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Language: Dutch | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: (CET) | Average flight time: 1.5 hrs
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Hotels in Amsterdam’s city-centre canal belt mean one thing: waking up to waterside views.
Steeped in the atmosphere of the Dutch Golden Age, you’ll find characterful Amsterdam hotels here, from cosy three-star B&Bs to grand five-star hotels. Family hotels in Amsterdam are also in abundance at the water’s edge.
Nothing beats an early morning wander around the canals before the city springs into life and the tourists descend.
The light is soft, creating gorgeous Insta-fodder, and there’s a wonderful stillness to the area.
Spice things here up by forgoing a cheap hotel in Amsterdam city centre and renting a traditional houseboat instead.
Perfect for pushing the boat out – no pun intended – this upper crust neighbourhood is a medley of luxury Amsterdam hotels, top-notch restaurants and leafy grand avenues. Posh doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Stretching from the Vondelpark to the Museumplein in Amsterdam city centre, it is safe, sophisticated and within walking distance of all the major sights.
Popular with chic weekenders and shopaholics, this is serious splurge territory, with all kinds of upmarket four-star Amsterdam hotels and luxury hotels. If you’re out to show your credit card a good time, run the designer gauntlet along PC Hooftstraat, Amsterdam’s answer to Rodeo Drive.
Bordering the canal belt, the Jordaan is Amsterdam’s most famous neighbourhood. Once a working class hotbed of revolutionary thinking, this tangled maze of streets is home to all kinds of hole-in-the-wall bars, concept cafés and hidden art galleries.
Nowadays, it’s a hodgepodge of hipster hangouts and cutting-edge Amsterdam hotels.
Unlike most trendy hotspots, it has none of the too-cool-for-school attitude, making everyone feel welcome. Mixing the best cheap hotels in Amsterdam with smarter digs, it’s a winner.
Find out more about nightlife in the Jordaan and elsewhere in the city on our Amsterdam nightlife page.
The current rising star in Amsterdam is De Pijp, an old district enjoying a new lease of life.
It’s an area on the up, with new organic cafés and boutiques opening their doors every day. It’s a multicultural melting pot of Surinamese, Spanish and Turkish delis as well as restaurants from all over the world.
The ethnic mix has turned De Pijp into Amsterdam’s street-food heaven, making it perfect for a gourmet getaway. While De Pijp is on the up, it’s still a great place to find a cheap hotel in Amsterdam in 2018. Go before gentrification pushes prices through the roof.
For a totally different take on the city, book a designer pad in Noordelijke IJ-oever, hopping on the free ferry over to the Noord from the waterfront exit of Amsterdam Centraal Station.
Here, you’ll find an eye-opening mix of rural villages and radical architecture, with artist’s studios, cultural spaces and cutting-edge museums to boot.
Shipping containers have been transformed into vast cavernous restaurants, shipyards have assumed new shapes as swanky clubs and old workshops have become offbeat hotels.