Each one of the thousands of buildings that line Amsterdam’s main canals can be classified as a monument, beautifully kept as apartments, offices, cafés, restaurants, and even brothels. All together they form an aesthetic uniformity that makes Amsterdam one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a stunning place of bridges and bikes crossing canals, picturesque cobbled streets, and strikingly elegant architecture. World-class attractions include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, and of course, the Anne Frank House, earning the city (and the Lower Countries in general) a top spot in our bucket list of the best destinations in the world for culture. And while Amsterdam is a beautiful place on its own, a trip to the Dutch Capital deserves accommodations that are equally interesting, so find here my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in town.
10. HOTEL PULITZER
This unique hotel offers an authentic Dutch experience with accommodations in 25 restored 17th and 18th-century merchant houses, all reflecting Amsterdam’s rich heritage. You can explore the city’s canals in the hotel’s own canal boat (Winston Churchill chose to tour the city in this very same vessel in 1946). All 230 guest rooms have been recently remodeled. Each room is different, with either a garden or canal view. The hotel used to be part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection but left the group on April 1, 2015.
9. HOTEL SEVEN ONE SEVEN
Located in a 19th-century building along the canals, this is one of the most intimate places to stay in Amsterdam. Two magical suites, which look out over the 17th-century Prinsengracht on the front of the premises and offer breathtaking views of the canals, can be reached by taking the oak staircase. The same stairs also provide access to seven, spacious suites and rooms with a view of the Patio. More like pieces-à-Terre than hotel rooms, each has a sitting area and cushy touches such as custom-woven Welsh blankets.
8. CANAL HOUSE
Set in the heart of the Jordaan, the cultural center of Amsterdam, Canal House is a 23 bedroom boutique hotel along the Keizersgracht, located in a collection of seventeenth-century merchants’ houses. The design is glamorous, contemporary and comfortable but recalls the rich history of the building and the surrounding area. With a large garden, Garden House and Summer House for private gatherings, Bar and Great Room, there are plenty of spaces to drink, relax and celebrate.
7. ART HOTEL AMSTERDAM
If trendsetting is part of your travel repertoire, give Art’otel Amsterdam and its 107 sleek and stylish guestrooms a try. The work of Atelier Van Lieshout permeates every corner, a spectacular art curtain displays emotive footage and an art gallery hosts a varied programme of exhibitions. Providing a seamless fusion of art and life, Art’otel Amsterdam creates an inspirational setting in which to share ideas, enhance your knowledge of art and immerse yourself in a culturally rich environment.
6. INTERCONTINENTAL AMSTEL AMSTERDAM
The InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is housed in a striking building on the banks of the beautiful Amstel river. The hotel first opened its doors to guests in 1867 and has been praised ever since for its regal presence and homely warmth. The minute you enter the stunning lobby you are aware of its unique atmosphere with its high ceilings, monumental staircase, and shimmering chandeliers. All 55 guestrooms and 24 suites are furnished with authentic furniture, rich pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain.
5. HOTEL DE L’EUROPE
This legendary hotel has been a member of The Leading Hotels of the World for over 25 years. With its location on the banks of the Amstel River in the heart of historic Amsterdam, it’s impossible to escape the city’s rich history while staying at this iconic 19th-century treasure. Expect timeless design, intimate ambiance, and genuine service. De L’Europe boasts a distinctive decor, enhancing each room and suite with a replicated Dutch Master painting, handpicked in exclusive partnership with the nearby Rijksmuseum.
4. CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL
The Conservatorium Hotel is a luxury lifestyle palace, evoking glamour and elegance for sophisticated, design-literate travelers. Located in Museum Square, the cultural heart of the city, the hotel is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with contemporary design, offering guests a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge, and the impressive Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Facility. The hotel has 129 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 25 m² to a spacious 170 m2.
3. ANDAZ AMSTERDAM, PRINSENGRACHT
Located in the historic center of the city and within the ring of canals, the five-star boutique hotel Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht, provides a uniquely refreshing taste of the city. Reflecting its lively and distinctive surroundings through the adventurous and modern Dutch design of renowned local designer Marcel Wanders, the 122-room hotel offers not merely a place to come home to and relax, but a place that will energize and inspire. This is Amsterdam’s trendiest hotel!
2. THE GRAND AMSTERDAM, A SOFITEL LEGEND HOTEL
From a 15th-century convent to royal lodgings to Dutch Admiralty headquarters to the city hall of Amsterdam, this hotel is housed in one of the most historical venues of Amsterdam. Now, after a careful renovation by French designer Sybille de Margerie, it is a place of hospitality, art, and culture. Furnished with French elegance and grandeur, the hotel blends sleek design with five-star facilities, including 52 luxury suites with Butler Service, an indulgent spa, and the Michelin star restaurant Bridges (a Parisian themed bistro).
1. WALDORF ASTORIA AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam’s new star hotel is located in the grand 17th-century canal palaces of the Herengracht. Boasting a historical exterior comprising six monumental 17th and 18th-century double-front canal palaces and featuring a unique grand staircase built by the architect of Louis XIV, Daniel Marot, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel offers sophisticated comfort and unparalleled service. The hotel has 93 spacious rooms and suites overlooking the city’s canal or the courtyard garden.