Crammed with plenty of Old Dutch charm, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Set around a 17th-century network of canals, it boasts a wealth of fine art museums, a buzzing bar and dining scene, and a famously liberal, welcoming culture. It also has some of the finest boutique hotels in the Netherlands. Check out our top ten favourites.
When visiting Amsterdam, opt for small hotels in unique settings, like Hoxton hotel, set in a former mayoral house
Hidden behind the smart frontage of two 17th-century merchant’s houses, the charming Canal House overlooks the Keizergracht Canal in the city’s buzzy Jordaan district. It has 23 stylish rooms, all with a mid-century modern decor and a contemporary palette of charcoal, plum and creams. There’s a trendy bar on-site, plus a large private garden for guests use only.
Close to: Anne Frank House
Canal House gives you the ultimate Amsterdam experience, by sleeping surrounded by 17th-century architecture and decor
Also housed in a brace of old merchant’s houses, The Toren is a stylish and rather exuberant nod to Old Amsterdam. A family-run hotel, it has surprisingly spacious rooms and plenty of original features, including painted ceilings and ornate wainscoting. While there’s no restaurant in the hotel, the cosy, authentically furnished bar also serves local craft beers, wine and a range of top-notch bar snacks.
Close to: Anne Frank House
Rooms at the Toren stand out because of their opulence
For something a little more style-led, head to this former office block-turned-boutique hotel moments from Dam Square. The spacious, yet minimalist rooms all have a mid-century modern feel, think mustard wall coverings and retro leather chairs. Downstairs is a stylish lobby bar and a modern restaurant, which is popular with the local cool crowd.
Close to: Dam Square
Hotel V Nesplein combines minimalist design with maximum comfort
Decorated in a swathe of wood-panelled walls, antique furnishings and modern art, this five-star boutique hotel overlooks the Keizergracht Canal. Plush, design-led rooms feature modern art and vintage furniture, some overlook a private courtyard. Downstairs is the acclaimed and Michelin-starred Vinkeles restaurant. Guests also have use of the house canal boat for dinner or drinks while cruising the waterways.
Close to: The Houseboat Museum
The Dylan is known as one of the most stylish and intimate hotels in the city
Seven Bridges Hotel, Canal District
Set in a 300-year-old canal house, this tiny boutique hotel in the canal district is furnished with the owner’s private collection of antiques. You’ll find a mix of rare pieces, from a Louis XVI side table to highly covetable Art Deco floor lamps. As the name suggests, the hotel far-reaching views over seven bridges. There’s no bar or restaurant, but a light breakfast is served in the guestrooms.
Close to: Foam Photography Museum
One of London’s favourite hotel names is finally in the ‘Dam – and it occupies a former Mayor’s home. Overlooking the Herengracht canal, this stylish property brings the Hoxton‘s trademark plush decor and trendy features to one of Europe’s coolest cities. Rooms have canal views and original beams, plus grand chandeliers, Art Deco style mirrors and modern parquet flooring. The trendy Lotti’s restaurant and a cool house bar are open all day long.
Close to: Amsterdam Museum
Rooms at the Hoxton have canal views and original beams, plus grand chandeliers
Situated a short stroll from Vondelpark, this swish boutique hotel is spread across seven 18th-century townhouses. Inside the Dutch modern style dominates the 83 rooms, which are awash with contemporary art. Joost, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, is named after the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel and serves modern local dishes and classic cocktails.
Close to: Vondelpark
Hotel Vondel’s interior is awash with contemporary art
Once a 17th-century sugar trader’s residence, this petite boutique hotel is bursting with old-style Dutch charm. The nine individually styled bedrooms are named after classic authors and composers. Hunker down with a glass of wine in front of roaring log fires in winter, or enjoy breakfast served on the patio in during the summer months.
Close to: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam Theatre
Hotel Seven One Seven is bursting with old-syle Dutch charm
This waterfront boutique hotel is a little way out of town, but still just a 10-minute drive from Dam Square. Housed in a 17th-century vicar’s house, it has just four suites, but all are spacious and have views over the water. Guests are free to swim in the lake, dine in the charming conservatory restaurant or hunker down in the lounge with a drink from the honesty bar.
Close to: Het Havenrak Lake
Housed in a 17th-century vicar’s house, Inn on the Lake is brimming with old-fashioned charm
This former tram depot has been fully modernised and turned into a hip boutique hotel in the up-and-coming Oud-West district. The sleek rooms all have Dutch designer touches, while Remise47, the hotel’s popular modern restaurant, features high ceilings, huge oversized doors and an attractive open terrace.
Close to: Foodhallen indoor food market
Hotel de Hallen’s rooms are sleek with Dutch designer touches