Amsterdam might have a reputation for partying, but the city isn’t just for adults. Far from it. Holland’s capital is teeming with attractions for children and teenagers, making it a great destination for a family break. Some of the city’s hotels have found their niche in catering for families, too. At the following properties you can count on everything from connecting rooms to kids’ menus.
Luxury hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam has excellent accommodation for families
The Albus, near Rembrandt Square, ticks several boxes for families. The hotel offers two types of family room: the Connecting Family Rooms feature two queen size beds, spread across two rooms, and sleep two adults and two children; the Sweet Family Suite, meanwhile, features a queen size bed and sofa bed, and sleeps two adults and two children under 12. Kids get a welcome pack when they stay in either of these room types, and there are Wii games consoles available to borrow. The Albus also throws in free breakfasts for children.
The Albus throws in free breakfasts for children
This 4-star hotel is just 500 metres from Dam Square, with its restaurants, cafés and street performers. The family rooms here sleep up to four people, but larger broods can book connecting rooms. The hotel looks after children on the food front, too – it lays on a special kids’ breakfast in the mornings. With a tram stop right outside, it’s also a handy base for exploring other parts of the city.
The family rooms at NH City Centre sleep up to four people
Just a 10-minute walk from the Anne Frank House, Hotel Estheréa opens its arms wide to families. Official Family Rooms come with either three or four beds, and when you make a booking for two adults and two children under 12, the second child stays for free. Smaller families might want to consider booking a deluxe double room, which allow one child under 12 to stay on an extra bed for free. Larger families, meanwhile, can book connecting rooms. Other perks include free hot chocolate and colouring books in the lobby, plus bike hire for adults and kids.
Hotel Estheréa’s quirky interior is a treat for kids and adults alike
The spacious family rooms at Room Mate Aitana come with a super king size bed and an extra sofa bed. This hotel is a good choice if you’re travelling with a young teenager, as breakfast is served until late – right through to midday, in fact. A five-minute boat ride will bring you to the A’Dam lookout, where kids (and big kids) can have ago on the adrenaline swing that flings riders over the edge of a 20-storey tower block before pulling them back in again.
Located on an island in the IJ River, Room Mate Aitana allows guests to take a refreshing swim
Walking into Hotel Not Hotel is like stepping into a giant pop-up story book. Visitors can sleep inside restored tram cars and behind book cases. Two of the rooms are suitable for families: the Mediterranean-style Casa No Casa and the elevated Crow’s Nest. Both sleep four people in a double bed and two singles. The hotel’s Kevin Bacon bar serves Thai food and offers shared dining options for parties of four people and more.
Casa No Casa and the elevated Crow’s Nest at Hotel no Hotel can hold up to four people
This 4-star hotel may not be central, but it has plenty to offer holidaying families. On the guestroom front, one child up to the age of 16 gets free accommodation and breakfast when sharing with their parents or guardians. Down in the hotel restaurant there’s a good children’s menu, and you’ll also find play areas dotted around the hotel. Cribs are available on request. Amsterdam city centre and Schipol Airport are both a 15-minute train ride away.
This hotel is a five-minute walk from the Hermitage – or maybe a ten-minute trundle if you have toddlers in tow. Its family rooms feature four separate beds and come with teenager-friendly facilities such as iPod docking stations. Children up to the age of two stay for free, as long as they don’t require an extra bed. A word of warning, however: because the hotel occupies a historic building, it doesn’t have lifts. So it may prove difficult for younger children and families using a pushchair.
Children up to the age of two stay for free at Hotel Amstelzicht, as long as they don’t require an extra bed
Set within 25 restored 17th and 18th century houses, The Pulitzer Hotel offers luxury family accommodation. Its family rooms are split across two levels and feature a king-size and two twin beds, with breakfast included in the cost of the room. In terms of location it’s fabulous – you’re right by the Nine Streets shopping neighbourhood, on the border between Jordaan and Centrum. Anne Frank House is five minutes’ walk away.
Pulitzer Amsterdam offers luxury family accommodation, with complimentary breakfast