It’s that time of the year again when people are making travel plans for the summer. Here are my personal favorites, many of which I have visited. There are more on Weekendhotel.nl, a website that selects the best B&Bs and small hotels in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The last five years have seen an explosion in the number of high-quality, stylish small hotels and B&Bs in Amsterdam that do not charge over-the-top prices. Their attention to detail, personal service, and beautiful modern rooms are putting pressure on the chain hotels — why go to a chain hotel with bland interiors when, for the same price, you can stay in one of the places listed below.
(1) Top favorite: En Suite
If you have always wanted to stay in a chic canal apartment in the center of Amsterdam right on the Keizersgracht, ten minutes away from the Anne Frank House, this is the place. It is really gorgeous, filled with light and all the luxuries that seasoned travelers appreciate. I know the owners personally and they are really lovely people. You will get personal attention and if the weather is good, ask them if they’re taking guests out on their boat.
Check out the En Suite page on Weekendhotel, which has an online calendar to help you find which dates they still have availability (click on the kamers vrij kalender).
1016 EZ Amsterdam
+31 20 421 1887
(2) Latest hip paradise: Hotel V
If you are wondering why all those travel guides have not listed this boutique hotel yet, it’s because they just opened and we’re one of the first ones to talk to the owner before the launch.
Hotel V is in four 18th century buildings on the Frederiksplein, within walking distance from the Rijksmuseum and from the cool restaurants and bars of de Pijp, Amsterdam’s young, trendy neighborhood. If you need to go online, there’s free Wi-Fi and Apple computers in the lobby. Check them out on Weekendhotel (online calendar included).
1017 XV Amsterdam
+31 20 676 6398
(3) Stylish pad in the heart of the city: Miauw Suites
Miauw is located in two 17th century buildings on the Keizersgracht, one of the stately canals of Amsterdam. In fact, it’s only a block away from En Suite and about five minutes from the Anne Frank House. It also happens to be on the most fashionable street in the city center, the Hartenstraat, to which I am favorably biased because I live there! The Hartenstraat is one of the streets in the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) neighborhood which is filled with funky boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
Miauw Suites is owned and run by Analik, a Dutch fashion designer who has several apartments in Antwerp as well. If you are thinking of visiting Antwerp, which I recommend, ask Analik about her B&B. Miauw is a favorite among the fashion and media crowd. Because the rooms are on the corner of the canal and the Hartenstraat, you get excellent views and lots of light. As with the other two places listed above, it is very high tech: Wi-Fi plus the latest Apple Macs on which you can watch TV (or surf the Internet). Miauw has 2 luxurious suites and 2 apartments.
1016 CC Amsterdam
+31 20 717 3429
(4) Luxurious guesthouse on a canal: Breaks & Butlers
Traditional canal house meets modern luxury at Breaks & Butlers, located in one of the oldest parts of the city, not far from the Red Light district and Chinatown. This has to be the most exquisite place to day in that part of town, which to this day, lags behind the Nine Streets area and Amsterdam south in terms of modern chic accommodations. Like the others listed here, Breaks & Butlers scores very high on personal service and tech amenities, not to mention a full kitchen. Check them out on Weekendhotel (includes online calendar).
Breaks & Butlers
1011 HR Amsterdam
+31 20 638 9944
(5) College Hotel
The College Hotel was set up as a training site for hotel and restaurant school students, but it has morphed into one of the most atmospheric boutique hotels in the city. Not only that, it houses one of the best restaurants in town. Located in Amsterdam South, considered to be the toniest neighborhood in the city, you can walk to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, to the Concertgebouw and to Vondelpark. Interiors: chic, modern, eclectic but still warm and inviting. Click here to see more and access their online calendar.
Roelof Hartstraat 1
1071 VE Amsterdam
+31 20 571 1511
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If you are on a strict budget but still want a place that does not compromise on style and service, check out the next five.
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(6) Houseboat living: Bed & Breakfast on Board
Ever wondered what it’s like to stay on a houseboat? Well, Bed & Breakfast on Board is a delightful place close to the Rembrandtplein (with its lively night life and cafes). It is docked on the Prinsengracht and has a terrace that you can use when the weather is good. All modern amenities are included so you don’t feel as if you’re camping. They require a minimum 2-night stay.
Bed & Breakfast on Board
1017 KP Amsterdam
+31 62 740 8188
(7) Asian inspired B&B by Dam Square: Palace B&B
If you want to be right in the city center, Palace B&B is only a minute’s walk from Dam Square. Asian touches, high ceilings and large windows make this a rare find in the area around Dam Square which is better known for cheap, flea bag accommodations.
1012 VT Amsterdam
+31 64 26 08847
(8) Small on price, big on design: NL Hotel
Aren’t you tired of paying through the nose for boutique hotels “done” by famous designers? NL Hotel isn’t one of those even though it is designed by a well-known Dutch designer (Edward van Vliet). It’s chic yet cozy. The local Amsterdam paper, Het Parool, awarded it best hotel in Amsterdam in 2007.
1054 AB Amsterdam
+31 20 689 0030
(9) Classic 19th century guest room: De Kamer van Kaatje
If your tastes run a bit more to the classic, De Kamer van Kaatje, a lovely guest room in a stately 19th century house will appeal to you because it also happens to be in the trendy district call De Pijp which is where a lot of new restaurants and bars are popping up.
De Kamer van Kaatje
Govert Flinckstraat 297huis
1074 CA Amsterdam
+31 20 670 7776
(10) Apartment in De Pijp: City Apartment
If you prefer to have an apartment (no pesky hotel cleaning ladies trying to get you out of bed at 9:00 in the morning), then consider City Apartment in De Pijp, a trendy and lively district of Amsterdam filled with new restaurants and cafes. It’s reasonably priced, modern and convenient.
+31 628 425 860
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