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The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a cultural giant, an architectural masterpiece and a jumping nightspot – all at the same time. A cheap hop across the North Sea, it’s also an expensive place in which to stay, with prices for accommodation in Amsterdam among the highest in Europe. But never fear, travel-planning superhero: the super search and comparison powers of TravelSupermarket put cheap hotels in Amsterdam at your fingertips.
Before we assist in your quest to find a low-cost hotel in Amsterdam, let’s take you on a quick tour of your next city break destination…
In Amsterdam, you should make like a local and hire a bike to amble between museums, parks and squares filled with café tables and street entertainers. Just be sure to watch where you're going, as the amazing architecture in this city criss-crossed by canals will constantly fight for your attention. Alternatively, take a canal bus or boat to see the city from a different angle.
All those bikes, canals and flowers combine with Amsterdam’s small-town atmosphere and infamously liberal attitude to make it feel like some kind of picture-perfect Bohemian university campus.
The good news is that you can book hotels in Amsterdam to suit this easy-going lifestyle, with plenty of welcoming and historic hotels that capture the spirit of the city.
Book in winter to keep costs down. Or visit during the week and avoid the weekend hordes. Even a weekend break in July is within reach when you book in advance and compare prices on TravelSupermarket. Read on to figure out where to stay.
Are you ready to unlock your ideal room in Amsterdam city centre? Let’s go…
Whatever your budget, hotels in Amsterdam city centre, also known as Centrum, give fast and easy access to everything you are likely to want to see and do during your city break. We’ve listed some of the main city centre areas, where hotels are easy to find. You can also use the map view on our search page to pinpoint the ideal base for your Amsterdam break; our nifty sliders and handy filters make finding the perfect hotel just a few clicks away.
So where might you want to stay in Amsterdam?
Many hotels can be found in the stunning gabled houses that line the banks of Grachtengordel - the canals that spread out in semi circles from the compact city centre. The budget hotels in this great location are particularly highly prized by tourists, so early booking is recommended.
Other popular central hotel hotspots include the area south of Centraal Station (handy for connections to the airport), the museum “district”, Museumplein, and the area around Vondelpark. While the hotels in these districts may not offer the traditional charm of the gabled canal houses, you will often find you have more room for your money. You can even stay in boat hotels that are moored to the quayside.
Many hotels are locally owned and managed, while the big brands are represented by chains such as Best Western, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Novotel, Mercure, NH Hotels, Ramada, Swissotel and Wyndham. For a stay in an iconic hotel, meanwhile, head for the Sofitel Grand or the Intercontinental Amstel, both of which ooze historic grandeur.
The Red Light District might sound seedy; it is in fact an interesting and safe place in which to stroll. However, if you are easily offended, it’s best avoided! Stag and hen groups tend to book hotels in this area, so if you're looking for a quiet time, you should also consider basing your break elsewhere in the city.
Many modern Amsterdam hotels are well outside of the city centre in modern business parks or near Schiphol Airport (AMS). Amsterdam's public transportation system is excellent, with fast and frequent links into town, so getting to the city centre from these outlying hotels is relatively easy. Rotterdam is also just one hour away when you jump on Amsterdam's regular train service, if you fancy a change of scenery.
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This city is packed with so many sights, one trip to Amsterdam is never enough. Here are our favourites…
Top five attractions
It might be small, but this popular museum punches above its weight with art from the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Van Gogh Museum
Follow the course of Van Gogh's remarkable career with a journey from his earliest work to some of his last.
Floating Flower Market
The world's only floating flower market, this lovely oddity is on the Singel Canal. Pick up bulbs to take home, or brighten your hotel room with a fresh bunch of flowers.
Anne Frank's House
It is impossible not to be moved by this house on Prinsengracht, where Anne penned her famous diary while hiding from the Nazis with her family.
Splendid at any time of the year, the lawns of Amsterdam’s biggest park are particularly packed with locals and tourists hanging out and relaxing during the summer months.
Join the fun in hip, lively Amsterdam, which gets even cooler when these events take over the city streets...
Spring at the Keukenhof gardens: April is usually the best time to witness nature's glory as the gardens’ famous tulip and daffodil bulb fields burst into intense colour.
Queen's Day; April: The city is awash with the national orange colour of the Netherlands during these fun-filled celebrations. But book early if you want to be part of it: hotels fill up quickly at this time of year.
Jordaan Festival; September: Located in one of Amsterdam's most hip and happening neighbourhoods, Jordaan, this is a weekend-long street party at which visitors are most welcome.