4 Luxurious Hotels in Amsterdam for Culture Junkies

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Vibrant, historic, beautiful, culturally invigorating…the Netherlands’ capital is one of Europe’s coolest destinations. Visiting soon? Then you need to know the best hotels in Amsterdam, of course.

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Which part of Amsterdam is best to stay in?

Deciding where to stay in Amsterdam really comes down to what you want to do. But broadly, most travelers prefer to stay in Amsterdam-Centrum, or Amsterdam’s beautiful, canal-filled city center. 

Many of the city’s most interesting landmarks, like the NEMO Science Museum and the Royal Palace are located here. That being said, this part of the city is made up of several neighborhoods and districts, from historic Grachtengordel to medieval De Wallen (which also has its famously risqué streets). So if you really want to narrow down your options (both in and outside of Centrum), your best bet is to plan your trip with Fora

(Not sure what to do in Amsterdam? Our Amsterdam culture trip and Amsterdam solo trip guides have ideas.) 

4 of the best hotels in Amsterdam

Read on for a quick overview of four of our favorite hotels in Amsterdam. 

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1. Pulitzer Amsterdam: a pristine snapshot of contemporary Dutch design in the heart of the city

Image courtesy of Pulitzer Amsterdam

Renovated in 2016 and perfect for a long week or a quick, 3-day stay in Amsterdam, Pulitzer is a fun and bold luxury hotel hidden within the city’s Canal Ring, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Despite housing over 200 rooms — all of which belong to 25 former canal homes that were originally built in the 17th and 18th centuries — Pulitzer Amsterdam has an intimate, homey vibe that captures contemporary Dutch lifestyle well. Every room and suite at Pulitzer is uniquely designed, with the best rooms providing lavish amenities and picturesque views of the nearby canal. Overall, Pulitzer is one of the absolute best hotels in Amsterdam for culture junkies. 

For those interested, the Anne Frank House is only about five minutes away on foot, too.

Fora Perks at Pulitzer Amsterdam:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

2. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam: one of the most iconic hotels in Amsterdam’s De Wallen neighborhood

Image courtesy of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

For over six centuries, the ornate landmark that now houses The Grand has graced De Wallen’s equally storied streets. Formerly a convent, a royal residence, a military headquarters and then Amsterdam’s city hall before it was finally converted into a luxury hotel, The Grand promises elite accommodations and amenities in one of Amsterdam’s most coveted locations (check out the best of Amsterdam). 

A Sofitel Legend property, The Grand boasts a deft blend of French elegance and ritzy Dutch influence, with lavishly decorated rooms and suites. 

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Fora Perks at The Grand:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

3. Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam: a gorgeous luxury hotel near some of Amsterdam’s best museums

Image courtesy of Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Directly across the street from the Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums, you’ll find the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam, one of the most luxurious hotels in Amsterdam (and a perfect choice for art buffs due to its proximity to the Museum Quarter). 

The hotel’s 18th-century, Dutch Neo-Gothic façade might give you the expectation that its interior honors ornate and traditional European design — but this couldn’t be further from reality (not that the former is anything to balk at). Instead, you’ll find an endlessly stylish, contempo interior designed by Milan-based architect Piero Lissoni. This hotel is stunning — and its accommodations are, too. The Atrium is especially worth highlighting, as well.

(P.S.: speaking of Italy’s fashion capital, wondering where to stay in Milan? Read our guide.)

Fora Perks at Conservatorium Amsterdam:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

4. De L'Europe Amsterdam: a world-class hotel on the Amstel River

Image courtesy of De L'Europe Amsterdam

Among the most reputable hotels in Amsterdam (if not the…), De L'Europe brings a familiar level of luxury compared to the hotels we’ve covered, albeit with a unique and sophisticated take on post-modern decor, including recreations of Dutch masterpieces featured in the Rijksmuseum.

De L'Europe is located in Centrum, not too far from The Grand, so it’s near many of the city’s most exciting sights. (Need more itinerary ideas? See our guide to things to do in Amsterdam.)

Fora Perks at De L'Europe Amsterdam:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Want to VIP your stay at the best hotels in Amsterdam? Book with Fora

Obviously, there are many more great hotels in Amsterdam beyond these four. Connect with Fora for personalized recommendations that fit your travel preferences and budget. Even better, when you plan and book your trip with us, we’ll hook you up with all sorts of exciting extras, like daily breakfast and property credits to be put toward spa treatments, cocktails and more…all at no additional cost. 

Not quite sure Amsterdam is where you want to vacation? Check out these awesome destination guides, too:

This article has been fact checked by Fora Advisor Natasha Hardy, an expert on travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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