Where to sleep in Amsterdam: tips and best neighborhoods where to stay

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A popular destination especially for young people, who have always seen it as the symbol of transgression par excellence, the Dutch capital exerts a fascination for everyone. Nicknamed "the Venice of the North", Amsterdam is famous for its th century network of canals, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ancient palaces, excellent museums and coffee shops.

Are you planning a weekend in the city and are you looking for the perfect accommodation? Here is a practice guide to the best neighborhoods where to base in the Dutch capital: the best areas, neighborhoods and accommodation facilities most suitable for the various types of travelers.



Index

  1. Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
  2. Amsterdam area guide
  3. Binnenstad (Red Light District, Dam Square, Singel Canal)
  4. Jordaan (Anne Frank House, Marnixstraat and Rozengracht)
  5. Museumkwartier (Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, Van Gogh Museum)
  6. De Pijp (Heineken Experience, Albert Cuyp Market)
  7. Leidseplein (Holland Casino, Hard Rock Cafe)
  8. Plantage (Botanical Garden, Zoo)
  9. Amsterdam Noord (EYE Museum, A'DAM Tower)
  10. Towns near Amsterdam where to stay
  11. Amsterdam accommodation price map
  12. User questions and comments

Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay

When it comes to accommodation and sleeping areas, Amsterdam is spoiled for choice. The most convenient area is the Binnenstad neighborhood, the most central of all, close to the most important attractions. The famous red light district is also located here De Wallen, where the nightlife is concentrated in the evening. They exist however many other neighborhoods full of charm and where you can breathe an authentic atmosphere; this is the case, for example, of Joordan, with a bohemian soul.

Outside the center, there are also areas renovated and used as residential districts where you can find somewhat cheaper accommodations. Among these, we recommend the area of ​​Oud Zuid, which within it includes the De Pijp district and the Museumkwartier. This is not a solution who knows how uncomfortable thanks toefficient transport network.

Remember that the demand for hotels in Amsterdam is always very high, especially during the summer, the Easter and Christmas holidays. The advice therefore is to book well in advance with respect to the travel dates.



  • Recommended areas to save: De Pijp, Plantage, Amsterdam Noord
  • Recommended areas for families with children: Museumkwartier, Plantage
  • Recommended areas for young people: Binnenstadt red light district, Leidesplein, Jordaan
  • Best accommodations: we have selected the best hotels, b & bs and hostels in Amsterdam. Discover our advice and book on Booking

If you are in Amsterdam on business or as a one-day stopover to other destinations, consider sleeping near the airport. Find the best solutions and selected hotels on Booking.com

Amsterdam area guide

Amsterdam is divided into seven districts. Inside each of them you will find a dense network of alleys and alleys that wind in turn in as many streets. Due to its particular shape, built practically on the water, Amsterdam is crossed by numerous channels arranged in a ring, for this reason the easiest ways to get around it are on foot, taking advantage of the numerous bridges and bridges, by bike thanks to the abundant cycle paths and by water through the frequent boat rides.

Areas to avoid: there are no particular dangerous or more risky areas, however we recommend not to go late in the evening to areas such as Zeedijk, Geldersekade, Nieuwendijk (near Centraal Station).

Binnenstad (Red Light District, Dam Square, Singel Canal)

If this is your first trip to Amsterdam, the best neighborhood without a doubt is Binnenstad, i.e. the city ​​centre. Here you will in fact be within walking distance of everything, and in a short time you can reach the main tourist attractions such as Dam Square, the sumptuous Royal Palace, the Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk shopping streets.

Here they are also found the places of nightlife, which find their maximum expression in De Wallen and along the Singel canal, i red light districts of the city. Next to the very famous district that has become almost the symbol of Amsterdam itself, there is also Chinatown, an area teeming with life and full of restaurants with oriental flavors, temples and shops.

Being a very touristic area here hotels abound and there are both elegant and more expensive solutions and structures with lower prices. Around the red light district are located many hostels and cheap hotels, noisy and very disturbed in the evening, therefore not recommended for families.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 32,00 for low cost accommodations to € 680,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on Booking



Recommended accommodations

Jordaan (Anne Frank House, Marnixstraat and Rozengracht)

The most famous district of Amsterdam. IS a very picturesque area that best represents the image you have of Amsterdam, with its typical Dutch houses, narrow alleys and small canals surmounted by charming bridges. Right here flows one of the most beautiful canals in the city, the Bloemgracht.

Among the main attractions of Jordaan are the Westerkerk, the Anne Frank House and the Tulip Museum, but the real attraction is the neighborhood itself, with its great variety of alternative and trendy shops, modern restaurants and traditional bars, including innovative art galleries.

There is no shortage of small quality hotels with a refined and modern design, they are often obtained from old warehouses and art galleries. Most of the accommodations are located along the Marnixstraat and Rozengracht avenues. Despite being central, the Jordaan it is less chaotic and less crowded with tourists compared to other areas such as, for example, Dam square.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 29,00 for low cost accommodations to € 950,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on Booking


Recommended accommodations

Museumkwartier (Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, Van Gogh Museum)

The Museumkwartier, or the museum district, is part of the larger Oud Zuid district. It is the ideal area for passionate about art and culture. You can walk among the most beautiful museums in the city, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the MOCO Museum of Modern Art. While not renowned for its nightlife, it still remains a lively area and in a short time you reach the nearby Leidseplein, the hub of nightlife. Furthermore, the area is perfectly connected by public transport with the rest of the city (with tram 12 to the Amsterdam Dam stop, 12 min).

It is a perfect area for families with children, since this is where one of the largest parks in the city is located, the Vondelpark. In addition to the famous museums, in the district there is also one of the most important concert halls in the world, the Concertgebouw.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 29,00 for low cost accommodations to € 420,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on Booking


Recommended accommodations

De Pijp (Heineken Experience, Albert Cuyp Market)

The De Pijp district, together with the neighboring Museumkwartier, is part of the Oud Zuid area. It is located in the southern part of Amsterdam, it is the artistic and multi-ethnic area of ​​the city, full of bars and restaurants, also known as the "Latin Quarter". No doubt, the liveliest and most popular neighborhood for young people. Among the most famous attractions, the Albert Cuyp Market, the largest market in Europe and the heart of the neighborhood, and the Heineken Experience, the beer museum located in the old Heineken factory.

De Pijp is the perfect neighborhood for those who want to get away from the tourist areas and stay in touch with the locals, but without being too far from the center, reachable in just 15 minutes on foot (alternatively metro 52 from the neighborhood to the Rokin stop, 3 min). And also a fairly cheap neighborhood to stay in, where you can find accommodation of various kinds, from apartments to quality hotels.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 44,00 for low cost accommodations to € 214,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on Booking

Recommended accommodations

Leidseplein (Holland Casino, Hard Rock Cafe)

Leidseplein is a small neighborhood not far from the Museumkwartier. It is about a perfect neighborhood for young people: does not have the high costs of Binnenstad and at the same time has a lively nightlife! Here you will also find the Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American, the Holland Casino and numerous live music venues! The heart of the district is the Leidseplein.

Staying in this neighborhood you can easily reach the historic center and the main attractions. From Leidseplein trams 2 and 12 pass to the Amsterdam Dam stop (6 min).

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 43,00 for low cost accommodations to € 250,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking

Recommended accommodations

Plantage (Botanical Garden, Zoo)

East of the center of Amsterdam, it is a residential area where there are not many bars and restaurants. Peaceful and away from the hustle and bustle of the center, it's the ideal place to spend peaceful nights, and above all it's an area where hotel rates are much cheaper.

Here they are also found many green areas, parks and interesting activities such as Oosterpark and Flevopark. In the area the Waterlooplein, with the famous flea market, the Tropics Museum, the gigantic Artis Royal Zoo, the wonderful botanical garden and the Hermitage Museum. Of course it is far from the historic center, to reach it you have to use the tram (line 14 from Amsterdam-Mr. Visserplein to Dam, 8 min).

The average prices in the neighborhood range from around € 49,00 for low cost accommodations to € 650,00 for high budget solutions - compare to the selection of the best accommodations on Booking

Recommended accommodations

Amsterdam Noord (EYE Museum, A'DAM Tower)

The Amsterdam Noord district is located across the River Ij, behind the Central Station. And the modern, innovative and trendy heart of the Dutch capital. In this area there are also the EYE museum and the A'DAM tower.

Given the modernity of the buildings, the hotels in this neighborhood have much larger rooms if compared with those of the historic center and the services are at the forefront. The ideal area for business users but also for anyone who prefers facilities with all comforts at affordable prices. Excellent tram connections connecting the docklands with the center and the frequent ferries connecting Amsterdam Noord to Central Station (5 min ride), from which you can then proceed on foot or by tram (tram line 2 or 12 to Binnenstad, 5 min).

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 51,00 for low cost accommodations to € 406,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on Booking

Recommended accommodations

Towns near Amsterdam where to stay

Sleeping in Amsterdam is definitely the best choice, especially if you are thinking of a trip entirely dedicated to the discovery of the Dutch capital, or if you have little time, for example a weekend. If, on the other hand, you have more time available and your aim is to also explore the areas around Amsterdam, to discover the most indigenous Holland, you could then also consider sleeping in one of the countries listed below.

  • Haarlem (33 km / 29 min): once surrounded by walls, today it retains its medieval character thanks to the cobbled streets and houses with sloping stepped roofs. Perfect location to admire the tulip fields, art museums and hofjes. Ideal base because connected to Amsterdam by direct bus (line 80, 29 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 66,00 per room
  • Zaandam (18,7 km / 19 min): known for the famous mills of Zaanse Schans, for the Zaan river and for the annual Dam tot Dam footrace. Ideal base because connected to Amsterdam by direct train (Sprinter or Intercity, 12 min) - Hotels and b & b from € 52,00 per room
  • Volendam (21 km / 25 min): characteristic fishing village, with typical green houses, as well as one of the most beautiful and touristic villages in Holland. Marken and Edam are also very close to visit. Ideal base because connected to Amsterdam by direct bus (line 316, 28 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room
  • Lisse (38,7 km / 38 min): famous for its tulip fields and the Keukenhof, the botanical garden. Here is also the Museum of the Black Tulip. To reach Amsterdam, first bus line 162 to Nieuw-Vennep Station and then train to the city - Hotels and b & b from € 62,00 per room
  • The Hague (64,4 km / 1 h 4 min): coastal city on the North Sea, famous for the United Nations International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. From here you can also easily reach Rotterdam. Ideal base because connected to Amsterdam by direct bus (Flixbus, 45 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room

Amsterdam accommodation price map


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