Amsterdam may rank high on the list of destinations for stag and hen dos, but the Dutch capital has so much more to offer than an inebriated weekend browsing its (in)famous coffee shops. The last few years have seen a wave of new hotels arriving in the city, seriously expanding the range of interesting options to stay within – and, most encouragingly, beyond – the well-trodden cobbled streets of its immediate historic core. Even existing properties have been dealt a much needed jolt and upped their game.
Having grown up here, I’ve watched this happen as I come back now every couple of months, walking past construction sites that give new life to listed buildings and, where possible, bring in something new altogether. Here are 15 of the best hotels in Amsterdam at the moment.
The best hotels in Amsterdam are:
- Best for a cool city break: The Hoxton, booking.com
- Best for design: W hotel, booking.com
- Best for cozy interiors: Kimpton de Witt, bookiing.com
- Best for tourist sights: Hotel The Exchange, booking.com
- Best for self-catering: Zoku, booking.com
- Best for hostel-living in style: Generator, booking.com
- Best for history: Pulitzer Amsterdam, booking.com
- Best for sleeping below sea level: Room Mate Aitana, booking.com
- Best for modern interiors: Andaz Prinsengracht, booking.com
- Best for city views: Sir Adam, booking.com
- Best for food: Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, booking.com
- Best for all out luxury: Conservatorium Amsterdam, booking.com
- Best for spa: Grand Hotel Amrâth, booking.com
- Best for Michelin-starred dining: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, booking.com
- Best for calming minimalist interiors: Pestana Amsterdam Riverside, booking.com
This was the first international venture for the Hoxton hotel group when it opened in 2015, branching out from its namesake area in east London. Walking into the lobby on Herengracht canal, the Dutch capital feels like a natural fit for the brand’s relaxed vibe, with vintage furniture in reds, yellows and blues contrasting against dark wood floors and exposed brick.
At the heart of the hotel’s ground floor is brasserie Lotti’s; upstairs there are 111 rooms, with the same dark wood floors, tan leather headboards and pale green and deep blue on the walls. They range from Shoebox to Roomy; there are also three unique “concept rooms”…