With its world class museums, charming canal system, distinctive narrow houses and vibrant nightlife, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for good reason. It is also one of the continent’s most bicycle-friendly cities, with a myriad of bike paths dotted throughout.
As for accommodation, there are hotels in Amsterdam to suit every taste and budget, from cheap and simple through to the very apex of luxury. For those wanting somewhere with an extra dash of style, we’ve picked out 7 of the best boutique hotels the city has to offer.
From €116/ night
Overlooking the canals of Amsterdam, this charming boutique hotel will please those who enjoy waterside living. Guest rooms and suites come with lavish bathrooms and free WiFi. Elsewhere in the hotel, guests can enjoy hearty buffet breakfasts each morning and there are a number of restaurants and cafes nearby. Other notable attractions in the vicinity of the hotel include the De La Mar Theatre, the Van Gogh Museum and Vondel Park.
From €101/ night
Guests arriving at the stylish boutique hotel are treated to a delicious glass of Prosecco upon check-in, and the luxurious experience continues as you enter your elegant guest room, modelled in the classical style of the Golden Age with an ornate fresco behind the king size bed. In-room amenities include a soft drink minibar, laptop safe, work desk and smart TV. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a smartly furnished breakfast room and museum tickets can be purchased at reception. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and there’s public parking nearby. The location of the hotel puts guests at the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural life, with many of the city’s finest arthouses, galleries and museums just moments away, as well as numerous shops, restaurants and bars. Other nearby attractions include The Heineken Experience and Albert Cuyp Market.
From €68/ night
Nestled in one of Amsterdam’s most up-and-coming districts in the east of the city, Volkshotel bills itself as a hotel for the people. There’s a vibrant lobby café, a cocktail bar and a creative hub that includes studios for designers and music producers. On the 7th floor is a restaurant and nightclub offering panoramic views across the city and hosting parties on weekends until the early hours. On the hotel’s rooftop there’s a mini-spa with three hot tubs and a sauna, and guests can enjoy yoga, sports classes and a variety of cultural events. Guest rooms are designed in minimalist style and come with a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. The Amstel river, the lively De Pijp neighbourhood, and the market on Waterloo Square are all just moments away.
From €118/ night
It may share a name with an iconic part of London, but Boutique Hotel Notting Hill is very much at the heart of Amsterdam life. The hotel features a cosy bar along with a pretty terrace with scenic canal views. Elegant guest rooms are designed in a boutique style and come with a minibar and tea/coffee- making facilities. The Heineken Experience, offering an interactive tour through the beer maker’s former brewery, is a minute’s walk away and Albert Cuyp Market in the famous Pijp district is also within easy reach on foot.
From €118/ night
Designer lounges fitted with iMac computers demonstrate this hotel’s chic credentials. Guest rooms are similarly cutting edge, with wall-to-wall windows and iPad minis that can modify room colour, climate control, blinds and black-out curtains, and the smart TV. In each room’s private bathroom facilities there’s also a transparent pod with a rain shower. Elsewhere in the hotel there’s an on-site café that serves sandwiches, sushi and warm meals, along with freshly prepared coffee, throughout the day, while during the evening guests can enjoy exotic cocktails, draught beers and champagne at the bar. Amsterdam Zuid Railway Station is a 5-minute walk away and a nearby tram stop offers direct connections to the city centre that take less than half-an-hour.
From €161/ night
Ideally located for culture vultures, this hotel is just seconds from Amsterdam’s Museum Square and Rijksmuseum. Housed in a former diamond factory, it features stylish rooms created by the award-winning BK Architecture that come with a private bar, Illy coffee machine, LED satellite TV and picturesque views over the De Pijp district and the city’s Latin Quarter. The IZAKAYA, Asian Kitchen & Bar is a popular draw both for hotel guests and other visitors to Amsterdam, as are the contemporary bar and private terrace which are ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap. Other hotel services and amenities include a study with a fireplace and library, valet parking and bicycle rentals.
From €180/ night
Situated close to Amsterdam’s Central Station in the city’s historic heart, this design-focussed 4-star hotel features an on-site restaurant serving all-day food and a separate bar. Other amenities include a relaxing terrace, a library and 24-hour front desk. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, desk, safety deposit box, free WiFi and modern bathroom. On the hotel’s doorstep are a wide range of cafes and restaurants, along with notable landmarks including Dam Square and the Royal Palace.