For those of discerning taste, Amsterdam's finest hotels accommodate epicures in style and with elegance.

Amsterdam has numerous hotels providing excellent accommodations, but there are a select few that deliver the best. Because Amsterdam is a relatively small yet densely populated city, space in the city center is at a premium. There are over 38,000 hotel beds in Amsterdam, but the great majority of these rooms are not fit for high standards.

The best hotels in Amsterdam are so, not only for their amenities, but also for their respective proximity to the best that Amsterdam has to offer visitors. Centrally located hotels like the Grand Hotel Armath and Hotel Victoria are grandiose in their architectural splendor. For those coming to experience arts in Amsterdam, the Park Plaza Vondelpark is minutes away from Museumplein. For the best views in Amsterdam, take a look at the Doubletree Centraal Station and Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Quite possibly, the most unique location to stay in Amsterdam is right on one the beautiful canals or rivers, such as Hotel Pulitzer on Prinsengracht or Hotel De L’Europe on the Amstel river.



DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station benefits from its proximity to Centraal Station and its prime, sun-soaked location. Minutes walking from the heart of the city, the Doubletree might possibly be the best-situated hotel in town. Opened in 2011, the Doubletree offers the best in modern amenities including an iMac that does double duty as the television. The Skylounge on the 11th floor of the Doubletree offers an unrivaled 360˚ view of Amsterdam.

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Hotel Okura Amsterdam embraces a Japanese aesthetic, both in decor and service. Located in the affluent neighborhood De Pijp, the Hotel Okura is just far away enough from the bustling center that visitors can experience life as a local. The Hotel Okura offers Michelin-rated Japanese cuisine at restaurants Yamazato and Teppanyake. French cuisine is served at the Ciel Blue restaurant. The Hotel Okura even offers Japanese cooking lessons at Taste of Okura, a culinary center within the hotel. The Twenty Third Bar is situated on the 23rd floor-this exceptional cocktail lounge is the location for one of the best panoramic views of Amsterdam.

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As majestic as the Amstel river it stands beside, the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam is a marvel of 19th century architecture. The opulence of the hotel is best witnessed in the entrance hall, banquet hall and the ballroom. The meticulousness paid to detail can be seen throughout the hotel. The Health Club has a spacious heated pool parallel to the water level of the Amstel river. When only the best will suffice, the Robinet Royal Suite is equipped with gold bathtub fixtures. The Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam is truly a hotel paramount to most.

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The Seven One Seven hotel, positioned along the Prinsengracht canal, is a stately mansion that offers only nine exquisite rooms and suites. Each room is distinctly decorated; antique furniture sits naturally in rooms adorned with vivid walls and classical art. The Seven One Seven has an 'all-in' pricing philosophy, the room rate includes breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and house wines. Pamper yourself with in-room massages or enjoy a smoke in the hotel's library. The Seven One Seven hotel is deservingly exclusive. It offers the finest, a temporary home with first class ambiance and facilities.

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The Krasnapolsky accentuates its optimal location with a prestigious history and world-class accommodations. The subtle blue awning that hangs over the entrance in Dam Square is but a euphemism for the decadence that lies within. The hotel has been in business since 1866, and actually has official historical monuments on its grounds. Breakfast is served in the majestic Winter Garden, as it always has since 1879. Restaurant Reflex, within the lobby, is one of Amsterdam's oldest places to enjoy French and Dutch cuisine. Room styles vary from modern minimalism to the detailed opulence of yesteryear.

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The building now known as Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam dates back to 1578, formerly both a convent and city hall. The Grand boasts some of the city's most luxurious suites, having hosted the world's finest authors, actors, ambassadors and heads of state. The Grand offers impeccable dining, wine tasting and bar options within its premises. It is even possible to experience a Dutch bruin cafe in The Grand. Bar De Vliegende Hollander brings Dutch coziness to the savvy traveler.

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The Grand Hotel Arm--th was built in a former shipping house on Prins Hendrikkade near Centraal Station. The Grand Hotel Arm--th is ubiquitously adorned with maritime art that celebrates the Dutch Golden Age. Sculptures, vivid wall panelling, stained glass windows, and handmade furniture make the interior of the hotel as impressive as the art nouveau exterior. Even the cuisine follows the nautical theme with Mediterranean-inspired seafood delicacies at the Seven Seas Restaurant.

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Renovated atop the site of a burned-down theater, the Dylan has firmly stood as the premier hotel on the Keizersgracht canal. The Dylan is prestige in its primal form. The hotel staff is renowned for exemplary service; anything is possible, from canal tours in private boats to breaching the sound barrier in private jets. All rooms in The Dylan are distinct, so each stay is a unique one. The Dylan is conveniently located in the Nine Streets neighborhood, famous for some of Amsterdam's most eccentric boutiques.

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Alongside Prinsengracht, the canal dedicated to the Prince of Orange, is Hotel Pulitzer-more so a neighborhood than a hotel. In 1970, 12 historical canal houses were renovated and became Hotel Pulitzer. Since then, the total of incorporated canal houses has grown to 25 and the hotel grounds now encompass nearly an entire city block. The Pulitzer Art Gallery lie within the connecting corridors and gardens between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canal houses. The Keizersgracht 238 restaurant specializes in grilled dishes, while the Pulitzer Bar is one of the Amsterdam's most luxurious barrooms. Witness the city from the canals on the private boat of Hotel Pulitzer, "Eveweg," Dutch for 'a moment away.'

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Since 1896 De L'Europe has catered to the elite with nothing less than refined elegance. De L'Europe is situated near the Northernmost point of the Amstel river. The lobby is adorned with original works from Dutch Masters, part of the private collection of Freddy Heineken. The classically-styled rooms are actually technologically advanced, complete with iPad, heated flooring and motion-detecting lights. De L'Europe has two of the finest French restaurants within the city on its premises-the award-winning Bord'Eau and Hoofstad Brasserie. The best Bloody Mary in town is said to be made at Freddy's Bar in De L'Europe-named after their most famous customer, the aforementioned heir of the Heineken empire.

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