Now, you’re probably wondering, where should I stay during my visit? What’s the best neighborhood? What type of accommodations do I want? Although Amsterdam is relatively small in size compared to some of Europe’s other major cities, it’s very diverse.
Each neighborhood projects a slightly different feel and offers something uniquely different. To help with the chaos of trip planning, we’ve created a guide on the best places to stay in AmsterdamI wanted to include tips for everyone – no matter if it is the first time you visit the city or the 25th.
Therefore, I included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families, solo travelers and groups.
(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2021.)
But, first things first:
Question: Where to stay in Amsterdam for a first-time visit?
Answer: In short, you should stay in Amsterdam City Center or Old Centrum. When you look at a map of Amsterdam, you’ll notice a half-circle divided by the canals, then neighborhoods nestled along the outside.
This ring area should be your go-to for all of your accommodations.
How do you know you’re in the Ring?
As long as you’re on the inside of the A10 motorway, you’re in the clear!
Amsterdam is divided into separate neighborhoods, which we’ll discuss later in more detail. We know it is hard to understand some of the district names when you have never been there. So we created several maps to help you.
What does that mean? We highlighted the recommended areas in the map below.
A couple of our favorite city center neighborhoods include:
Check the map below to get a better idea.
Why do I recommend these areas?
Convenience is everything in a big city, especially if you do a short trip. In order to get around quickly and with ease, the Center Ring is the place to be. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of choices when it comes to hotels, dining, drinking, and sightseeing.
Rent a bike and easily cruise this area, checking out the sites and the beautiful Dutch architecture.
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
We highlight the districts, main tourists sightseeing in Amsterdam and our handpicked accommodations.
Please note: those are not the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.
1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Amsterdam
As mentioned, the city center of Amsterdam is the perfect place for first-time visitors.
Of course, each person is looking for something a little different. Perhaps you’re a solo traveler and can get around quickly or maybe you’re traveling with your family and need to move at a slower pace. As we all know, each situation is a little different and that calls for a slightly different lodging setup.
I created an overview of this. You will notice some areas are excluded or added to the previous recommendation.
Also, I would like to include an amazing discount on your stay:
Finding accommodations for a family in Europe is always tough. Is there enough room for the kids? Do we need one room or two? Would a kitchenette be useful? The questions are endless.
Fortunately, we’ve done the leg work for you and tracked down the best family-friendly places to stay in Amsterdam.
Here are our favorite family neighborhoods:
This map shows you the areas recommended for families.
Handpicked accommodations for families
Booking for families can be insanely difficult – especially if you’re not familiar with the area. Remember to stay flexible, read reviews and narrow down what the most important amenities are to you and your family.
Here are a couple of great family options:
With an updated bohemian vibe, Hotel Dwars offers a cozy hotel experience, perfect for families.
Relish with the LED TV complete with international channels, dimming lights and rain shower to make your stay a little more comfortable.
This hotel is located in a great area for restaurants, bars and parks with easy access to all the tourist sites.
Although sometimes known for wild nights and coffee shops, Amsterdam is an insanely romantic city for couples. Take a walk along the canals, dine at an outdoor café and bike along wistful paths out to a 200-year-old windmill.
Best of all, book a romantic hotel to come home to at the end of your day!
Here are some of our favorite areas for couples:
This map shows you the areas recommended for couples.
Handpicked accommodations for couples
Picking a charming hotel for two might be the hardest thing you do during your travels. Amsterdam has an overwhelming amount of the most dreamy, unique and romantic hotels in the world.