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Updated: February 11, 2020

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The 11 Best Hotels in Amsterdam

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Luxury hotel on Amsterdam canal.

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

1. Pulitzer Amsterdam

Set in Nine Street, on the Prinsingracht, 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) & 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, 1 garden cafe & courtyard garden, 1 restaurant, and 1 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. Hotel Phone: +31 20 523 5235.

2. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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. Hotel Phone: +31 20 718 4600. Waldorf Astoria Hotel Review.

3. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – A Hyatt Hotel

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). Hotel Phone: +31 20 523 1234.

4. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

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 10 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, Vang Gogh Hermitage museum, many shops, and restaurants. Hotel Phone: +31 20 555 3111. Sofitel Legend the Grand Hotel Review.

5. De L’Europe Amsterdam

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. Hotel Phone: +31 20 531 1777. De L’Europe Amsterdam Hotel Review.

6. The Dylan Amsterdam

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. Hotel Phone: +31 20 530 2010.

7. Hotel Seven One Seven

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 Phone: +31 20 427 0717. Hotel Seven One Seven Review.

8. American Hotel Amsterdam

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. Hotel Phone: +31 20 556 3000.

9. Misc Eatdrinksleep

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. 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). Hotel Phone: +31 20 330 6241. Misc Eatdrinksleep Hotel Review.

10. art’otel Amsterdam

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). Hotel Phone: +31 20 719 7200. art’otel Amsterdam Review.

11. Hotel Okura Amsterdam

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-storey suite that offers panoramic views, total privacy, a games console, walk-in closets, a 12 person cinema. Opt for high storey 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 Phone: +31 20 678 7111. Hotel Okura Amsterdam 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?


    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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