Modern, Quirky and Instagram-Worthy: Amsterdam's Best Hotels

November 10, 2016

Struggling to find the perfect place to stay for your upcoming trip to Amsterdam? With so many options to choose from, it's easy to get overwhelmed when looking for your perfect hotel. We've got six ideas for your next trip to the city, covering everything from budget-friendly to Instagram-worthy.

Choosing a hotel is a tricky task. If you go for cheap and cheerful you might be miles from the city centre, but if you splash the cash you may find yourself scrimping and saving elsewhere. You could always go for a fun, design option but what if you want a party hostel vibe? Here at Travioor, we like to help. We've rounded up six hotels that each offer something unique in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam to make your decision on where to stay that little bit easier. 

The Modern Hotel: Student Hotel Amsterdam City

Bedroom inside the Student Hotel Amsterdam City.

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Conveniently located next to the Wibautstraat Station, The Student Hotel Amsterdam City is a five minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Clean, modern bedrooms epitomise the Student Hotel, which is home to 200 rooms starting from around €90 per night.

The hotel doubles as student accommodation, giving it a distinctly youthful feel but offering a variety of amenities such as a common room, bar, restaurant and gym. The student-focused facilities mean hotel guests will also have access to free wifi, a games area and a laundry room.

The Quirky Hotel: CityHub Amsterdam

Couple in purple hub at CityHub Amsterdam.

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With prices ranging anywhere between around €45 and €115 a night, CityHub Amsterdam covers many bases. Rated highly as one for generation Y, CityHub is a hotel stay with a difference. Like something out of a SciFi film, guests stay in bedroom 'hubs' which house a king-size bed, storage shelves and some quirky lighting. Guests can download the CityHub App to get the most out of their stay and even better, receive free wifi to go, providing internet access all over the capital. You'll also get an RFID bracelet, which controls the access to your hub and allows you to get beer on tap from the bar.

CityHub is located in Amsterdam Oud-West, around 15 minutes outside of the city centre, and has more of a hostel vibe than that of a hotel, with communal bathroom and shower areas. CityHosts are on hand to give you inside tips on where to go and what to do in Amsterdam, giving you the perfect opportunity to travel like a local.

The Instagram-Worthy Hotel: art'otel Amsterdam

Quirky reception area at art'otel Amsterdam.

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Located just opposite Centraal Station, art'otel Amsterdam is within walking distance of many of Amsterdam's main attractions. There are five room types in the art'otel, each containing artwork by Atelier Van Lieshout. The cheapest 'art room' starts at around €252 per night, which is slightly on the pricey side, but with art installations, patterned walls and plenty of quirky interiors, you're getting an art experience and place to lay your head all in one.

For keen artists, an art curator is on hand to offer tours of the more impressive displays, and suggest galleries and current exhibitions in the captial that guests should visit. The hotel has its own 'lifestyle venue' called 5&33, which works as a gallery, kitchen, bar and lounge to bring people together in the name of food and art.

The Budget Hotel: Motel One

Reception area at Motel One Amsterdam.

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Priced at around €84 a night for a single room, Motel One is a budget option for your trip to Amsterdam. Understandably for the price, it's a little further out of the city centre than you might like, but with good transport links (the hotel is pretty much opposite the Amsterdam RAI station) it might just be worth the commute, which takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.

Offering an €9.50 breakfast buffet and free-to-use iPads, Motel One has more to give than just cheap rooms, and with a cosy, modern interior you certainly won't feel like you've picked a budget stay. 

The Luxury Hotel: W Amsterdam

A luxury suite at W Amsterdam.

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Offering free wifi and an on-site bar, W Amsterdam has many of the amenities offered by the budget stays, but alo offers a spa and wellness centre, swimming pool and fitness centre. It's easy to see that W Amsterdam goes above and beyond its competitors, and with prices starting from around €450 per night, it's no wonder they have so much to offer. Breakfast starts at around €35 a day, so you can also add a little luxury to your morning routine.

Located in the city centre, it might be worth splashing the cash on a room in W Amsterdam just so you'll never have far to walk. Just off Dam Square, you're in touching distance of the iconic canal district and a five minute walk from the historic old town. 

The Historic Hotel: NH Amsterdam Schiller

Bedroom at NH Amsterdam Schiller with balcony view.

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The NH Amsterdam Schiller boasts a central location and a heritage status, making it the perfect place to stay if you want to add a touch of history to your visit. With Art Deco accents, stained glass windows and a large collection of artwork from former owner Frits Schiller, the NH Amsterdam Schiller has all the charm of an NH hotel with the historic grandeur of central Amsterdam. At just five minutes from Waterlooplien Metro, the hotel offers good transport links to the heart of Amsterdam, but is definitely near enough to the action to do everything on foot. Offering rooms from around €131 a night, the NH Amsterdam Schiller is perfect for those with a comfortable budget.

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Megan Trigg
Megan's love affair with travel began in 2010 when she visited New York. Since then, she has amassed an extensive bucket list, with her travel highlights including trips to Cuba and Canada. Find her on Twitter @mgntrgg