The Top Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's scenic, tree-lined canals and 17th century architecture lend themselves to a sort of quiet, sophisticated luxury — and these nine choice properties don't disappoint. Choose from restored canal palaces, 15th-century convents, and even the hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their 1969 Bed-In protest. 

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Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam

Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam 
Address
Herengracht 542-556, 1017 CG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 718 4600
Luxury Hotels
4.7

​It’s hard to overstate the elegance of the Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam, a 93-room property made from six 17th-century palaces along the ritzy Herengracht Canal. Step just inside the lobby to see an original carved wooden staircase by French architect Daniel Morot, the only functional one of its kind in Amsterdam. Look down at your feet to admire the gleaming marble lobby floor — a serious sign of wealth when the original owners were building their estates. And peek inside the Maurer Room, just off the lobby bar, a private event space set up as it would have been for a Rococco-era dinner party. The integration of history continues to guest rooms, where décor tends toward lapis and ochre (a nod to Dutch artist Vermeer) and turndown service includes a spritz from one of four fragrances by Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest, still operating candle and perfume purveyor. If you can’t afford to bed down at the hotel, consider visiting one of the on-site restaurants or bars. Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam nabbed two Michelin stars just seven months after opening in 2014, a practically unheard-of accomplishment. Although it’s perpetually packed, Executive Chef Sidney Schutte also oversees the hotel’s more casual restaurant, Goldfinch Brasserie — book a table there if you can’t snag a seat at the Michelin darling.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam at the Professor Tulpplein from the Torontobrug.
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Address
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 EX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 555 3111
Historic Hotels
4.7

The Sofitel Legend is located in the oldest part of the city and has a historic history to match. Its monumental buildings between two canals have served as a 15th-century convent, the headquarters of the Dutch Admiralty in the Golden Age, the Town Hall and even the site of the current Queen Beatrix's wedding reception in 1966. It's also the address of the Michelin starred seafood restaurant Bridges.

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InterContinental Amstel

Intercontinental Amstel, Amsterdam
Tobias Niepel / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Address
Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 622 6060
Luxury Hotels
4.4

The traditionally furnished 79 rooms and suites of this waterside hotel epitomize grand European elegance. Guests enjoy a unique, idyllic location — a private square along the Amstel River that is at once central and quiet. The hotel's main restaurant, La Rive, is another one of the 14 Michelin-starred kitchens in Amsterdam.

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Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer
Hotel Pulitzer
Address
Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 523 5235

Arguably Amsterdam's most unique luxury accommodations, Hotel Pulitzer's 230 guest rooms occupy 25 restored 17th- and 18th-century canal houses between the picturesque Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals.

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Hotel de l'Europe

Hotel De L'Europe room
Hotel De L'Europe
Address
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 531 1777
Luxury Hotels
4.5

Once a gift from beer magnate Freddy Heineken to his wife, Hotel de l'Europe is now owned by his daughter. Luxury furnishings include Dutch-master paintings in the lobby. Overlooking the Amstel River at the Muntplein, the hotel is in the center of one of the busiest areas of Amsterdam.

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NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky room
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Address
Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 554 9111

Situated on busy Dam Square, the Krasnapolsky is indeed grand, with more than 450 rooms and 36 apartments. The hotel's décor is simpler and more understated than that of the ornate Amstel Intercontinental or Hotel de l'Europe. The spectacular Winter Garden is popular with guests and visitors for its breakfast in a lush setting.

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Hotel Okura

Hotel Okura Amsterdam
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Address
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 678 7111
Luxury Hotels
4.5

This high-rise property in southern Amsterdam caters to business travelers and those seeking luxury in a quieter section of the city. Expect tastefully modern rooms and world-class dining, as the hotel boasts three of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants. Yamazato serves traditional Japanese fare, while Sazanka does Japanese teppanyaki dishes; Ciel Bleu offers French-inspired cuisine on the 23rd floor.

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Amsterdam Hilton

Amsterdam Hilton
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Address
Apollolaan 138, 1077 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 710 6000

The boxy building from the '60s was home to the famous "bed-in" of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969. You can even rent the room for just €1,400 a night. Located on a quiet canal in Amsterdam's Old South neighborhood, the hotel is walking distance to favorite shopping and dining spots of local residents.

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Bilderberg Garden Hotel

Bilderberg Garden Hotel
Bilderberg Garden Hotel
Address
Dijsselhofplantsoen 7, 1077 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone
+31 20 570 5600

Just a stone's throw from the Amsterdam Hilton, this property is equally as nondescript on the exterior. But excellent service and elegantly modern rooms keep the small hotel in residential Old South Amsterdam on the five-star list.

Edited by Kristen de Joseph.

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