by Santorini Dave Updated: November 14, 2018
The 11 Best Hotels in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Set in Nine Street, right on the Prinsingracht, bordering the Jordaan neighborhood, this gorgeous 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 bike repair sets, complimentary sweet & savory delights, marble bathrooms and heated mirrors. The best suites are the hotel’s ‘Extraordinary Suites’ that are individually themed (Book, Art, Antiques, Music & Grand) & 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.
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. Hotel has one restaurant, a bar, a spa, fitness center, complimentary guest 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 etc.). Hotel Phone: +31 20 523 1234.
Steeped in history, this rizy 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. 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.
Housed in six 17th century canal palaces on the UNESCO-protected Herengracht (Gentlemen’s canal), this opulent 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 etc). 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. 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. Enjoys a brilliant location within walking distance of key attractions (Rembrandtplein, Hermitage Museum etc.), shops, museums and theatres. Hotel Phone: +31 20 718 4600.
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 etc. 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. 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 city 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.
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 etc. with a buffet breakfast included. 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.
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. 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.
Located right on Leideseplein, this art-deco style hotel offers modern rooms and suites (add seating areas) with minibars. Has a few rooms with balconies overlooking the Leidseplein Square which can be noisier than canal view rooms. Hotel 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 etc. 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.