A stay in one of the Netherlands’ most popular cities doesn’t need to break the bank. Here’s our top choices for hotels in Amsterdam on a budget, so you have more money to spend on stroopwafels, cheese, poffertjes, fries and cool beer by one of the city’s famous canals.
Read the wallpaper of this affordable hotel
The trendy De Pijp quarter is just ten minutes’ walk from the Volkshotel, a former newspaper office. The hotel’s interior pays homage to its printed past, with newsprint wallpaper, bright and bold colours and quirky designer touches. The Volkshotel has a cocktail bar, a lobby café and a rooftop terrace with 360º views out over the city. With the Wibautstraat metro stop outside, and within easy walking distance of the Amstel River, it is off the beaten tourist track but within easy reach of the city centre.
Eco-friendly hotel hideaway
The appropriately named Conscious Hotel Westerpark is an eco-conscious hotel located in the green surrounding of the Westerpark. The hotel is run solely on electricity, and best of all, it is wind powered. It is the first hotel in the Netherlands to run 100% on wind power. Enjoy morning walks in the surrounding park, drinks in the hip Westergas area, or make a date with a free glass of wine and other guests in the hotel’s Bar Kantoor at 6 pm. An unlimited organic breakfast is available (paid at the hotel) and they offer bike hire so you can see the city like the locals do, on two eco-friendly wheels.
A hotel on a budget with changing roles
The Lloyd Hotel is housed in an emblematic 1920s building which has served many a role over time. It has housed migrants, refugees, juvenile offenders and more recently artists’ studios until 2004 when it took on its latest guise, that of a modern hotel with art-deco interior. The Lloyd Hotel has a variety of rooms to choose from including twins with shared bathrooms, rooms with up to seven beds, studios with a kitchen and living area or a giant bedroom in the attic. Each room is different and graded according to international one to five star ratings so you can choose the star grading that suits your tastes and budget.
A rare space in the Jordaan district
Space in the Jordaan district is limited and hotels normally reflect that. Not quite a hotel but one we thought we should recommend for its charm and the size of its rooms is the the fabulous Eelhouse B&B, the most photographed guesthouse in Amsterdam. The building dates from 1619 and its two unique bedrooms are at the top of a green spiral staircase – quite the entrance to a relaxing stay. On Saturdays the Lindengracht market is held just down the road for an authentic Dutch food shopping experience and the quiet street where the B&B is located is around the corner from a busier one with café´s and restaurants. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the room.