We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Amsterdam as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“The Dutch designer Marcel Wanders created the fantastical, color-splashed interiors of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, which opened in 2012 with 122 art-filled rooms, many featuring canal views.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Amsterdam.
“If you’re a roving creative type visiting Amsterdam to work as well as play, Zoku is your place; the top floor features a light-filled communal work space chock-full of couches and tables, perfect for lingering over a coffee while you work.”
Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Amsterdam.
“Offering truly individual guest rooms with stripped oak floors, exposed beams, blindingly white bathrooms, and four-poster beds that you could lose a family in, Amsterdam’s glossiest boutique hotel is located in a former 17th-century theater on lively Keizersgracht and well deserves its accolades.”
Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Amsterdam.
“The Hoxton Amsterdam, the first property outside Britain, opened in July 2015 with 111 rooms spread across five historic canal houses on the Herengracht canal. An excellent value with Dutch style and British humor, the Hoxton Amsterdam hits the sweet spot by balancing a hip vibe and relaxation.”
“A well-situated hybrid of new and old Amsterdam offers cosmopolitan hipness with surprising warmth and a sense of humor. The sleek Sir Albert five-story hotel has 90 rooms and suites, and a small but comfortable sitting area called the Study on the ground floor.”
“Several high-end hotels have recently debuted across the city, among them the W Amsterdam. Opened in 2015 by the central Dam Square, the property offers 238 stylish rooms and suites, plus a rooftop pool with views of the neighboring royal palace.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is famous for its narrow houses, elaborate canal system and artistic heritage. It has famous landmarks such as the Stedelijk and the Van Gogh Museum.
The best neighborhoods in Amsterdam are:
De Pijp is a neighborhood with picturesque urban layout, brunch restaurants, and famous Albert Cuyp Market making it one of the best tourist attractions in the city. The city is home to a large number of pubs and bars and is the home to several hotels such as the Arcade Hotel, Atlantis Hotel Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati.
De Jordaan is a residential neighborhood located in western Amsterdam and famous for its impressive culinary sector, photogenic townhouses, and welcoming atmosphere. De Jordaan houses great hotels such as Mr. Jordaan Hotel and Linden Hotel on Lindengraght, and gives access to several of the city’s main sites such as the canal belt, Dam Square, and Anne Frank House.
Oud-West is a densely-populated, multicultural, and cosmopolitan neighborhood that is home to several bars and restaurants, including Café Panache, De Gollem, and OT301. The neighborhood has great hotels such as Hotel de Hallen.
Overhoeks is a southern neighborhood in the city that is notable because of its enormous skyline, including A’DAM Tower and EYE Film Institute. It has a wine bar-cum-cinema – FC Hyena – that screens the most recent arthouse movies and also has Skatecafe – an indoor skateboarding halfpipe.
Weesperzijde is a small neighborhood in the city that is named after a famous city planner. It has several hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, and ateliers.
Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Amsterdam.
If you want to stay in a 3-star hotel in central Amsterdam you would be looking at an average price of $140 per night. For 4-star hotels the average price is around $180 per night. For a 5-star hotel in central Amsterdam the average rate is around $280 per night.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Amsterdam, then try Hostel Ecomama. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.
You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in Amsterdam, you should check out Pillows Anna van den Vondel. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Amsterdam, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If you're looking for a great hostel in Amsterdam, then you should check out ClinkNOORD. The hostel has magnificent reviews by backpackers, it has been recommended by well-known travel experts and it's in a good location. Also check out our list of the best hostels in Amsterdam.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Amsterdam, then go for Hotel The Dylan. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it. Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.
The Andaz Hotel Prinsengracht is an excellent option if you're looking for a hotel offering great breakfast.
Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour. Learn about Anne Frank's life on a small-group or private walking tour of Amsterdam. Hear from an expert guide about the writer's life growing up, as well as the history of the Jewish Quarter and Second World War. Price: $34.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat (Small Group). Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. Price: $22.
Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam. Experience a piece of Dutch culture as you ride the streets of Amsterdam on a guided small-group bike tour that highlights the rich history of the iconic canal-lined city. Price: $39.
More things to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, as well as being the most populous municipality of the Netherlands. The Constitution of the Netherlands mandates the status of the city as the capital. However, Amsterdam is not the seat of government in the Netherlands, that’s The Hague.
Amsterdam became one of the most important and busiest ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century due to the innovative developments in trade. As of the time, the city was the leading center for both finance and diamonds. This made it incredibly attractive to businesses and tourists alike.
Today, the city of Amsterdam is regarded as one of the top financial centers in Europe as well as being considered as an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities study group.
Amsterdam is popular worldwide for its nightlife and festival activity, with some of the most popular nightclubs in the world located in the city. Diverse culture and nationality are synonymous with Amsterdam; it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As a matter of fact, over 177 nationalities are represented in the city.