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The Best Hotels Near Historic Sights in Amsterdam

| January 09, 2018

Chances are you’re in Amsterdam to see its UNESCO World Heritage Canal Belt and visit Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum but, of course, you’ll also want to see Dam Square, the Red Light District, and the Royal Palace, too. And while it’s only natural to want to stay in the vicinity of one or more of these popular tourist attractions, keep in mind that proximity comes at a cost in the city with the most expensive guest rooms in Europe (yes, really!). Still, we like to think that these 6 hotels offer more than just prime real estate, whether it's by offering over-the-top luxury, cool contemporary design or a location that is a historic sight in itself.


Hotel Seven Bridges

Why it made the list

Overlooking one of Amsterdam's most famous sights, an eminently Instagrammable lineup of seven consecutive bridges across the Reguliersgracht, this independent hotel offers old-fashioned hospitality and attention-grabbing antique furnishings in addition to those iconic canal views. Located in an 18th-century merchant’s house, you’ll find uniquely styled guest rooms, meticulously decorated with original marquetry antiques, Oriental rugs, and handcrafted Art Deco-style furnishings. The canal-facing rooms all have big windows and antique chairs from which to enjoy the view.

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Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

Why it made the list

This hotel is situated near historic sights like De Waag (a former city gate from 1488 that’s still illuminated by 300 candles), the Schreierstoren (a medieval city tower from which Henry Hudson famously set sail to North America) and the 19th-century Centraal Station. The National Maritime Museum is just across the street. Of course, as the former office of the major Dutch shipping companies, the century-old building is worthy of a gander in itself. Glorious from the outside, with stone and brick decoration, the hotel's public spaces and guest quarters retain the distinctive style and warm colors of the Amsterdam School, a distinctive Dutch version of Art Nouveau. Original sculptures, wood paneling, and maritime-themed stained-glass art remain throughout.

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Conservatorium Hotel

Why it made the list

A former music conservatory is now a stylish hotel with a stunning 19th-century meets 21st-century design, right across the street from Museumplein with its Big Three museums. The hotel sits next to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, a leading modern and contemporary art and design museum, and the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are just down the road. You’re also near the Diamond Museum, the 19th-century Vondelpark, and Leidseplein, one of the city’s main squares.

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Pulitzer Amsterdam

Why it made the list

As one of the Amsterdam’s largest historic monuments, with 25 interconnected canal houses overlooking the picturesque Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals (part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Belt), Pulitzer Amsterdam is ideally placed to visit the famous Anne Frank House. On the way there, you’ll pass the 17th-century Westerkerk, where Rembrandt van Rijn is buried. Cross the Prinsengracht canal and you’re in the jewel-box Jordaan district, with its higgledy-piggledy streets and quaint leaning houses.

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Hotel TwentySeven

Why it made the list

With spectacular views of Dam Square, Amsterdam’s plushest new hotel is perched on the top floors of the striking Industria building, constructed in 1913 as a “Grand Industrial Club” for the tycoons of the Industrial Revolution (the chichi society still exists on the bottom two floors, by the way). A stay in this over-the-top hotel puts you in the heart of Amsterdam, in full eye view of historic sights like the National Monument, the Royal Palace and the 15th-century “New Church”.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Why it made the list

Located in the most historic part of Centrum, along the city’s earliest canal, this Grand Dame puts you near Amsterdam’s oldest church, the medieval Oude Kerk, which is today surrounded by the notorious Red Light District. Of course, as a National Monument, the hotel is a historic site in itself. In fact, if the walls could talk, they’d have six centuries’ worth of tales to tell. Stories about the building’s beginnings as a 14th-century convent. About its elevation to become royal lodgings, and later the grand headquarters of the Admiralty of Amsterdam. And certainly, they would gush about former Queen Beatrix’s wedding here in the 1960s, when the building was Amsterdam’s city hall. Perhaps they’d also drop a few names (William of Orange, Maria de Medici, Henry Hudson and Winston Churchill have all stayed here).

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