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The best hotels in the center of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world, so there are a lot of hotels in its metropolitan area. In total there are over 350 hotels to choose from. To make sense of it all we at Meet The Cities made selection of the best hotels in the center of Amsterdam. They range from low budget hotels to high-end 5-star hotels, and each has their own unique features. Some of hotels are very special because of its location, architecture, history, beautiful design, while others are praised by the small size and personal attention. Smaller hotels tend to be in monumental buildings and can have some steep stairs typical to Amsterdam, while bigger hotels are more likely to have an elevator. In this guide we will show you what the best hotels are for each star rating so you can be sure to get a centrally located hotel with proper services to enjoy your vacation at.


5-star hotels

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

The Andaz hotel is an excellent award winning designer hotel that is dressed to impress and takes luxury to a whole new level. It has an elegant and inspiring design that gives off a distinctly Dutch impression.

The Andaz hotel is an art piece by itself, with a lobby where you can sit in tulip chairs, has large bell lamps and beautifully decorated walls. Throughout the hotel you will find video art on the walls. The open and cozy restaurant offers seasonal dishes and has a view into the lush garden of the hotel. It is also possible to relax and enjoy a sauna or massage at the Spa.

The hotel is conveniently located in the canal ring of Amsterdam, within walking distance of the vibrant restaurant and nightlife center of the Leidseplein, the lively shopping district at the Spui square and the stores at the Nine Streets. If you walk slightly further you arrive at the luxury shopping street of the P.C. Hooftstraat and the cultural Museum square, where the Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum are located.

The hotel caters to all your needs. Guests who wish to travel can make use of the free complimentary bikes. The minibar at your room is complimentary as well. Of course the hotel also has free wifi and free television. There are free newspapers available. You can borrow a book from it’s library. The hotel also offers a 24 hour room service, a parking service, dry cleaning and laundry service, a babysitting service and more.

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Hotel De L’Europe is an extravagant luxury hotel within the heart of Amsterdam. At your spacious suite you can enjoy the marble bathrooms with floor heating, bathroom TV’s and other luxuries. You’ll enjoy free wired and wireless internet, Bose surround sound systems and international power converters. The hotel has a spa, where you can enjoy the indoor swimming pool, the beauty salon, a sauna, the fitness studio and more.

The hotel has several restaurants and bars, including a canalside terrace restaurant, a two michelin star restaurant, for which it’s highly recommended to reserve a spot, and a cocktail bar.

Many rooms in this hotel have a great view over the Amstel river. If you follow the Amstel river slightly down you will come across the most beautiful canals and bridges of Amsterdam, such as the Blue Bridge and the Skinny Bridge.

Located in the heart of the city the hotel is right besides the shopping streets of Amsterdam at Spui Square. From Spui Square you will also find that trams go to every corner of the city. Right next to the hotel is also the Rembrandt Square, a popular center of restaurants, cinemas and nightlife activities in Amsterdam. Within walking distance you will also find the home of Rembrandt and Spinoza, which is the Jewish quarter. Here you will find the Hermitage Museum, The Jewish historical museum, the National Opera & Ballet, the Artis Zoo of Amsterdam and more.

Hotel De L’Europe is arguably the best hotel in Amsterdam, with top notch services, an ideal location in the heart of the city, a canal side terrace and a beautifully daring yet peaceful design. Certainly a recommended hotel to visit.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam hotel is a grand hotel overlooking the Amstel river and landmark bridges of Amsterdam. The monumental building is beautifully decorated with a classical and Victorian design. The rooms in the hotels are unique, comfortable and spacious as they come with antique furniture, marble bathrooms with both a bath and a shower, free wifi and a great view.

At the hotels Health & Fitness club you will find a fantastic heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness equipment, personal trainers and you can enjoy a massage. The hotel enjoys several restaurants and bars, including a michelin star restaurant and a terrace bar. The Amstel hotel owns a small fleet of saloon boats on which you can enjoy a culinary cruise over the canals of Amsterdam.

In front of the hotel stops a tram line that will effortlessly take you to all hotspots of the city. The hotel is located at a 15 minute walk from most tourist hotspots, such as Museum Square, where the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum is located, and Rembrandt Square, a restaurant and nightlife center of Amsterdam. Near the hotel you will find the Hermitage Museum, the Carré Theater and the Albert Cuypmarkt, which is the busiest day market / street market of the Netherlands and the biggest of Europe.

The hotel has housed plenty of royalties and stars in Amsterdam. From Queen Elizabeth to the Rolling Stones. The Royal Suite with it’s golden elements has been found suitable for Kings and Queens.

4-star hotels

Canal House

The Canal House hotel has a modern luxurious design and is located in the famous canal district of Amsterdam, within walking district of the major shopping areas. The hotel is right around the corner of Dam Square, which is the city square and the heart of Amsterdam. It is here that you can find the longest shopping streets of Amsterdam. From Dam Square you can also reach every part of the city with ease by tram. If you prefer more boutique shops then you can go to the nine streets, which are several streets with boutique shops in the canal district, which are just south of this hotel. On top of that the Anne Frank house is right behind the hotel. So the hotel is certainly located at a popular spot.

The hotel itself has plenty of places where you can sit back and relax. It has a comfortable garden where you can sit down with friends or family, which is pretty unique in the heart of Amsterdam. It’s pretty hard to find some peaceful green space in Amsterdam, but here it’s included in the hotel. For the people who prefer to stay indoors there is also a comfortable lounge overlooking the garden, where you can sit down. And a cozy bar where you can sit down for some coffee or beverages like a typically Dutch gin.

Banks Mansion – All Inclusive Hotel

Banks Mansion hotel is a four star Art Deco hotel at a perfect location within the canal district of the historic city center of Amsterdam. The warm interior design is influenced by the styles of the Dutch architect Berlage as well as the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The hotel is near several attractions popular among the locals of Amsterdam, including The Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Pathé Tuschinski cinema, the Rembrandt square and the Flower Market. The Rembrandt Square is a popular restaurant and nightlife area in Amsterdam, making this hotel perfect for an evening stroll. While the street of the hotel itself leads to two popular shopping squares, the Spui Square and the Koningsplein, which connect several popular shopping streets of Amsterdam.

What makes this hotel special compared to other boutique hotels is not only that it is housed in a former bank building, but also that almost all services that the hotel offers are included in the price of the rooms. Some examples of things included in the price are the extensive breakfast buffet, which of course include everything you need from pancakes to eggs, the drinks and snacks in the lobby area which are available 24 hours a day, the drinks from the minibar, the use of decanters with whiskey, cognac & gin and the Dutch and French cheese tastings between 5 pm to 7 pm. The hotel wants their guests to feel themselves more at home with this unique concept.

There are different types of rooms, but they all have air conditioning, free WiFi, free use of the Nespresso machine, a flatscreen television with films and sports channels and the bathrooms have a rainshower (and some even a bathtub). So you can be sure to all your needs are catered.

Of course as tourists guides ourselves we couldn’t help but the quiz the staff of the hotel. And the results were quite good. The professional staff of Banks Mansion is very willing to help you with your requests and has a great knowledge about the best places to visit in Amsterdam.

Hotel The Toren

Hotel The Toren is an award winning hotel located in two 17th century monumental buildings next to the canals of Amsterdam. Due to its luxurious decoration the hotel enjoys an intimate and royal ambiance with many classical elementals, giving the hotel a very warm atmosphere.

The hotel is located near the Anne Frank Museum on the Keizersgracht canal, within walking distance of the city center of Amsterdam at Dam Square and the shopping streets of the Nine Streets, making a stay at this hotel ideal for shopping trips.

The hotel has a wide array of rooms from larger luxurious rooms to smaller budget ones, so you can pick and choose what fits you. The staff has gone all out when designing the rooms by putting cozy bathtubs in many of them, where you can lay down, chandeliers hanging several rooms and of course the romantic designs. Of course the rooms also have a television, air conditioning and free wifi. The more luxurious rooms are equipped with spa whirlpool baths. There is also a hotel bar where you can enjoy some wine or a delicious cocktail.

As this hotel is located in an old monumental building it also has a small garden where you can sit down and relax. In Amsterdam many monumental buildings also have very narrow stairs that aren’t really suitable for wheelchairs and this building is one of them. But the hotel perfect for people who want to spend their days in Amsterdam shopping in a romantic setting.

3-star hotels

Apollo Museumhotel Amsterdam City Centre

The Apollo Museumhotel can be found at the end of the most luxurious shopping street of Amsterdam, the P.C Hooftstraat, where you can find the latest high end fashion. The hotel is called the museumhotel for a reason. As this hotel is right in front of the Museum square, where you can find the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which is the national museum of the Netherlands, and the famous IAmsterdam sign.

Within walking distance of the hotel you will also find the Leidseplein, which is both the cultural and nightlife center of Amsterdam. It is here that you will find the main Neo-Renaissance theater building of Amsterdam, the most famous dance clubs and of course many restaurants where you can dine in the evening. For people looking to escape the busy city life and who would enjoy a picnic in the heart of Amsterdam you’ll be happy to know that the Vondelpark, the biggest and most popular park of Amsterdam, is also right next door.

Due to its central location multiple trams stops can be found only a block away, from where you can explore the whole city. So if you are looking for a friendly priced basic hotel with friendly staff at a perfect location, this might be the one for you.

The characteristic hotel building actually consists of eight authentic monumental buildings that have been connected and has 188 hotel rooms. The Apollo Museumhotel and its rooms have a modern style design. The rooms aren’t that big, but in return you get a comfortable room, with a private bathroom, on a prime location. And it offers great facilities such as free wifi, air conditioning and a buffet breakfast.

If you are a light sleeper it is advised to ask for a room above street level as you are near the busy city center of Amsterdam. Everything considered this hotel offers great value for money.

No. 377 House

The No. 377 House is a three star hotel next to the charming Amsterdam canals. The hotel offers a modern, contemporary design giving it a peaceful atmosphere. The hotel has 15 quite stylish rooms. All of which come with free wifi and a flatscreen tv.

One of the key features of this hotel is that it lies right in the cultural and nightlife center of Amsterdam. But as it lies one street behind it all you will also be sure to enjoy a good night’s rest. It’s one street behind the busy nightlife area of Amsterdam called the Leidseplein, which is perfect for enjoying an evening out. The hotel is also within walking distance of the biggest museums of Amsterdam at Museum Square, including the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum.

The hotel is also well connected with the public transport. As when you head towards the Leidseplein you will also find plenty of tram stops that can bring you to the old city center within minutes. So all touristic sights of Amsterdam are at your fingertips.

Another great feature of this hotel is that it offers a great view over the canals of Amsterdam, which is one of the reasons why people go to Amsterdam in the first place. It’s not the biggest hotel, but if you are looking for great views, a good night’s rest and still being centrally located then it’s definitely worth checking out.

Hotel Sebastian’s

Hotel Sebastian’s is a warm and trendy hotel with very positive reviews. It’s located in the iconic Jordaan, a historic canal district popular among residents of Amsterdam who like to enjoy the true spirit of Amsterdam, while at the same time staying in the city center.

Right behind the hotel is the Haarlemmerstraat, which is a street where plenty of restaurants and bars are located. If you head south you will reach the Anne Frank house and a very notable canal shopping area called the nine streets. The hotel is also in walking distance of Amsterdam central station and Dam Square, the city center, which you can reach with a ten minute walk.

At the hotel you can rent a bike if they are available, so you quickly reach every corner of the city like a local. Of course every room also comes with free wifi and tv. The bathrooms are equipped with a shower, while the larger rooms offer a comfy bath.

2-star hotels

Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel

The Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel is an authentic hotel that overlooks some of the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam. From your hotels you can enjoy the picturesque canals of Amsterdam with its bridges and house boats. The hotel has an excellent location as within walking distance you will find several major hotspots of the city.

The hotel itself lies on The Nine Streets, where you can find many boutique shops and unique items and galleries. If you go east you will find one of the most lively areas of the city, such as the Spui, where you can find countless of shopping streets in all directions. While if you go south to the Leidseplein you enter the cultural and and nightlife area of Amsterdam. Right below the Leidseplein is the Museum Square, where the Van Gogh museum can be found, and the Vondelpark, which is the biggest park of Amsterdam.

This family hotel is located in three lovely authentic canal houses, with original features like leaded windows, wooden beams and a very warm and homely feel to it. It’s certainly one of the older looking hotels on this list, which has its own charms. All rooms have a bathroom, so you can enjoy your shower or bath in private. On top of the television and free wifi the hotel also offers free warm drinks to its visitors.

Hotel Clemens

There is a shopping street right in between Dam Square, the city center of Amsterdam, and the Anne Frank house. It is here that you will find Hotel Clemens. It’s a picturesque hotel looking out over a shopping street. At a great spot in between the tranquil canal rings of Amsterdam.

As the hotel is not on street level, but above a shopping street, the hotel does have some of the notoriously steep stairs that Amsterdam is known for. But in return the hotel does have a neat balcony overlooking the streets.

The rooms of the hotel can differ a bit. All rooms have free wifi, cable tv and bathrooms are equipped with rain showers. But some rooms have some extras, such as a traditional fireplace or a balcony. The hotel is also clean and well maintained. And every morning you will find a proper continental European breakfast ready for you.

Hotel La Bohème

Hotel La Bohème is a hotel in one of the most lively areas of Amsterdam. It’s not the biggest hotel, but in return you end up right in the busy cultural and nightlife center of Amsterdam at the Leidseplein. With lots of restaurants, bars, some of the biggest clubs, such as the Melkweg and Paradiso nearby, one of the most popular smoking shops around the corner, cinemas and theaters nearby. And within walking distance of the museum square, the most luxurious shopping streets of Amsterdam and the Vondelpark.

The usual facilities such as a shower, free wifi and tv are available in all rooms. As with many 2 star hotels in Amsterdam we found the rooms of this hotel to be a bit on the smaller side, but everything was clean and had a modern feel to it. The stairs of the hotel were also quite steep, making this hotel especially suitable for younger people who are looking for clean hotel in a safe and central location.

The hotel is also well connected to the tram system of Amsterdam, so you can easily reach pretty much any place in the city by taking the tram from the Leidseplein which is right around the corner.

1-star hotels

Tourist Inn Budget Hotel

The Tourist Inn Budget Hotel is conveniently located in the city center, between central station and Dam Square. It’s at a relatively busy location great for shopping and with lots of restaurants nearby. The hotel offers all the necessary facilities such as free wifi, tv, air conditioning, a proper breakfast and a couple available computers to internet on.

The hotel offers private rooms with private facilities for the regular travelers. But one of the distinct features of this hotel is that you can also get a shared room with shared facilities for up to six people for an attractive cheaper price, making it extremely suitable for backpackers on a budget.

Hotel Museumzicht

The name of Hotel Museumzicht means Museumview in English. The hotel is located in the cultural heart of Amsterdam right on Museum Square, where you can find the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, The Concert Building and more. A street behind it are the luxury shopping areas, the Vondelpark and the Leidseplein, which is the center of the nightlife in Amsterdam.

The hotel is easy to reach as the tram also goes to Museum Square. It’s a bit of a minimalistic hotel, with free wifi, located on the upper floors of an old Amsterdam mansion. As common in Amsterdam the hotel does have some steep stairs.

Hotel Corner House

Hotel Corner House is a budget hotel at a great location in the city center right behind Dam Square. The shopping streets are right behind the hotel. The hotel is also near a tram line in case you wish to travel across the city. Due to it being one street behind the busy streets it’s street is still relatively calm and you can still have a good night sleep. That’s why we love this hotel so much. You will also be well cared for as the hotel contains all the expected facilities such as free wifi, tv and a free breakfast.

Below the hotel in the lobby is a cozy Dutch bar with friendly personnel where guests can settle down after a day of shopping. It’s restaurant also offers some tasty international dishes and traditional Dutch food for the curious traveler.

The Hotel Corner House has won multiple awards for being the best hotel in Amsterdam in its class. So if you are looking for one of the best hotels in Amsterdam that offers the most value for your money, then you don’t have to take our word for it as the great reviews of this hotel speak for itself.

Quick Info


Perfect destination for: Enjoying museums and touring canals, fashion shopping, partying, smoking the green stuff, exploring the Netherlands.

Location: Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands. It’s a West-European country next to Germany and the UK.

Nearby: It’s very close to cities such as The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. If you take the high-speed train it takes about 3 hours to be in Paris.

Large events: Kingsday and the Canal Parade!

Currency: The Euro.

Where to stay: We made a list of the best hotels in Amsterdam.

Famous for: Tulips, windmills, canals, famous painters such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, cheese, stroopwafels, clogs, heineken beer, famous DJs, liberal laws.