One of Europe’s liveliest cities, Amsterdam is a place where tolerance and liberal attitudes are embraced by all. Overflowing with subcultures and creative types, visitors are also drawn to the city with the promise of great nightlife, interesting cafes and picturesque canals. The Dutch capital’s fondness for the original is also a theme in many of its excellent hotels. Here are ten of the most inspiring, quirky and cool hotels in Amsterdam:
1. CitizenM Amsterdam City
Recently voted the trendiest hotel in the world, CitizenM offers contemporary luxury at surprisingly affordable prices. The hotel’s award winning design combines clean modern decor with functional space and innovative technology. All of the 215 rooms feature LCD TVs, a power rain shower, climate control and a king-size bed covered with Frette linen. Gadget fans will appreciate the touch screen ‘MoodPad’ which allows you to control the television, window blinds, coloured mood lighting or even call a member of staff.
- Prices from €69 a night
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2. Hotel Arena
A popular hotel with an intriguing past, Hotel Arena once housed orphans, elderly adults and young hostellers. Now fully but respectfully renovated by a group of acclaimed designers the end result is a unique combination of contemporary dutch design and historical character features. Light wooden floors, high ceilings, white washed walls and a good use of space are the hallmark of every room. The glossy bathrooms are no less unique with open showers and larger than average bathtubs.
- Prices from €76 a night.
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3. Sandton Hotel de Filosoof
An unconventional three star boutique hotel founded by two deep thinking sisters. Each of the 38 rooms are dedicated to a famous philosopher or writer and range from a colorful interpretation of Confucius to a sparse but serene Zen-like room. The hotel is located in the green heart of Amsterdam right next to Vondelpark and offers a buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a spacious outdoor garden and art gallery. A lower priced but professionally run hotel offering an inspiring and authentic Amsterdam experience.
- Prices from €62 a night.
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4. Hotel V Frederiksplein
Handily located within touching distance of the fashionable pijp district and Heineken Brewery, the achingly trendy Hotel V caters to an individual crowd. The V concept combines unique design with a welcoming atmosphere and exceptional customer service. Each room is luxuriously designed to a boutique standard and the newly renovated lobby has an exclusive club lounge feel. Here you will find soulful music, a roaring fire and inviting leather sofas. This hotel is perfect for a non-traditional, yet unpretentious experience.
- Prices from €69 a night.
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5. Qbic Hotel Amsterdam
An innovative budget hotel for the open minded. The Qbic hotel offers novel self-catering accommodation which focuses on efficiency and unique design. Guests have the chance of staying in their very own ‘Cubi’ which features an extra long Hastens bed, an LCD television, a designer bathroom and a clever work-and-dine station. You can even change the colour of the lights to create different moods and atmospheres. Innovation follows throughout the hotel and the futuristic lobby even has a touch screen digital kiosk which provides information on local visitor information.
- Prices from €49 a night.
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6. Lloyd Hotel
The frequently praised Lloyd Hotel is one of the very few hotels in the world which offers a full range of ‘one to five star’ accommodation. The revamped 1920′s building sits right in the heart of the trendy East Docklands area and the hotel has quickly become an Amsterdam institution. The one star rooms are sparse but full of character and the more luxurious rooms are spacious with exceptional interiors. A haven for original design, you can also choose to sleep in more unusual surroundings – such as in a bed which sleeps up to eight people.
- Prices from €66 a night.
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7. Times Hotel
Centrally located and reasonably priced, the Times Hotel is where ‘Design meets Old Dutch’. Originally a canal mansion dating from 1650 the hotel has been recently renovated to successfully deliver a mix of old and new. Each of the individually designed rooms showcases a wall sized old Dutch master such as Van Gogh or Vermeer and these are contrasted with tastefully modern furniture. Guests will also benefit from private bathrooms and a bright welcoming lobby but the biggest draw is being located on one of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam.
- Prices from €92 a night.
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8. The Dylan
The Dylan is an award winning boutique hotel which combines top-end luxury and classic architecture. Once a theater and then a workhouse for the poor, the Dylan’s intriguing history is still evident in the hotel today – the restaurant still has the original workhouse floors and baking ovens. All rooms are uniquely designed and range from the tastefully elaborate to the minimalist. The hotel prides itself on exceptional customer service and different modes of transports are even lent out to the lucky guests, including bicycles and fully fitted canals boats.
- Prices from €220 a night.
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9. Chic and Basic Amsterdam
Living up to its cute name, the Chic and Basic Amsterdam offers two star standard accommodation with a trendy edge. The rooms are individually designed and you’ll have a choice of either traditional or modern decor. The guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms and a special light system to change the lights according to your mood – although be warned don’t expect the rooms to be huge. The hotel is also excellently located, right in the middle of the attractive and highly desirable Jordaan district and only a short walk from Dam Square and Central Station.
- Prices from €65 a night.
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10. Inntel Hotel Zaandam
Part of the popular Inntel group, Amsterdam Zaandam is a 4-star design hotel located in a town very close to the capital. Interiors have been carefully planned with a blend of contemporary industrial-design and classic vintage details. The hotel also offers a relaxing wellness centre, a large swimming pool and an informal restaurant which specializes in serving pure ingredients. The hotel’s exterior – although – is the biggest draw. The colossal cartoon-esque structure gives the impression of traditional Dutch houses randomly stacked upon one another and certainly makes an statement.
- Prices from €76 a night.
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More choice – other popular, unique and reasonably priced hotels in Amsterdam
- Hotel Cc Amsterdam – A brand-new stylish budget boutique hotel from €76 a night.
- Hotelboat IDEAAL - Unique accommodation in a hotel houseboat from €75 a night.
- Conscious Hotel Vondelpark – Funky and arty hotel for a great price from €55 a night.
- Boutique Hotel View – Contemporary budget boutique housed in a historic canal house from €80pn.
- WestCord Fashion Hotel - Stylish design hotel with a fashion theme from €83 a night.
- BackStage Hotel – Music and theatre themed budget boutique hotel from €35 a night.
- Park Hotel – Hip and luxurious modern hotel from €85 a night.
- Hotel Vondel – Contemporary boutique hotel without the high price tag from €64 a night.
- Conscious Hotel Museum Square – Modern and thoughtfully designed from €59 a night.
- The College Hotel - Gorgeous boutique hotel housed in an old school building from €140 a night.