Not long ago, I wouldn’t have recommended hotels to anyone planning a visit in Amsterdam. Because hotels here used to be overpriced and tiny, and options were limited, Airbnb was my accommodation of choice when staying in Amsterdam. Now, regulations on Airbnb rentals have limited availability of short-term rental apartments and the prices have skyrocketed. Thankfully, the competition brought forth from Airbnb changed the market and forced local hotels to up their game.
After numerous mishaps with Airbnb rentals, including trashed apartments and being forced to leave in the middle of the night because the listing is illegal, I’ve come to a place of loving the luxury of staying in a hotel (as long as it’s clean and comfy). Many hotels in Amsterdam were renovated, making them more appealing. They now offer increased amenities and more value for your money. With all the options in Amsterdam, there is a hotel to cater to every taste and style.
NH Collection Barbizon Palace
Whether I’ve been flying for 15 hours or one, my top priority when I land is ditching my luggage. Staying here makes that super easy because it’s located almost directly outside of the city’s main train station, Amsterdam Centraal. The NH Collection Barbizon Palace is my go-to hotel when visiting the capital city of the Netherlands. I love having a Nespresso in its large rooms (which is rare in Amsterdam), its helpful staff, and its location right by some of my favorite bars.
This unique contemporary boutique hotel is constructed in three historic canal houses (some are leaning) and is steps away from museums, dining, and shopping. Rooms here are small, but clean and comfy, and provide extraordinary views of the water or of the buzzing of busy street Warmoestraat.
The W Amsterdam
Die Port van Cleve
Die Port van Cleve, where you are surrounded by history, is one of Amsterdam’s most unique and historic hotels. The building was part of the De Hooiberg brewery complex, which was in operation beginning in 1592 until it was bought out by Heineken in 1863. When the canal was filled, Heineken moved its beer production to its current location, and Die Port van Cleve became a beerhouse. In 1996, Die Port van Cleve was purchased by its current owners and renovated into a hotel, but the unique façade has remained unchanged and has obtained a monumental status, as well as its bar, De Blauwe Parade, with its original Delft blue tile fresco. Here, the rooms are adorable and the staff is accommodating.
Boutique Hotel View
Only minutes away from Leidseplein Square, Boutique Hotel View is a modern hotel set in a classic Amsterdam canal house overlooking the water. Some of the rooms are tiny, but the space is clean, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the staff is helpful.
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Originally built in 1855, this lux hotel is located right on Dam Square and is directly in the center of everything. The NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky recently underwent extensive renovations and looks marvelous. The rooms are large, and the tech upgrades are really cool (the shower turns on with a button).
The W is one of Amsterdam’s newer hotels, and with its rooftop pool lounge overlooking Koninklijk Palace, it quickly became an icon on Instagram. If you want luxury, quality sleep (the W is famous for it’s focus on rest), and Instagrammability – this is your city retreat.
Park Plaza Victoria
The Park Plaza Victoria is situated in a 19th
-century neoclassical building with friendly staff and a killer breakfast offering. For a bit of extra extravagance, make sure to ask for a room in the renovated area of the hotel!
Cityden Apartments are the perfect alternative to an Airbnb but without the hassle of hunting down your host. These apartments are particularly great because they offer the amenities of a hotel (yay clean towels!), but all the comforts of a home.
If you’re looking for a place to consider “home base” while you’re in Amsterdam, Zoku is it. These contemporary loft apartments are clean and spacious, and its common areas are perfect for those looking for a sense of community (digital nomads rejoice!). And the staff is incredible.
Sometimes, a super luxurious splurge is deserved:
De L’Europe Amsterdam
Although I’ve never personally stayed here (I’m saving up!), it’s been a dream of mine to sleep here ever since I first laid eyes on this gorgeous hotel over a decade ago. This five-star luxury resort in the heart of Amsterdam comes highly recommended by travelers and locals.
Located on one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals, the Keizersgracht, this super-sophisticated hotel is a design-lover’s dream. Its comfortable bed, beautiful décor, convenient location, and excellent service make The Dylan a perfect splurge.
Traveling on a super budget? Amsterdam has great hostels, too:
St. Christopher’s Inn at The Winston
No room is the same in this award-winning art hostel located in Amsterdam’s Red Light District because a local artist has painted each room. The amenities are modern and the staff is friendly.
This quirky, eco-conscious hostel is located in the heart of Amsterdam and just steps away from Rembrandt House. It’s perfect for travelers who are looking for a bit of luxury paired with the benefit of budget pricing.
The Bulldog Hotel
This Amsterdam hostel is located in the heart of the party, situated directly above one of the iconic Bulldog Coffeeshops.