During the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam was one of them most important port cities in the word, bustling with artists, thinkers, and bon vivants. Today, it remains one of Europe’s most thrilling and aesthetically pleasing cities – and home to some unique five-star hotels.
Each one of the city’s thousands of buildings that flank its iconic canals can be considered an architectural marvel. Cobbled alleyways, charming bridges, and a populous that seem to solely rely on their bicycle get anywhere all add to the Dutch capital’s charisma.
World-class attractions include the Anne Frank House and Museum, the Rijskmuseum, and the Van Gogh museum, making the city one of the most culturally-rich in the world. It is also home to a number of chic Michelin starred restaurants, hundreds of buzzing bars and cafes, and an intriguing luxury hotel scene full of quaint, quirky, and top-quality hotels.
With a flight time of under two hours and under four hours on the Eurostar, Amsterdam has much to offer the spontaneous traveller. Right on the UK’s doorstep, the Netherlands’ capital makes an exciting city break for a whirlwind weekend with a loved one, offers a chance to learn about some of Europe’s most significant historical figures, and has the ever-attractive proposition of great beer and a nightlife scene like no other.
Being such a vast city, Amsterdam has a huge range of hotels. So, if want your trip to be truly memorable, book a stay at on of the top 10 best five-star hotels in town, based on guest ratings, reliable recommendations, and editorial preferences.
A labyrinth of 25 17th-century canal houses and gardens set in the heart of the Amsterdam UNESCO World Heritage canal district, The Pulitzer Amsterdam is a classic five-star hotel renowned for its exceptional service.
Renovations last summer saw a number of new areas at the hotel, including the main entrance and lobby, the inner gardens, and a two-storey gym, whilst 145 guestrooms and suites were also added. Stay here if you want an elegant hotel experience, quintessential Dutch charm, and a five minutes’ walk to the Anne Frank House.
A strong Italian style pervaded this cutting-edge Amsterdam hotel. In a convenient location near most of the city’s best attractions, shopping, and eateries, Conservatorium Hotel showcases a beautifully clean, contemporary design housed within a tremendous 19th-century former bank.
Spacious rooms and suites incorporate the same sharp design features, posh furnishings, and state-of-the-art appliances. There’s also an excellent spa, an 18-metre pool, and a fine Japanese-inspired restaurant. Check out the very modern, well-equipped gym where fitness classes such as Boxing, TRX, Yoga, and Pilates are available.
A storied past and stylish present combine delightfully at Hotel De L’europe. Standing proudly on the banks of the river Amstel, in the very heart of Amsterdam, this five-star hotel is perfect for sophisticated travellers with an appreciation of history and architecture.
Built in 1896, this grand old hotel features a very up-to-date interior and the latest in technology, including in-room iPads and Nespresso machines. Smart rooms and suites are embellished with crystal chandeliers, offsetting the contemporary design with a touch of classic luxury. Dine at Bord’Eau and you’re guaranteed a superb gastronomic experience.
The Dylan 9.2
A real retreat from the city’s haste, The Dylan has just 40 rooms, housed in two dignified canal houses. Intimate and somewhat removed from the city’s bustle, yet still well-placed for convenient access to Amsterdam’s best bits, it’s clear to see why The Dylan is a favourite amongst frequent travellers and modern jet-setters.
Walk through the 17th-century arch and gateway, through a curated courtyard, and into a charming lobby where personable staff will be waiting to welcome you. Rooms vary in size and style. Some offer canal views whilst others face the inner courtyard. Each is well-appointed and homely, however, with posh fabrics, roomy bathrooms, and modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and espresso machines.
This library-turned-luxury hotel is one of Amsterdam’s most warm and welcoming. Close to the Anne Frank House, set along one of the city’s many canals, Andaz Amsterdam is ideal for the fun and theatrical, with whimsical interiors by famous Dutch designer Marcel Wanders inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
The hotel impresses with its funky rooms, good spa, and a relaxed open kitchen restaurant where Chef Kasper Stiekema draws on Dutch traditions, utilises quality local and regional ingredients, and incorporates a touch of flamboyance into each dish.
Another canal-side luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is made up of six stupendous mansions. Many retain their 17th- and 18th-century facades, whilst interiors are awash with contemporary luxury and style.
Dutch heritage is further preserved in the Maurer Room, a stunning private dining suite complete with mesmerising 18th-century wall paintings and exquisite furnishing. There’s also a wonderful restaurant, Librije’s Zusje, headed by one of the most accomplished chefs in the country, Jonnie Boer. Downstairs, there’s a spa and indoor pool.
Every inch a classic grand hotel, this five-star Amsterdam institution has played host to numerous high-profile guests on their visit to the Dutch capital, from Queen Elizabeth II to The Rolling Stones. A gleaming yet discreet service is, therefore, something that the hotel takes very seriously.
Built in 1867, the Amstel may have an illustrious history but the inside of the rooms and public spaces of this luxury hotel showcase endless glamour and Dutch charm. River-view rooms are the hotel’s most desirable, whilst other facilities included a modern spa, indoor pool, and one of the best restaurants in town.
Located in the diverse De Pijp neighbourhood, home to one of Amsterdam’s best markets, Hotel Okura is a refined and efficient property with a smooth, minimalist, Asian-tainted décor. Public areas are open and decked in beige tones, natural wood finishes, and abundant natural light.
With 300 rooms, service is far from stretched and staff are renowned for their diligence and manners.The Nagomi Spa offers a tranquil setting for some pampering with five treatment rooms and a soothing indoor garden. However, the real reason to stay at Hotel Okura is its triumphant gastronomic offering. With four Michelin stars spread across its five restaurants, there’s something for even the most refined palette.
Breitner House 9.9
A property dating from 1882, Breitner House takes the prize for the most lavishly decorated hotel in the city. Overlooking Oosterpark, this former artist’s residence is uniquely styled in a rather meticulous way. The hotel appears almost surreal at first, but you’ll soon be caught up in the wonderment as you explore and discover the unsurpassed beauty of Breitner House.
Despite its good looks, Breitner House is far from shallow and staff are open, welcoming and warm. Suites are all-encompassing and maintain the same attention to detail as the rest of the hotel. You’ll have no trouble getting up in the morning after a night at Breitner House as the champagne breakfast in the dining room is simply the best way to start a day in the ‘Venice of the North’.