There are a number of hotels around Amsterdam Central station and the surrounding waterfront area. These are convenient since they give easy access to the train station which is good for early departures and late arrivals.
You are also close to other public transport options (metro, trams, ferries and buses) and are within easy walking distance to the centre of Amsterdam.
You pay a slight premium for staying in a centrally-located hotel though you may find a good deal if booking in advance.
Hotels around Amsterdam Central / Waterfront area
There are a range of hotels around Amsterdam Central to suit different budgets and taste.
Kimpton-De Witt Amsterdam – [RECOMMENDED] This hotel is located in the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal street, a short walk from the station. We’ve stayed here and the rooms are comfortable and spacious with some stylish touches. It offers a good breakfast and a free wine hour in the lobby during the early evening. Standard rates range €190-€420. Check prices & book
Room Mate Aitana – [RECOMMENDED] Opened 2013, the Aitana is built on an artificial island 500 metres west of Central station. The spacious, well-designed rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and some quirky splashes of colour. Standard rates range €160-€350. Check prices & book
Sir ADAM Hotel – [RECOMMENDED] This hip boutique hotel is located in the high rise A’DAM Toren building across the water from Central station. It’s a free GVB ferry ride away from the back of the station. Rooms are industrial chic in design with a rockstar theme – there is a record player in each room and a vinyl library is available. Great views, especially from the corner rooms. Popular with a younger crowd and the most Instagrammed hotel on this list. Standard rates range €160-€340. Check prices & book
Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station – A modern hotel close to the eastern flank of Amsterdam Central station. Rooms are stylish but compact and include an iMac computer rather than TV. The top floor Skylounge has excellent views of the surrounding area. Standard rates range €170-€450. Check prices & book
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre – This hotel is located 10 minutes walk east of Central station on the Piet Heinkade and is next to the Amsterdam cruise terminal. It is certainly the most convenient base for cruise passengers. Rooms are well-appointed with some excellent views from the higher floors. Standard rates range €170-€400. Check prices & book
Art’Otel Amsterdam – A design hotel on Prins Hendrikkade, across the road from the station. It has good-sized rooms with a modern feel, small pool/spa and a basement art gallery. It’s not particularly cheap with standard rates ranging €240-€500. Check prices & book
Ibis Styles Amsterdam Central Station – Also located across the road from the station, the IBIS Styles has small, functional rooms with comfortable beds. Reasonable breakfast buffet. Standard rates range €140-€350. Check prices & book
Ibis Amsterdam Centre – The budget Ibis sits literally on top of the train platforms at the western edge of Amsterdam Central. Rooms are very basic and compact. Stylish bar/lobby area. Standard rates range €120-€250. Check prices & book
Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam – This hotel is located across the road from Central station (about 5-10 mins walk). It is housed in the art-deco Shipping House building. Spacious rooms though the decor may not be to everyone’s taste. Note, rooms do not have air conditioning as this is a listed monument. The hotel has a small swimming pool and spa. Standard rates range €190-€450. Check prices & book
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam – The Victoria has an excellent location across the road from Central station. Rooms are comfortable but a bit dark and conservatively decorated. Reviews are a sometimes hit and miss. Standard rates range €180-€430. Check prices & book
NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace – The 5 star Barbizon Palace is also conveniently located across the road from Central station on Prins Hendrikkade. It has well-appointed rooms and a good buffet breakfast. Standard rates range €190-€360. Check prices & book
Hotel Jakarta – This eco-themed hotel is located on Java island on the Amsterdam IJ waterfront – a little further out than the previous hotels, about 15-20 minutes walk from Central station. It offers modern, stylish rooms and a light, airy interior decorated with tropical plants. Very well-rated by travellers. Standard rates range €170-€300. Check prices & book
Nearest supermarket: If requiring supplies, head to the Albert Heijn located at Prins Hendrikkade 20 close to the Ibis Styles hotel.
This article was originally published in 2019 and has been regularly updated. Last update 21 March 2022.