Top 5 budget hotels in Amsterdam
While everyone would love a five-star hotel stay, it’s not always in the budget. Fortunately, Amsterdam is a place for everyone — and it’s got accommodations to match, like dormitory beds that go for under €20 a night or budget hotels with rooms that rival luxury counterparts. Guests can even stay in the heart of the city centre in an authentic canal house for a real Amsterdam experience — and it’s all for a reasonable price.
1. WestCord Art Hotel
Spaarndammerdijk 302, Westerpark
Amsterdam is a city of art, a characteristic reflected in the WestCord Art Hotel in Westerpark. Throughout the hotel and above the bed in each of the 130 rooms are pieces of artwork ranging from classic to modern. In one room, you’ll be reminded of van Gogh’s sunflowers or Rembrandt’s solemn style; in another, the colourful art depicting Amsterdam from artist Chiel van Zelst is displayed. The public areas feature an art gallery of Dutch artist Herman Brood’s work. Rooms range from singles to quads, with some superior rooms featuring a small balcony from which to enjoy the view. Downstairs, treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Art Brasserie, and take a dip in the outdoor pool.
2. Hotel Fine Seasons
Prins Hendrikkade 120, city centre
Modern and elegant, Hotel Fine Seasons brings luxurious living to budget travellers. Choose one of the hotel’s packages to complete your stay in Amsterdam: the “Vines and Chocolates” package includes a two-person room, breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco and chocolates, while another offers tickets to the Rijksmuseum, which is just a short tram ride away. The hotel has been awarded the Green Key Gold certificate for its commitment to sustainability. The hotel offers environmentally-friendly soaps and shampoos, ambient LED lighting and water-saving taps — but nothing impacts guests’ comfort. Each room still features air conditioning, coffee and tea making stations, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.
3. Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre
Staalmeesterslaan 410, West
See Amsterdam from great heights at the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre hotel, whose soaring 85-metre tower gives you one of the best vantage points of the City. The Floor17 Rooftop Terrace provides guests and non-guests of the hotel the perfect place to wind down for the night, serving cocktails and snacks. Check out the schedule — some nights are movie nights, where you can recline in a bean bag chair and watch a movie with a crowd. With nearly 450 rooms, there’s a room for everyone. Perhaps you and your loved one would like to spend a romantic evening with sparkling wine in one of the deluxe rooms with a panoramic view. Business guests will appreciate the eight meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout.
4. The Student Hotel Amsterdam West
Jan van Galenstraat 335, West
The party never stops at the Student Hotel in Amsterdam West. It’s packed with students and spirited travellers looking to socialise with guests like they’re all at the first day of university. The rooms are clean and simple, and all feature private bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi; the suite has even got its own kitchenette. With so much action down below, though, guests aren’t cooped up in their rooms. A fitness centre, work area, and lounge and game room give you every opportunity to work out, work hard or play. Chow down with fellow guests (and real students) at The Kitchen, the in-house bar and restaurant.
5. Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Oostelijke Eilanden
The imposing size and grandeur of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy does not seem suited to a budget hotel, but it is. Once immigrant housing, a detention centre and artists’ studio, the Lloyd Hotel embraces its roots with classic design elements mixed with a modern touch. Dozens of designers contributed to the hotel’s décor, with some rooms featuring pops of bright colours and others the earth-tones of natural elements. Rooms are characterised by stars — one-star rooms feature twin beds with shared bathrooms, while five-star rooms boast private baths and luxurious amenities. Every single room in the hotel is different, so you’ll never know what to expect. Of course, if you’ve got a room in mind, just ask!