Trying to decide where to stay in Amsterdam? In Amsterdam, there is accommodation to suit everyone from luxury chic hotels to social hostels for solo travellers. This post shares my favourite Amsterdam hotels across the city.
If you are still on the planning stages of your trip you may want to check out my efficient 2 day Amsterdam itinerary for first-time visitors or my posts on where to find tulips in Amsterdam and the best things to do in Amsterdam at night.
Where To Stay in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a surprisingly big city combining a number of different districts. Therefore, it can be a bit of minefield deciding on where to stay.
My personal preference is in the district of Jordaan, it is within a good walking distance of the city centre but at the same time is quieter and has a more local feel. In recent years, Jordaan has become known as the ‘hipster district’.
If you want to be right in the centre of the major tourist attractions you will want to book a hotel in either the De Wallen (Red Light District), Canal Ring or Centrum districts. These districts are located right in the centre, so expect it to be busier and to pay higher prices, but they are perfect places to stay for first-time visitors of Amsterdam.
For a compromise, book a hotel in the De Pijp district, aka the cosmopolitan and vibrant district which is just a short tram ride away from Centraal Station.
Planning on visiting many of Amsterdam’s main attractions? You will probably want to look into purchasing an Amsterdam City Card in advance. The I Amsterdam Card gains you access free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam (including a canal cruise), unlimited travel on public transport within the city as well as discounts on further attractions and restaurants.
Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam
If you are looking for luxury in the heart of Amsterdam then you will want to stay in The Hoxton. Made up of 5 traditional canal houses, The Hoxton embraces chic luxury with little quirks which have become the signature of The Hoxton brand.
Located just 450 yards away from the Anne Frank House, staying here will put you right in the middle of Amsterdam’s top attractions as well as some of the cities cooler bars and cafes. The Hoxton also has an onsite bar and restaurant.
The Hoxton is a great option for couples looking for a bit of luxury or people travelling on business.
Sir Adam Hotel
Overlooking the IJ-river and the historic city centre, Sir Adam Hotel is set in the A’DAM tower in Amsterdam. Central Station is a 2-minute ferry ride from Sir Adam Hotel – making it a perfect choice for visitors arriving by train or Eurostar.
Guests can enjoy a burger at The Butcher Social Club as well as the famous A’DAM lookout tower and swing. The Sir Adam is located in Amsterdam Noord – a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, old town exploring and tourist attractions.
Located in my favourite part of Amsterdam – Jordaan, this luxury hotel is perfect for people looking for a relaxing city break in Amsterdam.
Mr Jordaan is stylish yet cosy and boasts canal views from the window. The hotel is located close to the top attractions but far enough away to get a real feel for the local side of Amsterdam.
This is my go-to when booking where to stay in Amsterdam.
Mid-Range Hotels in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel
Like The Hoxton, The Wiechmann Hotel is 3 canal houses combined – creating an authentic Dutch feel for those who stay here.
Located just a 10-minute walk from the famous Dam Square the Wiechmann Hotel is a great option for those looking for a moderately priced hotel which is still centrally located and boasts canal views.
Located 10 minutes by train from Centraal Station the Q-Factory is quirky and stylish, naming itself ‘Amsterdam’s most musical hotel’.
Set inside the Q-Factory in Amsterdam West, the hotel is just one of the many features of this building. The Q-Factory is a hub for live shows, concerts, creative spaces and cafes. There is a lot of energy running through this building – so much so, it actually runs on recycled energy!
The Q-Factory Hotel is a fun and quirky hotel, perfect for those looking for style without the luxury prices.
No. 377 House
No. 377 House is located right along the Nassaukade in Amsterdam, only 500 yards from the vibrant Leidseplein. This hotel offers modern rooms with a contemporary design in a classic canal house along with a complimentary mini-bar.
This particular hotel is one of Booking.com top picks and is one of the most highly rated ‘moderate’ hotels on their website for Amsterdam.
No. 377 house is a 15-minute tram journey to Central Station and less than 10 minutes to the Museum Quarter.
The majority of rooms boast canal views.
Well located in the Oud Zuid district of Amsterdam, The Alfred Hotel is a short distance from Vondelpark and Heineken Experience.
The rooms are on the most basic side but the hotel makes up for this with its transportation links and location. This a great hotel for those staying in Amsterdam with kids.
Budget Hotels and hostels in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the lastest location for the budget hotel brand. YOTEL is based around maximises minimal space and creating style within a capsule-based room.
Located in the Amsterdam Noord area, the capsule hotel is centrally located with a modern futuristic design.
I have yet to stay in this particular hotel, but having stayed in this chain elsewhere in the world, I would recommend this hotel for a short stay in Amsterdam (1-2 nights).
Yotel is best suited for those looking for a budget hotel but does not want to stay in a hostel.
I will start by staying StayOkay is my favourite hostel brand in Amsterdam and across the whole of The Netherlands. They actually have 3 different hostels in Amsterdam, however, my favourite is the one located in Vondelpark.
It is well located, safe and social, offering both dorm rooms and private rooms. The private rooms are a great option for those still looking for the social aspect of a hotel but are past sleeping in a dorm.
The StayOkay brand really prides themselves on being a ‘high-class hostel’ and it really shows. I would recommend the StayOkay Vondelpark for solo travellers (female travellers please be aware dorms are currently mixed and not single-sex).
StayOkay Vondelpark also has private family dorm rooms making it a perfect family hostel in Amsterdam option.
Adam the First – City Boutique Ho(s)tel
Ideally set in the Amsterdam City Centre district of Amsterdam, Adam the First – City Boutique Ho(s)tel is set 450 yards from the famous Flower Market and 750 yards from Rembrandtplein.
Recently renovated hotel/hostel hybrid offers all the same luxuries of a hotel, whilst breathing the same fun and exciting atmosphere that you would typically find in a hostel.
Located next to one of the most popular clubs in town – The SupperClub, this is the place to stay if you are looking for a fun, lively environment in which to really enjoy the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam.
I would not recommend Adam the First for anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing break.
Adam the First offers a whole host of rooms from budget doubles to quadruples with bunk beds – making it the perfect accommodation for those travelling in groups and looking for a good night out.
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I Amsterdam City Card: Planning on visiting many of Amsterdam’s main attractions? You will probably want to look into purchasing an Amsterdam City Card in advance. The I Amsterdam Card gains you access free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam (including a canal cruise), unlimited travel on public transport within the city as well as discounts on further attractions and restaurants.
The city has many fantastic places to stay which can make it hard to decide where to stay in Amsterdam. However, I hope my personal recommendations have narrowed down your options and helped you to decide on your perfect Amsterdam hotel.
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