Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It has endless accommodation choices from quirky barges to all-singing, all-dancing luxury hotels. We’ve chosen top 10 of the best hotels in Amsterdam, (so you don’t have to…)
The Waldorf Astoria uses six canal-side mansions, giving the hotel a classic Amsterdam look
Best luxury hotel – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Spread across six imposing canal-side mansions and overlooking one of the prettiest canals in the city, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam deserves the top accolade. Crammed with antiques and original period flair, it brings a mix of reassuringly expensive comfort and contemporary style to these classic period houses. Jonnie Boer heads up the two-starred Librije Zusje restaurant, there’s also a fancy Guerlain Spa and an indoor pool with views over the private garden.
Best boutique hotel – The Dylan, Nine Streets
Overlooking the Keizergracht Canal, The Dylan is a five-star vision of wood-panelled walls, antique furnishings and modern art. Design-led rooms have a mix of contemporary décor and vintage furniture. Downstairs is the Michelin-starred Vinkeles restaurant, where chef Dennis Kuipers serves his fine French cuisine in the building’s former 1700s bakery. Guests also have free use of the house canal boat for dinner or drinks while cruising the waterways.
Rooms in The Dylan offer contemporary design with a vintage feel
Best for service – W Amsterdam
Bringing New York style and service to the heart of the Dam, you just can’t beat the W brand. Young, hip staff are completely on brand with the Whatever-Whenever W service. There’s even a pair hip W-Insider concierges. Dine out in the trendy Mr Porter steakhouse on the top floor, or opt for The Duchess, the W’s fine dining choice which has a beautiful stained glass roof.
Exquisite fine dining at the W Hotel
Best for location – Hotel V Nesplein, Dam Square
This super-stylish boutique hotel in a repurposed office block is mere moments from Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam’s theatre district. Bright, stylish rooms have a mid-century modern vibe, think mustard yellow and painted wood with vintage leather furnishings. Downstairs is a trendy lobby bar and a modern yet affordable restaurant, both of which are popular with the local theatre crowd.
Best for budget stays – Volkshotel, De Pijp
Located on the fringes of the trendy De Pijp quarter, the smart, modern Volkshotel is remarkably easy on the wallet. Housed in a former newspaper building, it has a wealth of simple, modern rooms, some with oddball curiosities (fake Bambi, anyone?). There’s also a laid-back bar and restaurant with a large rooftop terrace, which turns into a club at the weekends.
View from the Volkhotel’s rooftop terrace
Best for food – Hotel Okura Amsterdam, De Pijp
A move away from the elaborate period gems found in the Canal District, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is a sleek, understated luxury hotel from the luxury Japanese brand. It’s renowned for its incredible food, and out of the five restaurants, three have Michelin stars. It also has the Nagomi Spa with an indoor pool and a serene Japanese vibe. Even though it’s a 15-minute cab ride from Centraal, many rooms have great views of the city.
Tram: Van Hilligaertstraat
Best for cocktails – NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Home of Amsterdam’s best cocktail bar, The Tailor, this beautiful five-star hotel on Dam Square began life as a coffee shop in the 1860s. Sleek modern rooms with the odd Art Deco touch, a flashy restaurant and a 19th century style Winter Garden breakfast room, but it’s the bar that makes this place stand out: The Tailor, inspired by original hotelier, A.W. Krasnapolsky’s beginnings. It’s won a clutch of awards for its bespoke cocktails.
Take a dip in the bath while taking in the view of Amsterdam at Hotel Okura
Best hostel – Generator Hostel Amsterdam, Amsterdam East
Housed in the University of Amsterdam’s old zoological building near Oosterpark, the Generator Hostel Amsterdam may be bright and modern, but it still has a cool academic vibe. It offers both double rooms and four-bed dorms, all modern-minimalist in style. A modern café serves pizza and beer, while the Auditorium Bar, once the university’s lecture hall, features the original wooden desks and blackboard. There’s also a nightclub in the old boiler room.
Partake in a continental breakfast at Pause, Pulitzer’s stylish garden café
Best for Dutch style – Hotel Pulitzer, Canal District
Spread across 25 interconnecting Golden Age canal houses, this stylish luxury hotel in the heart of the Canal District is a real highlight of the city’s accommodation. The Pulitzer showcases a mix of contemporary and classic Dutch style with its antique furnishings and modern artwork. Add in a stylish Garden Café, the elegant Pulitzer’s Bar, and Jansz, the upmarket all-day restaurant.
The Hoxton is a showcase of trendy design
Best for hipsters – The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam, Jordaan
Overlooking the Herengracht canal, one of London’s favourite hotel brands has opened up in the former mayor’s house in Jordaan. Already a local favourite, the Hoxton brings its sharp decor and vintage features to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Rooms have canal views and original beams, plus grand chandeliers, Art Deco style mirrors and modern parquet flooring. While the ever-cool Lotti’s restaurant and a trendy house bar are open all day long.