Amsterdam is an incredibly diverse city and there are some really cool hotels here.
In this article I want to share with you some of the coolest hotels in Amsterdam plus a few great boutique apartments.
And I won’t just focus on the touristy city center. Staying inside the canal rings (Grachtengordel in Dutch) can get pretty expensive pretty fast. Plus the city center is crowded with tourists and locals alike. A perfect solution is to stay at a cool boutique hotel in one of the neighborhoods, of which I’ll share several.
As a capital, Amsterdam is a small city (only 845.000 inhabitants!). You can walk or bike pretty much everywhere. But, public transport in Amsterdam is great too. Trains, trams, and buses run frequently and are pretty reliable. Even the train journey from Schiphol Airport to any of the train stations in Amsterdam takes only 10-15 minutes!
Schiphol Airport is served by 100+ airlines, including KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) with flights to 300+ destinations around the world. So getting to Amsterdam should be pretty easy, no matter where you are traveling from.
More time consuming might be choosing your accommodation. With so many cool hotels and apartments, you might wonder what’s the best place to stay for you.
So, here are 10 of the coolest hotels in Amsterdam to ensure you’ll have a great time on your trip.
10 Cool Hotels in Amsterdam
1. Lloyd Hotel
Situated in Eastern Docklands, on the IJ river, Lloyd Hotel is a quirky and intriguing place to spend the night, regardless of your budget.
Lloyd is the world’s first 1-to-5 star hotel, which means that some of the rooms have a shared bathroom and 1-star amenities and rates, while others are rather luxurious.
What’s more, no two rooms are alike — you could be staying in a room with a piano or a room boasting a 7-person bed!
The building has an interesting past as well — it used to be a hotel for migrants bound for the Americas, then a prison and more recently, home to several artists’ studios.
The hotel’s restaurant downstairs uses organic local ingredients from sustainable sources and it’s a wonderful gathering place for travelers and locals alike.
2. The Yays Crane Apartment
Ever fancied to spend the night in a luxury apartment in a crane?
Amsterdam can make this dream a reality for you! The Yays crane apartment is one of the coolest boutique hotels in Amsterdam and it has spectacular views over the IJ river too.
When harbor activity moved to the west and the area was redeveloped in the 1980s, this was the only crane left in place. Fast forward a quarter of a century and the crane itself was restored and converted into a unique 2-bedroom luxury apartment, complete with a living room, kitchen, and bathroom.
The crane is right next to the first-class departure hall of the former Royal Dutch Steamboat Company, which now hosts a nice restaurant (De Kompaszaal).
3. Hotel De Hallen
Located in a former tram depot, Hotel De Hallen beautifully combines an industrial feel with a modern Scandinavian design.
As you walk into the lobby, it’s impossible not to be dazzled by the abundance of greenery and art. The rooms are cozy as well and beautifully decorated with the occasional splash of color.
But maybe even more reason to stay here is that Hotel De Hallen is situated right next to the famous food hall that has been taking Amsterdam by storm recently. Apart from 21 international restaurants and some Michelin-starred chefs, here you’ll also find a cinema, an inviting library (one of many great places to work in Amsterdam) and several shops ideal for souvenir-hunting.
The Jordaan neighborhood and the Vondelpark are not far away either.
4. The Manor
Opened at the end of the 19th century as a hospital for the petite bourgeoisie, The Manor has been recently renovated and given a second life as an impressive boutique hotel in Amsterdam.
Right from the beginning, the monumental building had very modern amenities, like electricity, central heating, and water-powered elevators — quite a feat for the times.
Nowadays, the hotel preserves many quirky details from the past, which makes it one of the coolest hotels in Amsterdam.
The Manor is situated in a quiet area in Amsterdam East, close to Oosterpark and the Tropenmuseum (ethnography museum). All rooms have a trendy Italian inspired design complete with a luxurious bathroom.
5. Hotel Arena
If you’d like to enjoy some peace and quiet without staying too far away from Amsterdam’s city center and its attractions, Hotel Arena might be the perfect choice for you.
Located in the upcoming Amsterdam East neighborhood, on the edge of Oosterpark and in close proximity to the Botanical Garden, the ARTIS zoo, and the quirky Micropia museum, Hotel Arena will leave a long-lasting impression.
The hotel building was originally a Catholic orphanage, and the hotel has preserved a restored chapel plus the dazzling cast iron and marble staircase. Not to mention that the original 19th-century layout was kept in place so no two rooms are alike. Yet, the rooms have a modern vibe and are comfortable in every way.
6. Pillows Anna van den Vondel Hotel
Right next to Vondelpark (Amsterdam’s most famous park) and a short walk from De Hallen, the Ten Kate Market, and even the famous Museumplein, Pillows Anna van den Vondel is both informal and chic.
This elegant boutique hotel is located in a recently renovated 19th-century building with a blissfully quiet private terrace at the back.
The rooms are stylish and comfortable with nice personal touches. The Living is the hotel’s homely meeting place where you can grab a bite no matter the time of day (or night), while guest chefs prepare multi-course meals using nothing but local ingredients.
7. The Tire Station
Unpretentious and effortlessly cool, this hotel which opened in a former Michelin tire station is now a 112-bedroom eco-hotel.
From solar panels on the roof and Royal Dutch Auping beds to a high-tech meeting room and an organic restaurant, this boutique hotel in Amsterdam has it all.
What’s more, they are committed to reusing and recycling. You can rent your bikes right from the reception. And you can use their smart check-in and check-out system to save time.
The Tire Station Hotel is located between Vondelpark and Rembrandtpark, the ideal spots to soak up some vitamin D and enjoy some quiet time while in Amsterdam.
This cool hotel in Amsterdam is worth booking for the free wine hour alone!
8. Morgan & Mees
Located on the western edge of the Jordaan neighborhood, close to the famous Anne Frank House, the quirky Electric Land and the historic canal ring, Morgan & Mees is a cool boutique hotel chock full of fascinating details.
All nine rooms have a Coco-Mat three-layer bed system that guarantees a good night’s sleep and Marie Stella Maris toiletries. Some rooms are split-level or have beamed ceilings, but they have all been individually decorated in a neutral color palette.
At Morgan & Mees you’ll find an excellent in-house bar and restaurant, but the area has plenty of shops and restaurants as well.
9. Yays Oostenburgergracht Concierged Boutique Apartments
If you’d rather stay in a self-serviced apartment and enjoy more space and a kitchen, the Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments are perfect.
Situated in Eastern Docklands, on the Oostenburgergracht island, a man-made island built by the Dutch East India Company back in the 17th century, these chic apartments offer a quiet environment.
Czaar Peterstraat, Amsterdam’s upcoming shopping street, is just around the corner, and InStock, a fabulous restaurant preparing scrumptious dishes with rescued ingredients is just 3 minutes away.
You can choose between studio apartments, duplex suites, and even a romantic tower.
All apartments are cozy and tastefully decorated in a neutral color palette with splashes of teal.
10. Kith & Kin Boutique Apartments
Colorful and chic, the Kith & Kin Boutique Apartments are a short walk away from Anne Frank’s House, the Royal Palace, and the Westerpark. The popular Jordaan neighborhood is nearby while the whole area is a bikers’ favorite.
The apartments were designed with homey comfort in mind, all while providing services at boutique hotel standards. Some of them are suitable for 2 people while others can accommodate up to 5 guests.
From giant sofas and great views of the canals to a fully equipped bamboo kitchen and an open plan living area, each apartment offers something unique.
As you can see there are many cool hotels in Amsterdam and some great boutique apartments too! And I hope this article has helped you decide which one is perfect for you.
If you are visiting Amsterdam, also read:
- Visiting Amsterdam: Tips from a Local About What Not to Miss
- Review of an Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Food Tour
- 10 of the Biggest Events in Amsterdam Worth Checking Out
- 8 Of the Best Cafes to Work From in Amsterdam
- Interview With an Expat About Living in Amsterdam
- 10 Towns Worth Visiting in the Netherlands Besides Amsterdam
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Disclaimer: My time in Amsterdam was courtesy of amsterdam&partners. However, all opinions are my own.
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