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"When you want to relax, ride one of the hotel's free bicycles around the neighborhood, or join a game of basketball in the garden."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Amsterdam Teleport Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"All options have free WiFi, a TV, and a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, and kettle."
Best for Families: Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hostel has a restaurant and bar serving affordable fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a 50% discount for kids."
Best Boutique: Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Some rooms have a balcony or terrace, and a mini-fridge can be provided upon request."
Most Historic: Lloyd Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Lloyd Hotel also has a full-service restaurant, with a breakfast buffet and a la carte options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner."
Best for Business: Motel One Amsterdam – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"All rooms come with a 40” TV, air conditioning, and a granite bathroom with a rain shower."
Most Eco-Friendly: The Tire Station – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Solar panels on the roof provide power, and guests are invited to take part in the comprehensive reuse and recycling program."
Best Hostel: CityHub Amsterdam – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"There are separate bathrooms for men and women, and they’re always kept spotlessly clean."
"After eating your fill, rent a bike and discover what the neighborhood has to offer."
Best Overall: The Student Hotel Amsterdam West
Just a 15-minute tram ride to the city center, The Student Hotel Amsterdam West puts you close to the bars of De Baarsjes in up-and-coming Sloterpark. The hotel's trendy, college-inspired design reflects its clientele, who mingle in the shared lounges, study spaces, and meeting rooms. When you want to relax, ride one of the hotel's free bicycles around the neighborhood, or join a game of basketball in the garden. Inside, there’s a private gym and a game room with ping-pong and pool tables.
When hunger strikes, head to the friendly restaurant and bar, with its global dining menu and sunny terrace. If you’d rather save money on meals, make use of the shared kitchen instead. There’s also a laundromat on site. The most affordable room is the Deluxe, with a double bed, an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and fast WiFi. In addition, this hotel offers semester packages (ideal for exchange students) and short-stay packages ranging from two weeks to a year (perfect for contractors).
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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Amsterdam Teleport Hotel
Also located 15 minutes west of the city center in between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal, Amsterdam Teleport Hotel is a hybrid blend of hotel and hostel. Its walls feature the work of some of the city’s finest street artists, while studios come with a choice of layouts to suit singles, friends, and couples. All options have free WiFi, a TV, and a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, and kettle. Bathrooms are private, although some are external rather than en-suite. If you end up with more room in the budget than expected, consider upgrading to the Formula 1 or Game Bunker studios (both equipped with a PlayStation 4).
Breakfast is available for €14.50 per person and there’s a laundromat on site. You can rent a bike and join the complimentary daily cycle tour of Amsterdam’s coolest alternative areas, or stay home and make new friends in the quirky urban beach area out front. Expect real sand and tiki-style huts. If you don’t feel like eating out, order a pizza from the hotel kitchen.
Best for Families: Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark
Stayokay Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark may be a hostel, but it goes out of its way to welcome families. The first highlight is its unique location in the middle of the city’s largest park, giving kids plenty of room to let off steam. It’s also a 10-minute walk from city center attractions like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Embark on the daily free walking tour, or rent a bike and explore on your own. The friendly staff can arrange tickets for Amsterdam’s top attractions.
The hostel has a restaurant and bar that serves affordable fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a 50% discount on meals for kids. Choose a private room with space for two, four, or six people. Each one has an en-suite bathroom and free WiFi—although you’ll have to make your own bed and pay extra for towels. Children aged 2 and under stay for free. A laundromat comes in handy for parents of constantly messy toddlers, while kids’ beds and high chairs are available upon request.
Best Boutique: Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia
Hotel The Neighbour’s Magnolia, also located a short walk from Vondelpark and the museum district, is an independently-owned, boutique hotel perfect for those that want a little more luxury at an affordable rate. All 21 rooms are decorated in soft pastel colors and have an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and free WiFi. Some spaces have a balcony or terrace, and a mini-fridge can be provided upon request. Single, twin, double, and triple layouts cater to every kind of traveler.
Breakfast is available for an additional fee and comprises a generous continental buffet complete with fresh croissants and bread rolls, ham, cheese, hardboiled eggs, and more. Opt for breakfast in bed, or get to know your fellow guests by dining in the LivingRoom. This shared social space features a large kitchen table, an international library, a computer for checking emails, and the HonestyBar serving drinks and snacks. Essentially, it’s designed to feel just like home. Other useful amenities include a laundry service and luggage storage, and bicycle rentals for exploring the rest of the city.
Most Historic: Lloyd Hotel
Set on the banks of the IJ River in East Amsterdam, Lloyd Hotel is easily reachable via a 15-minute tram ride from Amsterdam Centraal station. It stands out with a beautiful brown-brick façade and the history that goes along with the hotel. The building was first opened in 1921 as a hotel for emigrants on their way to South America. During the Second World War, Lloyd Hotel served first as a refugee camp for Jews, then as a German detention center. Later, it would be transformed into a prison, an artists’ studio, and eventually back into a hotel.
Today, the hotel offers a choice of 117 uniquely-decorated accommodations that range from 1-star rooms to 5-star suites. Budget twin rooms feature a shared bathroom, free WiFi, a TV, and comfortable Auping beds. Economy double rooms have their own en-suite bathroom. Lloyd Hotel also has a full-service restaurant, with buffet and a la carte options for breakfast, and a la carte menus for lunch and dinner. Ingredients are mostly local and organic.
Best for Business: Motel One Amsterdam
For corporate travelers, Motel One Amsterdam is ideally located in the Zuidas business district, a seven-minute walk from RAI Amsterdam convention center, and a 10-minute drive from Schiphol Airport. Featuring a bright, contemporary aesthetic inspired by classic Dutch motifs including tulips, bicycles, and windmills, the motel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor for service and cleanliness. Get your day off to the most productive start possible with the healthy breakfast buffet, showcasing organic food and fair trade coffee.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Head to One Lounge to network with your colleagues or to answer emails at the comfortable workbench. Drinks and snacks are also available for purchase here. All rooms come with a 40” TV, air conditioning, and a granite bathroom with a rain shower. Best of all, the desk is fully mobile and equipped with USB charging points. Other useful facilities include a 24-hour reception and secure underground parking. In your spare time, affordable bicycle rentals give you the opportunity to get out and explore the city.
Most Eco-Friendly: The Tire Station
For those that like to travel sustainably, The Tire Station is an excellent choice. Located close to Vondelpark in a neighborhood brimming with restaurants, bars, and public transport options, this former tire and auto repair shop is now a stylish eco-hotel. Power is provided by the solar panels on the roof, and guests are invited to take part in the hotel’s comprehensive reuse and recycling program. All of the food and drink available on-site is organic, whether you eat at Restaurant Moer or pink-tiled café Sticky Fingers.
The restaurant offers an unlimited breakfast buffet for €16 per person, a free daily wine hour, and three-course dinners for just €30 per person. Bikes are available for rent, allowing you to reach the center within 15 minutes. Choose from an array of double, twin, and triple rooms. All of them have comfortable Auping beds, free high-speed WiFi, and satellite TV. If you’re staying longer, use the cork wall to personalize the space with pictures and postcards. The hotel also offers indoor parking.
Best Hostel: CityHub Amsterdam
Of the several hostels on this list, CityHub Amsterdam is the top-rated on TripAdvisor, standing out with a great location in between trendy De Baarsjes and the city center, as well as a unique tech-forward design. Accommodation is provided by private hubs, each with its own mood lighting and built-in Bluetooth speakers. Although not for the claustrophobic, each hub has ventilation and air conditioning, as well as USB plugs and WiFi. One hub can accommodate two people (a couple, or very close friends).
Towels and toiletries are included, and you’ll even get your own kimono for walking to the communal showers. The separate bathrooms for men and women are always kept spotlessly clean. Ask the 24-hour city hosts about the best things to see and do in the local area (including places to eat, since there’s no restaurant on-site). You can help yourself to drinks at the self-service bar in the Hangout, a social space for travelers to meet and swap tales of their latest city adventures.
Best B&B: La Corte Sconta B&B
Although more expensive than the other hotels on this list, Italian-owned La Corte Sconta is one of Amsterdam’s most affordable picks for B&B fans. It’s also one of the city’s most unique accommodation options, being located within a floating house on the IJ River. The waterfront location is both scenic and peaceful, yet conveniently accessed via a 12-minute tram ride from Amsterdam Centraal. TripAdvisor reviewers praise the owners for their friendliness and local knowledge.
The homemade, European-style breakfast with excellent coffee is a particular highlight. After eating your fill, rent a bike, and discover what the neighborhood has to offer. There are three rooms to choose from, each with a brightly-colored theme. WiFi is provided, and rooms have either a flat-screen TV or a computer. All rooms share a bathroom with a tub and shower, making the B&B especially well-suited to families or groups of friends. Nevertheless, couples claim that it is good for a romantic stay as well.