Hipmunk City Love: Best Unique Hotels in Amsterdam

Last Updated on July 8, 2015 by Natasha Amar

This post is a part of the Hipmunk #CityLove project.

One of Europe’s most loved cities, Amsterdam is increasingly popular with travelers, promising to charm them with its idyllic waterways, romantic streets where people cycle to work in the backdrop of seventeenth century architecture and atmospheric wood-paneled ‘brown’ cafés. Home to the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank Huis, the Van Gogh Museum and a thriving nightlife scene, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam is a regular on most Europe itineraries. Oh and let’s not forget the Heineken Experience! Stay in one of these unique affordable hotels in Amsterdam, complete with quirky, innovative, artistic and unusual design elements for an unforgettable experience.

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Amstel Botel

Enjoy an Affordable Floating Holiday at Amstel Botel

Skip a regular hotel for an affordable stay at Amstel Botel, a modern floating hotel housed in a four-deck ship docked in the city center. Each of its 175 rooms comes equipped with a shower, satellite TV, phone and safe. Also onboard are a restaurant and bar where you can socialize with fellow guests over a game of pool.

Conservatorium Hotel

Experience a Palatial Stay at the Conservatorium Hotel

Conveniently located in Museum Square, the cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is an iconic heritage building that formerly housed the 19th century Rijkspostspaarbank and later the city’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium. Staying here can feel like living in a neo-Gothic palace; after all, its 1000 square meter state-of-the-art wellness center including a gym, spa, indoor swimming pool and yoga studio is nothing short of impressive, being the largest in the city. The hotel’s design elements are highly acclaimed for their chic contemporary qualities and simplistic functionality.

The Dylan

Ultimate Luxury at Affordable Prices at The Dylan

An ultra luxurious boutique hotel set in the city’s central canal belt and a fashionable neighborhood, The Dylan is housed in an 18th century canal house that was once home to the Duytsche Academie theater with plays performed by the likes of Shakespeare, Voltaire and Corneille. The hotel’s 40 individually decorated rooms have a pleasant feel with modern minimalistic and elegant design elements offering courtyard, garden or canal views, some with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Michelin-starred contemporary French Restaurant Vinkeles makes for a memorable dining experience.

Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Design Surprises at the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Describing itself as the world’s first one-to-five-star design hotel, the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy located in the city’s Eastern Docklands, welcomes travellers across a range of budgets.  The Lloyd Hotel history is interesting; the building has been a prison, juvenile detention center and artist studio during its colorful past.  The hotel artistically combines classic styles with out-of-the-box design elements to create a cool creative vibe. Pleasant surprises abound in the décor of rooms; swings sure to bring back childhood memories, a bathtub offering romantic views of the moonlit night sky, giant beds that sleep eight and a 16th century style hidden cupboard bed.

Hotel The Exchange

Appreciate Dutch Creativity at Hotel The Exchange

A quirky fashion hotel that is the design playground of young artists from the Amsterdam Fashion institute, Hotel The Exchange boasts rooms dressed like fashion models. Just like Lloyd Hotel, rooms range from one to five stars. Get comfortable in a huge Rembrandt style collar, relax in a Victorian style room right out of a dollhouse or wake up inside a crinoline skirt or a high fashion magazine; Hotel The Exchange has many witty surprises up its sleeve.  Be reassured that the experience will be anything but ordinary.


Have you ever stayed at a unique hotel like one of these? It could be anywhere in the world, I’d love to know, please share your story in the comments below.

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