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The Best Budget Hotels in Amsterdam

Karin Engelbrecht | January 09, 2018

With some of the most expensive guest rooms in Europe (yes, Paris and London hotels are actually cheaper!), the best way to find a good deal in Amsterdam is to head outside the crowded city center. Out east or west or a few tram or metro stops further you’ll get so more bang for your buck, often with extra space and better amenities—and best of all—fewer tourist traps.



Why it made the list

Zoku offers a whole new way to stay, work and play by combining clever design with excellent amenities and a laid-back vibe that attracts young local professionals too. With good deals on twin rooms as well as intelligently designed lofts with fully equipped kitchens and king sized beds, the longer you stay at Zoku the cheaper it gets (the hotel was originally designed as a human-focused alternative to short-stay apartments). Located on a busy street in the Weesper- and Plantagebuurt, a lively neighborhood bordering the Canal Ring, this hotel offers good access to Centrum, De Pijp and Oost on foot.

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Hotel Arena

Why it made the list

Located in leafy Oosterpark, Hotel Arena offers contemporary style and park views for an affordable price. One of the best value deals in Amsterdam, this listed 19th-century landmark was recently transformed into a noteworthy hotel that seamlessly merges the building’s historic character with contemporary glass, greenery, and gentle earthy hues to suit its surroundings. Just outside the city center, you’re near enough everything without those crushing crowds, while a creative roster of events brings in the artsy locals.

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Via Amsterdam

Why it made the list

Located in Diemen (just outside Amsterdam), this budget ho(s)tel with a cool 90s vibe offers affordable twin rooms (with regular beds, not bunks, and en-suite bathrooms!), plus amenities not commonly found in Amsterdam hotels, such as a cinema room, laundry room and guest kitchen. The city center is easily reached via the nearby metro. In short, Via Amsterdam is a fantastic budget option for savvy travelers who value fun design and excellent amenities over a central location.

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Why it made the list

Combining the convivial vibe and affordability of a hostel with (some of) the privacy of a hotel, this award-winning pod concept in trendy West seems designed with young digital nomads in mind. Free WiFi puts you in constant touch with your “CityHosts” throughout the city and a digital wristband opens the door to your pod (or “hub”), which comfortably sleeps two. If you’re looking for the trappings of a conventional hotel, or you’re even mildly claustrophobic, this concept probably isn’t for you.

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Why it made the list

This buzzing hotel and artistic breeding ground offers amazing value for money in hip Oost. Some upper floor rooms offer sweeping city views, with built-in window seating, and the rooftop restaurant has some of Amsterdam’s best panoramic views (yes, really!). While the price means you won’t find a minibar, coffee/tea facilities or even a telephone in your room, what does come standard is a comfy bed, private bathroom, free WiFi and a vibey lobby bar, restaurant, cocktail bar and club in the same building.

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