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Where to stay in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is a great city to visit. There is so much to do. From world-famous museums to the beautiful canals, and from sightseeing possibilities with canal boats and sightseeing buses to restaurants serving super tasty dishes: Amsterdam has something for everyone. However, while it may not be a cheap city to stay in, finding cheap accommodation can be quite difficult. Fortunately, this has changed in the past few years. A lot of hip hotels are opening their doors, and charging decent rates, making it easier for tourists to find a place to stay when they visit the city.

Amsterdam has many beautiful places to spend the night. Are you looking for a nice bed & breakfast, a low-budget hostel or do you prefer a stylish night in a luxury 5-star hotel? With more than 41,000 beds, Amsterdam has something to offer everyone, whether you are on holiday with friends or family or on a business trip!

The city centre is the oldest part of Amsterdam. The inner city is the area around Dam Square and is bordered by the Singel, the Amstel, the Kloveniersburgwal, the Geldersekade and the IJ (behind the Amsterdam Central Station). The famous canal belt was later laid around the city centre.

A hotel in the city centre has the advantage that the major museums, shopping streets and nightlife are within walking distance. There are many luxury hotels in the centre of Amsterdam, but also some of the cheapest hotels in Amsterdam.

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Spending the night in the Jordaan

The Jordaan working-class neighbourhood was built in the early 17th century. The polder ditches were filled during the construction of the Jordaan. The small streets of the Jordaan are similar to those in Scotland. These days, however, the Jordaan is no longer a working-class neighbourhood. In the Jordaan, you will find small antique shops and atmospheric pubs. A hotel in the Jordaan is a good option if you don’t want to spend the night in the busy and expensive city centre but still want to be close by.

Stay overnight at Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) Area

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is outside of Amsterdam. Schiphol can also be easily reached by train via Amsterdam Central Station. If you need to be at Schiphol early, you can stay in the centre of Amsterdam because the train from Central Station stops under the departure hall of the airport. However, there are also several good hotels close to Schiphol. There are even hotels at the airport Gates.

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Amsterdam hotel boats and botels

The canals and inland ports of Amsterdam are home to more lots of boat hotels and hotels where you can spend the night. Lots of them can be found in the Oosterdok area, near Amsterdam Central Station. There are historic ships and cargo ships that have been converted into hotels, B&B or hostel, but you can also rent a houseboat in the Amsterdam canals.

Spend the night on the Grachtengordel

At the beginning of the 17th century, around 1612, the digging of Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht was started. These canals were later extended to the Amstel River and in the second half of the 17th century, they were even extended, and that gave birth to the Nieuwe Herengracht, Nieuwe Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht.

In the 17th century, rich merchants had beautiful mansions built within this canal belt. Some of these mansions were called canal houses and Het Grachtenmuseum does an awesome job of telling the story of these canals and the canal houses located around them. The canal belt is currently one of the most important attractions in Amsterdam. Many luxury stores have now been established within the canal belt. Some of the canal houses have now been converted into hotels. Examples of hotels in old mansions are the Pulitzer Hotel and the Ambassade Hotel.

Spend the night at the Museumplein (in Old South)

The museumplein is where you find the Vondelpark and the three major museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. The Concertgebouw is also located on the Museumplein.

There are a number of good hotels in the Museumplein. If you spend the night in a hotel at the Vondelpark you will sleep in a peaceful environment and also be close to popular museums and some wonderful shops and restaurants.

Hotels, bed & breakfasts and campsites

Amsterdam has a selection of exceptional accommodation options – from boutique hotels to budget hostels and bed & breakfasts. Amsterdam locals can rent out their houses/houseboats via AirBnB when they go on holiday, so you can also live as a ‘local’ (note: only allowed for a maximum of 4 guests and up to 60 days per year).

Do you want to book a cheap hotel in Amsterdam? Several popular & affordable hotels in Amsterdam are listed here on this page. Cheap or budget hotels are also not scarce in Amsterdam but you have to book early because they are usually filled up in the summer by backpacking young folks. The range varies from basic & budget hotels to luxury hotels that currently have an affordable offer.

Your hotel price ultimately depends on, among other things, the date of your check-in, duration of stay, and how many people you want to spend the night with. If you only want to see cheap hotel deals for a specific period and group, it is best to check the check and book via this link (insert Booking.com link). You will then see an overview of all the cheap hotel nights in Amsterdam that you can actually book during that period (and that are therefore not yet fully booked).

Below is a selection of different types of accommodations that can be found in Amsterdam. There is always something for every type of visitor or traveller.

Hip hostels

Are you in your twenties or travelling or backpacking with a small group? Then consider a hostel. And not just a scanty or dirty hostel, but a hip one like WOW Amsterdam Hostel. This hostel has enough affordable places for travellers who want to discover Amsterdam. Another good option is Generator Amsterdam Hostel, in a beautiful old building on the edge of the Oosterpark.

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Budget hotels

A comfortable and affordable accommodation option is absolutely possible at Hotel Teun. This hotel has attractive rooms with a shower and toilet that can accommodate 2 or 3 people. In the lobby of the hotel, you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner for a reasonable price, but you can also just enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade cake outside on the terrace. The Student Hotel Amsterdam West is also an absolute must for those looking for a budget-friendly hotel room that is fully equipped.

Cosy B & Bs

In addition to the huge selection of the budget hostels and hotels, there are also surprisingly many affordable B&Bs in Amsterdam. Often nicely and personally decorated and in cosy neighbourhoods. Take Bed in Boat Amsterdam in Amsterdam-Noord, for example, in a cosy houseboat, overlooking the water and the lights of the city. Or La Corte Sconta B&B in Zeeburg, with different rooms in a special house on the water. You can easily reach the Amsterdam city centre by bike.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Sometimes visitors coming into Amsterdam book their flights but have difficulty finding a place to stay in Amsterdam. Our job here on this website is to help with that. We will show you some hotels that will make your trip to the capital of the Netherlands extremely comfortable and memorable. We have selected this list of exceptional hotels that will definitely make your stay in Amsterdam an unforgettable one.

Don’t feel like going through hundreds of expensive hotels in Amsterdam on booking sites? We make it easy for you. You can find the best options for cheap accommodation in Amsterdam right here.

1. Hotel de Hallen

Hotel de Hallen is part of a former tram depot in Oud-West, on an old industrial site that was recently revived. Lots of visitors love staying in a luxury hotel when visiting Amsterdam and this luxury, modern boutique hotel is no exception.

The unique industrial appearance with a hint of green here and there, the sun-drenched terrace, a cosy bar and a restaurant: Hotel de Hallen is where you can simply relax. But the immediate environment also has a lot to offer. There’s an organic market, a cinema, a library and countless cafés and eateries, all of which are within walking distance of the hotel.

Address: Bellamyplein 47
Tel: +31 20 515 0453
Nearby station: Ten Katestraat

2. Hotel Not Hotel

The Amsterdam Oud-West district has recently been refurbished and attracts a young group of visitors. Many of the hotels and restaurants in that area are designed for the hipsters of this present generation. You will certainly see both locals and visitors having fun at the Hotel Not Hotel bar with a gin-tonic or some other drink. The stylish hotel offers so much to those looking for a place to stay in Amsterdam. You’re definitely going to love the hotel if you get to spend a night there. The rooms are all unique designs like you’ve never seen before.

Choose a secret room behind a bookcase, a dizzying crow’s nest, a real tram car, or a separate Spanish villa where breakfast is delivered to your door!

Address: Piri Reïsplein 34
Tel: +31 20 820 4538
Nearby station: Postjesweg

3. Faralda NDSM Kraanhotel

There are several hotels in Amsterdam that claim to offer the best view of the city, but the Faralda NDSM Kraanhotel (Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel in English) has a big lead over everyone else in that claim. The hotel is right in the middle of the industrial area of the NDSM shipyard. This Crane Hotel is 50 meters high, with a view of the department stores below, the IJ on one side and the whole of Amsterdam on the other. The three former engine rooms are now huge, lavishly equipped designer suites, which you can book together with services such as champagne, breakfast and amenities such as a rooftop Jacuzzi.

The Kraanhotel is quite pricey, but consider the fact that you are going to shower in the clouds, that you carry your wife over the highest threshold or even bungee jump from the top of the crane. The centre of Amsterdam is a short ferry ride away and the NDSM wharf has a nice atmosphere to wake up to.

Don’t forget to book ahead!

Address: NDSM Square 78
Tel: +31 20 760 6161
Nearby station: Ferry NDSM

4. Conscious Hotel Vondelpark

Adventurers who are committed to the planet need a sustainable place to give their heads some rest. They will, therefore, be happy with the straightforward Conscious Hotel Vondelpark. From the organic breakfast to the ergonomic sleeping mats to the rental bikes, this unobtrusive hotel located close to Amsterdam’s famous Vondelpark is super green and super fun. Are you worried about sustainability that usually equals a higher price? No problem, if you consider the comfort offered, the prices of the Conscious are pretty reasonable.

Address: Overtoom 519
Tel: +31 20 820 3333
Station nearby: Overtoomse Sluis

5. Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

In the 1920s, the monumental building of the Lloyd Hotel housed up to 900 immigrants. Later it became a prison. This is of course not the case nowadays, but the history is still present in the grandeur of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. The spaces are large and airy, especially the restaurant with large windows and high ceilings.

There are no fewer than 117 rooms, ranging from one to five stars. The rooms with one star are also not cheap, so prefer to pay a little more if you can and do a price comparison: the differences in size and facilities between the various rooms are huge. It is also true that the lack of comfort in some rooms is fully compensated by the hotel with a hefty dash of character and invaluable historical value.

Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34
Tel: +31 20 561 3636
Nearby station: Rietlandpark

6. Volkshotel

As the name suggests, Volkshotel, this is one for every kind of traveller. Single mothers, punks, biologists, artists and brokers all come together here.

It is housed in the former Volkskrant office on Wibautstraat and the Volkshotel is a forerunner in Amsterdam’s urban renewal. In addition to the attractive rooms, the hotel also has well-equipped studios, exhibition rooms, workspaces and a Jacuzzi with a great view.

The Volkshotel also houses one of the best bars in the city: DoKa. In addition, there is a small club Canvas. You will not be able to get rid of it.

Where: Wibautstraat 150
Tel: +31 20 261 2100
Nearby station: Wibautstraat

7. Art’Otel

Art’Otel Amsterdam is part of an international hotel chain that is known for combining art with hospitality and cuisine. It is close to the Amsterdam Central Station and is an ideal base for exploring the heart of the city. The exterior looks classic thanks to one of the most imposing facades of the entire block, but the interior is serious science fiction.

The rooms have an innovative design, there is a library full of books about art, an exhibition space and an “interactive artificial canvas” that is used to project digital artworks, creating a sensational experience. This may all be a bit too much for some, but it is nevertheless quite an experience.

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 33
Tel: +31 20 719 7200
Nearby station: Central Station

8. Hotel Estherea

Hotel Estherea has a whole history. The hotel once started very modestly, but today has risen considerably. However, visitors can still feel that this was once a small hotel, with only 12 rooms, run by a single mother. The boutique hotel exudes extravagant colours: lilac and burgundy dominate, the walls are decorated with beautiful designs and royal chandeliers give the whole an appearance of abundance and richness that many people would love to immerse themselves in.

The hotel now has more than 90 luxury rooms spread over a series of monumental canal houses along Singel in the historic centre of Amsterdam. They have a keen eye for detail here and excellent service is still the core of Estherea’s approach. You have amenities such as a library, a fully equipped gym, a cocktail bar, free internet terminals, iPads and bicycle rental.

Address: Singel 303-309
Tel: +31 20 624 5146
Nearby station: Spui

9. The Toren

The Toren family understands that a perfect location – right between the canals, a short walk from the Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk – is not enough to guarantee a perfect stay. A real flood of luxury extras was added to their 17th-century mansion on Keizersgracht: great design furniture, beautiful chandeliers, a delicious breakfast, Jacuzzi and romantic canal trips.

While staying in the hotel may cost quite a lot, visitors usually forget how much they spent because of the luxurious pleasures they enjoy in the hotel. Book yourself a suite like the Garden Cottage, and a true treat awaits you.

Address: Keizersgracht 164
Tel: + 31 20 622 6352
Nearby station: Westermarkt

10. Sir Albert Hotel

Travellers who always love comfort and old European hotels will feel right at home at the Sir Albert Hotel. This is a top boutique hotel, located in a former diamond factory in the De Pijp district. It is a beautiful hotel, with 90 spacious, fresh rooms in a bold combination of modern and at the same time also archaic style.

The hotel has a library, with crystal Scottish carafes and a fireplace. The sleek bathrooms are beautifully finished with wooden wall parts.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 2
Tel: +31 20 305 3020
Nearby station: Albert Cuypstraat

11. Victoria Hotel

The 4-star Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam is located on the Damrak opposite the Central Station in the centre of Amsterdam. The luxurious rooms have double glazing so that no street noise penetrates into the rooms. The hotel is very popular among tourists especially in the summer months so make sure to book on time.

The hotel has an excellent a la carte restaurant.

Address: Damrak 1 – 5
Tel: +31 20 623 4255
Nearby station: Amsterdam Central Station

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