The best luxury hotels in Amsterdam

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Just over an hour away from London via air, Amsterdam is undeniably a popular choice for tourists. Boasting art, architecture, culture and history – the Dutch capital is home to the famous Anne Frank Museum and the Rembrandt gallery – there are more than enough attractions to fill a weekend or more. Hop on a bike to explore the city’s quaint cobbled streets, cruise the UNESCO-listed canals, sample authentic Dutch fare and discover the intricate web of waterways, alongside the world-class attractions of the Van Gogh Museum and Rijskmuseum.

The five-star hotels dotted around the city, many lining the waterways themselves, also possess their own storied histories with former lives as canalside mansions, party pads and almshouses. Suitably unique and decadent for the lavish traveller, here are the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam to book now, whether you’re holidaying for 48 hours or are looking forward to a longer stint. 

Hotel Pulitzer, Jordaan 

Nestled among two of the city’s most famed canals, Hotel Pulitzer defines Dutch elegance and masterful architecture, occupying a grand building set within 25 restored 17th and 18th-century houses. Now home to 225 thoroughly modern rooms and suites which boast elegant art and eclectic furnishings, the five-star property aims to be a home-away-from-home and even offers canalside suites for those who wish to live life on the water’s edge. We can’t not mention the grand Pulitzer Suite, inspired by the romantic nature of its founder, which features an open-plan living area, super king-size bed, free-standing bathtub and views over the blooming garden below. 

Elsewhere inside Hotel Pulitzer, discover three fine-dining locations in the form of the al-fresco terrace, the Pulitzer Bar and Jansz. The latter serves exquisitely-presented dishes inspired by modern-Dutch cuisine and utilising locally sourced ingredients, which can be enjoyed in both the sheltered courtyard garden and canalside terrace. Step outside and you’ll find yourself in the Nine Streets area of the colourful Jordaan neighbourhood, where you’ll discover picturesque streets filled with boutique shops, charming cafes and some of the city’s finest restaurants. 


Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Grachtengordel

Reflecting the lively surroundings of Amsterdam’s historic centre, the interiors of the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht are the work of renowned local designer Marcel Wanders, who transformed this former public library into an eccentric five-star hotel. Rooms, for example, feature tastefully artistic reinterpretations of the city’s Red Light district on the walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. For prime views over the canals, upgrade to the Prinsengracht Suite, featuring the city’s largest hotel terrace where you can enjoy private dining and quiet relaxation. 

The Bluespoon Restaurant fuses Spanish cuisine with modern international dishes using only the most seasonal local produce alongside seafood small plates, such as Dutch oysters, herring brioche and grey shrimp salad. Also be sure to stop by the adjoining bar to sample the selection of handcrafted cocktails


W Amsterdam, De Wallen 

The W outpost in the Dutch capital makes use of two unique buildings: a former telephone exchange and a bank. Given its history and location (adjacent to Dam Square and the Royal Palace), expect a bold mix of Dutch architectural elements and cutting-edge design in all 238 bedrooms and 28 suites. This hotel boasts large-scale luxury and is far from a boutique bolthole given its size, but we like how its quirky set-up requires guests to choose a side (the bank or the exchange) to suit their vibe, with vibrant city views on offer at the former Royal Dutch Post’s communication centre or quieter high-end luxury at the old KAS Bank across the street. 

Whichever side guests choose, they’re granted full access to W Amsterdam’s amenities, including the leafy rooftop pool and terrace, fine-dining restaurant Mr Porter and elegant tearoom, The Duchess, emulating the glamour of the Roaring Twenties. Visit the ground floor to discover the Away Spa, where you can find your balance before pushing yourself at FIT: an energy-charged fitness space in the bank building.


Hotel De L’Europe, De Wallen

Opened in 1896 as an independent boutique hotel offering the best luxury lifestyle has to offer, Hotel De L’Europe has continued to stand tall over the Amstel River and still prides itself on being a guardian of the city’s culture and craftsmanship. The 97 rooms are spacious and comfortable, and offer views of Amsterdam’s historical city centre or the interior courtyard. Those looking to splash the cash should opt for the Prestige Suite: the perfect urban retreat with a large separate sitting room and comfortable bedroom where you can enjoy unsurpassed views of the Amstel River. Culture vultures should also take advantage of the deluxe hotel’s two-night stay packages which include tickets to the Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. 

Foodies can pick from three European restaurants: fine-dining Flore, French-inspired Marie and a more laid-back Italian trattoria named Graziella, serving indulgent classic Italian dishes. Once the sun goes down, head to Hotel De L’Europe’s Freddy’s Bar where cocktails inspired by Amsterdam’s inner canals and an in-house jazz pianist attract a crowd of locals and guests alike. 


InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, Oosterparkbuurt

This regal property takes its name from Amsterdam’s Amstel River and has occupied a prime position on the banks since 1867. The Rijksmuseum and Hermitage Amsterdam are both within easy walking distance of the palatial residence, which embodies elegance with its grand colonnaded entrance, 19th-century staircases, chandeliers and marble floors. There are plenty of splendid public spaces to choose from, however, the riverside dining offered here has become the jewel in the InterContinental’s crown. The Amstel Afternoon Tea is a must-try, serving just the right balance of sweet and savoury culinary delights with Dutch twists. 

Soak in your surroundings via the hotel’s excursion programmes, which include a Jewish Amsterdam tour, private cruises, and bike trips as well as visits to the Anne Frank House and Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets). At InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, a true taste of the Dutch capital is guaranteed. 


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