Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Built in 1855, this luxe hotel on Dam Square is a 2-minute walk from the Royal Palace and a 12-minute walk from Anne Frank House.
The polished rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add sofas, coffeemakers and/or balconies. Suites come with sitting areas. Upgraded suites include living/dining rooms, and 1 has a whirlpool tub. Apartments include kitchenettes and canal views. Room service is available.
Breakfast (surcharge) is served in an ornate dining room. There’s also a posh restaurant run by acclaimed chef Jacob Jan Boerma, and a cocktail bar, and a gym with a sauna. Covered parking and a jetty are available.
Address: Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Overlooking Dam Square, this modern hotel in a redbrick building dating from the 19th century is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop and a 10-minute walk from Anne Frank House.
Warm, polished rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines, as well as sitting areas and pillow menus. Some rooms add square views. Upgraded rooms add desks, ergonomic chairs and/or iPod docks, while suites have living areas. Room service and in-room massages are available.
Complimentary breakfast is served in the funky adjacent restaurant with a terrace. There’s a bright fitness room and bike rentals are available.
Address: Damrak 96, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Across the street from a canal, this hip, upscale hotel is a minute’s walk from a tram stop and 11 minutes’ walk from the Hortus Botanicus gardens.
Featuring vivid murals with botanical themes, the warm rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have city or canal views. Club rooms and suites provide Nespresso machines and access to a private lounge. Upgraded suites add living rooms. Room service is available 24/7.
An airy restaurant serves European and Indonesian cuisine. A bar has a terrace. Other amenities include a 24-hour gym, a sauna and a steam room. Bike rentals and parking are offered.
Address: Sarphatistraat 104, 1018 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set in a redbrick building overlooking the Oudeschans Canal, this swanky all-suite hotel is 1 km from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, 3 km from the Anne Frank House and 4 minutes’ walk from Waterlooplein metro station.
Sophisticated suites with chandeliers and velvet furnishings feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as kitchens, and dining and sitting areas; some have furnished terraces. Upgraded suites offer canal views, walk-in showers and/or soaking tubs. In-room massages and room service are available.
Address: Oudeschans 75, 1011 KW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Off Dam Square and the Red Light District, this posh downtown hotel is set in a property dating back to the 15th century. It’s a 7-minute walk from Centraal Station and 11 minutes from Anne Frank House.
Upscale rooms come with stylish decor, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, in addition to tea and coffeemakers, desks and soundproofed windows. Some rooms have minibars, while suites add sitting areas. Room service is available.
Amenities include a refined restaurant with dark wood paneling and a bar. Laundry service is available.
Address: Damrak 93-94, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set 2.7 km from Anne Frank House, this trendy hotel is also 2.3 km from Dam Square and a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram station.
Featuring free Wi-Fi, the chic rooms also come with flat-screen TVs and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add canal views. Room service is available.
There’s a laid-back restaurant, a fitness center and a meeting room. Parking is available for a fee.
Address: Westeinde 26, 1017 ZP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set in a traditional canal house with a modern annexe, this upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from the nearest tram stop and 1.9 km from Dam Square.
The chic rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers, plus iPod docks and minibars. Upgraded rooms add canal and/or city views, and suites offer separate living areas. Upgraded suites add Nespresso machines, and 1 is a split-level loft. Room service is offered 24/7.
There’s a gallery and a lounge that serve light bites and drinks, plus an refined Pan Asian restaurant with a trendy bar. Other amenities include a gym and secured parking (fee).
Address: Stadhouderskade 25, 1071 ZD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set in a modern building along the Oosterdok section of the IJ river, this high-end hotel is a 3-minute walk from Centraal train station and 8 minutes’ walk from the NEMO Science Museum.
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with city or river views, the relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Club rooms add access to a lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening snacks, while suites, some with terraces, also have living rooms. Room service is available 24/7.
Dining options include a grill and bar with canal views, a rooftop lounge with city views, and 2 cafes. There’s also a gym.
Address: Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam, Netherlands
A minute’s walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station and 8 minutes’ walk from Dam Square, this high-end hotel with a hip art gallery is 2.7 km from the Rijksmuseum.
Offering sleek, contemporary decor and original art, rooms include free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars and espresso machines. Upgraded rooms feature city views, while suites add separate living areas and additional flat-screens. There’s 24-hour room service.
Complimentary breakfast is served in a stylish restaurant offering a gallery and exhibition space, plus a bar and live entertainment. There’s a smoking lounge and a library, plus a fitness center with an indoor pool.
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set on a bustling, major square in the downtown area, this laid-back hotel is a minute’s walk from a tram stop, a 15-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and 1 km from Rijksmuseum.
The warmly decorated rooms include free Wi-Fi and smart TVs, plus views of a garden and the square. Upgraded rooms add sofabeds. Room service is available.
A cozy restaurant has several menus and open-air dining. A lounge provides bar service and features TVs for viewing sporting events. A terrace offers panoramic city views.
Address: Rembrandtplein 44, 1017 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set in a former shipping house overlooking a canal, this century-old, art nouveau-style hotel is 3.1 km from the Rijksmuseum and 2.1 km from Anne Frank House.
The sophisticated rooms and suites with high ceilings and antiques (no air-conditioning) provide free Wi-Fi and minibars, as well as flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines and desks. Upgraded rooms have 4 poster beds, and suites add separate living areas; some have 2 living areas or roof terraces or in-room whirlpool tubs. Room service is offered.
There’s a stylish French restaurant, a cozy bar and meeting space, plus a chic spa with a heated indoor pool, fitness room, sauna and hot tub.
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108, 1011 AK Amsterdam, Netherlands
Set along the Prinsengracht canal, this chic, contemporary hotel is 1.6 km from both the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, and 1.3 km from Dam Square.
Stylish, futuristic rooms and suites provide free Wi-Fi and minibar snacks, as well as iPod docks and 42-inch flat-screens. Upgraded rooms and suites offer rainfall showerheads and sitting areas with dining tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and/or kitchenettes. Room service is available 24/7.
Amenities include a hip restaurant and an upscale bar with eclectic decor, plus a video art gallery, a gym and a spa. Dogs are welcome and are provided separate beds, bowls and snacks.
Address: Prinsengracht 587, 1016 HT Amsterdam, Netherlands