Best places to stay in Amsterdam

The city of canals and tulips has a remarkable number of hotels for every budget and taste

1. Backstage Hotel

There are a few odd moments when gimmicks work. The Backstage Hotel is a good example: it’s kitted out in rock ‘n’ roll paraphernalia with props and graffiti walls. The theme might be literally painted on, but it makes for cool rooms and great Instagram corners. The hotel is also very centrally located with much of the city’s nightlife just around the corner. Mind you, the stairs to the top are steep, and if you want to go to bed early, a room away from the street noise, right at the top would be a priority. Be it private bathroom facilities or free wifi facilities, these rooms have it all. That is why, it makes sense to book into hotel leidsegracht in Amsterdam.

2. Conservatorium Hotel

The Conservatorium Hotel is a relatively recent addition to the hotel-scape of Amsterdam. It opened in 2011 on the site of what used to be an old music conservatory, and much of the original structure has been retained, offset by an extremely modern, almost Scandinavian design aesthetic. It’s in the middle of the museum district and you will stumble into the luxe shopping avenues of PC Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat as soon as you step out of the hotel. If you can, you should book the ‘I (heart) Amsterdam’ suite: it’s at the top of the hotel, with original high beams and ceilings of the music conservatory, and offers a magnificent view of the city. If you are planning to relax for a weekend in Amsterdam, book into Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam. It offers all world class facilities including a sauna and a swimming pool.

3. Between Art and Kitsch

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Staying here can feel a bit like staying a friend’s guest room. Each room in this B&B is distinctly furnished with bits and bobs that have little to do with each other except lend weight to the hotel’s name. The art aspect comes from the fact that Dutch artist Piet Mondrian used to stay here. There are three rooms with en suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen. It’s located, fittingly, in the middle of the museum district, and anyway Amsterdam is relatively so small compared to Indian cities, that every point of interest is just a short bicycle ride away.

4. Citizen M

The boutique hotel Citizen M is essential a capsule hotel, those bare essential stays that Tokyo popularised. Except that design, luxe finishings and clever lighting have given the rooms a lot more space than just a bed to slide into. The common areas are for lounging, check in and out are all digital, and the rooms might have space for just one bed, but it’s a lush mattress and equally luxurious sheets you’ll be crawling on to, along with a pretty fancy attached shower and toilet. It’s in the residential part of the city, which means it’s just a short tram ride away from the city centre. Check availability and room rates of CitizenM Amsterdam Hotel. Book in advance to be assured of a fine stay.

5. Hotel Brouwer

This is one of the oldest hotels in Amsterdam, mostly because it’s one of the oldest buildings in the city. It used to be a sea captain’s lodging in the seventeenth century, but is now a charming boutique hotel with eight suites dedicated and names after eight famous Dutch artists, including Van Gogh. The elegant rooms dominated by wood and fresh linen have prints of the artist it’s been named after, so think of it as a small crash course on art. Plus it’s a genuine canal house, and staying here is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of a truly ancient structure. Check all amenities of Brouwer’s Studio, Amsterdam on the internet. It will help you decide whether it is worth investing your money on.

Insider Tip:

Amsterdam is home to some of the finest museums in the world, and not all of it is restricted to century old art. Modern design is a major concern here and places like the Droog and EYE Museum show off the best in furniture, cinema, and product design. Their gift shops also make the best souvenir destinations.

Best Time to Visit:

Between April and September, the temperature is mild and the days are longer. However don’t be surprised if you get some unexpected showers – that’s Amsterdam for you.