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Hotels in Amsterdam – Netherlands Luxury, Moderate, Cheap
Amsterdam has hundreds of hotels in a broad price range, but demand often exceeds supply and rates remain among the highest in Europe. If you’re planning on visiting in mid-summer, advance reservations are a must. Where you stay will depend on your situation. If nightlife is a priority, you’ll be best off finding accommodation in the city centre or in the Leidseplein area, while museum-goers might prefer to find lodging near Museumplein. For help making reservations, you can contact the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board (tel 0900 400 4040 in the Netherlands, +31-20-551-2525 from abroad). For a downloadable list of Amsterdam hotels, go to the Accommodations page of .
The Amsterdam hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €250)
Moderate (€100 to €250)
Cheap (under €100).
These Amsterdam hotel prices are the starting prices for a double room, including VAT but excluding visitors’ tax and breakfast, unless otherwise specified. The visitors’ tax — 5% ‘city tax’ – is usually added to the bill at the end, although it is a good idea to check whether it is included when making a reservation.
Located in the western canal belt, this small boutique hotel is the epitome of style and sophistication. It’s housed in a former 17th-century theatre, which in its heyday staged concerts conducted by Antonio Vivaldi. Today, the minimalist east-meets-west designer décor of the 32 guest rooms, combined with an intimate courtyard garden, spectacular canal views, efficient staff and an excellent restaurant, ensures a luxurious stay.
Hotel de l’Europe
Standing majestically on the banks of the River Amstel, this grand old dame manages to stay the address in town for lavish old-world luxury. From the 19th-century paintings adorning the public areas to the plushly appointed guest rooms, the hotel maintains an old-world charm. A new annex featuring 23 suites has been opened while the original Rondeel building undergoes extensive renovations, scheduled for completion in spring 2011.
Amstel InterContinental Amsterdam
One of Holland’s most luxurious and prestigious hotels occupies a tranquil, scenic location on the banks of the River Amstel. Since its opening in 1867, it has played host to countless kings, queens and celebrities, such as Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and members of The Rolling Stones. With opulent, traditional-style rooms of stately grandeur containing Delft porcelain, spacious conference facilities, an impressive health club and swimming pool, magnificent riverside terraces, and limousine service, the hotel fully lives up to its motto ‘tradition meets excellence’. Even the restaurant, La Rive, boasts two well-deserved Michelin stars.
Occupying a typically narrow canal house wedged among its neighbours, this small, family-run guesthouse holds a serene, romantic location amidst the western canal belt. It’s a short hike from either Dam Square or the Anne Frank House. Three of the eight spacious, stylishly appointed guest rooms afford views of the Leliegracht canal, while the others overlook a neighbour’s garden.
This delightful, quiet guest house counts among the city’s best value options, and guests are assured a warm welcome. It is ideally located on one of the loveliest canals, just a stone’s throw from lively Rembrandtplein. Each of the 11 stylish doubles is individually furnished with antiques, and there are hand-painted tiles in the en-suite bathrooms. It’s vital to book in advance.
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
A popular business traveller’s choice, this is one of the largest congress hotels in Benelux with 468 rooms. Brahms, Mahler, Conrad and Joyce are among its celebrated former guests, and it was here that Omar Sharif worked for a spell as a porter, having lost badly at the poker table. Located on Dam Square opposite the Royal Palace, it exudes calm, efficiency and comfort. Excellent dining options include the celebrated art deco Winter Garden.
The Quentin Hotel
A curved structure overlooking a pretty section of the Leidsekade canal, the Quentin Hotel is usefully placed near Leidseplein and the Vondelpark. Approached by a typically steep staircase (or elevator), the 50 recently renovated rooms vary greatly in layout. Most are tiny with high ceilings and canal views. You’ll feel snug and secure here, and the helpful, young staff will get you oriented.