Hotels in the epicentre of the city

You can’t get more central than the Swissôtel Amsterdam (from €99), which has the undeniable advantage of being located right on Dam Square. This hotel is in a league of its own in terms of location, but visitors are equally enthusiastic about its 4-star facilities, comfortable rooms and fitness centre. Just next door, so benefitting from the same exceptional vantage point, the Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw  (from €101) rightfully deserves its 3-star rating according to past guests. Set within a monumental building opposite the city’s biggest department store De Bijenkorf, it’s also a convenient base for a spot of shopping. Sitting a few-hundred metres away from the square, the Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam (from €224) is one of the city’s most emblematic hotels. This historic, 5-star establishment offers guests the opportunity to relax in its top-of-the-range well-being centre after a busy day exploring the city. The Bridges restaurant, which specialises in seafood, is also a reputable place to dine. More intimate, the Old City Amsterdam Bed & Breakfast   (from €71) is located 150 metres from Dam Square. Rather than rooms, this hotel offers five studios and apartments within an 18th-century warehouse building. The warm, homely atmosphere and free bike hire (Sunday to Thursday) are both a big hit among visitors. A 500-metre stroll from Dam Square will bring you to the elegant Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Center (from €111), a 4-star hotel that has earned high ratings in travel forums for its attentive service and over-all high standards.

Pleasant addresses in the surrounding area

Seven minutes’ walk to the east of Dam Square on the banks of the 17th-century canal the Kloveniersburgwal, the Misc Eatdrinksleep (from €155) invites guests into a renovated town house where each room has its own quirky décor. Guests benefit from a range of modern fittings, including flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines, plus a range of light snacks and hot drinks are thrown in for good measure. Over to the west of Dam Square on the Singel canal, the location of the Hotel Estheréa offers guests the best of both worlds: peaceful yet central. The décor is fancy, leaning towards extravagant, making the hotel particularly popular among couples. With rates starting at €100, this 4-star is unanimously considered as excellent value for the price. A little further from the Square, the Frederik Park House (from €215) is worth walking the few extra minutes that separate it from the historic centre. Exclusive, elegant and comfortable, this hotel located in a calm, leafy setting is ideal for a few nights’ respite.