The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a mix of experiences set along a series of 165 waterways with 1,280 bridges. Recognized for its tall row homes built in the city's 17th century Golden Age, many of which have been transformed into hotels, boutiques, and museums, there's much to explore. Visitors can see the city from guided canal cruises along the waterways, or rent a bike to explore the its network of bike paths just like the locals.
Founded in the late 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam is named after the city's origin around a dam on the Amstel River. Today, the 17th century canals and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Museum Quarter is home to the Rijksmuseum, showcasing iconic works of art from the Dutch masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Plus, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of modern art, and Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The area is also home to the city's most famous shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, lined with upscale shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. There's also the famous Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam is home to a variety of Michelin star restuarants.
During the spring, the city is filled with blooming tulips. But there's always something to explore in the canal-filled city from art fairs to culinary events. King's Day is celebrated with parties on April 27, 2017. The LifeFit Grachtenloop on June 23, 2017 is a midsummer evening running event along Haarlem's canals, In August (8/18 - 8/27), the World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and outdoor screenings to the Rialto Cinema and Marie Heinekenplein. The Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show (8/29-9/3) is a festival of boating and watersports, and on September 3, the boats make way for swimmers to partake in the Amsterdam City Swim. While December is the time for Christmas markets and holiday concerts.
Amsterdam offers a variety of luxury accommodations as unique as the city itself, including Historic Retreats, Modern Boutiques, and Grand Properties. Read more below about some of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam or Explore all Amsterdam Luxury Hotels.
Set within 25 Golden Age canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer offers a historic location with views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, museums, and Central Station, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European cuisine, Pulitzer's Bar, and a private salon boat.
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Nestled in a charming 17th century building on the Keizergracht, The Dylan Amsterdam combines modern European design with the history of the city. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and 14 suites has its own style, and there's Michelin star dining at Restaurant Vinkeles. Guests can relax in The Garden--a secluded outdoor courtyard with candles.
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Housed in a 19th century building that opened as a school in 1895, The College Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary styling. A short stroll from the Museum District and shopping area, the boutique hotel has afternoon tea, a restaurant serving chef-prepared cuisine rooted with Dutch flavors, The Bar lounge, and an outdoor courtyard.
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Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies a landmark hertigage building. Providing a unique architectural setting accented with contemporary design, plus restaurants, a bar, and lounge, the luxury hotel offers the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Steps from the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, and high end shopping, the property is ideal for those seeking a mix of history and modern style.
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Situated within the lively Jordaan District, the Andaz Amsterdam provides a contemporary setting reflecting a modern take on Dutch history and local culture. Designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, the property has more than 50 pieces of video art and original works of art around every corner. Plus, the Bluespooon Restaurant serves seasonal farm-to-table cuisine.
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Next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is located in two unique buildings, a former bank and a telephone exchange building. Mixing contemporary style with the city's heritage, the hotel has a rooftop lounge with a pool, views of the canals, and innovative guest rooms and suites. For dining, Mr. Porter combines the menu of a modern steakhouse with the feel of a chic lounge, while The Duchess is a restaurant with a tea room, bar, and cuisine inspired by Southern France and Italy.
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Situated in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam, the Sir Albert Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel with a modern attitude. Housed in a 19th century diamond factory, the property has high ceilings and large windows. The restaurant, Izakaya serves critically-acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and the entire property is focused on creating connections with amenities such as a stocked library, signature bedding, and communal spaces.
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Situated within the landmark Rondeel Building from 1896, the Hotel De L'Europe offers a grand setting overlooking the Amstel River. The Promenade features replicas of famous Dutch artworks, and there's outdoor dining overlooking the canals, an indoor pool, spa, and library. Plus, the hotel's Bord'Eau Restaurant is a recipient of two Michelin stars.
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Celebrating 150 years of welcoming royalty, celebrities, and guests from around the world, the InterContinental Amstel Hotel is in the heart of the financial, cultural, and entertainment district along the Amstel River. Featuring a regal lobby with a historical stairway, elegant chandeliers, and high ceilings, the grand hotel offers an authentic setting with hand-printed wallpaper, classic furniture, pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain mixed with modern comforts.
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Featuring a long, rich history, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has an exterior comprised of six 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces, along with a grand staircase built by Daniel Marot, Louis XIV's architect. Guest rooms and suites overlook the canals or the hotel's courtyard garden and feature expansive bathrooms. There's an indoor pool, fitness center, and Guerlain Spa. Plus, renowned dining at Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a two Michelin star recipient, and the Vault Bar.
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Originally the site of two convents, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam was built in three sections, with two courtyards and a central element. Over the years the property served a variety of purposes including a city hall. Transformed into The Grand Hotel in 1992, the luxury hotel offers a historic setting infused with modern styling, multiple dining options including Le Petit Bistro and The Flying Dutchman, a spa, afternoon tea, floral boutique, horse drawn carriage rides, and royal breakfasts. Guests can also explore the city via The Grand's boat and bicycle tours.
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