Whether you want a hotel that screams style or you’re looking for a bijou boutique that incorporates the traditional architecture of Amsterdam, look no further than our guide to Amsterdam’s coolest hotels
If you’re looking for a city break, the Dutch capital has so much to offer. Picturesque canals, cobbled streets, gable facades and contrasting gothic and renaissance architectural styles are just some of the things that make Amsterdam so beautiful. The Dutch are known for their friendly attitude, stylish lifestyles and contemporary approach to design that, like the city itself, fuses influences from Germany, the UK and the Nordic region. It’s therefore no surprise that its hotel offerings are equally trendy and sophisticated. From those championing contemporary and unique interior design to others that embrace typical Dutch canal house style, these are the coolest hotels to stay at in Amsterdam.
Encompassing 25 different buildings, with charming courtyards, passages and stairways, the Pulitzer hotel is full of character. Its original details and architecture contrast beautifully with contemporary décor that is quirky without compromising on sophistication. An eclectic mix of art adorns the walls, with every style from oil paintings to photography and abstract drawings. The service is excellent, with help and advice from friendly staff available at all times. We recommend dining at the hotel and there are two options to choose from. The laid-back Pause café is located in the lobby and overlooks the courtyard, and Jansz restaurant is extremely popular with the city’s foodies. Breakfast is served here, and we bet you’ll struggle to find a better hotel breakfast elsewhere, with a buffet of cured meats, cheese and pastries served alongside various juices and sparkling wine. The hotel is located in the lively Nine Streets neighbourhood and is unquestionably trendy. Details in the rooms, such as Le Labo toiletries in the stunning marble bathrooms, decent filter coffee and a bicycle puncture repair kit, illustrate the hotel’s attention to detail. The hotel's impressive facilities include a well-equipped gym and reading room, off the lobby, that is stocked with an array of classic books for you to enjoy, should you find yourself at a loose end on a rainy afternoon. If you have a passion for design, appreciate exceptional service and really, really great food, then the Pulitzer is the boutique hotel for you.
Pulitzer, Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 523 5235
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jordaan area, the city’s cultural quarter, Canal House, as the name suggests, is located next to the pretty Keizersgracht canal. Originally a 17th-century Dutch townhouse, the hotel is brimming with works of art and original features. Stylish, sophisticated and with a relaxing atmosphere, it also includes beautiful details such as crooked staircases, wood panelling and a private garden. The garden and garden house are perfect in good weather, and offer a peaceful, quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The buffet breakfast will set you up for the day, or, for an extra charge, you can order from the menu that features classic Dutch waffles, omelettes, a full English breakfast and eggs. The service is attentive and professional, and knowledgeable staff are on hand to book you fast-track tickets to the biggest attractions and offer recommendations. The rooms continue the lavish purple and black colour scheme and are equipped with speakers, Nespresso machines and a large bath – rest and relaxation is guaranteed.
Canal House, Keizersgracht 148, 1015 CX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 622 5182
Hotel The Exchange
Just a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Centraal station, Hotel The Exchange is ideally situated in city centre, close to boutiques, high-street shops and an array of bars, restaurants and nightlife. Offering different levels of room types, there’s an option for every budget. The fashion-forward and fun rooms are designed with unique styles and themes, ranging from minimal, white cloud-like luxury to more conceptual and colourful offerings. If your budget allows, we recommend checking into the hotel’s best rooms on the top floor, which not only have a great view of the city but also have the feel and size of a stylish apartment. The sumptuous king-size bed is made with fresh white luxury linen and promises a deep sleep after a day of shopping or canal-side walks in the city. You can order breakfast for an extra charge at the hotel’s Café Stock and it also serves great coffee, fresh orange juice, pancakes and unmissable crepes. The area’s buzzing atmosphere is also evident in the hotel – it’s laid back and fun, and the stylish staff are ready to recommend bars and restaurants should you wish to eat out like a local.
Hotel The Exchange, Damrak 50, 1012 LL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 523 0080
The ultra-cool Soho House private members’ clubs are aimed at people working in the creative industries, and the Amsterdam edition showcases the trendy atmosphere and sumptuously stylish interiors also offered by venues in Miami, London, New York, Istanbul and Barcelona. The Amsterdam branch has the famous Cecconi’s restaurant in the foyer, plus a gym, screening room, spa and rooftop pool. The range of rooms encompasses several sizes and price points, from Tiny to XL Monumental, and the decor features influences from Dutch design. Although it’s a private members’ club, non-members can request to stay and we recommend you do this well in advance. The hotel is sophisticated and beautiful, and popular with the city’s fashionable set. If it’s elegance you’re after, you will find pure style at Soho House.
Soho House, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 888 0300