Amsterdam attracts legions of tourists each year, some drawn by the historical setting, the outstanding cultural attractions, the tulips, the cheese, and the free-wheeling locals, and others by things altogether earthlier and probably best not talked about. Regardless of why you’re visiting, you’ll find no shortage of accommodation options on offer, from budget-friendly hostels to upscale boutiques. Here, we take a look at the 20 very best hotels in Amsterdam for 2020.
20. Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
Where: Prins Hendrikkade 108, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Grand by name, grand by nature… if its opulence you want, you won’t be disappointed with a stay at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. Other than the stunning setting and magnificent interior, highlights include a superb range of amenities, with a swimming pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant. Rooms are comfortable and stocked with everything from complimentary minibars to Nespresso coffee machines and flat-screen TVs.
19. art'otel Amsterdam
Where: Prins Hendrikkade 33
Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1012 TM, Netherlands
If you want something a little different from the norm, try the art’otel. As the name suggests, art is taken very seriously here- so much so, it’s probably better described as an art gallery with guest rooms than a hotel with artwork. Along with the onsite art curator, there’s a 3,000-square-foot art gallery, a selection of temporary exhibitions, and an ever-changing lineup of lectures, events, and workshops. Outside of the artwork, guests can expect the standard Radisson treatment: comfortable rooms, subdued, stylish décor, a good selection of dining options, and various health facilities, including a gym, pool, and Finnish sauna.
18. Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Where: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam, North Holland Province 1072 LH, Netherlands
If you’re a foodie, the Hotel Okura Amsterdam is the perfect choice. Its fabulous range of dining options includes a two-star Michelin restaurant, two one-star Michelin restaurants, and a Bib Gourmand by Michelin restaurant. If you can stay away from the food long enough to check out the other amenities, you’ll find plenty to please, including several meeting spaces, comfortable rooms equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi access, Nespresso coffee makers, a pillow menu, bathrobes and slippers, sumptuous bathroom with deep-soak tubs and rainfall showers, and a Japanese-style spa that’s the perfect place for some serious R&R.
17. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Where: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, Amsterdam 1012 EX, Netherlands
With its prime location in the center of the city, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is the perfect choice for visitors looking to be right in the heart of the action. As well equipped to satisfy the needs of the business traveler as the leisure seeker, the hotel is the perfect mix of the practical and the luxurious, with 19 meeting rooms and banqueting halls, several dining options, and comfortable rooms equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines and walk-in rain showers. For those who can afford it, it’s worth splashing out an upgrade to enjoy perks like butler service and in-room steam rooms.
16. W Amsterdam
Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam 1012 VN, Netherlands
Spread across two buildings, the W Amsterdam offers 2 choices of accommodation: in the part of the hotel set in a former bank, guests can expect warm, muted décor and plenty of refined elegance. The part set in an old telephone exchange, meanwhile, is replete with futuristic designs, contemporary furniture, and bold color schemes. Regardless of which part you stay in, there are a few things you can expect as standard, including Michelin starred cuisine, supremely comfortable rooms, and a world-class level of service. Not to be missed is the sleek rooftop lounge – the perfect place to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the stunning city views.
15. InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
Where: Professor Tulpplein 1, Amsterdam 1018, Netherlands
From the moment you walk through the entrance and lay eyes on the vaulted ceiling and shining marble floors of the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam’s lobby, you know you’re in for a treat. The 19th-century hotel is overflowing with old school elegance and sophistication, from the classic French cuisine being served by Chef de Cuisine Rogér Rassin at the Michelin starred La Rive restaurant and the ritzily glamourous Amstel Lounge to the huge, marble bathrooms with deep-soak tubs and rainfall shows. It may be pricey, but few would argue it’s worth the splurge.
Where: Singel 416, Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you’re tired of large, impersonal hotels, don’t miss Kamer01. More B&B than hotel, it’s the kind of place that’ll make you feel right at home. Service is caring, warm, and never short of personal, while the little touches like the collections of vintage magazines are a joy. Top of the list of highlights, however, has to be the five-course champagne breakfast complete with traditional Dutch cold cuts and cheeses, seasonal fruit, homemade jams, and, of course, a glass of cold champagne.
13. Pulitzer Amsterdam
Where: Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam 1016, Netherlands
With 225 rooms to its name, the Pulitzer Amsterdam isn't exactly small, but none-the-less, it's managed to retain the kind of personalized service and boutique-style attention to detail that sets it apart from other large establishments. Guests can expect superbly comfortable, exquisitely decorated rooms (all of which come with a bike repair kit as a nod to Amsterdam’s most famous pursuit), a lavish, art deco themed bar, and an upscale, modern European vibe.
12. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Where: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam 1017 CG, Netherlands
Stately, grand, opulent…. If its old school luxury you want, you’ll not be disappointed with the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Spread over six historic palaces, it offers the kind of spacious, airy rooms that can be hard to find in space-tight Amsterdam. The décor is suitably opulent, with exposed beams, marble fireplaces, and elegant furniture. The bathrooms, meanwhile, are the height of luxury, with Murano glass lamps and a bountiful selection of toiletries by Salvatore Ferragamo. Not to be missed is the onsite restaurant, home to two Michelin starred chef Sidney Schutte and some of the best cuisine you’ll taste in Amsterdam.
11. Conservatorium Hotel
Where: Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam 1071, Netherlands
If you don’t want to leave your green habits behind while on vacation, the Conservatorium Hotel may well be your perfect choice. As the first hotel in the Netherlands to win Green Globe certification, it’s a beacon of sustainable practices, from the organic food being dished up by Chef Schilo van Coevorden at the impressive, glass-fronted restaurant, to the eco-certified toiletries and spa products. Not that it’s placing worthiness over good, old fashioned luxury: with its refined, elegant décor, first-class service, and sumptuous rooms, it’s an all-round crowd-pleaser.
10. Sir Adam Hotel
Where: Overhoeksplein 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Youthful, energetic, and packed with the kind of clientele guaranteed to make you feel a little self-conscious about your hairstyle, Sir Adam Hotel is fast becoming one of Amsterdam’s hippest destinations. Hidden away inside the A'DAM Toren, it’s surrounded on all sides by some of the city’s most famous attractions, not to mention some of its best nightspots. The vibrant, industrial look (expect bare concrete walls, lots of leather, and a dazzling display of pop art) is softened by little luxuries likes 300 thread count linens and complimentary bottled water. The state-of-the-art gym, meanwhile, has all the equipment and classes you’ll need to burn off the calories from The Daddy, the onsite restaurant’s gut-busting, must-try take on a BLT.
9. De L'Europe, Amsterdam
Where: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, Amsterdam, Noord Holland 1012 CP, Netherlands
Set in an ornate, historic building on the banks of the Amstel River, the De L'Europe, Amsterdam’s picture-perfect location is hard to beat. Besides the excellent location, guests can expect to enjoy sumptuous, all-marble bathrooms, vibrantly decorated rooms padded out with all the luxuries and conveniences you could ever need, an onsite, Michelin-starred restaurant with one of the most impressive wine lists you’ll ever come across, and an outdoor patio with some of the most gorgeous views you’ll enjoy anywhere in the city.
8. Hotel The Exchange
Where: Damrak 50, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel The Exchange might not have the bells and whistles of some of Amsterdam’s other leading hotels, but what it has instead is just as noteworthy. A firm favorite with the younger, artistic crowd, the hotel ticks all the boxes when it comes to location, convenience, affordability, and downright funkiness. Set just off Dam Square in the city center, it’s smack in the heart of the action. Rooms are an eclectic mix of different styles and feature a convenient “star” rating determined by price, views, amenities, and size. It may not be the best place to bring your grandma, but for youthful energy and kooky concepts, it’s hard to fault.
7. Hotel Seven One Seven
Where: Prinsengracht 717, Amsterdam, Netherlands
If old school elegance is what you’re after, Hotel Seven One Seven is where you’ll find it. It may not have the sleek little flourishes you’ll find in Amsterdam’s more cutting-edge hotels, but what it lacks in state-of-the-art accessories it more than makes up for in classically excellent service, romantic décor, sumptuous luxury, and sophisticated refinement.
6. Room Mate Aitana
Where: IJDok 6, 1013 MM Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you’re a business traveler tired of the standard “business-friendly” hotel options, a stay at the Room Mate Aitana should soon revive your flagging spirits. With its excellent setting near Centraal Station and the capital’s business centers, it marries convenience with luxury to stunning effect. Along with all the unusual necessities like free WIFI, meeting rooms, a business center, and a personalized service desk, there are some superb little flourishes like tasting sessions at the Aitana Lounge Bar, and an extensive gym that welcomes guests 24/7.
5. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Where: Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam 1016, Netherlands
With its fabulous canal-side location, artfully decorated guest rooms, world-class onsite restaurant, sumptuous spa, and courteous, friendly service, the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht offers the kind of superbly relaxing stay most of us can only dream of. To top off the list of attractions, there’s even the chance to indulge in some complimentary wine at the daily library “happy hour”.
4. Hôtel Droog
Where: Staalstraat 7B, Amsterdam 1011 JJ, Netherlands
If you fancy staying at the delightful Hôtel Droog, you’d better get your reservation in quick-sharp. With just one room available in the entire hotel, availability is a constant issue- but one well worth tolerating. If you’re lucky enough to snap up a booking, prepare yourself for an extraordinary, one of a kind experience in an equally extraordinary, one of a kind place. Along with faultless privacy, the boutique offers exquisite service, superb food, and some out of the world common spaces, including a delightful Fairy Tale Garden that’s worth the trip alone.
3. The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam 1016, Netherlands
From the outside, The Hoxton is the kind of unassuming little place you could easily pass by without noticing. Step inside its simple front entrance, however, and it’s a different story entirely. Packed with the kind of personal touches and details that elevate a good stay to an outstanding one, it’s what all boutique hotels wish they could be. The onsite restaurant, Lotti’s, meanwhile, is doing a sterling job of redefining what hotel dining can be: if you’re used to the stuffy, impersonal, and distantly average experience most hotel restaurants offer, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the youthful, vibrant, and, most importantly, delectable culinary experience on offer here.
2. Kimpton De Witt Hotel
Where: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, 1012 RC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Located just a short way away from Centraal Station, Kimpton De Witt Hotel’s location is hard to fault. As the first Kimpton to open in Europe, the hotel had a lot to prove – a feat it’s more than managed thanks to it young, vibrant vibe, sleek, stylish décor, superb restaurant, and first-rate attention to detail. Expect a superbly comfortable stay in rooms kitted out with everything you need to feel like royalty – not to mention a friendly team of staff that will make you feel just that and more.
1. The Dylan
Where: Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam 1016 GB, Netherlands
Despite its central location, The Dylan offers the utmost in privacy. Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, the quiet, luxurious hideaway has everything you need for a relaxing break. Other than the obligatory Illy espresso makers, Frette bathrobes, and James Heeley toiletries in each sumptuously arranged guest room, the hotel boasts a bevy of attractive features, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vinkeles, the cutting edge gym, and the outstanding Brasserie OCCO – the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing with a Matured Manhattan, featuring The Dylan’s own homemade vermouth and bitters.
Written by Allen Lee
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