A few years ago, you wouldn't have found me recommending hotels in Amsterdam to anybody planning a visit because they can be greatly overpriced, small and limited in choice compared to the wealth of Airbnb and self-catering apartments available. However, times have changed and not only have hotels in Amsterdam - for any budget - upped their game becoming more appealing, more competitive and more value for money, but the laws on Airbnb rentals have changed meaning those renting out their apartments can only do so for a certain number of days each year and so rental prices have gone up and there's just not as much choice. This has also prompted me to start making regular hotel recommendations to readers, friends and family. So with that in mind here is a list of what I think are the best hotels in Amsterdam - for all budgets!
The Best Hotels in Amsterdam for All Budgets
Before we go any further, here are some links to other useful Amsterdam travel advice posts you may want to read before you arrive (don't worry they'll open in a new window so you can also keep this post open for booking your hotel):
Now back to sorting out some fabulous accommodation for your Amsterdam visit... As someone who loves the luxury of staying in a hotel - any hotel (as long as it's clean!) - I've had quite a bit of fun over the years staying in a few of these hotels on mini staycations, but I've also asked for some help from other travel bloggers with experience staying in these hotels. And feel free to add any hotels you loved in Amsterdam in the comments if I've missed them here.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has lots of great luxury hotels that can cater to most tastes and styles. Some of the hotels below are among the best in Amsterdam and are really worth splashing out on if you want to make your visit something special, a little bit romantic, or just a few nights of extremely good sleep!
The InterContinental Amstel Hotel is arguably the city's premier hotel. Historic, regal and very traditional both inside and out, staying at the Amstel is a bit like going back in time. I've long wanted to know what it's like inside the Amstel Hotel seeing as I cycle past it almost every day to and from work. When we did finally stay there there was unfortunately a lot of work going on so scaffolding blocked our views out and somewhat dampened the experience but I cannot fault the hotel for its service, its stunningly refurbish interiors that made me want to be wearing a long floaty dress, and for a very comfortable stay including lots of fun in the swimming pool with our young son. The room was also very big by Amsterdam standards (the bathroom was bigger than most hotel rooms in this city!) and we all slept very well, which really should be the basic measure of a good hotel, I think!
Ambassade Hotel is another hotel that makes you feel you've stepped back in time, such is the decor, the slightly wonky floors of the mansion house, and the old school excellent service you can enjoy. We stayed there for my partner's birthday a few years ago - it was our first night away from our son! - and we enjoyed a delicious meal in their Brasserie restaurant too as we looked out over the canals and a display from the Amsterdam Light Festival which was on at the time (December & January). You can't beat Ambassade Hotel's location in the city and this is definitely a place to stay if you have the budget and want to enjoy a bit of luxury in a real Amsterdam canal house.
One of Amsterdam's priciest hotels, Conservatorium Hotel, is quite different from Amstel and Ambassade, in that it has a much more modern feel although it's still occupying an old building. Originally a music conservatorium for students (hence the name) a grand refurbishment and conversion project was completed five years ago and it's been a hotel ever since. We stayed there very recently for my birthday and while I loved the room we had which was vast and spread over two floors, giving us a view out over the lobby and restaurant, I have to say the service was nowhere as good as the Ambassade or Amstel's. They too have a swimming pool but only certain times when children can use it and even then we were told to keep our two-year-old's squeals of delight "quiet". It's a lovely hotel, but maybe not as a family-friendly or as focused on customer service as Ambassade, Amstel or the next in my list, Waldorf Astoria.
While we've not stayed at the Waldorf Astoria (yet! I'm saving up!) we've used the spa several times (easily the best massage I've had in Amsterdam) and have had a few lunches in their lounge. The service is always exceptional and of course this is a brand that does luxury VERY WELL, so you can expect a real treat staying there. The location is perfect for exploring the city and is close to one of my favourite streets Utrechtsestraat. I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't think you'll find a better hotel for your stay in Amsterdam... but yes, the price does reflect this! Here's what fellow blogger Amanda from Toddling Traveler had to say about her stay there (the lucky duck!):
"Located just off the Herengracht Canal, The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam can be easily missed as it blends in perfectly with its beautiful surroundings. This luxury hotel is in one of the most central and historical affluent areas of Amsterdam, having originated from several mansion homes that date back to the 17th century. From the moment you book a room at the Waldorf Astoria, you’re assigned a personal concierge to help with everything you need before and during your stay. While the location and exterior of the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam speaks for itself, the interior of the hotel is stunning, boasting many original features from the converted mansions the hotel originated from. The rooms themselves are spacious, bright and clean, complete with beautiful views of the canal. The on-site amenities are also plentiful, including the Guerlain spa, a two-star Michelin restaurant and the Vault bar, which serves the most creative cocktails in a unique setting. For the full Amsterdam experience, be sure to also complete any stay at the Waldorf Astoria by seeing the city by bike with one of many bicycles offered by the hotel for free."
Famous for being a filming location for Ocean's Twelve, Pulitzer Amsterdam is a popular choice with visitors to Amsterdam and I can see why. It's part design hotel, part cosy place to stay (in the 9 Streets area of Amsterdam which is perfectly cute and quaint to wander around - just watch out for those cyclists tearing down the road!) and I particularly like the bar there which is always full of atmosphere and perfect for an end of the day tipple. My friends have stayed here and while they say the rooms are small - and it can feel like wandering around a maze trying to get to your hotel room - it's a very comfortable and value-for-money hotel.... plus you may get to sleep in the same bed as George Clooney or Brad Pitt... ish.
Andaz Amsterdam on Prinsengracht is one of Amsterdam's premier design hotels but its service and reputation made me put it in this luxury hotels section. While I've only been for cocktails in Andaz I have it on good authority (my mate stayed there) that the good service and stylish interiors translate through to the rooms. Where the Pulitzer is cosy and traditional, Andaz is modern and slick, a definite hotel to consider for a luxurious, stylish stay in Amsterdam.
Grand Hotel Amrath is where a few of my friends have stayed and recalled a great experience worthy of the price tag and excellent base close to Centraal Station. Savannah from Savviscouts also said it was a very typical five-star hotel with a perfect location in Amsterdam. She stayed in a spacious corner room and saved some money by taking advantage of an open mini-bar! Definitely something worth considering if you like little treats like that!
Depending who you talk to, The Toren is either described as a boutique hotel or a luxury hotel but I think we're splitting hairs here. Either way it's a fancy-pants hotel in Amsterdam that I haven't heard a bad thing about. Several reviews of The Toren refer to it being a very romantic spot so definitely bear this in mind if you're making your trip to Amsterdam a special one... in other words, this may not be the best place for a young family to stay, unless you like getting lots of evil looks from fellow guests.
The W Amsterdam is a relatively new hotel and for that reason I'm afraid I don't know much about it. I have, however, stayed in W hotels in other places and really like the brand. It's fresh, stylish and luxury-focused without being stuffy or overbearing. Several of my good friends have enjoyed lovely meals in the W and a special mention is nearly always made for the cocktails and the rooftop views. I hope to get to check it out soon!
Hotel Okura is one of the closest hotels to where we live in De Pijp and again we've used the spa and pool a few times, and also enjoyed drinks and a meal there. It's a Japanese-brand and is home to a Michelin-star sushi restaurant (which I personally didn't love as much as I thought I would though it was still very good) so if you like Japanese food this is one to consider. From photos I've seen the rooms' interiors are a little dated and err... gold. (They look a bit like what I imagine a Trump hotel to look like which isn't really a compliment, I suppose!). However, the service is really good and if you want to be based a bit further out of town and want to explore my neighbourhood of De Pijp (because it's cool, not because I live there!) then this is a good choice.
The Dylan Hotel is another hotel that could be put in the boutique category, but that doesn't take away from its big charm according to my blogging friend Katie. In her review of The Dylan she refers to the "hidden gem" appeal of The Dylan and it is a bit blink and you'll miss it. If you like to feel more hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam (which is more bike bells and canal boat engines) than rush hour madness, The Dylan should be on your list.
Banks Mansion is another best kept secret boutique hotel of Amsterdam's luxury hotels. Fellow travel blogger Sami stayed at the Banks Mansion in spring 2018 and fell in love with the great service, art-deco design, it's all-inclusive tagline (drinks, fruit and chocolates included!) and yes, a great location for exploring the city. Thanks Sami for putting this hotel on my radar!
Design, Themed and Conscious Hotels in Amsterdam
While I love me some luxury hotels, I think my heart is really drawn to design hotels, especially those with a story and a commitment to sustainability. Below is a list of design hotels, hotels with a theme or certain story, and also a couple of eco-friendly conscious hotels. All are reasonably priced and are in great locations depending on which part of Amsterdam you want to be based in.
Sir Albert was the first in the Sir Hotels chain and it's named after the Albert of Albert Cuyp Market which is just down the road from where this hotel is located in De Pijp. (Another Sir Hotel is featured in the list below and the third is Sir Nikolai in Hamburg). So the location is good, the name is kind of cool, and yes, the rest of the hotel has a bit of character too. Rooms aren't huge (around 20sqm) but there more spacious than many other hotel rooms in Amsterdam and you can't fault the location for exploring De Pijp and Museumplein (Museum Square).
The Tire Station is another recent addition to the Amsterdam hotel scene (if indeed there is such a scene!) and it's well worth considering. Part of the Conscious Hotels brand, it prides itself on being eco-friendly, sustainable and only serving up organic food from sustainable sources. The location is at the far end of Vondelpark close to the western suburbs of Amsterdam which is not a bad place to be in at all although you'll have to take a tram or a 15 minute walk to the centre or other parts of the city, which is not a terrible thing as there's plenty to see on the way.
Over in Amsterdam Oost, the Volks Hotel is a relatively new and fun design hotel with rooms decorated according to different themes. It prides itself as being "a place for everyone" and also has a funky cocktail bar, a popular restaurant for brunches, lunches and dinners, as well as a designated work area for those glued to their MacBooks. Prices vary quite a lot depending on which room you stay in but it's good to know you can stay in a place as cool as this for under 70 Euros if you book in advance. Here's what travel blogger Clemens from Travel Archives had to say about his stay in the Volks:
"We are in love with special hotels that have an absolute unique touch to them. Volkshotel in Amsterdam is one of them. Located in an old newspaper building, it keeps up the good old journalism vibes. The rooms are nicely designs without having too many things that one simply doesn’t need. The minimalistic concrete design fits to one or two plants you find in the room and the rather less colourful lines in bed.
Above all, the hotel has a very unique feel, which works from the logo through documents such as menus or check-in papers to the design of shampoo and shower gel in the bathroom. This is the kind of uniqueness we like! Located in Oud-Oost, a little off-the-centre of Amsterdam, it’s still close to everything you want to see in the Dutch capital. There is a tram stop located right next to the hotel, but you can always just rent a bike and do it like the Dutchies do it and go by fiets, well, bicycle. And if you won’t make it into town, you can always jump into the Jacuzzi on the rooftop of the hotel, join on of their yoga classes right next to them or have a looooong night in their very own club."
Close to the museums and De Pijp area, The College Hotel is in a great spot and is housed in a lovely old building. It's also got a bit of a quirky story because it's staff-ed and managed by hospitality students learning their trade on the job. (This will explain why everyone looks about 18!) We stayed there four years ago and weren't really impressed but my mother-in-law always stays there now and really, really likes the service, the comfort of the rooms and the breakfast.
Sir Adam is Sir Albert's younger brother and it can be found in one of the coolest new buildings in the city, the A'DAM Toren (A'DAM Tower) in Amsterdam Noord which is home to bars, restaurants, nightclub and art exhibits. (It's also where you can have a go on that crazy swing thing you may have seen photos of.) I don't know much about the hotel because it's so new and nobody I know has stayed there but if it's like Sir Albert it will make for a cool and stylish stay and some fantastic views across Amsterdam if the photos are to be believed.
Crane Hotel Faralda is possibly the most unusual hotel in Amsterdam because it's a hotel in an old shipping freight crane, again located in Amsterdam Noord. I'd love to say that I know what it's like to stay here but sadly I don't, but I know it's a great spot and a definite place worth considering if you want to make your stay in Amsterdam extra special. I mean, how many other crane hotels do you know about?
Lloyd Hotel is another hotel to add to the "weird hotels in Amsterdam" list as it's housed in a former docklands warehouse - albeit an undeniably beautiful one - and it prides itself on being a 1-5 star hotel, meaning it caters for all budgets, styles, tastes and preferences. We've not yet checked it out (or checked in!) but we hear good things about this relaxed place and it's a great place to stay for a second or third visit to Amsterdam as you're perfectly situated to go and explore the city's up-and-coming Eastern Docklands and more overlooked areas.
There are a few Hotel Vs dotted around Amsterdam and there well worth considering for a stylish and slick stay in the city. The most centrally located Hotel V Nesplein is close to the Red Light District and Dam Square, and its price reflects that. The slightly cheaper Hotel V Frederiksplein and Hotel V Fitzeaustraat are further away from the centre (near De Pijp and Oost respectively) and are for a quieter, calmer stay with just as much focus to design. Think mid-century design with muted 70s colour and cool residents to match.
Not the only hotel with a London name (there is also a Hotel Notting Hill which is also a lovely hotel but I find the rooms a bit small for the price you pay!) The Hoxton is indeed the Dutch brother or sister of the London based brand of hotels. If you know the brand you'll know it prides itself on being a bit cool, a bit hipster and a bit of a place to see and be seen, and that's exactly what The Hoxton in Amsterdam is like. For all this potential pretentiousness, I have to say that The Hoxton is still a fairly relaxed place to stay and does offer surprising value for money considering its location and comfort level. It's also home to one of our favourite bars to drink in if we're in the city and a bit thirsty!
Another Amsterdam Oost favourite - with a lovely location in newly landscaped Oosterpark - Hotel Arena occupies a former orphanage but that's where the sad side of the hotel ends as this beautiful building from the turn of the 20th century has been lovingly converted with stained glass windows and marble interiors carefully preserved.
The Best Mid-range Priced Hotels in Amsterdam
It was hard to gather these hotels in a group as some are still as flashy or cool as a design hotel, others still have some decent sustainability commitments, and some are actually more like hostels than hotels, but all are around the same price (75 - 120 Euros) depending on what kind of room you stay in so I bundled them all together with this not very sexy title of being "mid-range".
There are two Citizen M hotels in Amsterdam. One at Schiphol Airport and one in Amsterdam Zuid (South) area of the city. The latter is obviously better situated for exploring the city (but if you needed an affordable and comfortable place to stay for an early flight from Schiphol now you know!). The Citizen M brand prides itself on being "affordable luxury" and they promise free WiFi, king-size beds and stylish interiors as standard. The affordable part comes into play when you realise that the rooms are quite small and are really best suited for solo travellers or couples who don't mind living on top of each other.
There are also two Student Hotels in Amsterdam but I would strongly recommend staying in the one of Wibautstraat as it's a better, more accessible location than the one out in Amsterdam West (though this one is much more affordable). The Student Hotel Amsterdam City offers a bit more space than the Citizen M and is in arguably a better location in Amsterdam Oost (it's close to De Pijp area and walking distance from the east side of the city centre). The concept behind The Student Hotel is that it's a place for students to live during term time, but there are also a certain number of hotel rooms available to visitors. Guests can then enjoy some of the benefits students have - free bike hire, free WiFi and an affordable canteen style restaurant to get meals and drinks.
The Novotel is a very comfortable and business-focused hotel located up near the RAI convention centre in the south of the city. It's close to Schiphol airport but is a short walk from train and tram connections into the city. If you're not afraid of a little public transport in and out of the city centre, this is a great value hotel that provides a lot of space and comfort.
Quite close to the Novotel, is Motel One which is definitely more hotel than motel, by the way. My brother stayed here when visiting us with his then three-year-old son and they spoke very highly of the service and value for money they experienced. They also have bikes to hire but I'm not sure of the price, but staying in Motel One means your a few minutes walk from a tram and train stop, but walking to the Museum Square, Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam Oost and De Pijp neighbourhoods is very doable.
You may have noticed a theme with this range of hotels that they're all a bit further out of the city centre. Not necessarily as the NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter is (as the name suggests) located very close to the main museums of Amsterdam (like Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum). Again it's well located for wandering around De Pijp. I don't know much about this brand of hotel but I cycle pass it regularly and it always seems very smart and
Sister hotels to The Tire Station mentioned above the Consicous Hotel Vondelpark and Conscious Hotel Museum Square are great options if you're looking for an affordable hotel with eco-credentials. One is located directly nextdoor to Tire Station while Museum Square is closer to the museums and the Old South area of Amsterdam. Both have good connections to trams and public transport taking you in or out of the city to the airport.
Fellow blogger Roxanna reached out to me to tell me about Owl Hotel, near Vondelpark. "Owl Hotel on Roemer Visscherstraat, is located in a quiet residential area, yet it is only a 5 minute walk to numerous attractions, including Museumplein, Vondelpark, the Hooftstraat shopping district, and Leidseplein. The staff was friendly, efficient, and fluent in several languages. Rooms are relatively small, but comfortable, and they are both quiet and impeccably clean. The hotel has common seating areas both indoors and on the garden-like patio. Full continental breakfast is included with all rooms, and is served in a cheery, sunlit room."
I nearly only included Hotel Not Hotel in this list because I find the name kind of cool, but it's actually mostly just helping me out because it's a decent mid-range hotel in Amsterdam West, an area I definitely recommend you explore even if you don't stay there. Prices can vary depending on when you want to stay there but if you pick the right dates you can stay in this quirky, design-conscious hotel for under 100 Euros.
The Best Budget Hotels in Amsterdam
Taking the price tag a bit lower still, these budget hotels in Amsterdam are not just value for money but they still have a bit of personality too. And they're all in great locations to so you can do most of your exploring on two feet... or two wheels if you're feeling brave! The price of these hotels should be around 40 - 90 Euros but this could vary considerably seasonally.
Priding itself as the World's First Video Game hotel, the Arcade Hotel is a recently refurbished cheap and cheerful hotel that is slap-bang in the middle of De Pijp. You can definitely expect a few groups of lads and lasses on their holidays staying here so don't be expecting the most intimate and romantic of stays here but if you're looking for a budget hotel with a quirky theme (and if you happen to like video games) then you should check it out or check in.
Also in De Pijp, the EasyHotel is part of that overbearing orange brand that has made many elements of travel more accessible and affordable. The rooms look basic but comfortable and clean, and while the location is a little close to a tram line for my liking, you can't argue with how close you are to the museums and rest of the city via tram links and the soon to be opened North-South Metro line.
Forgive me for listing so many De Pijp hotels in this post but these are the ones I know best, and I've always seen people hanging out inside the Bicycle Hotel with a not too disgruntled look on their faces, so I figured it can't be too bad. Located on a quiet-ish side street in the centre of De Pijp, where better to stay in Amsterdam than a hotel named after bikes! Yes, you can rent bikes here and yes, you can expect a more cosy, personal and intimate stay here than in some of the bigger names and chains of hotels.
Fellow travel blogger Alex of Destinavo alerted me to the quirky appeal of Amstel Botel, which allows you to spend the night on a boat very close to the city centre. This is his review:
"If you’re looking for an unusual hotel experience in Amsterdam, I can recommend staying at Amstel Botel. Not only will you be staying at a boat, but it will also be cheaper than most other central hotels in the Dutch capital. Amstel Botel is located about 5 minutes from the central station by boat. The central station is just across the river and the boat departs frequently, like every 10 minutes or so for most times of the day and it’s free. From the central station you can walk to many sightseeing spots, and you can get a bus or train to almost any place in the city.
The rooms are basically boat cabins, so don’t expect luxury. But for the money spent it’s good value. Rates starts from 39 Euro per night for 2 persons. The staff were also friendly and helpful with information about sightseeing as well as time table for the free boat that takes you across the river.
It was also a good base for visiting Zaanse Schans since there’s a direct bus, just 10 minutes walk from the Botel. It’s also very easy to get here from the Airport since it’s so close to the central station in Amsterdam. You just take the train from the Airport, and then go to the pier and hop on the free boat, and then you’ll be at Amstel Botel in just about five minutes."
Now the Meininger Hotel is a brand I know well having stayed in their hotel in Hamburg (and was very pleasantly surprised at the value for money and comfort level) so I would hope that the Meininger Hotels in Amsterdam are up to that standard. The one minor downside is that both Meininger Hotel Amstel and Meininger Hotel City West are on the outskirts of central Amsterdam (the former being to the southeast of the city). But don't let that put you off. Both are close to trams, buses and even Metro trains to get you around, or you can be brave and hire a bike to get you in and out of town. Meininger also has some dorms so is a part hostel-part hotel.
The Best Hostels in Amsterdam
I'm no expert in hostels (at all!) so forgive me if my assessments of these places are all second hand. You wouldn't want me to review a hostel, believe me. I'd be complaining about where the chocolate on my pillow was and why there wasn't a turndown service (I'm joking... kinda). However, I know very well that hostels are the perfect base for young and/or solo travellers, as well as also being able to accommodate groups of people easily. And they're cheap, which in a city like Amsterdam which isn't the world's most budget-friendly, that can only be a good thing. These are the hostels in Amsterdam that friends, family, readers, bloggers and even strangers have spoken highly about to me!
One of the first hostels I heard about thanks to my good friend Kash the Budget Traveller, Cocomama is cosy hostel on outskirts of De Pijp and close to the museums and centre of town. You can walk pretty much everywhere from here. With private rooms, a cute little garden to chill out in, and a very homely feel throughout the interior, Cocomama is not your typical hostel and so I would advise anyone looking for a relaxed and friendly place to stay to try it out.
Ecomama is Coco Mama's sister and as the name suggests there is a bigger emphasis on the brand's eco-friendly credentials in this hostel in central Amsterdam. This is a great base to have if you really want to get to know the Red Light District well and explore the main canal rings, however, you're still in a quiet and calm enough location that it's not going to be a 24-hour party hostel.
A European chain of "design-led hostels", Generator Hostels are found in a number of Western European cities. The Generator Hostel in Amsterdam received a lot of hype when it opened and it certainly looks colourful and eye-catching from the photos I've seen. Travel blogger Christine from And the Story Goes said it is "just a 4 minute tram ride outside of the city center next to Oosterpark. The hostel features amenities you'd find in a hotel, including a cafe, bar, private rooms and helpful staff, which make it a very pleasurable stay." Sounds good to me!
ClinkNOORD is located in a converted warehouse in Amsterdam's up and coming North area, a great place to be for travellers wanting to go off the tourist path. Clink is the name of a couple of hostels in London, UK, run by Irish sisters who are very excited to be bringing their colourful flavour of hostel to continental Europe. This is close to your typical hostel with affordability and socialising at the heart of its ethos but you won't be disappointed by the style or amenities on offer.
If you want a reputable well-established and cheap hostel in a jolly nice location that is close to everything but not on top of it all, StayOkay Vondelpark may be the one for you. I've made no secret of how much I love Vondelpark so to be staying close to it would be very nice, thank you very much. Again, I've not stayed in a StayOkay hostel but I have many friends who have in other cities and they say all good things.
I've included the Flying Pig and Bulldog hostels because they are close to Amsterdam institutions. I ask you not to expect them to be pristine, cosy or even sort of clean, but if you want to be close to the action (and by action I mean, Red Light District) and you plan on spending most of your time frequenting the Dam's nightlife, you should probably check these out. (The reviews actually suggest that the Flying Pig is the smarter and cleaner of the two, just FYI!)
And that's it - the best hotels and hostels in Amsterdam! If you've stayed elsewhere, loved it and would like to add in your recommendation in the comments, please do!
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