Amsterdam could rank excessive on the checklist of locations for stag and hen dos, however the Dutch capital has a lot extra to supply than an inebriated weekend searching its (in)well-known espresso retailers. The previous few years have seen a wave of latest resorts arriving within the metropolis, significantly increasing the vary of attention-grabbing choices to remain inside – and, most encouragingly, past – the well-trodden cobbled streets of its speedy historic core. Even present properties have been dealt a a lot wanted jolt and upped their recreation.
Having grown up right here, I’ve watched this occur as I come again now each couple of months, strolling previous development websites that give new life to listed buildings and, the place potential, herald one thing new altogether. Listed here are 15 of one of the best resorts in Amsterdam in the intervening time.
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Hoxton Amsterdam was the London firm’s first worldwide opening
This was the primary worldwide enterprise for the Hoxton lodge group when it opened in 2015, branching out from its namesake space in east London. Strolling into the foyer on Herengracht canal, the Dutch capital seems like a pure match for the model’s relaxed vibe, with classic furnishings in reds, yellows and blues contrasting towards darkish wooden floors and uncovered brick.
On the coronary heart of the lodge’s floor flooring is brasserie Lotti’s; upstairs there are 111 rooms, with the identical darkish wooden floors, tan leather-based headboards and pale inexperienced and deep blue on the partitions. They vary from Shoebox to Roomy; there are additionally three distinctive “idea rooms” (Fruity, Floral, and Tubby – the primary Hoxton room with a tub). The lodge’s location in De Negen Straatjes (9 Streets) space means there may be masses to see and do in your doorstep, whereas a lot of the town is just a stroll away.
Doubles from €129, B&B (a small breakfast bag) thehoxton.com
The Duchess Restaurant now occupies a former financial institution
Not one to do issues below the radar, W Inns arrived with a bang in 2015, occupying two buildings: a former phone trade and a financial institution, which sq. off towards one another throughout the road, instantly behind the Royal Palace. An additional, glass-walled flooring was added to the trade constructing, housing the reception, lounge, and a steakhouse – to not point out a slim out of doors swimming pool for these courageous sufficient to swim surrounded by friends on the bar.
The 238 rooms and suites are labeled by, and take design inspiration from, their respective buildings and the town – assume copper-pipe pendant lighting, a gilded miniature financial institution vault because the minibar, and bathroom cubicles painted vivid orange. Restaurant The Duchess occupies the corridor of the financial institution, burgers are served at native favorite The Butcher. There’s additionally a health club and spa, in addition to a retail and exhibit house.
Doubles from €300, room onlywamsterdam.com
The lodge incorporates various 17th-century buildings
Kimpton’s first lodge outdoors the US will be discovered on Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, simply minutes from Centraal Station – it’s a revamp of a dreary Crowne Plaza and opened in 2017.
Don’t be delay by the nondescript exterior: rooms are significantly trendy all through (there are 270 in whole, with sturdy blues enjoying off whites and greys; a junior suite with pitched roof and uncovered beams is large on appeal), and the lodge incorporates various 17th-century buildings, together with Little Home – the childhood house of Dutch playwright PC Hooft reworked right into a three-floor suite. The moody cocktail bar is price a cease too.
Doubles from €289, room onlykimptondewitthotel.com
The Alternate presents one to five-star rooms all below one roof
Travelling with buddies and may’t resolve on price range? The Alternate – like its loftily-monikered sibling Lloyd Lodge & Cultural Embassy – solves your downside by providing one-star to five-star lodge rooms below one roof. All distinctive, they have been designed by college students from the Amsterdam Vogue Institute utilizing the theme “rooms dressed as fashions”. They didn’t maintain again – the Eighties Room, for starters, shows an outsized black and white patterned sweater with candy-coloured stripes alongside the partitions.
You’ll discover The Alternate on Damrak, the road that connects Centraal Station with Dam Sq., reverse the previous inventory trade. The realm’s about as tourist-central as you may get, price allowing for for these preferring a quieter location.
Doubles from €130 (1 star) or €290 (5 star), room onlyhoteltheexchange.com
Zoku has downstairs social areas for working and rest
Like citizenM earlier than it, Zoku is a brand new Dutch model with plans to shake up the lodge business on a world degree. Its first location is on Weesperstraat, within the southeast part of the canal belt, roughly halfway between the Hermitage and Artis Zoo.
On the highest flooring are social areas each sensible (communal working areas, launderette) and light-hearted (video games nook, hanging punching luggage for extra power launch), whereas Zoku’s “Neighborhood Supervisor” and their “Sidekicks” are available that will help you make new connections, set you up with a VanMoof bike, or level you to the morning yoga class.
Appropriately for a former workplace constructing, nearly all of the 133 lodging are its signature “home-office hybrid” lofts. They arrive in three sizes and have a kitchen, work desk and loft-style sleeping house that may be screened off for privateness.
Doubles from €165, B&Blivezoku.com
Generator’s ‘posh-tel’ is an reasonably priced choice in Amsterdam
Amsterdam tends to be an costly metropolis for hostels, however in relation to trendy digs at reasonably priced costs, you possibly can’t do a lot better than Generator’s “posh-tel”. You’ll discover it close to Oosterpark, inside a zoological college constructing courting again to 1917 – you possibly can play desk tennis within the previous library, whereas the bar is in a former lecture corridor.
Journey solo and your least expensive choice is taking a bunkbed in a quad room; each these and all twin rooms include non-public en suite loos. With a gaggle you possibly can go for the top-floor Sky Suite, which throws in a lounge and kitchen to host as much as six folks.
Beds from €20, doubles from €75, room onlygeneratorhostels.com
Pulitzer Amsterdam has its personal non-public backyard
This grande dame – no fewer than 25 canal homes from the 17th and 18th centuries cobbled collectively – has reworked itself throughout 18 months of current renovations, reopening in 2016. Behind the restored Prinsengracht façade now lie 225 rooms wearing white, purple, mild blue and mustard; some suites have their very own non-public entrance on the canal.
The standout function is the lodge’s non-public backyard, in the course of all of it but seemingly miles away. Don’t miss wandering the corridors of the lodge; as they twist and switch, you possibly can clearly see the transition from one canal home to the subsequent, with glass-covered passageways providing sudden views of the town. The lodge’s non-public boat additionally presents tour of the town’s canals.
Doubles from €288, room onlypulitzeramsterdam.com
The interiors at Andaz Amsterdam are designed by Marcel Wanders
A couple of minutes’ stroll from the Pulitzer, Andaz Prinsengracht’s plain post-war exterior (it was once a public library) reveals little of the Marcel Wanders-designed interiors inside.
From the large bells overhead within the foyer to the fish murals and hand-made Delft blue wash basins within the rooms, there’s lots to see. Go for a room with a terrace to get uncommon non-public out of doors house. To see the town, hop on on the complimentary 90-minute Sunday morning cycle tour round city.
Doubles from €350, room onlyamsterdamprinsengracht.andaz.hyatt.com
The 285-room Aitana was constructed on land reclaimed from the ocean
Like residing under sea degree, constructing on reclaimed land is nothing uncommon within the Netherlands. You may expertise each when staying at Room Mate Aitana, the 285-room lodge of the enjoyable, millennial-focused Spanish group constructed on the IJdok island northwest of Centraal station, beside a fairly marina.
Ground-to-ceiling home windows in all rooms are one of many perks of a model new, glass-and-steel constructing, whereas interiors (by Spanish designer Tomás Alía) vary from muted greys to apple inexperienced, vivid pink, and deep purple. The bar serves no fewer than 50 sorts of beer and 10 sorts of gin and tonic.
Doubles from €158, B&Broom-matehotels.com
The Butcher Social Membership is open late throughout the week and across the clock on weekends
Simply throughout the water from Centraal station (a free public ferry will get you there, alongside native commuters), Sir Adam is the second property of Sir Inns within the metropolis. Whereas its sibling Albert arrange in an previous diamond manufacturing unit, Adam is a part of the 22-storey A’DAM Tower, the redevelopment of the previous Royal Dutch Shell workplaces – you’ll discover the futuristic EYE Movie museum subsequent door.
From right here, you will have a distinct perspective on Amsterdam, trying again on the metropolis – particularly from one of many larger rooms. The 110 rooms take inspiration from the realm’s industrial heritage with naked concrete partitions and untreated surfaces. The Butcher Social Membership – one other outpost of the outlet additionally discovered on the W – is open early to late throughout the week and across the clock on weekends for every part from breakfast to beer/booze and burgers.
Doubles from €125, room onlysirhotels.com
Hyatt Regency has mild and ethereal interiors (Hyatt Regency)
A couple of minutes’ down the road from the venerable Amstel Lodge, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam opened in 2017 on the location of a former youngsters’s hospital. You may spot just a few items of the unique facade, however every part else concerning the 211-room lodge is model new.
If the Regency department of the Hyatt chain units an expectation of non-descript company design, be able to be pleasantly shocked: mild and ethereal interiors draw on the lodge’s location within the Plantage (Plantation) neighbourhood, with residing partitions and hanging vegetation within the foyer and delightful botanical drawings within the bedrooms. Mama Makan on the bottom flooring serves Indonesian meals; the latter is will be discovered all through the town and is a must-sample on any journey to Amsterdam.
Doubles from €240, B&Bamsterdam.regency.hyatt.com
Conservatorium Amsterdam has an Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre beneath the lodge (Conservatorium Amsterdam)
These in search of all-out luxurious whereas within the Dutch capital have extra alternative too as of late. Conservatorium, a part of The Set Inns (with Café Royal in London and the Lutetia in Paris), brings so much to the desk on this bracket.
Dealing with Museumplein, its late 19th century constructing housed – because the title suggests – a conservatorium, earlier than designer Piero Lissoni turned it into this hanging 129-room lodge in 2008. Even should you’re not staying right here it is price strolling in to see the merging of previous and new within the multi-storey smoked-glass addition constructed into the courtyard. Rooms wearing impartial colors have various layouts and embrace duplex choices; suites supply roof terraces, whereas a penthouse wing choice cobbles collectively a whole flooring with seven bedrooms. Like its siblings, Conservatorium hides an Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre beneath the lodge, full with pool and remedy rooms.
Doubles from €609, B&Bconservatoriumhotel.com
Grand Lodge Amrâth is housed within the former Scheepvaarthuis (Grand Lodge Amrâth)
A couple of minutes’ stroll east of Centraal Station, Grand Lodge Amrâth occupies the previous Scheepvaarthuis, a listed constructing and instance of Amsterdam College structure. That is the place a century in the past sea journeys to locations like New York, Cape City, and Indonesia have been offered; you possibly can nonetheless see the ticket home windows within the marble corridor.
Rooms have a classic really feel with striped carpets, patterned wallpaper and hovering ceilings. A few of the suites are within the administrators’ rooms of the delivery firms that commissioned the constructing and have coffered ceilings and wooden panelling. There’s a spa with pool, sauna and steam rooms as effectively.
Doubles from €250, B&Bamrathamsterdam.com
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has a Michelin-starred restaurant and authentic options (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)
There are virtually no lodge conversion alternatives left inside Amsterdam’s canal belt, however Waldorf Astoria managed to seize one: you will discover its 93 rooms and suites inside six attractive historic buildings on Herengracht. A spotlight is the beautiful grand staircase simply after reception; select a loft room below the eaves for the standard uncovered beams.
Foodies will really feel at house right here: the lodge has each Goldfinch Brasserie and two-Michelin starred Librije’s Zusje, little sister (zusje) to three-Michelin starred De Librije, probably the most well-known eating places within the nation. There’s additionally a personal backyard and a Guerlain spa.
Doubles from €650, room onlywaldorfastoria3.hilton.com/amsterdam
Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is within the former townhall of Nieuwer-Amstel (Pestana Amsterdam Riverside)
Open since January 2018, Pestana Amsterdam Riverside is yet one more instance of a historic constructing getting a brand new lease of life. On this case, the previous townhall of Nieuwer-Amstel and metropolis archive of Amsterdam.
There are 154 up to date rooms and suites wearing whites and greys with glass-enclosed or semi-open loos. Numerous residences include kitchenettes for longer stays, whereas the Clock Tower Suite offers you river views and uncovered pillars and beams contained in the Neo-Renaissance townhall going through the Amstel. Restaurant ARC. is run by Peter Lute, a widely known native chef, and there’s a spa with pool.
Doubles from €245, B&Bpestana.com/en/lodge/pestana-amsterdam-riverside
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This text has been up to date. It was initially revealed in January 2018.