Amsterdam - one of the most lively and creative cities in the world. Here are the top 10 hotels in the city that capture its spirit!
Fun, colourful, artistic and alternative … why wouldn’t you want to stay in a hotel that reflects the spirit of Amsterdam? Staying in one of these hotels will add that extra pop to an already vibrant holiday destinaton. Check out these amazingly creative hotels in the ‘Venice of the North’.
This beautiful hotel in the heart of Amsterdam describes itself perfectly. ‘Rooms dressed like fashion models’. Opened in 2011, this hotel has become a landmark in the world of design and international style. The rooms (that range from one to five stars) are all individually decorated with wires that create patterns on the walls and furniture made of unfinished wood all surrounded by white interiors. To top it all off, the hotel’s café – Café STOCK does an all-day breakfast.
This well-established chain of hotels has spread over several European capitals and their Amsterdam one is particularly wonderful. Their mission is to merge hotel accommodation with the contemporary art world’ and we believe they do a pretty good job of it. The interiors are decorated with the works of Dutch collective Atelier von Lieshout and there are sculptures and eccentric furniture everywhere. The lobby is also an art gallery that houses temporary art exhibitions – it’s the perfect way to begin your cultural day of museum hopping in Amsterdam.
3. Lloyd Hotel
The Lloyd is a fine example of the urban transformation going on in recent years in Amsterdam’s docklands. What was once a detention centre is now a beautiful hotel and vibrant cultural hub for creativity and innovation. The 117 rooms (again, with 1-5 star ratings) reflect the Nordic aesthetic of functionality and colourwithout being boring. Here you will also find a restaurant that serves traditional French-Dutch cuisine and it is a hub for many events ranging from theatre to dance through to art and music.
If you prefer philosophy to art and design then this is the place for you. Located in an elegantly restored 19th century building, it has 38 rooms that as the name suggests, reflect currents of thought from ancient Greek to modern philosophy. There are quotes painted on the walls (or mathematical formulas if you are in the Archimedes or Pythagoras suites) in soothing colours that allow you to relax in this intellectually satisfying atmosphere.
5. Canal House
Look back into the past in this boutique hotel that is located in a former merchant’s residence from the 1600s, overlooking one of the canals in Amsterdam’s historic city centre. The owners have retained many of the buildings original architectural features such as its high windows, narrow stairs and its large garden. They also exhibit historical artefacts and art along the corridors and common areas. Even the rooms are decorated in a traditional Dutch style (a little dark perhaps, but certainly fascinating). However the hotel offers all its guests all the comforts of modernity along with impeccable service. In short, you’ll feel like you are in a Rubens painting – without missing out on twenty-first century comforts and services.
6. 717 Hotel
Originally built as a residence for wealthy sugar merchants in the 1600s, and then transformed into an industrial plant in more recent history, this building is now a luxurious boutique hotel where you can indulge on tasty breakfasts and afternoon tea. Its nine rooms are named after international writers and composers, and furnished with candles, fresh flowers and damask chairs.
7. Barangay B&B
This unique bed & breakfast feels like a tropical paradise. Lush plants and bamboo furniture, oriental statues and huge fans will welcome you into its cosy rooms. Why not combine two trips in one, and visit the north without sacrificing on the warmth of the tropics?!
The mission of this beautiful hotel near Vondelpark is to promote sustainability without sacrificing on style or comfort. Their environmentally friendly products are perfectly assimilated into the hotel’s elegant atmosphere, for example, the desks in the rooms are made from recycled plastic yoghurt and coffee containers – so hipster! There’s even a vertical garden on one of the walls in the hall, along with many other eco-friendly decorations. Choose this hotel for a holiday with a clear conscience!
The perfect hotel for rock and rollers, the rooms are designed like backstage dressing rooms, with large lighted mirrors and iPod docks so you can experience the true superstar experience. Not only that, but the bar has guitars and amps for guests to use and a concert and music events information service. Rock on!
Slightly out of the centre but well connected to the city, these 55 apartments will make you feel at home instantly. They are all equipped with a kitchen, separate bedrooms, a TV and modern furniture. In addition to these features, there is also a fitness centre and sauna available to guests. Rent a car and allow yourself the freedom to explore in and around this exciting city.