Fodor’s Choice: Amsterdam Lodging

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Ambassade
Ten 17th- and 18th-century houses have been folded into one to form this charming property. Two lounges and the library are elegantly decorated with Oriental rugs, chandeliers, clocks, paintings, and antiques, and the canal-side rooms are spacious, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and solid, functional furniture. Service is attentive and friendly. $$$

060619_dikker1.jpgDikker and Thijs Fenice
“Lavish,” “classical,” and “cozy” are some of the adjectives typically used to describe this hotel on the Prinsengracht canal. The busy location is convenient to the major shopping areas, and the Art Deco-style rooms are fully modernized, although they retain a regal ambiance with dark-wood furniture, scarlet upholstery, and gilt-edged mirrors. $$-$$$$

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Dylan Amsterdam
Known for her chic London properties, Anouska Hempel opened this Amsterdam outpost as the city’s first “designer” hotel. The elegant rooms here are decorated with lacquered trunks, mahogany screens, modernist hardwood tables, and luxurious upholstery. One suite commands a view of the canal; many other rooms overlook a serene central courtyard. $$$$

060619_grandamsterdam.jpgGrand Amsterdam Sofitel Demeure
If it seems lifted from a Rembrandt painting, that’s because it was built in the 14th century and was in operation for, well, centuries. It reopened in 1992 after an extensive renovation and is now one of the city’s most deluxe hotels. The guest rooms here feature traditional-luxe furniture, fine fabrics, and quiet hues, plus every manner of business mod con. $$$$

Het Canal House
A lot of love has gone into the refurbishment of this 1640 canal-house hotel. It’s a beautiful old home with high plaster ceilings, antique furniture, old paintings, and a backyard garden bursting with plants and flowers. Every room is unique in size and décor, but you can probably count on a grandmotherly quilt on the bed, and there isn’t a television set in sight. $$-$$$$

060619_intercontinentalamsterdam.jpgInterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
With its palatial five stories, sash windows, and historic roof dormers, this lily was gilded in 1992 with a renovation by Pierre Yves Rochon of Paris. You’ll feel like a visiting dignitary when entering the magnificent lobby, with its grand double staircase. The guest rooms are the most spacious in the city, and the décor features Oriental rugs, brocade upholstery, Delft lamps, and a color palette of warm tones inspired by Makkum pottery. $$$$

Museumzicht
The name “Museum View” is accurate: this hotel is directly across the street from the Rijksmuseum. The owner formerly had an antiques shop, so the house is filled with wonderful objects such as Art Deco wardrobes, tables and chairs. The breakfast room-lounge has a Murano glass chandelier. The hotel is on the top floors of the building, and guests must climb a narrow and steep stairway with their luggage to the reception desk and to the rooms — the owners highly recommend traveling light. $

060619_quentinengland.jpgQuentin England
The intimate Quentin England is one of a series of adjoining buildings dating from 1884, each one built in an architectural style of the country whose name it bears. The Quentin occupies the England and Netherlands buildings. Rooms are simple and vary greatly in size but are cozy and clean. The tiny breakfast room is particularly enchanting. $

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Seven Bridges
Occupying an 18th-century house in the heart of “Golden Bend” country (yet just a few blocks from Rembrandtplein), this hotel offers uniquely stylish guest rooms, all meticulously decorated with dark woods, Oriental rugs, handcrafted and inlaid bed frames, and Art Deco tables. The top-floor, beam-ceilinged rooms are the smallest and are priced accordingly; the first-floor room No. 5 is practically palatial, with its own private terrace. $-$$$

Washington
On the down side it has a steep staircase. On the positive side it’s a stone’s throw from the Museumplein and the Concertgebouw. The breakfast room and lounge are filled with antiques and marvelous brass chandeliers, and the hotel is meticulously polished and sparkling clean. The rooms are simply and charmingly decorated in white and pastel shades. Large windows let in a flood of light. $-$$