Top Amsterdam hotel picks
Suits you, sir
Established in 2016 and housed within Amsterdam’s A’DAM Toren, contemporary boutique hotel Sir Adam has become a destination for creative types. Works by local artists hang on the walls, and rooms are equipped with Crosley Cruiser record players. There’s even a Gibson guitar for those wanting to provide their own music. Sir Adam is located in the emerging Amsterdam-Noord district, across the water behind the central station. Climb up to the top floor “Lookout” to take advantage of the city’s highest public panoramic viewpoint.
Overhoeksplein 7, Amsterdam
Check into the Pulitzer and you’ll get to experience as many as 25 restored canal houses, across which this newly renovated high-end hotel spreads. A favorite with the style-set, the aesthetic is best described as modern and quietly quirky. There’s an eclectic lineup of rooms to choose from, and a tranquil “hideaway” garden. Float in Winston Churchill’s footsteps and tour the city in the same way as he did in 1946, courtesy of the hotel’s 1909 classic salon boat. Pulitzer donates €1 per room per night to local charities, including the Plastic Whale Foundation, which campaigns for plastic-free waters.
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam
Centrally located on Keizersgracht, luxury haven The Dylan has a refined, intimate feel. Rooms are classically elegant with a contemporary edge. Each one is uniquely designed, and many have canal or garden views. The 5-star hotel has its own Michelin-star restaurant, Vinkeles, as well as a private boat, ready to whisk you along Amsterdam’s canals while serving you lunch or dinner.
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam
Hip and happening, INK Hotel Amsterdam by MGallery (a Sofitel offshoot) is set in the former home of newspaper De Tijd. Dutch design studio Concrete was tasked with designing the 149-room hotel, which opened in 2015, subtly drawing on the inner-city building’s past. In the downstairs restaurant – fittingly called the Pressroom – you’ll find the odd ink pot, print-plate wallpaper and an old wooden desk, complete with a vintage typewriter, donated by a reporter having worked at the newspaper some decades previously.
INK Hotel Amsterdam by MGallery
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, Amsterdam
House of trams
Housed within a disused tram depot in hip Oud-West, De Hallen Hotel backs on to foodie haven Foodhallen. Many original features remain – there’s even a section of tram track in one of the lounges. Flashes of yellow and red give the communal spaces a youthful energy. Rooms come in different sizes, generally on the smaller side, and are designed with a modern, industrial feel.
Hotel De Hallen
Bellamyplein 47, Amsterdam
Lloyd Hotel caters for any taste and budget with its choice of one-of-a-kind rooms, ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Some 50 interior designers and artists have lent their creativity, including internationally renowned names such as Richard Hutten, Marcel Wanders and Piet Hein Eek. Housed within an imposing historic building, the hotel doubles as a cultural center, holding monthly exhibitions, talks and events. This is one for travelers seeking an inventive and convention-busting form of accommodation.
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam
One of a kind
Always dreamt of staying in an Amsterdam tram cart or a crow’s nest? Hotel Not Hotel gives you the opportunity to do so. Shunning corporate uniformity, rooms have been created to resemble art installations, each with its own distinctive character. Most spaces are the work of Collaboration-O, a group of young alumni from the famous Eindhoven Design Academy, or the creative duo Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. A good budget option, the Oud-West located hotel offers rooms with or without private bathroom.
Hotel Not Hotel
Pirir Reisplein 34, Amsterdam
Text: Emma Holmqvist Deacon