Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands and by far the most populated. Known for its many canals, red light district, and “cafe’s” where one can partake in legally smoking marijuana, Amsterdam greets over 18 million tourists a year. Many tourists know that most attractions are housed in Central Amsterdam, so it’s smart to book hotels in Amsterdam Central for your stay in this unforgettable city.
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Where to Stay in Amsterdam
Located right at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, this hotel is a great option for your stay in the city. If you decide to catch the train to or from the airport to the city center, then this is where you’ll end up. This stylish hotel offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace. Not only is the Doubletree by Hilton a globally recognized brand, but it can be an affordable option as far as hotels in Amsterdam Central go. Booking hotels that are a part of a chain are a great way to earn status and it helps when the hotel is beautiful and centrally located.
The Renaissance is one of my favorite hotel chains. They tend to offer luxe accommodations without an extravagant price tag and this hotel is no different. It is a great option for my fellow digital nomads or those that are simply looking to take a working vacation. You will have a well-lit work area for when it is time to get down to business, and plush bedding to make sure you get a good nights sleep. Because this hotel is located in the heart of Central Amsterdam it is conveniently located near many popular landmarks, restaurants, and any activities you may want to try.
While the rooms are comfortable, Hotel Ibis made this list because of its cool ambiance and funky decor. Hotels are not just for sleeping, sometimes we want an aesthetically pleasing environment as well. This ticks off that box. In addition to being conveniently located next to Centraal Station, this property offers free wi-fi, a buffet breakfast that is available from 6am to noon, and is walking distance to major attractions such as Dam Square and the Red Light District.
All of the rooms at the Inntel Hotels come complete with wi-fi, complimentary coffee and tea, air conditioner, and a refrigerator. I know that may seem common to some, but I can assure you that you won’t get that everywhere, not even in America. My favorite thing about this hotel is that not all of the rooms are decorated the same. However, they are all equally beautiful. Inntel is easily accessible and offers everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
This gorgeous boutique-style hotel is a part of the the Radisson chain. They offer everything from twin rooms to king rooms that boast a gorgeous view. With an Italian restaurant on site, you can get dressed and simply go downstairs if you’re not in the mood for exploring and finding a new place to eat. This hotel is one of the more affordable hotels in Amsterdam Central and like the others, perfectly located near everything you’d want to do and see when visiting Amsterdam.
Breathtaking views and inspiring decor you’ll want to duplicate at home are just two reasons to book the Sir Adam Hotel. People rave about the location and the friendly staff, which for me can be deciding factors in whether or not I stay somewhere. Location is everything! This hotel sits overlooking the IJ-river and even allows the purchase of tickets for the A’DAM LOOKOUT observation deck and bike rentals. If you’re going to visit Amsterdam I highly recommend renting a bike for at least one day.
I’ve come to know a few Kimpton hotels and I can’t say I have ever been disappointed. While this hotel is located just 1,000 feet from Centraal Station, it also offers private parking for guests that plan to drive to and from the next destination. This is rare in a city that’s overrun with bikers but a bonus nonetheless. This property also offers free bike usage which is subject to availability, but the solution to that is simply waking up super early and snagging you one or two. Two popular tourist attractions located within walking distance would be the Basilica of St. Nicholas and the Royal Palace Amsterdam.
This opulent 5-star hotel gives me vintage and luxurious vibes. Located in a former shipping house, some of its rooms can be described as slightly eccentric and oftentimes eclectic. They have a bar lounge that overlooks the canals, but with it being one of the best hotels in Amsterdam Central, you’re sure to want to walk everywhere versus hang out at the hotel.
If you’re wandering around the canals it’d be all too easy to walk right past Mauro Mansion and never know what it held inside. This boutique hotel was once a former shipping house, which gives it extra cool points. They also get 10 out of 10 for being located just a 10 minute walk from both Dam Square and the Royal Palace. This is truly the heart of Central Amsterdam and the funky rooms decked out with vintage barbershop chairs are just an added bonus.
If you’re after views on your trip to Amsterdam then I highly recommend the Eric Vökel Suites. This hotel is within walking distance of both the Basilica of St. Nicholas and Beurs van Berlage. While it reminds me of hotels in New York City that overlook the water, it also has a European flare to it. It’s also one of the few properties that offer family friendly accommodations complete with a kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, and even a dishwasher. This makes it the perfect location for those with several kids in tow or those on a longer trip.
Have you already visited Amsterdam? What was your favorite hotel to stay at?