Last Updated on March 30, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Pulitzer Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s most luxurious hotels offer a fabulous way to experience the rich history and culture of the Netherlands capital. Many of these top hotels sit alongside the city’s canals, some fashioned out of homes, schools, or other historic buildings. Inside, these hotels offer world-class perks such as high-end spas, Michelin-starred restaurants and plush decor. Here are five hotels that combine creature comforts with only-in-Amsterdam charm.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (Herengracht 542-556; 31-20-718-4600) Western Canal Belt

Immerse yourself in history at this canalside branch of the luxury chain, comprised of six 17th century mansions. Forbes Travel Guide calls it “stunning—the heritage of these illustrious properties has been thoughtfully preserved, and plaques inform you about the influential families who’ve resided there.” Plus, you can enjoy a Guerlain Spa, an indoor pool, and the acclaimed Spectrum restaurant. “Beautiful property, crisp and polite service and well-appointed rooms,” says a Google reviewer. “The breakfast is over the top as is the tea service.”   >> Book this hotel for less

De L’Europe (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14; 31-20 531 1777) City Center

Located on the foundations of the city wall, this iconic Amsterdam landmark dates from 1896 and is set on the banks of the river Amstel. Film buffs may recognize the elegant and striking building as the setting of Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent. The color schemes within the rooms are shockingly bold for a classic hotel,” writes Conde Nast Traveler. “Freddy’s Bar, named after Freddy Heineken, of the beer dynasty that owns the hotel, is a landmark Dutch pub,” notes Fodors. “Replicas of paintings by Dutch Masters hang in every room.” One Google reviewer puts it this way: “Everything was impeccable.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197; 31-20-555-3111) City Center

This 177-room hotel with a pool and spa sits between two canals, offering both history and color. “A 17th-century Admiralty building, a 1930s former city hall and a historic canal house combine to form a quietly elegant retreat—albeit on the edge of the red-light district,” writes Condé Nast Traveler. A Tripadvisor user says that “the location is absolutely where you want to be, especially as a first-time visitor. We stayed in a Superior room which had a lovely canal view, perfectly appointed with full-size Balmain bath products, fluffy robes, and comfortable beds.”   >> Book this hotel for less

The Dylan Amsterdam (Keizersgracht 384; 31-20-530-2010) Western Canal Belt

A laidback Dutch quality permeates the luxury of The Dylan,” writes the Forbes Travel Guide about this boutique hotel set in a former theater. “There’s an overwhelmingly inviting, cozy atmosphere” that includes clubby armchairs, a fireplace, and a restaurant with Michelin-starred Dutch cuisine. A Google reviewer likes it for the “charming entrance out of a fairytale, a smiling staff that anticipates your every need, and beautiful courtyards. It made me feel like a prince in disguise.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Pulitzer Amsterdam (Prinsengracht 323; 31-20-523-5235) Western Canal Belt

This hotel made up of 25 restored canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries “is a testament to the trade history of the Dutch East India Company,” writes Travel+Leisure. The magazine recommends the hotel’s saloon boat experience, saying that such a cruise is “essential when visiting Amsterdam.” One Tripadvisor user raves about the hotel’s convenience. “Great location. Friendly staff. We booked a family room which was quite comfortable for two adults and two boys. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Anne Frank House. Very peaceful area.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Conservatorium Hotel (Paulus Potterstraat 50; 31-20-570-0000) Museum District

Stay at this upscale hotel, once a music conservatory, if your priority is shopping or looking at art. Condé Nast Traveler calls it “perfectly positioned between Amsterdam’s Big Three museums and the city’s chicest shopping street, and combines original fin-de-siècle splendor with sleek, clean-lined contemporary design.” Some online users complain that the prices can run high and that perhaps the hotel is past its prime, but one Googler reviewer calls it “spectacular. One of the nicer city hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Bed a bit lumpy but service top notch and rooms impeccable.”   >> Book this hotel for less