Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. Home to some of Europe’s finest art galleries, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, as well as some less conventional attractions, like the Amsterdam Sex Museum. For a more personal experience, why not eschew the big-name hotels and choose a charming, family-run B&B. We pick our top ten favourites.
Both rooms of the Breitner House have the atmosphere of the 1800s with authentic ornaments, big Italian chandeliers and antique furnishings
Housed in the former residence of an acclaimed Dutch artist, this lavish B&B is quite unlike anywhere else in the city. Sumptuous, spacious rooms are crammed with fine antiques and classic oil paintings, and all have a separate drawing room. The gourmet Champagne breakfast served in the dining room will set you up for a tour of the nearby Tropenmuseum.
Best for: Tropenmuseum
Guests of the Breitner House can even make use of their own drawing room
Set in a traditional canal house from 1622, this well-placed B&B on the corner of Herengracht and Keizergracht Canals in Amsterdam’s buzzy, central canal district, is within easy reach of all the main museums. Run by esteemed landlady, Cynthia Mertens, the two spacious guest rooms both have plush, period-style décor, one has a sun deck.
Best for: Foam Photography Museum
The Vanguard has a plush, period-style décor
For something a little more exotic, head to the colourful and charming Barangay B&B, which brings a taste of the Philippines to Amsterdam. Housed in a typical 18th-century canal house, it offers four rooms with a distinct tropical vibe. They come with colourful linens and bamboo hints, and some have a shared terrace. If you’re in the mood for a lazy morning, Barangay also offers a superb – and very large – breakfast in bed.
Best for: Amsterdam Sexmuseum
Breakfast is served right in your room at Barangay B&B
The Weavery, Spiegelkwartier
Set in the historic heart of old Amsterdam, this warm, stylish B&B occupies an old weaver’s house built in the 1670s. The two rooms benefit from plenty of light, plus a swathe of mid-century furnishings, colourful rugs and textiles. Both rooms have small kitchenettes, while the suite, formerly an old store room, has a mezzanine floor. Breakfast is supplied in the room and includes fresh bread delivered each morning.
Best for: Rijksmuseum
Rooms at the Breitner House have luxurious bathrooms with a bath tub and free toiletries
Kamer01, Canal District
This stylish yet homely B&B is set in 16th-century canal house near Centraal Station, so it couldn’t be better located. Each of the elegant rooms has a distinct colour palette and features a mix of modern style pieces and antiques. An organic breakfast with Champagne is served in the morning, and there’s also an honesty bar offering local craft beers and wine.
Best for: Museum of the Canals
Situated down a quiet residential street in the city’s up-and-coming Oud West District, this high-end B&B is moments from Vondelpark. It features a two-bedroom apartment decked out in soft greys and natural woods. There’s also an airy lounge with exposed beams and modern Dutch furnishings, plus a private balcony overlooking the neighbourhood. Breakfast is served in the trendy cafe across the street.
Best for: Vondelpark
B&B Bovien’s two-bedroom apartment is decked out in soft greys and natural woods
Housed in the former brewery buildings, this boozy-sounding B&B is a stylish place to bed down in central Amsterdam. Each of the self-contained suites has its own entrance via the roof terrace, plus a fully equipped kitchenette and a lounge area with pieces by modern Dutch and Belgian designers. The organic breakfasts are served on a long communal table.
Best for: Amsterdam Maritime History Museum
Each studio in Stout & Co. is designed with influences from young Flemish and Dutch designers
Overlooking one of Amsterdam’s prettiest canals, this stylish B&B features three suites, each decorated in understated greys and natural wood, plus a smattering of eclectic artwork. Breakfast is served in the beautiful open-beamed kitchen, which is also open to guests throughout the day. It’s also a 10-minute walk from Museumplein.
Best for: The Heineken Experience
La Remise is a luxurious B&B in a quiet area
Overlooking Prinsengracht Canal, this pretty 1700s canal house has plenty of old Dutch charm. The Posthoorn has three rooms, each with a different vibe. Your minibar comes stocked with complimentary wine and beer – a very welcome touch, thankyou – and a light continental breakfast is served in the room. The location puts you close to some of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, and there’s a host a cosy pubs and quaint shops in the surrounding streets.
Best for: Anne Frank’s House
The rooms at The Posthoorn Amsterdam feature an elegant décor, including comfortable sofas and a flat-screen cable TV
B&B Amsterdam Houseboat, Amsterdam-Oost
As old hands know – and new visitors quickly realise – houseboats are a Big Deal in Amsterdam. Moored out in Amsterdam-Oost, this modern houseboat B&B has plenty of nautical appeal. There is one spacious guest room, plus a pair of bikes to use for easy access into the centre of Amsterdam. A fresh breakfast is delivered to your room every morning; for the full houseboat experience, enjoy it on your private terrace overlooking the canal.
Best for: De Gooyer windmill
Suites at La Remise are decorated in understated greys and natural wood, plus a smattering of eclectic artwork