suites named after former residents may add separate living rooms, painted ceilings, decorative fireplaces, a study, dining rooms and a private spa & pool entrance, depending on the category. The King Grand Loft is its largest accommodation with traditional wooden beams set on the highest floor & has amazing views. The hotel has an extraordinary staircase, a personal concierge for every guest, 4 dining options (including a Michelin restaurant & a bar), a large private courtyard, a spa and an indoor pool. A brilliant location within walking distance of key attractions (Rembrandtplein, Hermitage Museum), shops, museums, and theatres. Waldorf Astoria Hotel Review.

3. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – A Hyatt Hotel

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht in the Southern Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 523 1234
Contemporary, boutique hotel with a quirky, Alice in Wonderland vibe (colorful murals, video art, sculptural furniture, wallpaper stories) by the Prinsengracht Canal in the heart of the city. Its stylish designer rooms have lots of natural light; deluxe rooms have private terraces with garden or canal views, while suites have separate sitting areas. The hotel has one restaurant, a bar, a spa, fitness center, free bicycles and a complimentary 1.5-hour guided bike tour every Sunday. Superb location, within walking distance of many Amsterdam attractions (Nine Streets, Zuidas business district). Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel Review.

4. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 555 3111
Steeped in history, this ritzy hotel set in the former site of two convents offers beautiful, pristine rooms with both period and state-of-the-art touches. (Hotel offers a daily hotel history tour). Its chic rooms feature very comfortable Sofitel Mybeds with lovely canal, garden, city or courtyard views. Suites add lounge areas & bathtubs with TVs, with upgraded suites adding butler services and hammams. Its special Canal house suites (set in the former homes of famous Dutch Admirals) are like apartments and feature wooden ceiling beams, fully equipped kitchenettes and private entrances. Offers several dining options (including a Michelin star restaurant, private dining room, and many bars), spa, an indoor heated swimming pool with jet stream and jacuzzi, a hammam and sauna. The hotel can also arrange horse carriage rides and romantic private dinners. Enjoys a great location in the Amsterdam city center, near the Royal Palace and a short stroll away from Dam Square, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Museum, many shops, and restaurants. Sofitel Legend the Grand Hotel Review.

5. The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan hotel in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 530 2010
Chic, boutique hotel with an eccentric Dutch house vibe, set on the Keizergracht canal, offering refined rooms with Bose sound systems, bluetooth iPod connections, and garden/courtyard views. Suites add luxury baths and canal views. Splurge for canal view rooms. The hotel’s signature suites feature lovely touches like 20 feet high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with a buffet breakfast included. The hotel has plenty of steep stairs, a Michelin star restaurant and a bar. Leidseplein, the Anne Frank House, many museums, and shopping areas are minutes away by foot. The Dylan Hotel Review.

6. De L’Europe Amsterdam

Hotel De L'Europe in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 531 1777
Overlooking the Amstel river, in the heart of Amsterdam, this grand, historic hotel offers exquisite, tasteful rooms & suites in bold, vivid colors and the latest technologies (ipads in bedrooms, Bose surround sound systems and ipod docking stations). Deluxe rooms boast large baths with built-in TV in mirrors, heated bathroom floors and offer city, river or courtyard views, while Premium Deluxe rooms (some) add private balconies. (Ones with balconies are recommended). Suites in the Dutch Master’s Wing feature amazing replicas of famous Dutch Master’s paintings and add balconies, living areas. Provocateur Suites feature lovely twinkling starry night ceilings over circular beds. The hotel’s signature suite is its six-bedroom Penthouse Suite that adds a private riverside terrace and an oversized marble bathtub. The hotel offers a library, 5 dining options (includes a Michelin star restaurant and a bar), a heated indoor swimming pool (wth a jet stream, jacuzzi, starry ceilings, and panoramic rivers views), saunas, and a beauty salon. Fabulous location a 15 minute walk away from the Central train station, with a floating flower market across the road. Within walking distance of museums & other attractions and lots of bars, cafes and restaurants in the area. De L’Europe Amsterdam Hotel Review.

7. Conservatorium Hotel

Conservatorium Hotel in the Museum Quarter
Hotel Phone: +31 20 570 0000
Tasteful, luxury hotel in a landmark building boasting the city’s largest wellness center and an incredible culinary program with a fine, pan-Asian restaurant; a Dutch-international brasserie; and a sophisticated cocktail bar. Rooms and suites fuse heritage architecture with contemporary design. Standouts include the I ♥ Amsterdam Suite with its own private rooftop terrace, and the Artists Residence Two-Bedroom Suite with 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette. Ideally located mere steps from the Van Gogh Museum, The Concertgebouw, the Rijksmuseum, and Vondelpark. Conservatorium Hotel Review.

8. Misc Eatdrinksleep

Misc Eatdrinksleep in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 330 6241
Small, boutique hotel set in a 17th-century canal house, close to Nieuwmarkt Square, that offers a total of 6 cozy, delightful rooms, with complimentary breakfasts and canal or garden views. Canal view rooms are larger and have white noise machines, while garden view rooms are smaller & quieter and have only fans. It has a small restaurant & a bar below, the well-loved Rosalia’s Menagerie. Take note that the stairs in the hotel are narrow and steep (no elevator). Many key attractions are within walking distance – Nieuwmarkt (2 minutes), (Rembrandt House (4 minutes), Dam Square (5 minutes), Amsterdam Centraal Station (10 minutes), Nine streets & the Anne Frank House (15 minutes). Misc Eatdrinksleep Hotel Review.

9. art’otel Amsterdam

Art'otel Amsterdam in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 719 7200
Enjoying a central and convenient location across the street from the Amsterdam central station, this funky, upscale hotel offers art-inspired rooms and suites with mood lighting, views of the station (some), stocked minibars and complimentary breakfasts. The suites (only 4) add separate living rooms. Great range of facilities that include an all-day and late-night kitchen, bar, library, gym, indoor swimming pool, and Finnish sauna. Also has a 300 sq m art gallery featuring art exhibits and an art concierge. Front-facing rooms can be noisier so request rooms at the back if you need more quiet. Ideal hotel for those needing to head to the airport from the train station. Convenient location for tram lines and sightseeing (the Royal Palace is a few blocks away). art’otel Amsterdam Review.

10. Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Hotel Okura Amsterdam in De Pijp
Hotel Phone: +31 20 678 7111
Set a little away from the city center on the banks of the Amstel Canal, a 15 minute drive from the Schiphol International Airport, the Okura offers big, clean rooms and suites with luxurious bathtubs and a turn down service. Executive rooms, set on the higher floors add Executive Lounge access, Japanese toilets (Toto), touchscreen controls for temperature, curtains, and lighting. Junior suites add seating areas while upgraded suites are more like private apartments and add private kitchens. The Imperial Suite is the Okura’s largest suite; it’s a 2-story suite that offers panoramic views, total privacy, a games console, walk-in closets, a 12 person cinema. Opt for high story corner rooms as they offer excellent views of the canal and city. Facilities include 5 restaurants, 2 bars, a health club, swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna and solarium. Also offers cooking workshops. The trendy Pijp area with many restaurants and cafes is around a 15-minute walk and the nearest tram stop is within 10 minutes walking distance. Hotel Okura Amsterdam Review.

11. The Toren

The Toren Hotel in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 622 6033
Decadent, boutique hotel set in 2 historic canal houses dating back to the 1600s with a hip cocktail lounge, traditional silent garden, and canal views from many rooms. The décor reflects its history as a home to Dutch trade merchants with deep colors, velvet wallpaper, rich tapestries, and chandeliers. Perfect location in the Western Canal Ring, one block from the Anne Frank House and a short walk to the Jordaan neighborhood and the Medieval Center. The Toren Hotel Review.

12. Hotel TwentySeven

Hotel TwentySeven in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 218 2180
Ultra-luxe, boutique hotel with just 16 individually designed suites filled with bespoke furnishings, curated artworks, and 2-person jacuzzis. 5-star amenities include personal butler service, private tour guides, nanny services. Their sumptuous bar is among the best in the city, with unique offerings that include probiotic cocktails, in-house brewed organic pineapple beer, an impressive collection of rare whiskeys. Centrally location on Dam Square in the Medieval Center near the Royal Palace. Hotel TwentySeven Review.

13. Sir Albert Hotel

Sir Albert Hotel in De Pijp
Hotel Phone: +31 20 305 3020
A former diamond factory converted into a trendy, boutique hotel with an excellent Japanese-South American fusion restaurant and canal views. Sir Albert offers sunny rooms with large windows, high ceilings, and high-end bedding; the largest 1-bedroom suite adds a separate living room, sofa bed, and a second bathroom. A major highlight is their curated collection of experiences, such as an inside look at a bike builder’s studio, a record store shopping trip, a private boat trip on the canals, and a joint-rolling class at the top weed store in the city. Great location in De Pijp, just a short walk to the local street market, Heineken Experience, and the Van Gogh museum. Sir Albert Hotel Review.

14. Crane Hotel Faralda

Crane Hotel Faralda in Amsterdam Noord
Hotel Phone: +31 20 760 6161
Exactly what it sounds like: a hotel inside a converted industrial crane. This stylish, adults-only boutique hotel offers 3 designer suites, a rooftop jacuzzi, bungee jumping, and a studio hosting music, burlesque, and private events. Located in the industrial-chic Amsterdam Noord area, near NDSM-werf, an urban beach, a handful of restaurants. A free ferry connects to Centraal Station and the heart of the city. Crane Hotel Faralda Review.

15. The Hoxton Amsterdam

The Hoxton Amsterdam in the Western Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 888 5555
Historic hotel in the former mayor’s residence with an excellent location just steps from the Nine Streets, Dam Square, and the Anne Frank House. This boutique-style hotel boasts a wide range of room types, all unique in layout and design; Roomy and Biggy categories can accommodate small and medium dogs (up to 18 kg). The onsite restaurant Lotti’s serves a seasonal brasserie menu featuring local and international dishes, plus superb cocktails. The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam Review.

16. Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam in the Medieval Center
Hotel Phone: +31 20 620 0500
The contemporary meets the heritage here, where the hotel is spread over two 17th century houses and one 1980s building. The hotel offers a fitness center, a stylish, international bar and restaurant, and dog-friendly amenities with no weight restrictions. Rooms are spacious and quiet, and service is professional and attentive. Well located in the Medieval Center, near amazing restaurants, nightlife, and shops. Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam Review.

17. Zoku

Zoku Amsterdam in the Southern Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 811 2811
A ‘hometel’ with hip loft apartments ideal for longer stays, stylish rooms, cozy common spaces, and rooftop café. Near the Weesperplein metro and tram stop. Walkable to Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rembrandtplein nightlife; short tram ride to Museum Quarter and bustling Leidseplein. Hotel Zoku Amsterdam Review.

18. American Hotel Amsterdam

The entrance to American Hotel Amsterdam in the Southern Canal Ring
Hotel Phone: +31 20 556 3000
Located right on Leidseplein, this art-deco style hotel offers modern rooms and suites (add seating areas) with minibars. The hotel a few rooms with balconies overlooking the Leidseplein Square which can be noisier than canal view rooms. It has a restaurant, bar, bicycle rentals and is set just outside the city center (15 minutes walk). It’s also close to an airport bus stop (bus 197) and around the corner from public trams. Lots of restaurants, bars and shopping within sight of the hotel. American Hotel Amsterdam Review.

19. Hotel Seven One Seven

Hotel Seven One Seven in the Southern Canal RingHotel Phone: +31 20 427 0717
Steps away from the tram, this stunning boutique hotel housed in a 19th-century building offers 9-themed room and suite types (Dickens, Picasso, Tolkien, Shakespeare) with minbars and artwork. Has beautiful baroque-style interiors and suites add baths. The hotel has no elevator so be prepared to handle the steep staircases, or opt for rooms on the lower floors. Good location, right on the Prinsengracht canal, with many local restaurants, bars, and shopping within walking distance. Hotel Seven One Seven Review.

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  1. Train or Rental Car from Amsterdam?

    Hi Dave, we’re going to travel to Amsterdam in very late October this year. We’re looking to travel through Rotterdam down to Brussels and Paris and back to Amsterdam. Do you think it’s best for us to rent a car or travel by bus/train, cost-wise, including petrol and parking?

    Cheers!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Not sure on the cost, but train will be far more enjoyable, relaxing, and hassle-free.

  2. Seven Bridges Hotel in Amsterdam

    Any thoughts or review of the Seven Bridges Hotel?

    Thank you.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s an intimate boutique hotel with hand-picked antiques and oriental rugs in uniquely decorated rooms. Located in a quiet part of the southern canal ring, overlooking two canals. Owners are extremely knowledgeable about the city. A short walk from the bars, restaurants, museums, and theaters around Rembrandtplein and Hermitage Amsterdam. Recommended.

  3. Staying in the Jordaan in Amsterdam

    We’ve heard great things about the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. Is it walking distance to the central sights of Amsterdam?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, the Jordaan is a 5 to 20 minute walk to all the central Amsterdam tourist sights. For example, Anne Frank’s House is a 5 minute walk, Dam Square is a 10 minute walk, and the train station is a 20 minute walk.

  4. Getting from Amstedam Airport to Hotel Pulitzer

    We are a family of 3 staying at the Pulitzer. What’s the best way from Schiphol Airport to hotel? Should we train or taxi? Budget not an issue, just looking for fastest and easiest. Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Taking the train from Schiphol to central Amsterdam (main train station) is quick and easy, from there you could taxi or tram to the Pulitzer. But the fastest route to the Pulitzer is a taxi from in front of the airport (easy to find).

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