It may rank high on the list of destinations for stag and hen dos, but Amsterdam 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.
The Dutch capital packs a lot in for a city with under a million inhabitants. Best explored on foot or bicycle, its narrow streets, slender canal houses and vertiginous staircases are reminders that space has always come at a premium. Its human scale perfectly suits smaller, boutique hotels – here are the best options if you’re looking for something more intimate. Keep scrolling to book your next city break.
Neighbourhood: City centre
There are several types of rooms and suites inside Seven One Seven, once the home of a wealthy sugar trader. All come with unique features and different colour schemes, with the two largest suites given five side-by-side windows along the width of the building’s facade overlooking Prinsengracht canal. However, only the merchant and grand heritage rooms are available to book currently, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for future availability.
The public spaces, including a library and a garden patio, add to the feel of staying in a private home. Its location puts you about midway between Museumplein and Dam Square, with easy access to Vondelpark.
Double rooms start at £170 per night.
Water is at the heart of Amsterdam and in many ways has always been the city’s lifeline. With water comes bridges, and with bridges come bridge houses – you’ll see them all over the city, in various architectural styles with many designed by well-known architects.
With centralised bridge control, the little houses became redundant, but now this brilliant concept hotel is turning 28 of them into individual hotel suites (SWEETS is a play on the word suites and the notion of the bridge houses being little sweets dotted around the city).
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