Have you always wanted to stay at a unique hotel in Amsterdam? How about a former tram depot or in an old diamond factory. Amsterdam is full of special monumental and historic buildings, some of which have been converted into beautiful hotels. Find here the 10 most unique hotels in Amsterdam to stay during your visit.
1. In a former tram depot
From 1902 to 1996, De Hallen was the tram workplace of Amsterdam West and now belongs to the most important heritage of Amsterdam. Years later, this former tram depot has been given a wonderful new function. Since 2014 it has been converted into a hip 4-star design hotel: Hotel de Hallen.
The hotel is decorated in urban vintage with an industrial touch and you can spend the night in one of the 57 comfortable rooms. Hotel de Hallen also has a restaurant, Remise47, where you can taste French / International cuisine. Either indoors or on the terrace, while enjoying the sun. After breakfast you can walk to the Jordaan or the Vondelpark.
2. At the old headquarters of the newspaper “De Tijd”
The hotel is located right in the center of Amsterdam, on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. In just a few minutes’ walk you are in the middle of Dam Square. And are the rooms, from a classic queen to a deluxe suite, designed by Concrete Architects. An Amsterdam design agency that has many beautiful projects to its name.
The INK Hotel Amsterdam also has a hotel bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a snack and a drink: the PRESSROOM. And as the name might suggest, these are located in a very special space. Namely the old press room of the building. Or relax in the Library Lounge, while sitting by the fireplace on one of the comfortable sofas, after you have spend a day exploring Amsterdam.
If you have not yet walked enough meters in the city or if you still have energy left, you can always go exercising in the fitness.
3. In an old school building
The name of the hotel might already betray it a bit, but The College Hotel is located in the old school building of the HBS at the Roelof Hartstraat in Amsterdam South.
The stylish 19th-century building features high ceilings, large fireplaces and spacious stairwells. The 4-star hotel is therefore one of the most classic buildings with history in Amsterdam.
The College Hotel has only 40 rooms and suites, which are all decorated according to the same design concept. You will stay in classic rooms, but with modern facilities.
For a snack or a drink go to The College Restaurant or the College Bar. And in good weather, you can also visit The College Garden from April to October. A cozy courtyard to enjoy lunch, dinner or a good glass of wine and escape the busy center of Amsterdam.
4. In a former orphanage and nursing home
At the foot of the Oosterpark, 5 minutes from the center of Amsterdam, you wil find the 4-star Hotel Arena. The hotel is located in a historic building and once functioned as an orphanage and nursing home.
You can stay in one of the 139 characteristic rooms. Thanks to the high ceilings, large windows, sloping walls, wooden beams, special bay windows and cozy niches, all rooms in the hotel are unique and no room in the hotel is the same.
Are you ready for a nice lunch, dinner or drink after a day in Amsterdam? Then take a seat at PARK: the café-restaurant with an amazing view of the Oosterpark. And if the weather is nice, you can absolutely enjoy yourself on the large terrace. Definitely a unique hotel to stay in Amsterdam!
5. An old emigrant hotel
The Lloyd hotel is located in the middle of Amsterdam-East, near the center and along ‘t IJ. In 1921 the building was taken into use as an emigrants’ hotel and in 1935 it was taken over by the municipality of Amsterdam.
After this, the building had various functions. As a shelter for refugees, a German prison, a detention house (for adults and later also for minors) and in the 1990s as an artist’s studio.
Now it is the first 1-to-5 star hotel in the world. Whether you are a backpacker or a business traveler. Whether you want to stay in a budget room with shared bathroom or in a luxury suite. There is something for every budget and for everyone.
The nice thing about staying at the Lloyd hotel is that you literally spend the night in a unique room. All 117 rooms are different and none of them are the same. In addition, you only choose a room type when booking. The appearance of your room will remain a surprise until your check-in.
6. A former shipping house
As soon as you enter the luxurious 5-star Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam, you imagine yourself in ‘A World of Luxury & Art’. The hotel is only 500 meters from Amsterdam Central Station and is located in the Scheepvaarthuis: a 105-year-old monument in Amsterdam School style.
The 205 luxury rooms, of which 22 suites in Art Nouveau style, have high ceilings and large windows.
In restaurant Seven Seas you can enjoy international cuisine or look out on the Amsterdam canals while enjoying a snack and a drink from the Bar Lounge.
The hotel also has a spa and wellness center where you can relax in one of the 2 saunas (70 and 90 degrees), an infrared sauna, a steam cabin, a hot tub, an indoor pool and the fitness. The Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam also has a beauty center where you can enjoy massages and treatments.
Are you ready for some luxury, then the Grand Hotel Amrâth is definitely a unique hotel in Amsterdam to spend the night!
7. In 2 completely renovated 19th century manor houses
Stately canal houses and monumental manor houses. They are beautiful to see. But why not spend a special night in Amsterdam in a 19th-century mansion? You can: at Hotel JL No76.
This 4-star boutique hotel is not only near the Vondelpark, but also near the most famous museums, as well as THE shopping street of Amsterdam: the PC Hooftstraat.
You will stay in one of the 39 luxurious and colorful rooms, each of which is decorated in one of the five themes. At restaurant JAN Eat & Drink, in the lounge or in the private courtyard you can enjoy a nice meal or drink together. There is even an honesty bar, where guests can make their own drinks.
8. At former timber trade Houthandel Van de Vijsel
Since the 19th century, at the Overtoom 13, timber trade Van de Vijsel was located here. After an intensive renovation of more than two years, Hotel van de Vijsel opened its doors in 2018.
A beautiful 4-star design hotel, located in Oud-West, where different woods are subtly incorporated in the hotel and in the luxurious rooms. Interspersed with vintage details from the 19th century. For example, even the original wooden beams have been returned to their original location after the renovation.
The hotel has 82 rooms and is in a great location near the city center and the green Vondelpark. At Café WOODZ you can enjoy a delicious coffee or a tasty brunch. An absolute hotspot in the center of Amsterdam with the Vondelpark and Leidseplein around the corner.
9. On the Prinsengracht
The Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel is located in a stately historic canal house with a beautiful location on the corner of Prinsengracht.
Once this was the place where Frederik Wilhelm Dikker established a delicatessen and restaurant in 1895. And at which Henri J.J.A. Thijs became his partner in 1915. For years, they were famous for selling caviar, lobster and oysters. These are no longer sold. However, since the current owners took over the building, it has been thoroughly renovated and you can stay here.
The Dikker & Thijs Fenice hotel has 31 comfortable rooms where, despite the thorough renovation, the beautiful original wooden beams are still visible in the ceiling. And from most you look out on the Leidsestraat and the Prinsengracht. Are you staying in the penthouse on the 6th floor? Then you even have an amazing view of Amsterdam from here!
The hotel is within walking distance of the Vondelpark and Leidseplein. After a walk you will be back at the hotel within a 5-10 minute walk. Definitely a unique hotel in Amsterdam.
10. In a former diamond polishing factdory
On the Albert Cuypstraat in Amsterdamse Pijp you will not only find the famous Albert Cuypmarkt, but also the Sir Albert Hotel. A 4-star hotel, located in a former diamond polishing factory, where you spend the night in the home of the mysterious Sir Albert. A fictional person who was conceived by the Israeli architectural firm which designed the hotel.
The beautiful high windows, which provide sufficient daylight to cut the diamonds at diamond polishing company Van Moppes, are still intact. In combination with the use of natural and robust materials, luxurious fabrics and an eclectic mix of furniture, the interior is unique.
The hotel has 4 room types. From the standard Sir Boutique to the Sir Residence, a two-bedroom suite. The rooms, with their high ceilings, large windows and historical details in a minimalist, modern style, are absolutely special to spend the night.
And don’t forget to eat at the hotel-based IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar: the culinary hotspot and pioneer of Asian gastronomy.
In which of these unique hotels would you like to spend the night in Amsterdam?