The coolest hotel on the list is the Pulitzer Amsterdam. Twenty-five canal houses have been transformed into this quirky boutique hotel, with suites themed on art, literature and music – the latter complete with a statement wall of shiny brass trumpets. There’s vintage furniture mixed with modern pieces throughout: think multi-coloured velvet armchairs draped in neon throws. Some suites even have a mini bar with cocktail recipe book and all the ingredients you’ll need to make your own sundowners. Chances are you’ll get lost in the hotel’s rabbit warren of corridors and stairways, but make sure you locate Jansz restaurant for a candlelit casual meal.
The new kid on the block, just five minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station, Kimpton de Witt is one of the most conveniently located boutique hotels in Amsterdam. With free VanMoof bikes available to rent, chic Wyers restaurant, an indoor courtyard garden with swing seats surrounded by hanging plants, and complimentary drinks and nibbles during the evening Wine Hour, this hotel is a great place to return to after a long day exploring the sights. The lobby has cool hangout spaces with something going on at all hours. Each of the 274 rooms comes complete with yoga mats, coffee tables strewn with plants, flowers and cacti, reading lamps on dark-wood desks, and little parrot sculptures that bring a whimsical touch.
Conveniently located close to Museumplein and Vondelpark, this hotel looks like a stately home, but one you’ve lived in your entire life. Formerly a 17th-century dwelling, Seven One Seven has only nine rooms, each with its own unique design. The living areas – separated from the bedrooms by drawstring curtains – have sofas, coffee tables, art (modern, portrait, photography), rugs and various ornaments, all creating a homey, lived-in atmosphere. One couldn’t blame you for not leaving the hotel at all, but if you do venture out you’ll only be 15 minutes’ walking distance from the Anne Frank house, 13 minutes from the Van Gogh museum, and eight minutes from the floating flower market.
This 100-year-old building has been used as a shelter for Jewish refugees during WWII, a prison and an artist’s studio, and is now a boutique hotel. The Lloyd is unique in that it doesn’t define itself as either luxury or budget accommodation – instead it encompasses both with a range of one- to five-star rooms designed to suit individual needs and budgets. No two rooms are the same and, depending on which room you are allocated within your price point (it’s a surprise), you could end up with a hidden cupboard bed, a swing seat hanging from your ceiling or your very own grand piano. Curl up with a book in the hotel library, attend one of the on-site artistic events, visit the Lloyd restaurant, or head out to the nearby tram stop to access all of Amsterdam’s main attractions.
Sister hotel to the original Hoxton in Shoreditch, London, The Hoxton Amsterdam is a fun, upbeat, chic hotel in the Nine Streets neighbourhood within easy walking distance of the Anne Frank house. Made up of five old-fashioned canal houses, the exterior is easily mistaken as a private dwelling. With rooms categorised from ‘shoebox’ to ‘roomy’, each is decked out in eclectic furniture with a hipster vibe. Treat yourself to brunch at Lotti’s restaurant downstairs, play a game of squash or work out in the nearby gym, curl up on a wrinkled leather sofa in the common room, or check out the bar where you might stumble across an exhibition or a party.
Situated in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighbourhood near the Nine Streets – great for hole-in-the-wall boutiques and independent coffee roasters – The Dylan is the perfect starting point for your Dutch adventure. You won’t find any cookie-cutter industry-standard hotel rooms here – The Dylan’s rooms are all unique and follow distinctive themes. The Serendipity rooms have white, grey and taupe colour schemes with a rustic-meets-modern design; the Loxura rooms’ decor is inspired by the copper-coloured Loxura butterfly, with bronze, leather and shell details dotted throughout; and the minimalistic Loft rooms contain wooden beams for a cathedral-like effect. If you’re hungry, try the hotel’s Restaurant Vinkeles for a Michelin-star French feast, or if you fancy a spot of culture, head over to the Hermitage, the Van Gogh museum and Amsterdam’s other central attractions, all within easy walking distance of the hotel.