An old canal house on the river in Amsterdam

Best hotels for foodies in Amsterdam

Hunker down in a historic canal house, spend the night in a slick city centre hotel or sip homemade cocktails in a quirky guesthouse with our guide to Amsterdam’s best hotels

Looking for hotels in Amsterdam? Want to know where to stay in Amsterdam Noord? Read on for the best hotels in the Netherlands’ capital…

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SWEETS Hotel, Wiegbrug

In a nutshell

Disused canal bridge operator cabins, cleverly transformed into unique suites sleeping two.

Why foodies stay here

These so-called bridge houses don’t have kitchens but they do come with mini fridges, teapots and coffee machines. Use a bespoke in-room tablet to pick a restaurant for dinner, with help from a complimentary local area guide. Accessible only by boat, Bridge House 206 Amstelschutsluis (which dates back to 1673) is an exception: it comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a fridge full of groceries and, if you fancy eating out, four boat crossings with the SWEETS hotel captain to dry land.

What are the rooms like?

Despite being part of one hotel, the bedrooms are scattered across town with each space occupying its own prime location. Open your curtains to boats bobbing past the windows and bicycles whizzing along adjacent towpaths. Each cabin comes simply decorated with wooden shelving units and white linen, with pops of colour from the crockery, books and vases of flowers.

Breakfast

You can order a typically Dutch breakfast box of boiled eggs, fruit, bread rolls and fresh orange juice to be delivered to your doorstep.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Consult your complimentary area guide to track down the best foodie spots in each location, from cheesy croquettes at De Ysbreeker to freshly-baked stroopwafel at Albert Cuyp Market.

Click here to book your stay at SWEETS Hotel

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An old canal house on the river in Amsterdam
SWEETS turns disused canal bridge operator cabins into unique hotel suites

The Hoxton, Amsterdam, Herengracht

In a nutshell

A hip hotel in a historic canal house, with more than 100 bedrooms (of varying styles and sizes) to choose from.

Why foodies stay here

Lively neighbourhood restaurant Lotti’s, which serves all-day brasserie-style dishes, occupies the ground floor space. Munch on traditional bitterballen, truffle fries and cheese croquettes while you sip on A Dutch Tale, a citrusy mix of vodka, bergamot, grapefruit and soda water. Share small plates of watermelon ceviche with sesame, or pickled mackerel with garlic crumble and grated tomato, before moving on to slow-cooked beef cheeks with orzo and wild spinach.

What are the rooms like?

Choose from four sizes, starting with Shoebox (the clue’s in the name) then Snug, Cosy and, the largest of the four, Roomy. Compact Shoebox rooms still have queen-size beds and walk-in showers, while Roomy ones are home to squidgy sofas and are dog-friendly. If you fancy wine or beer in your room, head to the front desk where you can buy bottles at supermarket prices.

Breakfast

Order Japanese porridge with spring onions, pickled ginger and a poached egg, or banana spelt chocolate pancakes with a side of bacon. If you want something lighter, grilled watermelon comes with feta, pumpkin seeds, lemon thyme and honey. Or, go for a Sunny Juice, packed with carrot, orange, ginger, chilli and turmeric. Got a sweet tooth? Order a slice of apple pie with whipped cream.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Take the ferry over to Noord for an equally hip dinner at Hotel Goudfazant. In this waterfront restaurant (don’t be fooled by the name – it’s not a hotel) you can sit and eat on what look like school tables, laid with white tablecloths, served by a team of t-shirted waiting staff. One of the city’s most long-established warehouse restaurants, food and wine are good value for money, with an emphasis on French cooking and a seasonal menu.

Book a night at The Hoxton here

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A plate with slices of toasted banana bread, red and blue berries and a small pot of jam
Lively neighbourhood restaurant Lotti’s, which serves all-day brasserie-style dishes, occupies the ground floor space

Kimpton De Witt, Central Station

In a nutshell

A slick hotel in the heart of the city centre, with over 200 bedrooms.

Why foodies stay here

The hotel’s in-house Wyers restaurant puts a Dutch twist on American comfort food, with a wood-fired grill as its focus. Try buttermilk fried chicken sarnies or a croque monsieur made with local cheese. For dessert? A peanut butter and jam sandwich, with peanut ice cream.

Super Lyan, the all-day cocktail bar from master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, is the main draw. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, expect to find cocoa butter mixed with rum and raspberry whey with gin. If milkshakes float your boat, try the Millionaire Shake (soy milk, chocolate sorbet and pomegranate).

What are the rooms like?

A palette of grey gives a calm vibe to each space, with pops of brass and emerald green adding a glamorous touch. Along with a fully-stocked minibar (complete with local beer and wine), bedrooms come with yoga mats, rain showers and a gold-dipped porcelain parrot statue. The Penthouse De Witt comes with a spiral staircase and terrace, while the not-so-aptly named Little House is spread over three floors and has two bedrooms and a separate living area.

Breakfast

Brunch at Wyers is a hearty affair. Try buttermilk pancakes topped with pecans, banana and bacon, or a BLTA toastie (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) with pesto mayonnaise.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For fine dining just a 12-minute stroll from the hotel, head to Daalder and try the chef’s tasting menu. The salted caramel ice-cream sandwich take on a stroopwafel is a must.

Get great deals on Kimpton De Witt here

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A large tiled bathroom with glass partition looking through to a living area
A grey colour palette lends rooms a calm vibe, with pops of brass and emerald green adding glamour

Misc eatdrinksleep, Nieuwmarkt

In a nutshell

A quirky guesthouse with six bedrooms and a cocktail bar.

Why foodies stay here

Rosalia’s Menagerie, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar adorned with velvet armchairs and lavish floral wallpaper, serves locally made spirits and house specials. Order a margarita or try Hazy April, made with orange-spiced white tea. There’s no restaurant, but hop on one of the hotel’s bicycles and you won’t have to pedal far to find somewhere good to eat.

What are the rooms like?

Set in a 17th-century canal house, this cosy retreat has just six bedrooms, all of which are decorated with an eclectic mix of repro and vintage furniture. Three of the rooms have a canal view, while the others look over a garden. The garden rooms are smaller but tend to be quieter. Afrika on the top floor is the largest, with rustic wooden tables and leather chairs, while La Primavera is made vibrant with bright yellow curtains and bird-print wallpaper. Every room comes with a rain shower and free minibar.

Breakfast

The downstairs bar-cum-café serves a simple buffet-style breakfast, complete with Dutch cheese and homemade granola. Bacon and eggs can be cooked to order.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For cocktails, Wynand Fockink is only four minutes away and serves genever (the Dutch precursor to gin). Or KOKO Coffee & Design offers a koffie verkeerd – the local take on a latte.

Book your stay at Misc eatdrinksleep here

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A dramatic living space with dark blue wall, chandelier, wooden tables and deep purple chairs
Set in a 17th-century canal house, Misc eatdrinksleep is eclectic and colourful

Zoku, Weesperstraat

In a nutshell

Modern apartments for working travellers, with a social kitchen.

Why foodies stay here

The Living Kitchen serves from breakfast through to dinner, at communal sharing tables. Simple, honest food is the focus, with no menus – just an iPad on the wall to order from. Expect toasted brioches with harissa-marinated cottage cheese, avocado and fried eggs, and help-yourself salads piled high with hearty roast veg, such as butternut squash and fennel. There’s always a soup, protein and flatbread on offer, and freshly squeezed juices to sip on.

What are the rooms like?

For a cosy bolthole, book the Bootstrap bedroom with its simple bunk beds, white wardrobes and pot plants. The Zoku room has a double bed with separate working area. If you’re staying for longer, book one of the Loft rooms; a double bed sits on a mezzanine level, while a wooden table and sofa take centre stage downstairs. There’s also a compact kitchen kitted out with a coffee machine, microwave and kettle.

Breakfast

The buffet includes homemade granola, assorted pastries (including waffles and bagels), a selection of cold-cut meats, cheeses and the choice of an extra ‘health’ or egg dish. Opt for a black rice and coconut bowl served with blueberries, or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and roast tomatoes. If you want something smaller, the continental option includes juice, a croissant and granola-topped Greek yogurt.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For a casual, wholesome lunch, visit vegan-friendly salad bar SLA. Fill up on a green pea and mint falafel bowl, or a raw strawberry and vanilla cheesecake.

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Lloyd, Central Station

In a nutshell

A minimalist hotel just five minutes’ walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station.

Why foodies stay here

LLOYD is an all-day restaurant with a dining room fringed with blue-leather booths and a leafy terrace. The focus, with ingredients, is local and organic, though the menu is global. If it’s the right season, order asparagus soup with wild garlic, or steak tartare with crispy cauliflower and piccalilli foam.

What are the rooms like?

All bedrooms have cosseting Auping beds, free wi-fi and unique additions, such as dusty-pink velvet chairs, art-deco glass lamps and Persian rugs. Superior doubles come with king-sized beds, spacious living areas and moreish complimentary bars of Tony’s Chocolonely.

Breakfast

The drinks menu is substantial, and includes everything from pear juice to fresh mint and ginger tea. You can have chocolate milk (cold or warm), or jazz your coffee up with oat, soy or butter milk. Savoury choices are limited to eggs (poached, fried, scrambled or in an omelette) served with a side of ham, salmon or vegetables, while sweet options range from fruit salads to gluten- and sugar-free banana and date cake.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Wilde Zwijnen is all about Dutch food, executed with a light touch. As the name suggests, the restaurant’s signature dish is wild boar, slow-cooked in an earthy stew and served with a side of sweet parsnip crisps.

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An attic room with exposed wooden beams, a large double bed and a rug on the floor with a pale pink sofa
King-sized beds and moreish complimentary bars of Tony’s Chocolonely are just part of Lloyd’s appeal

Pulitzer, The Nine Little Streets

In a nutshell

A traditional, upmarket hotel in The Nine Little Streets neighbourhood, with a garden café and glamorous bar.

Why foodies stay here

Take your pick from three foodie spots, all in-house. Pause is a tranquil garden coffee house, complete with greenhouse-style roof and plush velvet chairs; Jansz. is an elegant all-day dining restaurant; and Pulitzer’s Bar was voted best hotel bar in Amsterdam in 2019.  Order diver scallops, salmon with black rice and a Dutch cheese platter at Jansz., before sipping after-dinner drinks at Pulitzer’s Bar. Cocktails are described only by character profiles, so order the Bohemian Evening if you want a fresh, herbal drink, or the Cubano Sato for something long, sweet and fruity.

What are the rooms like?

The canal house bedrooms range from small, cosy spaces to huge suites. They’re all classic in style, with a simple colour scheme (grey walls, white linen and yellow velvet chairs), marble bathrooms and antique furniture, including writing desks and drinks trolleys. Family rooms are split-level, while suites have separate living areas. Extraordinary Suites are custom crafted and curated, with one having a private library, another adorned with modern art, and a third complete with LPs and a vintage record player.

Breakfast

Start your day with an avocado, salmon and quinoa poke bowl, or load up on smoked salmon bagels. There are also classics available (fruit pancakes and cheese omelettes), and fresh beetroot, banana and blueberry smoothies.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Start with morning coffee at Café de Prins, a traditional brown café – so called because it’s where men used to go to drink and smoke. Try prins poffertjes, the house speciality (tiny pancakes with vanilla ice cream and icing sugar).

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A large room with wooden parquet flooring, double bed with blue seat at the end and purple curtains at the windows
Each Extraordinary Suite is unique; one might have a fireplace, another a private library

Sir Adam, Amsterdam Noord

In a nutshell

A funky boutique hotel with a celebrated burger restaurant at its heart.

Why foodies stay here

Burgers are the focus at THE BUTCHER Social Club, the in-house restaurant open from eight until late. There’s always a veggie option, but meat dominates the menu: try an Aberdeen Angus beef burger topped with lettuce, tomato, grilled onion and truffle glaze. Add edam cheese, bacon or eggs to your burger, along with BBQ sauce, truffle mayonnaise or baba ganoush.

What are the rooms like?

Industrial chic, with brick-style wallpaper, mahogany headboards and grey fur blankets. Every standard bedroom comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, record players, local artwork and a curated mini bar, while the Deluxe City View room looks out over the river. The Sir Suite has a cosy lounge area, freestanding bath and king-size bed.

Breakfast

Rise and shine with made-to-order porridge, Nutella brioche or Belgian waffles. Or go for one of the eggy options, including poached eggs with avocado on sourdough. Smoothies are recommended – try a Super Green, stuffed with broccoli, avocado, spinach and apple.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Amsterdam has a beer for every season, and in autumn and winter it’s herfstbok: a strong, dark beer with a hint of caramel. Taste it with a portion of ossenworst (cold-smoked beef sausage) at Café de Dokter, an atmospheric spot packed with curios collected over more than two centuries.

Book your stay at Sir Adam here

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The Dylan, The Nine Little Streets

In a nutshell

A boutique hotel with 40 individually-designed bedrooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Why foodies stay here

The hotel’s Restaurant Vinkeles was awarded its first Michelin star in 2009. Today the menu is all about classic French cooking, with a contemporary twist. As part of the chef’s signature menu you can try Norwegian scallops with veal marrow, black truffle and celeriac, followed by mandarin sorbet with oatmeal, coriander and cheesecake. À la carte options are more pared back (turbot with artichoke and poultry jus, for example), and a separate all-day brasserie serves light bites (Caesar salad, steak tartare, shrimp croquettes) and homemade spirits infused with herbs.

What are the rooms like?

All 40 bedrooms are in the same, 17th-century, building (which has served as everything from a theatre to a poorhouse during its chequered history). Its current incarnation was designed by Anouska Hempel, and the accommodation ranges from large elegant suites to cosily modern rooms up in the eaves. Each room style offers a different colour palette, from Serendipity’s warm grey shades to Loxura’s copper tones. A canal or garden view is guaranteed, as are Bose sound systems.

Breakfast

Served in the brasserie, there’s a choice of coconut porridge, homemade smoothies, blueberry pancakes or smoked salmon on toasted rye. If you fancy a savoury start, pick miso soup with ramen noodles and pickles.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Choose from a range of tasting menus featuring seasonal ingredients creatively prepared at neighbourhood restaurant, Breda.

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A large bedroom with beamed ceiling, glass table and double bed at the end of the room with white linen
Each room offers a different colour palette, from Serendipity’s warm grey shades to Loxura’s copper tones

Conscious Hotel, Westerpark

In a nutshell

There are four Conscious Hotels in Amsterdam, but the newest, Westerpark, is the first hotel in The Netherlands to be powered entirely by wind energy. There are 89 rooms, Roetz bikes to rent (made from discarded frames), and a vegan-friendly restaurant to try.

Why foodies stay here

The main draw is the hotel’s Kantoor bar and restaurant, open all day until late. It’s not exclusively vegetarian, but organic ingredients are transformed into meat-free stars such as nettle risotto, tofu cheesecake with dried tangerine, and broccoli crumble. For dessert, don’t miss the vegan banana bread with banana crumble and cacao sorbet. Carnivores can enjoy lamb shank with adzuki cassoulet, huge seafood platters (oysters, razor clams, mussels, Dutch shrimps and lobster) while there’s also a great children’s menu (young guests can pick everything from the “I don’t like that” fried fish with steamed vegetables to the “I don’t know” tomato soup). The signature cocktail menu is also worth perusing –  try The Boss, made with vodka, kimchi purée and tomato juice.

What are the rooms like?

There are seven types of room to choose from, but all are airy and uncluttered, with iron-frame furniture, light wooden panelling, navy blue feature walls, monochrome bathrooms and spacious Auping beds. The Conscious WOW room is the biggest: it comes with a crater-like freestanding bath, double sinks and a super-king size bed. There’s a park right next to the hotel for morning constitutionals, and a surprisingly beautiful, red brick, former gas works, dating back to the 19th century, on the other side.

Breakfast

The 100% organic breakfast includes avocado, quinoa and watercress on rye, croissants with homemade compote, omelettes made with eggs “from the happiest chickens” and healthy granola.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For something different, try Rainarai and its colourful, modern take on nomadic Algerian food. Order chicken tagine, merguez sausage, onion dip, stuffed squash and chocolate figs for dessert.

Click here to book your stay at Conscious Hotel

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Words by Ellie Edwards

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Photographs by Mirjam Bleeker and Pim Ras