10 top rated B&Bs in Amsterdam
A bed and breakfast isn’t your typical hotel stay. B&Bs in Amsterdam are smaller and cosier, and often have a level of personal service that you won’t find at large chain hotels or even moderately sized boutique hotels (some of which are more about design than making sure guests are fed every morning).
Staying at one of these Amsterdam Bed &Breakfasts certainly has its perks, with one of the biggest being that you get an authentic Dutch experience.
1. Anna Houseboat
Prins Hendrikkade 549, city centre
Moor yourself right in the centre of Amsterdam on Anna Houseboat. Originally a 1927 cargo ship, the Anna Houseboat now serves as a bed and breakfast that sleeps up to five people (and it’s so big, the owners live right at the front!). The houseboat, while modernised for supreme comfort, still has all the characteristics of its cargo days with wooden floors, chunky aged rope strewn about the boat, and a wheelhouse that overlooks the harbour. A large, fully equipped kitchen comes stocked with everything you need to make a filling breakfast before you head off to explore the City — or spend a lazy day sunbathing on the deck.
2. Antonia Houseboat
Dijksgracht 12-B, city centre
Houseboats are popular with tourists for a reason: you get to live like an Amsterdammer. Located in a quiet area only minutes from Central Station, Antonia Houseboat features all the amenities of a hotel with all the privacy of a personal apartment. Two rooms, each with a double bed, come equipped with a TV and radio. The shared kitchen is packed with all the necessities, including a gas cooktop, microwave, refrigerator and even a washing machine and dryer for guests who want to stay a little bit longer (or stay a little fresher). Free breakfast is offered every morning, and coffee and tea is served throughout the day.
3. Garden View Bed and Breakfast
Stadionkade 70-1, Oud-Zuid
Stay with a friend in Amsterdam, or at least something close to it. At this private residence in Oud-Zuid (just ten minutes from the Amsterdam Zuid railway station), you get all the comforts of home and family. The British-inspired bed and breakfast has two rooms each with a balcony overlooking a garden (hence the name) and a private table where guests enjoy breakfast each morning. Use the discount museum passes offered by the Garden View B&B and take a tram to the nearby Rijksmuseum. It’s the place to go for a sophisticated stay — young children, toddlers and babies are not allowed — and to pamper yourself.
4. Central Rooms
Vijzelstraat 71, city centre
It’s more like a staycation at Central Rooms, a 17th-century townhouse in the centre of the City. Two rooms on the private floor have their own entrance, and you have access to all rooms 24 hours a day — no worrying about reception desks at this B&B! The rooms feature large, comfortable beds and private bathrooms, with towels and linens included. Breakfast can be reserved for a small fee, but a café is located right next door as well. Antique shops and boutiques line the canals surrounding the bed and breakfast, and the Museum Quarter is only ten minutes away by foot.
5. Edwin’s Art Guesthouse
Reguliersdwarsstraat 31, city centre
Stay in the heart of Amsterdam's nightlife at this small guesthouse located in one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam - where the party doesn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning (if it ever does!). With only two rooms available for guests — a single room, located in the front of the house with a view overlooking the street, and a double room, located in the rear of the house — you’ll not only be in the centre of the city but the centre of the host’s attention. The two rooms share a bathroom (linens and towels provided), and there is free Wi-Fi and cable TV in each.
6. Rembrandt Park House
Orteliuskade 57, West
The views at Rembrandt Park House are some of the best, thanks to its location right at the edge of Rembrandtpark. The spacious rooms are more like apartments than those in your standard bed and breakfast, with large bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens that allow you to live like a real Amsterdammer. Rent a bike from the shop down the street to get even more into the spirit! The fridge is stocked with breakfast foods for the morning, and you’ll always have access to coffee and tea. Clean private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and cable TV in every room round out this quaint home away from home in a quieter neighbourhood of Amsterdam.
7. Lazy Monkeys
Geldersekade 106, city centre
Get into the thick of things at Lazy Monkeys, a bed and breakfast in the very heart of Amsterdam (it’s just a five-minute walk to Dam Square and around the corner from Nieuwmarkt). The “Big Nest”, the third-floor attic room featuring a loft area with a double and single bed, showcases a beautiful wooden beam ceiling, while the “Little Nest”, also located on the third floor, has two single beds and shares the bathroom. For more privacy, opt for the double room, which has its own bathroom. Rooms are smoking friendly, and come with free Wi-Fi and cable TV.
8. CityHub Amsterdam
Bellamystraat 3, Oud-West
Truly for the modern traveller, CityHub Amsterdam takes digital living to the extreme. Each “hub” - they are not called rooms - features a double bed, customisable mood lighting, USB plugs and Bluetooth music streaming. As for Wi-Fi, of course it’s free - and you can take it with you wherever you go in the City with CityHub’s MiFi Hotspot mobile router from T-Mobile. Each guest receives an RFID wristband for easy check-in and payments at the CityHub bar. If you need to get even more connected, get the CityHub app to control the room’s mood lighting and music— and find out what’s happening in the City.
9. David Boat
Step back in time for a few days when staying at David Boat, an antique river ship in the centre of the City. Only two rooms and your own personal set of keys allow for a private stay, with both featuring their own bathrooms. The first room, located in the ship’s former deckhouse, has its own private entrance; the second room, located in the former cargo space, has a shared entrance. Though the boat still features all the characteristics of its former life as a river ship, it’s been modernised for maximum comfort: central heating in all the rooms makes for cosy evenings aboard David Boat.
10. Tulipana Residence
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 112, city centre
The heart of Amsterdam is where all the action happens, and the Tulipana Residence allows you to see it for yourself. With a shared rooftop terrace overlooking the city, guests at the Tulipana Residence can relax with a drink at the end of a long day of shopping and sightseeing to check out Amsterdam from above. The great view isn't all it has going for it either; it also enjoys a fantastic location just minutes from Dam Square. The rooms — available as a twin or a triple, and located at the top of a typically Dutch staircase — share a bathroom with a shower, and there is free Wi-Fi and coffee and tea making facilities in each.