Book a Hotel, a houseboat, B&B, or an apartment in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has huge variety of places where you spend the night. Yes, there’s Airbnb — but many locals, ourselves included, think Airbnb is a destructive company.
Hotels and other accommodations in or near the center of Amsterdam usually are more expensive than those in the suburbs.
When selecting a place to stay in Amsterdam, keep in mind that this small city boasts a fine-mazed public transport system. Buses, trams, metro trains, and (free) ferries leave every 5-10 minutes from hundreds of stops.1
Even if you stay far from the center, you can crisscross the city in a relatively short amount of time. You’d seldom spend more than 20-30 minutes in transit. Tip: Get a multiple day GVB Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket. It’s a stress-free, hassle-free way to travel like a local.
Average hotel price in Amsterdam
In recent years the highest average price for a hotel room in Amsterdam was €184/night (April, 2019). In April, 2020 — while the city was in the coronavirus lockdown — the average price was €163/night.
The lowest average price tends to be paid in January (about €115/night).
If you’re traveling on a budget, you can save a lot of money by booking an Amsterdam hostel instead. There are hundreds of highly-rated hostels to choose from.
Book a B&B, Houseboat, Apartment (Homestay), or Hotel in Amsterdam
Where to stay in Amsterdam
This map helps you select a hotel or other accomodation in Amsterdam (or the Amsterdam region) by location. You will see more hotels as you move the map around, zoom in, or zoom out.
Whether you are visiting Amsterdam for a vacation, a business trip or a layover, you’ll have many hotels to choose from. Plus lots of apartments, B&Bs and home-stays.
And since this is Amsterdam, houseboats as well.
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Amsterdam Hotel Deals
Whether you prefer last-minute deals or want to book months in advance, you owe it to yourself to check out these discount offers:
Budget? Luxury? Apartment? Houseboat? Something Else?
Amsterdam offers a tremendous choice of accommodations — anything from budget hotels or B&B’s to luxury apartments, houseboats, hotels, or more.
Apartments, Homestays, Houseboats
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- The 10 Best Homestays in Amsterdam
Some Amsterdam hotels you may want to consider include:
- Amstel Hotel (Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam)
Set in a monumental building on the banks of the river Amstel, the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam — colloquially known as the Amstel Hotel — is a 5-star luxury hotel situated in the heart of Amsterdam. It’s a place to see and be seen. Queen Elizabeth, Henry Kissinger, Audrey Hepburn and Steven Spielberg are among the luminaries who have stayed here. The Rolling Stones are frequent guests.
Guests consistently give it high ratings for the accommodation, location, meals, and the friendliness and helpfulness of its staff.
Opened in 1867, the hotel — which rightly boasts of its “150 of Elegance” — has been renovated and updated to provide the latest amenities without losing the building’s historical atmosphere. There are 55 luxury rooms and 24 suites.
- Hotel De L’Europe
A luxurious, five-star hotel situated in the heart of the city alongside the Amstel river — just a 10-minute walk away from Dam square. In fact, it is within easy walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station as well as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, and the Concertgebouw.
Movie lovers may recognize the hotel from Hitchcock’s “Foreign Correspondent,” in which De L’Europe is used as a backdrop.
The hotel is owned by the Heineken family. Its bar, named after Freddy Heineken, was named best hotel bar by local newspaper Het Parool. It is loved by locals and tourists alike. Opened in 1896, the building is listed as a national monument.
- Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
- Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
- The Toren
- Amsterdam Houseboats [Click for the 10 Best Boat Accommodations in Amsterdam]
Originally introduced as a way to alleviate a severe housing shortage after World War II, houseboats are an iconic part of Amsterdam. Some 3.050+ of these floating homes line many of Amsterdam’s 165 canals. If you’re looking for a truly unique stay, rent yourself a houseboat.
- Amstel Botel
This converted river cruiser is moored at NDSM, a former shipyard in Amsterdam Noord. The botel provides shuttles, but most guests prefer to take the free ferry for the trip between the hotel and Amsterdam Central Station — a 12 minute ride across the city’s river IJ.
Innovative concept hotels
- Crane Hotel Faralda
Have you always wanted to sleep in a crane? Well, here’s your chance. Set in a former shipyard crane of 50 m high this unique hotel features 3 design suites overlooking the river IJ, with panoramic views across Amsterdam. There’s a jacuzzi in the former operator’s cabin at the top of crane. The free ferry takes you from this popular shipyard-turned-cultural-breeding-ground to Central Station in 12 minutes.
- Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy
Designed by Dutch artists, each of the 117 rooms in this transformed historic building is unique. They range from 1 to 5 stars, primarily based on size. The nearby tram service takes you to Central Station in 10 minutes.
- CitizenM Amsterdam
Each room at citizenM Amsterdam has wall-to-wall windows and an extra-large bed with luxurious linen. With the Ipad minis guest can modify room color, climate control, control the smart-tv and also adapt the blinds and black-out curtains. Guest can also bring and connect their own device. The bathroom facilities consist of a transparent pod with a rain shower in the room. Coolness!
- Hotel Estheréa is a romantic, four star hotel located in a row of beautiful historial buildings along the Singel, one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals. While it is situated in a quiet part of the canal, the hotel is very much in the center of medieval Amsterdam, only 300 meters from Dam Square. It is in walking distance of museums, shopping districts and night life districts. The area is home to a plethora of cafés and restaurants. This hotel has a classically-styled decor with wooden paneling, and each of Hotel Estheréa’s stylish rooms are romantically decorated.
Budget hotels and hostels
- ClinkNOORD OK, here’s the deal: we think ClinkNOORD is so cool that we’re tempted to stay there ourselves — even though we live and work only a hop, skip, and a jump away. What’s not to like? This fantastic hostel is located just across from Amsterdam Central Station (and the center of town), just a stone’s throw from the banks of the river IJ, and right next to the iconic A’DAM tower. The hostel is situated in a former Shell laboratory from the 1920s. It offers dormitory accommodation, private rooms, free Wi-Fi and a laid-back atmosphere. It is very easy to reach. Go from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Central Station. Then take the free, 5-minute ferry across the river IJ, and 2 minutes later you’re at the hostel. Very highly rated by guests, and considered the best value in Amsterdam.
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No Frills, But Good Value
- Singel Hotel
This three-star hotel is located in three renovated 17th-century buildings on the Singel Canal — one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam
Just a short walk from Central Station, the Singel Hotel scores high points for its central location, right in the heart of Amsterdam. Guests also mention the “wonderful staff,” “clean, bright and well furnished rooms,” and of course the “iconic view of one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals.”
Where to stay in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam city center, suburbs, or metropolitan region?
Mind you, the metropolitan area is huge (by Dutch standards, at least), encompassing the provinces of Noord Holland and Flevoland. Pay attention to the locations of the hotels you view. Our hotel partner Booking.com includes a ‘Show on map’ link with each listing.
That said, first-time visitors will love staying in the center of town, while the districts of Oost (East), Oud Zuid (Old South) and Oud West (Old West) also are great choices that will give you a true feeling for what life in Amsterdam is like.
Others prefer a hotel in the suburbs — for reasons of price, availability, proximity to Schiphol airport or the business districts of Sloterdijk or Zuidas — or simply because not everyone likes the hustle and bustle of downtown Amsterdam.
And check this out: Amsterdam Noord — long a sleepy bedroom suburb ‘where a true Amsterdammer would not be caught dead’ — nowadays is an up-and-coming, must-see district with top restaurants, quaint villages, nature areas and cultural hot-spots even the New York Times raves about. Located just across the river IJ (pronounced more or less like ‘eye’), it is close to the city center.
One popular, inexpensive place to stay in ‘Noord’ is the ‘Amstel Botel‘ — a hotel on board of a converted river cruiser. A free, 12-minute ferry ride across ‘Het IJ‘ brings you to Amsterdam Central Station.
More expensive, but very popular indeed, is the upscale Mövenpick Hotel — which aside from having amazing views of both the city and the IJ — is Green Globe certified for its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.
But the city is often faced with a shortage or potential shortage of hotel beds during peak periods. It really pays to plan ahead and book your accommodation early.
- Average Amsterdam hotel price per night
The average price for a hotel room in Amsterdam is €167 per night4 — on average €10 less than Airbnb5
- Peak Months / High Season: higher prices
Hotel prices tend to be higher during the months of April-May and September-October
- Conventions, trade shows, and conferences in town: Higher prices
Hotel prices are dynamic, subject to supply and demand. If you see wildly different rates between one date and the next, this is most likely due to an (anticipated) high demand for hotel rooms during one of the many conventions, congresses, trade shows, and conferences taking place in Amsterdam at that time. The more delegates, the more hotel rooms are needed, and the higher the rates. If at all possible, check and compare hotel room rates a few days before and after your target date.
- Away from the center: good option
Amsterdam is a small city with a highly efficient, finely-mazed public transport system. Even if you stay in a hotel in the suburbs you can easily reach the city center.6
- In 2016 Amsterdam welcomed 7 million hotel guests7, of which 80% came from outside the Netherlands
Amsterdam Tourist Tax
In a bid to crack down on mass overtourism, Amsterdam has increased its tourist tax to the ‘highest in Europe.’
Amsterdam Tourist Tax Rates in 2020:
- Hotels: 7 percent per room, per night + €3 per person, per night
- Campings: 7 percent per room or spot, per night + €1 per person, per night
- Vacation Rentals, Bed & Breakfast, Short Stay (e.g. Airbnb): 10 percent
- Cruise ships: €8 per passenger
The extra per person, per night fee is waived after 21 nights per visit.
Also, the extra per person, per night fee will not be charged for children younger than 16.
Hotels in Amsterdam range from Budget/Youth Hostels and Bed-And-Breakfast places to Boutique- and Luxury Hotels.
There are a few places you’ll want to stay away from. One of the benefits of booking a hotel in Amsterdam via Booking.com is that you can see what previous guests thought of the place. Read real reviews by verified guests.
- Everyone in Amsterdam must be able to board the bus or tram within 400 meters of their front door as the crow flies. This has been contractually agreed with transport company GVB. ↩
- Source: Trivago Hotel Price Index, August 2020 ↩
- Onderzoek, Informatie en Statistiek (OIS), the Research, Information, and Statistics department of the municipality of Amsterdam. Numbers reflect the situation in July 2018, the most recent statistics available. ↩
- Source: Het Parool, June 2019 ↩
- Source: Lonely Planet, July 2018. ↩
- You do need to verify that your hotel is close to public transport. Google Maps is your friend here. Also take into account the cost of public transport tickets. ↩
- 1.5 million more than in 2012, ABN reports ↩