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Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, loved as much for its UNESCO-protected canals and magnificent Golden Age architecture as it is for its infamous Red Light District and cannabis-peddling coffeeshops. Here, one can admire masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum, take a cycle tour of the Canal District and experience cozy café culture all in a single day. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a cultural trip with your family, take a look at our pick of the best Amsterdam hotels. The list covers a wide range of categories, from party hostels to historic five-star canal houses.
Best Overall: The Toren
The four-star boutique The Toren enjoys an exclusive location on the edge of the famous Keizersgracht canal. It comprises two separate buildings, both of which are original 17th-century canal houses. From the moment you step through the front door, you'll find yourself transported to an era of old-world opulence and mystery. The interiors are defined by decadent fabrics in rich shades of purple, red, black and gold, while the hotel staff pride themselves on their high level of service.
Choose from 38 unique rooms and suites, ranging from (very) compact Cozy Rooms to indulgent Top Rooms with spa whirlpool baths and stunning views. All rooms include a minibar, a Nespresso coffee machine, a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The heart of the hotel is The Toren Bar, where a shimmering chandelier and plush armchairs continue the whimsical theme. Breakfast is served here each morning, while a simple bar menu offers sustenance into the afternoon and evening. After dark, relax with a cocktail or an indulgent glass of champagne.
Best Budget: Hotel Clemens
The Hotel Clemens puts you right in the heart of the action an affordable price. From Hotel Clemens, you can walk to the Anne Frank House in just four minutes. It’s also an easy stroll to the Red Light District, as well as to the city center. This family-run hotel complements its enviable location with a friendly, boutique atmosphere. Though small, each of the 14 guestrooms are clean, comfortable and stylishly decorated, with garden or Raadhuisstraat views. Choose a single, twin, triple or double and enjoy free WiFi, an LCD TV and a rain shower in the ensuite bathroom.
Those with mobility issues should be aware that there is no elevator at Hotel Clemens, and that the stairs are both steep and numerous (a common feature of traditional Amsterdam architecture). However, the affordable room rates include a welcome drink and a generous continental breakfast. The light-filled breakfast room boasts large windows and picturesque molded ceilings; and you can enjoy free tea and coffee throughout the day on the spacious lobby balcony.
Best Boutique: Ambassade Hotel
The 17th-century Ambassade Hotel is surrounded by the historic landmarks and romantic waterways of the Canal District, an area established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the beauty of its architecture. The hotel has 57 rooms spread across 10 original canal houses and it's a favorite bolt-hole for traveling authors and publishers. Its impeccable decor offers a tantalizing blend of antique furniture and lovingly curated modern art.
Whether you choose a spacious Classic Room or a breathtaking canal-view apartment, all rooms include a flat-screen TV, a minibar and Bvlgari bathroom amenities. In the morning, head to the elegant breakfast room for Dutch pancakes and champagne. The Brasserie serves fine French cuisine in the evening, while the Library Bar is adorned with the signed works of more than 4,000 visiting authors. Other amenities include a spa, free WiFi and 24-hour room service.
Best for Families: Hotel Aalders
Hotel Aalders is ideally located within a few minutes’ walk of top Amsterdam attractions, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Vondelpark (perfect for fun, free family outings). Having been owned and run by four generations of Aalders, it has a strong family ethic. There are 32 simple yet stylish rooms, all of which offer good value for the money. Opt for a triple room or a family room with two double beds.
Cots are available upon request, while all rooms include a private bathroom, a TV and free WiFi. A complimentary breakfast ensures that guests of all ages are well fed before exploring the city. To that end, you can rent bicycles from reception. Other highlights include an elevator for little legs, as well as a bar for a quiet evening drink. Although there’s no restaurant, there are plenty of family-friendly options nearby.
Best for Romance: Hotel Estherea
Hotel Estherea’s row of 17th-century buildings overlook the Singel canal, the oldest major canal in Amsterdam. Known for its flamboyant decor, this charismatic boutique is the perfect choice for couples with a penchant for over-the-top romance. Expect floral wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, seductive mahogany paneling and a mesmerizing fish tank in the hotel lobby.
All rooms include a TV, a minibar and luxurious L’Occitane toiletries, but for ultimate romance choose the Rose Suite - a lush pink boudoir with beautiful patio garden views. Spend relaxed moments with your loved one in the library or in the decadent canal-view lounge. Breakfast is served in the dining room, while the 24-hour bar offers hand-crafted cocktails and gourmet international snacks.
Best Luxury: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The six 17th-century palaces that make up the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam overlook the Herengracht canal and put you within walking distance of cultural attractions such as the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. The hotel exudes timeless elegance, with a cool blue and cream palette, a Louis XIV grand staircase and original ceiling paintings. With a personal concierge assigned to each guest, the service here is impeccable.
All rooms and suites offer Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and complimentary WiFi. Choose a suite for sweeping canal views, a luxurious separate living room and authentic period design elements. There are four restaurants and bars, including two Michelin-starred Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam. Guerlain Spa, valet parking and 24-hour room service complete the hotel’s list of five-star amenities.
Best for Nightlife: St. Christopher’s at The Winston
Art hostel St. Christopher’s at The Winston is the perfect choice for those that don’t mind sacrificing luxury to be at the heart of the action. It’s a three-minute walk from Dam Square and is surrounded by the bars of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Start your festivities with afternoon drinks in the outdoor beer garden or at downstairs bar Belushi’s. At the latter, you’ll receive a 25 percent discount on food and 2-for-1 drink specials throughout the day. Later, head next door to famous nightclub and live music venue, The Winston Kingdom. Artist-designed private and shared rooms include free WiFi and a complimentary continental breakfast. And there’s a smoking room for those planning on experiencing Amsterdam’s famous cannabis culture.
Best for Business: Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South
Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South is located in the Zuidas business district, just 10 minutes by car from the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. Take advantage of six on-site meeting rooms, free WiFi and a 24-hour business center. All rooms and suites offer a Sleep Advantage program, with guaranteed wake up calls, quiet zone rooms and premium bedding. Book a Club Room for access to complimentary snacks and tranquil work spaces in the Club Lounge. The restaurant serves fresh international cuisine throughout the day, while Manhattan Lounge Bar invites you to unwind with a glass of wine on the terrace. There’s also a mini-gym and 24-hour in-room dining.
Best B&B: Boutique B&B Kamer01
Located near the Flower Market in the historic Canal District, the building that houses Kamer01 dates back to 1585. Its fascinating past is evident in the original spiral staircase, as well as in the breakfast room’s 18th-century wallpaper. Choose one of four exquisitely decorated rooms and suites, each of which include an iMac and a decadent rain shower. In the morning, experience a five-course champagne breakfast at a silver-laid table overlooking the canal. There’s a rooftop garden, and the welcoming atmosphere created by hosts Peter, Wolter and beagle Tommie is legendary.