The most striking thing in Amsterdam centre is of course the 75 km long system of canals with their stately homes and warehouses. An important part was created in the Golden Age (17th century) and is still largely intact. You can experience the special atmosphere yourself by booking a hotel on the canal, usually located in monumental buildings. Get inspired with our selection of 10 eye-catching and highly appreciated canal hotels. So, enjoy the canal view, the narrow streets and the passing boats in historic Amsterdam.
1. Singel Hotel
This quiet canal hotel is located next to the 17th century domed Koepelkerk on the Singel canal, which was built in 1660. The Singel Hotel is housed in 3 renovated 17th century houses. It is just 200 meters from the central station and the tourist Dam Square is only 800 meters away. This 3-star hotel offers compact modern rooms with a view over the Singel canal. Many cafés and restaurants can be found on the lively Haarlemmerstraat or in the Jordaan neighborhood, both a 5-minute walk away.
2. Eden Hotel
The Eden Hotel is located at the point where the Amstel river flows into the Amsterdam canals. This canal hotel is a 20-minute walk from Central Station, 1.2 km from Dam Square and close to the world-famous Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) on the Amstel River. From the rooms of the Eden you have a great view over one of the most beautiful waters in Amsterdam. The high-rated 3-star hotel has a large number of facilities, including a French brasserie, bar and parking facilities.
3. Wiechmann Hotel
The 2-Stars Wiechmann Hotel is located on a very beautiful location on the Prinsengracht. This is the third canal in the world-famous Canal Belt. It is a quaint hotel with antique furniture. The rooms at the Wiechmann Hotel have original features including leaded windows. Some of the rooms have French doors or a small balcony. The cozy lounge features unique décor with objects and wooden beam. The hotel is centrally located with Dam Square a 15-minute walk away.
4. Max Brown Hotel
The Max Brown Hotel is situated in three monumental houses on the Herengracht, the first canal in the world-famous Canal Belt. From the hotel you have a great view over the canal. The buildings of the hotel date from before 1650 and they were originally built as a residence. The hotel exudes the atmosphere of the Golden Age but with the influences of a modern contemporary boutique hotel. This highly-acclaimed canal hotel is just 1 km from Dam Square and a tram stop is 450 meters away.
5. Hotel Amstelzicht
Hotel Amstelzicht is a comfortable 3-star canal hotel located in a monumental townhouse from 1659. The building stands out because of its swollen neck facade. The rooms combine the typical Amsterdam character of wooden ceiling beams with modern furnishings. From the hotel you have a beautiful view over the estuary of the Amstel in the Amsterdam canals. Amstelzicht is centrally located with the Kalverstraat at 400 meters, the Jewish Historical Museum and Waterlooplein at 500 meters. Dam Square is just over 1 km away.
6. The Times Hotel
The 3-Stars Times Hotel is situated on the Herengracht, one of the three famous canals of the Amsterdam Canal Belt. The hotel has recently been completely renovated. However, the monumental building dates from 1702 when it was built as a merchant’s house. The hotel is situated in a quiet neighborhood but is still centrally located just 600 meters from Dam Square. Other tourist attractions are all easily accessible on foot or by tram. The nearest tram stop is just 500 meters from the hotel.
7. Banks Mansion
The 4-star Banks Mansion Hotel is set along the edge of the famous Herengracht. Since 2004 the hotel has been housed in the stately building that was built in 1924 as a bank office. Today it is a municipal monument. The Banks Mansion Hotel offers elegant rooms with Art Deco design. A large number of rooms have a direct view over the canal. This canal hotel is centrally located in the city with Dam Square at 1 km and the Rijksmuseum at 800 meters.
8. Hotel Estheréa
Hotel Estheréa is set along the Singel canal in four linked canal houses from the 17th century. The hotel is only 400 m from Dam Square. This hotel is located in a quiet area and benefits from classically-styled decor with wooden paneling. Each of the stylish rooms are romantically decorated and have a private bathroom. The rooms at the front have a great canal view. This 4-Stars is situated in the heart of the city centre within walking distance of museums, the main shopping area and night life.
9. Hotel Pulitzer
This 5-star hotel is located in 25 connected 17th and 18th century canal houses and warehouses on the Prinsengracht. The Pulitzer hotel offers a unique and distinct experience of a hotel in a maze of canal houses with an exclusive restaurant and a beautiful garden. The hotel has recently been completely modernized. Combining traditional and modern Dutch design, the hotel offers 225 unique guest rooms and extraordinary suites. A large number of rooms offers a view over the canal.
10. De L’Europe
De L’Europe Amsterdam is a luxurious hotel that is located along the Amstel River in the heart of the city. It is situated at a legendary place, exactly where a defense tower was built in 1535 when Amsterdam was just founded. Already in 1638 the tower was replaced for an inn. The current building dates back to 1895 and is now a national monument. This 5-star hotel is one of the most luxurious of Amsterdam and It features the fine-dining Michelin 2-star restaurant Bord’Eau.