Dam Square is in the bull’s-eye of Amsterdam and is home to monuments like the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk, as well as scores of bars and restaurants. There are dozens of hotels within a 10-minute walk of the place. These are a few of the best.
Stay in a hotel with a stunning view of Amsterdam’s iconic square, like Swissôtel Amsterdam
You can walk from Hotel TwentySeven to Dam Square in just two minutes, but once you step inside you might find it hard to leave. To call this place opulent is an understatement. Its suite-only accommodation starts at around £250 a night and goes up to more than £1,000. The latter price is more than most people’s mortgages, but it gives you things like in-room Jacuzzis, cuddle corners, and binoculars so you can look out over the skyline of the city from aloft.
Staying at Hotel TwentySeven may come with a hefty price tag, but their opulent rooms are worth every penny
Some of the rooms at Swissotel Amsterdam look out over Dam Square, but thanks to the hotel’s soundproofing, the scenes almost look like they’re going on in mime. If you get tired of the real-life view, you can soak up cityscapes by taking in the artwork that lines the walls of the rooms. Most rooms come with pictures or murals of gabled houses and monuments. For a taste of Amsterdam, meanwhile, head to the hotel’s restaurant and deli Royal 98 to tuck into Dutch pancakes and Old Amsterdam cheese sandwiches.
Swissôtel Amsterdam offers luxurious, sound-proofed guest rooms and suites in a modern and sophisticated style
You’ll be sleeping in either a former telephone exchange or a former bank when you stay at the W Amsterdam, a three-minute walk from Dam Square. Although, sleeping might be putting it a little too strongly – W Amsterdam is a great place to play as well as rest. The hotel is home to a rooftop bar with 360-degree city views and resident DJs, and an underground club called Mad Fox. Alternatively, you can see the night out in The Duchess – the lavish Belle Époque-style restaurant.
Feast your eyes on 360-degree city views from W Amsterdam’s W Lounge
Ink Hotel Amsterdam MGallery by Sofitel
A former newspaper headquarters is the base for Ink Hotel. It shouts about its heritage in its linotype-style wall murals and displays of vintage typewriters and telephones. You’ll start your day sipping espresso from your in-room Nespresso machine when you stay here, and you can finish it drinking Jenever cocktails and tucking into what they call ‘headline dishes’ in the Pressroom bar and restaurant. That’s if you’re not out in Dam Square, which is a four-minute walk away.
Housed in a former newspaper headquarters, Ink Hotel is dedicated to helping you write your unique travel story
This no-fuss three-star hotel is a seven-minute walk from Dam Square. It’s a good choice for travellers on a budget as room rates start at £70 a night. For that you get a simple room with a purple colour scheme and Amsterdam artwork on the walls. You can add breakfast on for about £7 and get stuck into the typical sausages, eggs, breads, cheeses and pastries. Of course, if you want to head out for breakfast, the hotel is swamped by crêperies, cafés and coffee shops.
Hotel Luxer gives the best of the Dutch no-nonsense attitude, with simple yet beautiful rooms at affordable prices
As the name suggests, art is everywhere at art’otel Amsterdam. Gawp-worthy features at the hotel include a 40-foot (12-metre) art curtain that shows video footage and an art gallery that hosts a varying schedule of exhibitions and lectures. Each of the rooms features a unique piece of art, although in some rooms, the pieces have to compete with the city views for guests’ attentions. The hotel has its own kitchen and bar, too, where the cocktail menu and sharing platters are as prettily presented as the hotel’s interior design.
art’otel Amsterdam stays true to its name by surrounding guests with stunning installations and masterpieces
Kimpton de Witt
Every room at the Kimpton de Witt comes with a gold dipped Pols Potten parrot statue. It’s just one sign that this boutique hotel, seven minutes from Dam Square, does things a little bit differently. Rooms also come with yoga mats, Nespresso machines, Bluetooth speakers, bathrobes and honour bars with cocktails, beer and wine. Another highlight at the hotel is the daily evening wine reception that treats guests with free wine.
Kimpton de Witt exudes a contemporary approach to luxury through fresh, sophisticated rooms and creative spaces steeped in unique Dutch design
Hotel V Nesplein
You can’t help but notice the design at Hotel V Nesplein, four minutes from Dam Square. There’s a floor-to-ceiling chandelier in the lobby and an antique globe bar and free hanging fireplace in the Lobby Bar and Restaurant. At the latter people come for the looks and stay for the food – the place serves à la carte breakfasts like ‘eggs Bennie’ and evening meals that sound simple on the menu but come out looking as high design as the hotel.
Hotel V Nesplein is filled with eye-catching design elements, like the floor-to-ceiling chandelier in the lobby