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 this cool city with the promise of buzzing nightlife, interesting cafes and picturesque canals – it’s easily one of our favourite travel destinations! The Dutch capital’s fondness for the unusual and the original is also a theme in many of its excellent hotels, here are ten of our collective favourite cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Amsterdam guaranteed to inject some fun into your European city break….
Qbic Hotel Amsterdam – cool cuboids rule
This is an innovative budget hotel for the traveller who likes to be a little different. The fabulous Qbic Hotel offers novel accommodation which focuses on both eco-efficiency and unique design. Guests at this funky Amsterdam hotel have the chance of staying in their very own very cool ‘Cubi’ which features an extra long Hastens bed, an LCD television, a designer bathroom and even a clever work-and-dine station for those who like to work on the move. Clever innovation is a theme which follows throughout the hotel – you can change the colour of the lights to create different moods in each room and the futuristic lobby comes complete with a touch screen digital kiosk which provides information on local visitor information – cute touches indeed!
- Prices from €49 a night.
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CitizenM Amsterdam – fun, funky and full of colour
Recently voted the trendiest hotel in the world, CitizenM Hotel offers contemporary luxury at surprisingly affordable prices. The hotel’s award winning design combines clean modern decor with functional space and innovative technology and all of the 215 rooms at this cool Amsterdam hotel feature LCD TVs, a power rain shower, climate control and a king-size bed adorned with top-the-range Frette linen. Gadget fans will also love the touch screen ‘MoodPad’ which allows you to control the television, window blinds, coloured mood lighting and even call a member of staff, you honestly won’t want to leave – trust us!
- Prices from €69 a night
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Hotel Not Hotel – playful fun
A mid priced hotel which is everything but run of the mill. In fact Hotel Not Hotel is probably one the most playful hotels in Amsterdam, which given the competition is quite an accolade. Located in an increasingly trendy area in Amsterdam-West, here you can stay not in boring ‘rooms’ but ‘cottages’ designed and decorated by up-and-coming young artists and designers. Choose from an ultra cute gingerbread houses, an antique Dutch tram carriage, a Thailand Tuk Tuk, a Spanish inspired villa, a study behind a secret door in the library and even a 2-D printed cottage complete with 2-D TV and chairs – yes seriously!
- Prices from €40 a night
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Hotel Arena – a mix of nostalgia and modern
This popular unique hotel in Amsterdam has an intriguing past. Hotel Arena, throughout many periods of time, once housed orphans, then elderly adults and eventually young hostellers. Now respectfully renovated by a group of acclaimed designers, the end result is a unique and fabulous combination of contemporary Dutch design juxtaposed with historical character features. Light wooden floors, high ceilings, white washed walls and a clever use of space are the hallmark of every guest room and the glossy bathrooms are no less unique with open showers and larger than average bathtubs which are usually made into a room feature. Also make sure you check out their original, restored onsite chapel, adorned with wonderful stained glass windows.
- Prices from €76 a night.
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Faralda Crane Hotel – for a taste of the high life
A hotel that has to be seen to be believed. Set in a former 50 metres high harbour crane in the NDSM shipyard (yes seriously!) which is easy to reach by ferry from the capital’s central station, the Faralda Crane Hotel features designer suites and impeccable views of the IJ river. Epitomizing Amsterdam’s aura of trendy cool, there are three modern suites on offer, each with their own theme – The Mystic Suite, Free Spirit Suite and the Secret Suite. All three of the unique suites are furnished with a king-size coco-mat mattress, a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, a seating area and even a jacuzzi which rests in the crane’s boom, allowing guests to relax in the open air – a place to impress!
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Hotel V Frederiksplein – hip retro cool
Handily located within a short walking distance of both the trendy De Pijp district and the Heineken Brewery, the funky and stylish Hotel V caters to a hip, individual crowd. The V concept combines unique design with a welcoming atmosphere, exceptional customer service and good value too – not bad eh? Rooms and loft-apartments are designed to a boutique standard and the newly renovated lobby has an exclusive club lounge feel – this is where you’ll find soulful music, a roaring fire and inviting leather sofas you can slouch around in. Oh and there’s a cool late-night bar too. A gorgeous Amsterdam hotel which is a perfect option for a non-traditional, yet unpretentious stay.
- Prices from €69 a night.
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Lloyd Hotel – a showcase for original design
The frequently praised Lloyd Hotel offers the ‘wow factor’ in bucket loads and 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 – which once served as a migrants’ boarding house, detention centre, young offenders’ prison and then an artists’ squat – sits right in the heart of the trendy East Docklands area and the unique 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 opt 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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The Andaz – sleek, unique and ultra stylish
This highly respected luxury hotel chain brings its own brand of cool to the Dutch capital. The five star boutique hotel really stands out from the crowd with weird and wonderful decor which features eye-popping colour and imaginative artwork. Located in the very centre of Amsterdam, between two major canals this unique Andaz hotel offers more than just great design – also expect impeccable service, a gorgeous garden, luxury spa and delicious dining in a relaxed restaurant which specialises in locally sourced ingredients.
- Prices from €120 a night.
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The Exchange Hotel – unique fantastical design
A playful independent fashion hotel where rooms “are dressed up like models.” This quirky Amsterdam hotel offers quirky high design which occasionally verges into fantastical terrority. Rooms at the Exchange Hotel range from “one-star” to “five-star” and each one has been individually designed by graduates of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. All showcase a decor you’re very unlikely to see anywhere else – in one room the bed is surrounded by an imitation 17th-century ruff and another is entirely lined with a gigantic 1980s-style knitted jumper (complete with zipper over the window). You can also expect modern facilities like a flat-screen satellite TV and contemporary bathrooms.
- Prices from €80 a night.
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Hotel V Nesplein – trendy, sassy and achingly cool
Following the success of its stylish sister city, Hotel V Frederiksplein, Hotel V Nesplein was founded in 2013. Just like its older sibling rival this trendy Amsterdam hotel is cool, sassy and big on first impressions – expect a huge dazzling Turkish chandelier to greet you when you enter the lobby. The tasteful modernist decor follows throughout with spacious loft-stye rooms decorated with browns, mustards, leather, dark wood and vintage-industrial furniture. Its central location makes it popular with couples and groups of friends who want to be in the middle of the action.
- Prices from €80 a night.
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Inntel Hotel Zaandam – hotel with the wow-factor
Part of the popular Inntel group, Hotel Zaandam is a 4-star design hotel located in a town very close to the capital. Interiors at the unique Amsterdam hotel 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 cannot help but make a statement!
- Prices from €76 a night.
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Sandton Hotel de Filosoof – all very zen
An unconventional three star boutique hotel founded by two deep thinking sisters. Each of the 38 rooms at the Hotel de Filosoof are dedicated to a famous philosopher or writer and range from a colourful interpretation of Confucius to a sparse but serene Zen-like room. The unusual Amsterdam hotel is located in the green heart of the city 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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Hotel De Hallen – contemporary industrial modern
A former 1902 tram depot from turned modern industrial design hotel, the wonderful Hotel De Hallen is now one of Amsterdam’s finest industrial heritage sites. Renowned architect Andre van Stigt painstakingly restored the listed building’s to its former glory keeping the original glass ceiling, exposed brickwork, metal walkways and concrete flooring and then decorating with an eclectic mish-mash of quirky interior design details. The result is a very trendy contemporary design hotel in a post-industrial setting. Located in a hip and up-and-coming part of town, Hotel De Hallon is also part of the 2,700-square-metre complex which handily features a library, cinema, boutiques and an even indoor food market, all on its doorstep!
- Prices from €80 a night.
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Amstel Botel – nautical fun
Not one for all you land lubbers out there, Amstel Botel is just what it says on the tin – a modern 3-star hotel/boat hybrid moored on a lively spot on the riverbank. The floating hotel lives in the historical NDSM-Werf, a derelict shipyard turned edgy arts community located 15 minutes upriver from the city centre. Aboard this unusual Amsterdam hotel you’ll find simply-furnished rooms with private bathrooms and views of either the land or the River IJ. Take a beer out onto the boat deck, while away an hour or two in the games room, hang out with the young creatives in the surrounding cool cafes or take the 10-minute free ferry service to Amsterdam’s Central Station and explore all the main city sights – a fun choice for a unique and different city stay.
- Prices from €40 a night.
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Fletcher Hotel – unique, modern and striking
You won’t ever need to worry about missing the Hotel Fletcher as the huge towering glass facade comprising of small round screens is most definitely an eye-catcher. Inside the design is no less striking, with contemporary bedrooms featuring round windows, round bathrooms and artistic details which all add to the uniqueness of this extraordinary hotel. Benthem Crouwel Architects were the brains behind the venture and the finished result is something really very special – if you drive past at night you’ll even see the whole place radiating a dazzling blue light. Make sure you don’t leave without either grabbing a breakfast or lunch in the SKY Lounge Pi or the panoramic SKY Restaurant Pi for unbeatable views of Amsterdam’s skyline – a hotel that cannot fail to impress!
- Prices from €70 a night.
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The Student Hotel – college digs and hotel hybrid
A trendy hybrid of modern student digs, a normal hotel and studio apartments for longer stays, the Student Hotel City Centre is a great choice for budget travellers. Located in a central location, canny designers have breathed life into a former grey office block with colourful street art murals, uplifting banners and retro style furniture. One wing has student accommodation and the other more luxurious accommodation for non-student guests! This means that you’ll be mingling with an eclectic mix of students, young business folk, academics, families and travellers in a lively, hip yet still relaxed atmosphere – genius!
- Prices from €30 a night.
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Jaz Hotel – Amsterdam’s trendy music hotel
Have a penchant for music, style and good design? Well if so, Hotel Jaz might just be the unique Amsterdam hotel for you! Hip and stylish and claiming to ‘pulse with the sounds of the city,’ Jaz has 247 acoustically tuned guest rooms with audiophile-approved sound systems and 11 off beat suites offering private balconies and fabulous city views. After a hard day’s music making (…or sight seeing) you can relax in the panoramic wellness centre or step it up a gear again and get your groove to watch pop-up performances in their bustling bar. Alternatively enjoy a private dinner in the ‘supertrouper’ area or watch a live DJ performance at the beat box. A fun and trendy all rounder!
- Prices from €85 a night.
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Room Mate Aitana – funky design hotel
Room Mate hotels are always a good choice when travelling – trendy, stylish and comfortable without the huge designer price tag. Amsterdam’s version is located on an artificial island in the IJ River in Amsterdam where all the top city attractions are just a small jaunt away. Built only three years ago, Room Mate Aitana’s interiors are fun and contemporary with angular lines, swaths of glass and colourful abstract sculptures. The 284 guest rooms are equally as playful, decked out with designer chairs, patterned walls, geometric rugs and floor-to-ceiling windows – opt for an upgraded room and they come with giant bathtubs and sweeping harbour views. Also expect a cool onsite lounge bar, a fitness centre, and a handy bicycle/car rental services so you can make the most of the city’s many treasures.
- Prices from €90 a night.
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The Winston – experimental explosion of colour
A great choice for the budget conscious traveller who still likes to be a bit different. The Winston has become quite an institution in Amsterdam and offers centrally located two-star accommodation with 67 rooms all decorated in a different style by local artists. The result at this fun hotel in Amsterdam is a colourful expressive, experimental interiors that you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry. They offer private rooms with en suite bathrooms or shared mixed dorms for those on a tighter budget and there is also a TV lounge where you can chill and meet other travellers. Music lovers will also love next doors Winston Kingdom – a small bar and nightclub which runs great club nights and frequent live performances.
- Prices from €20 a night.
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More cool, 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
- The Toren – Romantic boutique hotel in a central location from €85pn
- Conscious Hotel Vondelpark – Funky family friendly eco hotel for a great price from €60 a night
- Hotel Seven one Seven – Sumptuous grand canal-house mansion from €55 a night
- Misc Eatdrinksleep – A funky little hotel with quirkily themed rooms from €70 a night
- 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
- Hotel Vondel – Contemporary boutique hotel without the high price tag from €64 a night
- Conscious Hotel Museum Square – Modern and thoughtfully designed family friendly hotel from €59 a night
- The College Hotel – Gorgeous luxury hotel housed in an old school building from €140pn
- Houseboat under the Mill – Lovely houseboat located under an Amsterdam windmill from from €75 a night
- Heemskerk Suites – Trendy self-catering apartments set in an original Art Deco building from €90pn
- Hotel Dwars – Beautifully design small boutique hotel in the city centre from €85pn
- The Student Hotel – Deluxe modern digs for students and design-savvy travellers from €20pn