It’s no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. In fact, it’s so popular that local authorities have actually taken measures in recent years to reduce visitor numbers.
The thing is, Amsterdam is popular for good reason! (Check out my Amsterdam archives to find out all the reasons I love this city so much.)
But all that overtourism does mean one thing for anyone planning a trip to the Netherlands: Amsterdam hotels are
- Always booked up early, and
- Extremely expensive!!!
Don’t worry though, this list has you covered. I’ve curated a handpicked list of independent, boutique, unique (and a few luxury) stays in all my favorite neighborhoods of Amsterdam. Just make sure you snag a room well in advance of your trip!
Short on time? TL;DR:
If you’re booking your Amsterdam hotel last minute or just want a quick summary of where to stay in Amsterdam – look no further!
Here are the best Amsterdam hotels for any budget or requirement:
- Central Location & Refined Luxury: The Dylan Hotel
- Boutique Hotel in Trendy Neighborhood: Jan Luyken Hotel
- Luxury Bed & Breakfast: Spinoza Suites
- Mid-Tier Hotel in Up-and-Coming Area: Hotel Jakarta
- Excellent Budget Option: Adam Suites Hotel
- Apartment Rentals: Kith & Kin Boutique Apartments
Cheap Amsterdam Hotels vs. Luxury Amsterdam Hotels
You’ll quickly discover that just about every Amsterdam neighborhood is home to dozens of accommodation options for every budget. Just be aware you that you might need to decide how much to prioritize comfort/cleanliness vs. location.
✨ If you haven’t decided where in Amsterdam you want to stay yet, check out my guide to Amsterdam neighborhoods before continuing with this list. ✨
Because to have it all, it’s likely you’ll need to shell out a bit more than you’d like to. (No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, but I try to keep things real around here!!)
Yep, that means you’ll find a few options for cheap Amsterdam hotels on the canal ring itself but these might not have stellar reviews.
There are also a few excellent boutique hotels and 5 star hotels in Amsterdam located in relatively off-the-beaten-path areas. And actually, my recommendation is to get out of the city center during your visit to Amsterdam anyway, so choosing a nicer stay a bit farther from the center would work out well.
I’ve tried to hand-pick Amsterdam apartment rentals and the best hotels in Amsterdam within a nice variety of price points, so no matter what your budget this list will have something for you.
The ranges of each budget category in this article are as follows (all prices in USD):
- €€€: $350+/night
- €€: $250 to $350/night
- €: Under $250/night
Keep in mind that prices fluctuate significantly between high and low seasons, but these ranges should be roughly accurate most of the time.
If there’s one piece of advice I can leave you with while looking for the perfect hotel in Amsterdam, it’s this:
Book early. Like, at least 3 months before your trip. Ideally, 6 months or more before your trip.
Seriously, as soon as you book your trip to the Netherlands Amsterdam hotels should be the very next thing on your mind.
You’ll thank me later!
Best Stays in the Netherlands:
Amsterdam Hotels for Every Budget by Neighborhood
Luxury Amsterdam Hotels in Central
If I’m going to be honest, I would never choose to stay in central Amsterdam myself if I had the option. There are some beautiful things to see and do in this part of Amsterdam, but it just doesn’t have the vibes I’m looking for as a base for my time in the city.
That said, there is definitely an argument to be made for convenient location, and these are the best hotels Amsterdam has to offer in that regard.
€ | 4 Star | Elevated Functional | Excellent Location
You won’t get the trendiest digs at Eden Hotel (what is with the corset imagery screen printed onto the bed canopy?!), but you also won’t need to pay an arm and a leg to be located steps from Rembrandplein, the nightlife just at the eastern edge of the central canal ring. Past reviewers are honest about the very average rooms, but they all love the location—if staying close to major sites is important to you, Eden is about the best you can do on a budget.
€€€ | 4 Star | Grandma Chic | Plush Elegance
Among central Amsterdam hotels boutique vibes are not the most common. So while busy wallpaper and extremely color-coordinated upholstery aren’t my typical style, Hotel Estheréa makes them kind of… a vibe. This hotel on the Singel canal is literally steps from the trendy 9 Streets shopping neighborhood and ultimately, right at the center of all the action. Guests love the hotel bar and breakfast, which round out one of the comfiest, coziest hotels on Amsterdam’s canal ring.
€€€ | 4 Star | Tucked Away Retreat | Modern Decor
If I could afford to stay at The Dylan, this would be my top pick among luxury Amsterdam hotels in Centrum. It’s about as stylish of an establishment as you can expect for an Amsterdam hotel near the train station and canal ring, but it’s also completely secluded with a picturesque inner courtyard and refined rooms that definitely don’t skimp on luxury. Guests especially appreciate the careful attendance of the hotel staff.
€€€ | Sleeps 4 Comfortably | Extremely Central
It’s a shame that Leidseplein, the rowdiest part of central Amsterdam aside from the Red Light District, is also perhaps the most centrally located meeting place in the city. This apartment, a good couple minutes’ walk from the truly obnoxious part of Leidseplein, benefits from the location but retains the feel of a comfortable urban retreat to genuinely relax after a long day enjoying all Amsterdam has to offer.
Best Amsterdam Hotels in the Jordaan
You’ll have to get beyond the central canal ring to find the best hotels Amsterdam has to offer at a reasonable price. Even the hip and high-class Jordaan district, not known for being particularly affordable, provides a much better balance of style and value than central Amsterdam.
Plus, you’ll genuinely enjoy strolling the streets of the neighborhood that will be your temporary home in Amsterdam—a huge plus not to be overlooked when booking your accommodation!
€ | 4 Star | Sophisticated Simplicity | Spacious Rooms
Located on a lovely avenue (actually a former canal filled in back in 1895) in a quiet corner of the Jordaan, Adam Suites is a perfect haven for anyone looking for a touch of elevated modern design at a fair price point. It’s not flashy (and the bathrooms—though clean!—could use a style refresh) but the sleek bar/breakfast area and rustic wood beams make up in that area. If you stay here, don’t miss the Saturday farmer’s market right on your doorstep!
€€ | 3 Star | Industrial Chic | Convenient Location
Mr. Jordaan won’t be winning any design awards in the near future, but its functional decor is also perfectly acceptable for anyone looking to balance price with prime location, with a welcoming staff to boot. This hotel is just steps from the Anne Frank house, several tram lines, and one of the more gorgeous canals in the Jordaan, Bloemgracht. Actually, the canal is right outside the front door!
€€€ | 4 Star | Design with a POV | In The Middle Of It All
Ok, while the Hotel Mercier is not technically in the Jordaan, it is just a few streets away, located convenient between the 9 Streets shopping district and the Jordaan itself. The common areas of this hotel are absolutely stunning, and the rooms are just as great. Blending intricately woven textiles and elevated wood panelling, each room will transport you back to an earlier era of Amsterdam elegance.
€€€ | Sleeps 4 Comfortably | Traditional Charm
Do you have dreams of staying in a real canal house on your trip to Amsterdam? This apartment, nestled in the very heart of the Jordaan and right on the edge of the canal ring, will make them a reality. The decor is simple and inoffensive, but you’ll be extremely comfortable here and, let’s be honest, you’ll be distracted by that view out your front window anyway.
For me, it often feels like I’ve really “cracked” a city—figured out what makes it liveable, interesting, and entirely its own—when I discover a neighborhood that feels completely off the tourist path. In Amsterdam, that’s the primarily residential area along the southern edge of Westerpark.
Although far less famous than the iconic Vondelpark, Westerpark is cool. It’s also your perfect destination for boutique Amsterdam hotels that won’t break the bank and will deliver on a truly local neighborhood vibe during your stay.
€ | 4 Star | Unique Location | Green Hotel
Staying at Amsterdam’s Conscious Hotels “chain” (there are four locations, and one more on this list!) is sure to leave you feeling happy with your decisions. Not only is Conscious Hotel Westerpark located right in the middle of the park—part of the Westergasfabriek cultural center which offers restaurants, bars, and events—but it also runs entirely on electric power (no gas!), serves a fully organic & vegetarian menu, and offers bike rentals. Not to mention the stylish digs…
€ | 4 Star | B&B Vibes | Quiet Retreat
With only seven rooms on the premises, you’ll get the true boutique hotel experience at WesterVilla (if you can snag a room before it’s booked up, that is)! This hotel and restaurant take over a charming old manor house on the edge of Westerpark. At this hotel, you’ll have the ability to hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you’ll also be within walking distance of the Westergasfabriek, the Jordaan and Bos en Lommer (another cute area with tram connections to the rest of the city).
€ | 1- and 2-Bedroom Apartments | Impeccable Design
Featuring funky wood panelling, colourful walls and upholstery, and plenty of natural light, these serviced apartments are located more in the neighborhood than the previous two listings closer to the park. I would stay (and honestly, live) in one of these apartments in a heartbeat—not only are they cute and functional, but they’re also easily walkable to Westerpark, the Jordaan, and my absolute favorite neighborhood in Amsterdam, Oud-West.
Best Amsterdam Hotels in Oud-West
The Oud-West area of Amsterdam is probably my favorite—for its prime location close to lots of public transport, walking distance to the Vondelpark, and loads of boutiques and restaurants with a much more local vibe than anything you’ll find in central Amsterdam.
The locals-forward vibe of the area is confirmed by the fact that there aren’t very many hotels (or places to stay in general) in Oud-West. That said, the options you do have to stay in Oud-West are excellent!
€ | 4 Star | Personality-Filled Design | Steps from Vondelpark
Another entry from the Conscious Hotels group (see above for another), Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is a quirky, upbeat place to stay in Amsterdam where you’ll feel as energized by the decor as you do about how you’re helping the planet with your stay. This hotel may be on the simpler side of things, but it passes the vibe check and the wallet check—so I highly recommend it nonetheless!
€€ | 4 Star | Cozy Common Areas | Peaceful Residential Street
Located right in the heart of all Oud-West has to offer—the bustling Overtoom and Jan Pieter Heijestraat with their shops and restaurants, not to mention a 3-minute walk from Vondelpark—Hotel Park 6 couldn’t be more convenient. Plus, its simple yet elevated design is the perfect recipe for a laid back stay, and most rooms have either huge windows or very high ceilings!
€€ | 3 Star | One-of-a-Kind Stay | Modern Design
If you’re looking for an Amsterdam hotel that is very uniquely Amsterdam, look no further than SWEETS. Here’s the concept: 1 hotel, 28+ “bridge houses”—buildings built right on canal bridges that were once the home of “bridge keepers” who operated the drawbridges for passing boats. All, including this particular location in Oud-West, are impeccably re-designed into 1-bed hotel suites, and all have prime canal views. Need I say more?!
💡 Insider tip: Search “SWEETS Amsterdam” on Booking.com to find the other 27 SWEETS bridge houses!
Boutique Amsterdam Hotels in Oud-Zuid
You’ll almost certainly find yourself in arty Oud-Zuid at some point on your trip to Amsterdam, because at its heart is the Museum Quarter—one of my very favorite parts of the city. Flanked by Vondelpark and De Pijp as well, this neighborhood almost couldn’t be any better located!
The best hotels in Oud-Zuid are appropriately upscale to match the trendy shopping and excellent museums in the area, but they are thankfully much more affordable than those within the canal ring. If you’re looking for a centrally located, yet still affordable, area to say—this is it!
€ | 4 Star | Attention to Detail | Intimate
Comprising only 19 rooms spread across a dreamy 1910 brick building right in the middle of Oud-Zuid, De Ware Jacob is a true boutique hotel experience. Recent guests absolutely fawn over the thoughtful touches like welcome drinks, help with luggage, and complimentary umbrellas to borrow. It’s the little things! Plus, impeccable design and cleanliness will complete an altogether near-perfect stay.
€€ | 4 Star | On-Trend Vibes | Dog-Friendly
Recently renovated, the Jan Luyken knows exactly who it’s trying to attract—design-conscious millennials who want to be right in the center of the action. And you know what? They’ve got us! Rooms are on the small side, but with gorgeous architectural details, carefully curated decoration, super friendly staff, and perfect location—who really cares?!
€€ | 4 Star | Sophisticated Rooms | Scooters & Bikes to Rent
For those who don’t fawn over a boutique hotel, College Hotel is an excellent option offering a slightly more traditional hotel experience (it’s owned by Marriott) that still delivers on historic charm (it occupies a gorgeous 19th century building), impeccable design (peep the huge windows), and an exceptionally classy restaurant/bar situation.
Best Amsterdam Hotels in De Pijp
Ah, De Pijp! This is my absolute favorite Amsterdam neighborhood for eating, shopping, and simply chilling out. With the always charming Sarphatipark at its heart, De Pijp is also home to the Albert Cuyp Market and a great food scene centered around the streets converging at Gerard Douplein.
If I could choose anywhere to stay (or live) in Amsterdam, it would be De Pijp in a heartbeat! There aren’t so many places to stay in this happening neighborhood, so if you want the chance to base yourself here, make sure to book early.
€ | 3 Star | Newly Renovated in 2023 | Intimate
If you’re looking for modern design, perfect location and friendly staff at a bargain price, book If Boutique Hotel before the secret gets out! With only 17 rooms, each with its own unique design, this newly renovated hotel features a cozy garden and is just steps away from the best that De Pijp has to offer.
€€ | 4 Star | City Views | Rustic-Chic Decor
Located in a 19th century diamond factory, the glam Sir Albert Hotel lives up to its legacy. Offering an on-site gym, 24-hour room service, several suites with balconies, and trendy Japanese bar/restaurant, this hotel literally couldn’t be cooler. Not to mention, it’s at the end of Albert Cuypstraat, meaning the must-see Albert Cuyp Market is literally right down the road.
€€€ | 5 Star | Amstel River Views | Grand Design
Obviously, placing in the higher price bracket outside the city center means the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is swanky. Taking up the entirety of a huge 19th-century building with a clocktower, this place will make you feel like you own all of Amsterdam staying here. Rooms feature contemporary design and huge windows, while the rest of the hotel is impressively grand—featuring a pool/sauna, 24-hour room service, and a highly rated restaurant with a patio.
€€ | Sleek Design | Heart of De Pijp
I don’t really know how the describe Het Kabinet, but I know it’s amazing! It’s sort of… a 1-room hotel? This place doesn’t have a kitchen or even a kitchenette, but it’s sort of an apartment. What I do know is that you’ll love having Sarphatipark and Gerard Douplein right around the corner, and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the sleek design, comfortable bed, and modern bathroom.
Cheap Hotels in Amsterdam Oost
It should be no surprise that an up-and-coming neighborhood like Amsterdam Oost is home to some of the cutest (and most affordable) Amsterdam hotels. Not only will you love coming home to relax in these vibe-y hotel rooms every day, but I’m certain you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous architecture and young energy of the neighborhood as well.
€ | 4 Star | Park Adjacent | Hipster Chic
If you can get past the fact that Hotel Arena is located in a building that once served as an orphanage, you’ll absolutely fall in love with its cozy rooms, the calm and quiet neighborhood, and its idyllic view over a charming Oosterpark pond. Not the mention, the hotel has a lovely Mediterranean restaurant just on the edge of the park and upgraded rooms feature soaking tubs for ultimate relaxation.
€€ | 4 Star | Aparthotel with Kitchens | Classy Minimalism
A boutique take on the typical European aparthotel (where all rooms feature kitchens), the newly renovated Bob W Oosterpark elevates things with on-trend furniture, thoughtful design that complements the historic building, and yoga mats in every room. Do note that its a contactless hotel with no front desk, but staff are available online day and night.
€€€ | 4 Star | Design B&B | Luxe Bathrooms
I don’t know about you, but I often judge a hotel on its bathroom design: high-end materials and fixtures can really elevate the experience, okay?! Well, Spinoza Suites wins by a mile in that category! In addition, this B&B—located in a 19th century canalside mansion—has only two rooms, meaning the service will be incredibly attentive… a fact confirmed by its 4.9 rating on Google Maps at the time of writing. Just make sure you book early!
€€€ | Sleeps 4 Comfortably | Excellent Public Transport Connections
Although this apartment is relatively simple, it has everything you and three friends will need for a perfect stay. Not only is the property spacious, but it’s around the corner from a metro line that will have you at Amsterdam Centraal Station in 7 minutes. Add in gorgeous natural light, clean hardwood floors, and a modern bathroom, and all the essentials are covered—and then some!
Best Luxury Amsterdam Hotels in Noord & Zeeburg
The final section of this Amsterdam hotel guide actually combines two similar yet distinct neighborhoods: Noord and Zeeburg. Straddling the River IJ (which separates most of Amsterdam from Amsterdam Noord), both neighborhoods are characterized by modern buildings, a maritime vibe, and trendy, up-and-coming restaurants.
Zeeburg, for its part, feels a bit like an extension of Amsterdam Oost (further to the east), while Noord can be accessed easily by metro or free ferries that cross the IJ every couple of minutes during the day. Both are great places to stay if you’re looking for views, bargains, and a more off-the-beaten-path experience in Amsterdam!
€ | 4 Star | Convenient Public Transport Links | Excellent Amenities
Located literally right outside the Amsterdam Noord metro station, Tribe Amsterdam City is the perfect place to stay if you want access to traditional hotel amenities like a gym, bar, and private parking at a fraction of what you’d pay in the center. Plus, this place still cultivates great vibes, especially in its design-forward lounge.
€€ | 4 Star | Indoor Tropical Garden | Trendy Location
For a unique and high-end stay in Amsterdam that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend Hotel Jakarta. This hotel is located in the docklands where ships once departed for Indonesia, and seems to draw tasteful inspiration from its colonial Southeast Asian past with earthy decor and a tropical garden in the lobby. Most rooms here have balconies with a view over the IJ River, and the neighborhood is one of the trendiest up-and-coming parts of Amsterdam. Need I say more?!
€€ | 4 Star | Creative Concrete Chic | Perfect Location
Situated to give you the best of both worlds, the luxurious Sir Adam Hotel is literally directly across the river from Amsterdam Centraal (meaning it’s super accessible for exploring the city). At the same time, it takes advantage of the funky vibes in Amsterdam Noord to give you a unique—yet still very high end—experience.
€€€ | One-of-a-Kind Property | Luxury Suites
Not for those prone to seasickness, Lightship Amsterdam is a creative B&B located on a floating barge which once functioned as a lighthouse. Each of the two luxury suites features stunning glazed glass walls to insulate you from the metal hull of the ship, a king bed, and an enormous soaking tub. Recent guests rave about the two welcoming hosts, the impressive breakfast spread, and the 5-star amenities.
€ | Sleeps 4 Comfortably | Class Dutch Charm
This modern houseboat in Zeeburg is your chance to make your Dutch houseboat dream into a reality! Guests have especially loved the cleanliness of the property, the huge picture windows, and the jacuzzi tub. And, if you’re into fishing, apparently you’re allowed to fish from the deck of this place.
Decided where to stay in Amsterdam yet?
As you can see, no matter where you decide to stay in Amsterdam, there are nearly endless options for exceptional apartments and hotels in Amsterdam. I hope this list of my 30 favorite Amsterdam hotelshas gotten you even more excited about your trip!
If you stay at any of the properties listed above, please reach out and let me know how your experience was. I am 100% committed to only recommending the best Amsterdam hotels and the best places to stay in any destination, period.
Most asked questions about hotels in Amsterdam
Why is Amsterdam hotels so expensive?
Amsterdam hotels are so expensive because, well, Amsterdam isn’t exactly a cheap city.
Amsterdam is consistently one of the most visited cities in Europe, and sees tons of tourists, even in the off-seasons. The prices you’ll find in Amsterdam are equivalent to most place you’ll visit in northern Europe, and are just the price you pay (no pun intended) to visit popular, well traveled cities.
Not to mention: because Amsterdam is so popular, and relatively small, it—like so many other major cities—is seeing a prolonged and very intense housing crisis. There just aren’t that many places to stay, and that drives the price up!
When I visit Amsterdam I always find that it’s easier to go for a hotel because the prices are equitable or better than an Airbnb. Plus, with a hotel you don’t end up having to do all sorts of weird chores for the host, or worry about the idiosyncrasies that come with staying in someone’s home. And to make things better, you aren’t contributing to the Airbnb-induced portion of the housing crisis.
How much should you pay for a hotel in Amsterdam?
On average, you should expect to pay somewhere around €300 per night for a hotel room in Amsterdam. This can vary greatly depending on how nice you want your stay to be, and how much you’re trying to travel on a budget, but I find that this is a good ballpark for planning purposes.
In the off-season, you can find great deals on hotels around €150-200/night. However, if you’re traveling during the high season from April to October, you should be prepared that there really won’t be any hotel rooms available under €300/night—unless you’re willing to stay somewhere with poor ratings which may mean bad service, lack of cleanliness, or a sketchy street. Boutique or design hotels in Amsterdam during the high season will easily run over €500/night.
What time of year is Amsterdam cheapest?
Traveling between the months of November and March (with a few exceptions around the holidays in December) is going to be the cheapest time of year to visit Amsterdam. The tourist season drops off quite a bit in October, and doesn’t start to pick up again until April, so if you’re trying to travel during the cheapest time of year, aim for these months.
What is the cheapest season in Amsterdam?
It’s cheapest to travel to Amsterdam in the winter season. The colder weather and shorter days make for a less appealing trip for most tourists, meaning that if you’re trying to save some money you trip to Amsterdam, winter is your best bet. Read more about my guide to when to visit Amsterdam here.