If you are looking where to stay in Amsterdam on a budget, you've come to the right place. Whether you are looking for a hostel, hotel or Airbnb in Amsterdam, here's a list of some hand-picked places just for you.
Amsterdam is one of the top travel destinations in Europe, known for its picturesque canals, beautiful old buildings, and near the best tulip fields in the world, Keukenhof park. Amsterdam should be on your bucket list of European travel.
If you are looking for places to stay in Amsterdam that is close to everything is not as hard as you think. It is a relatively small city compared to a city like Paris. There are 825,000 people in this popular European city. Most of the things to do in Amsterdam are within five of the most central neighbourhoods.
Let's start off getting to know some of the best neighbourhoods of Amsterdam and what they have to offer. By the end of this article, you will find the best place to stay in Amsterdam that suits your travel style.
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Map of Amsterdam
The city is made of up of eight boroughs. The Google Map below shows the eight boroughs of Amsterdam.
You can grab and drag around the map and zoom in. Click on the red pins and see popular things to do in Amsterdam. The blue pins are the Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central Station.
As you can see, most of the best places to go see are in Amsterdam Centre. Are you are asking yourself, "Where should I stay in Amsterdam?" Most of the places selected below are close to Amsterdam's city centre or with quick access to it.
Best Airbnbs in Amsterdam
Apartments in Amsterdam for rent are plentiful. You can find them all over the city, providing a more local experience compared to that of hotels and hostels. Many Airbnbs, but not all, have kitchens or at least kitchenettes, saving you money on meals as you travel.
As with many accommodations in Europe, the price may change with the number of people staying. Always be aware of this when booking an Airbnb.
In general, Amsterdam can be expensive. With the recent pandemic, the prices have gone up for a lot for Airbnbs here. The city is also pushing back against Airbnbs, and the prices are increasing. Hotels are starting to offer full kitchens or kitchenettes now, so theit can be worth looking at those as an Airbnb alternative.
Even with the recent increases in prices, I’ve hand-picked some Amsterdam Airbnbs that are a great value. All of these vacation rentals are for the entire place, not for a private room. If you are looking for an Airbnb in Amsterdam city center, I’ve got three listed here. All have a private entrance and are highly rated, with the average rating being over 4.7/5 stars!
Remember, if you find a place you like and that matches your dates, book it right away! These places book up fast.
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Look for Airbnb Superhosts.
Superhosts are highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Vondelpark Quiet Apartment - Two Bikes
Quiet neighbourhood, 15 minutes from the city centre.
photo courtesy of Airbnb
This Airbnb is run by a Superhost and has the reviews show it. People rave about the host and location.
Located near Vondelpark, it gives you a great park of the city to explore, yet still be close to the city centre.
You are close to restaurants and shopping and everything you need, but not in a touristy area. This is truly living like a local.
Beautiful Amsterdam Airbnb House
Five minute walk to Amsterdam-centrum
photo courtesy of Airbnb
This Airbnb is located centrally on Prinsengracht. You are a five-minute walk from the Albert Cuyp Market, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, and the Heineken museum.
If you are looking for trendy areas to explore restaurants, bars and clubs, you are a five-minute walk away from Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and de Pijp.
What you can't walk to, you can catch the metro conveniently located 100m away.
The host claims the apartment is a little noisy. None of the reviews mention that. They all loved the location and host! The one downside is that there isn't a kitchen.
Private Attic Studio in Jordaan
Perfect romantic getaway for couples.
photo courtesy of Airbnb
This Airbnb is great place for a couple looking to experience the heart of Amsterdam in Jordaan. This Airbnb is walking distance from the famous canals, cafes and restaurants, and all the local sites you'll want to visit.
This flat in Amsterdam is exceptionally clean, and has a small kitchenette. Here you can make a tea or coffee, and a simple meal.
If living like a local is what you want to experience, then this is the place.
Authentic Amsterdam Hideout
In the heart of the action
photo courtesy of Airbnb
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this Airbnb also has an Enhanced Clean designation. This means they take extra precautions clean all touchable surfaces like light switches and doorknobs.
From here everything is walking distance. You are in the heart of the action amongst the canals.
All guests rave about the location.
If nightlife is what you are after, you can find it out your front door. There are many restaurants right there, and even a Blues Bar across the street.
You are half a kilometre away from some of Amsterdam's most popular sites and walking distance from the Central Train Station.
Amsterdam Houseboat Airbnb with Four Bikes
Perfect for families - A unique experience
photo courtesy of Airbnb
If you are looking for a family friendly hotel, why not consider something better. This place is amazing if you are travelling with kids.
For less than most hotels, you get your very own unique houseboat (beautiful living room!) that comes with 4 bikes to explore the city with! There are nice touches like a roof terrace and free coffee and tea.
Located in Oud Zuid, near the Olympic Stadium, the Amsterdam Forest, and the Nieuwe Mee, there is lots to check out in the neighbourhood. With bikes, you are 10 minutes away from the Amsterdam city centre!
The I Amsterdam City Card gives you free admissions for some attractions, discounts at restaurants and museums, unlimited public transport, a free canal cruise and much more!
You can even check out things outside of the city. Definitely worth it when you visit.
Best Hostels in Amsterdam
If you are looking for a cheap stay in Amsterdam and travelling by yourself, then you may want to opt for a hostel.
Staying in a hostel is a great way to meet fellow travellers. Each of these hostels has unique things that others don't. We aren't just talking cool stuff like a teepee and buffet breakfasts (those too), but other things that will make your visit to Amsterdam easier. You'll find two that have bike rentals, two that have kitchens, two have laundry facilities, and all have great social atmospheres!
The great thing about these hostels is that they as centrally located. Two of them are an easy walk from the central train station, while the other is a quick five-minute ferry ride away.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these hostels now have enhanced cleaning protocols.
Hotel-type stay with the social atmosphere of a hostel
Are you new to hostelling? Nervous about trying one? Then Cityhub Amsterdam is for you. This hostel is a new concept when it comes to hostelling. It's a hybrid hotel/hostel. Which means it has the privacy of a hotel with private rooms only, and the social areas and interaction of a hostel.
All visitors share the same bathrooms and showers. Experience the social atmosphere of hostelling in Cityhub's cafe and bar, then retreat for a quiet sleep in the security of your very own private pod with a double bed.
This best-rated hostel in Amsterdam may not be located centrally (in Oud West) like the other hostels on this list, but it is only a two-minute walk to the metro and 15-minutes to the heart of the city.
Bonus: bike rentals - the best way to experience Amsterdam!
Highest-rated hostel with laundry facilities and more!
Won awards in 2019, 2018 (2), 2017
ClinkNOORD, as the name implies, is in Amsterdam Noord. Even though it is across the IJ River, it is only 5-10 minutes away from the Central Train Station. Just follow the signs to the free ferry. It runs every seven-minutes and only take five-minutes to cross.
From there, it's a 400-metre walk to the ClinkNOORD hostel.
There is an all you can eat buffet available for €8, or you can use the kitchen facilities.
It has 24-hour security and reception with lockers available for your luggage. Included is free Wi-Fi. Even though Clinknoord is not as central as the other hostels, it has a lot to offer and is one of the top-rated hostels in Amsterdam.
The Flying Pig Downtown
5-minutes from Centraal Station in the heart of de Wallen
Won awards in 2019 (3), 2016, 2015, 2014 (2), 2011, 2010, 2009 (2), 2008, 2006
The Flying Pig Downtown is probably one of the best known hostels in Amsterdam. It is only a five-minute walk from the Central Train Station. It is in the heart of De Wallen, which is the famous Amsterdam Red Light District. There are lots of pubs and restaurants in the area. Meaning you are walking distance to a lot of the things to see and do in Amsterdam.
The hostel has a bar and cafe in it, great for socializing and meeting travellers from around the world. It has 24-hour security and reception with lockers available for your luggage.
Free Wi-Fi and a shared kitchen will help you save a few dollars, which you can now spend on beer.
A small eco-friendly hostel with a unique vibe
Won an award in 2015
Ecomama hostel in Amsterdam is a small hostel with a lot to offer. This quirky hostel focused on fun. Nicely decorated, Ecomama offers many common spaces, a teepee, movie lounge, book exchange, and bike rentals are just a few things that set this hostel apart from others.
Ecomama's environment is fantastic for getting to know fellow travellers along with so many amenities that you'll want to stay longer. With it located in the centre of Amsterdam, so with your bike rental, you'll be able to explore the city easily.
Durty Nelly's Inn & Irish Pub
Breakfast and bike rentals available
Won award in 2012
Durty Nelly's Inn is just around the corner from the Flying Pig Downtown. It is only a few minutes walk from the Central Train Station also. It is in the heart of De Wallen famous for the Red Light District and a two-minute walk to Dam Square.
It has a great Irish Pub (of the same name) attached, which you get 20% off food and drink if you stay at Durty Nelly's Inn. Unfortunately, no kitchen is available, but they do have a great buffet breakfast available every morning for €5.
It has 24-hour security and reception with lockers available for your luggage. Free W-Fi is part of your stay.
Bonus: Flippin' bike rentals! Sweet!
Best Hotels in Amsterdam
Whether you want that Instagramable hotel, an Airbnb alternative with a kitchen, or want to be in the heart the canals, there is something here for everyone.
If you missed the new hybrid/hostel idea above, it's worth a view. It's could be a perfect fit if you are on a budget.
Motel One Amsterdam - Waterloopein
Chic hotel close to the action of Centrum
Motel one is a well-known brand hotel in Europe. It is modern with respect to the past by fusing the two looks in their stylish hotels. This one of the best Amsterdam hotels for couples looking for luxury hotels without the cost of luxury.
Motel One - Waterloopein is located conveniently in Plantage, one of the best areas in the city. The hotel is less than 2km from , and only 20 minutes from the airport by public transport.
Highly-rated boutique hotel in canal ring
The name says it all, Mr. Jordaan. Jordaan is one of the best locations to stay in Amsterdam. If you don't stay here, you will surely end up visiting Jordaan when you visit the canal ring.
Mr. Jordaan is definitely a unique hotel in Amsterdam. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, this beautiful boutique hotel is and walking distances to many things like the Anne frank house (300m) and 1 km from dam square. You will love exploring one of the best neighbourhoods in the city.
Prices vary depending on which room you choose. Check the prices below. For its location, you won't find a better-priced hotel.
They have free Wi-Fi, a fab continental breakfast, and a tea/coffee maker in the rooms.
Highest-rated budget hotel
How about a three star hotel, with a 9.3/10 rating in the heart of the city, at a youth hostel price? That's the Krisotel. Other than the price, there is nothing cheap here. A great breakfast is available, along with clean, cozy rooms.
The Krisotel is 1 km away from the Museum Quarter, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, Anne Frank House, and Rembrandtplein, making it a great home base for your visit. Vondelpark is also within walking distance if you need some green space. The streetcar is right out your front door to bring you the rest of the city.
Perfect little getaway hotel, with everything you need.
Yays Oostenburgergracht Concierged Boutique Apartments
Family friendly apartments by the water, with kitchens
If you are looking for a great family hotel, with some extra pluses, this is it. These Amsterdam apartment rentals are more than an average hotel room. There are a few different options to choose from here. You can choose an apartment with a kitchenette or a full kitchen.
Save money from feeding your whole family at restaurants every meal. Have breakfast in your dining room and pack a lunch for the day. That alone can save a family of four €80-€100 a day (to be conservative).
Trams are out your front door, or go explore the waterfront of the IJ River on foot. Here you will find the NEMO Science Museum and Het Scheepvaartmuseum, which the kids will love.
Beautiful hotel in the heart of the action with a great vibe
Located in central Amsterdam, Bitterbal Hotel is in a fantastic area surrounded by boutiques and restaurants. Bar Bitterbal downstairs is a popular bar that serves drinks and snacks.
Twenty of the city's most popular sites, like the Old Jewish Quarter, are less than 1.5 km from Bitterbal, so easily walkable. The tram stop is only 300 ft away, giving you quick access to the rest of the city. The location makes this stop the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam.
Guests rave about the friendly staff and the great vibe of this boutique hotel. It's one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam for couples, but they do have family rooms available also.