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The “Old Centre” of Amsterdam, with Dam Square at its heart, dates from the 13th century. The district is full of shops, excellent hotels, canals, interesting buildings and “coffee shops” making it the most visited part of the city.
Of particular note are Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk streets. Warmoesstraat runs parallel to the Amstel river from the Centraal railway station to Dam Square and is the heart of Amsterdam’s world-famous gay cruise & leather fetish bar scene. Zeedijk has a growing number of gay venues but is better known as home of Amsterdam’s Chinatown.
Why this hotel? Very central. Near the gay scene. Amazing views. Free WiFi.
Large, modern hotel in the heart of Amsterdam – conveniently located next to the central station and just 5 minutes’ walk to gay bars and cruise clubs in Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk, including Café ’t Mandje, one of the old gay bars in world.
Guest rooms have soundproof, floor-to-ceiling windows with exceptionally good view (especially on higher floors). Opt for a Suite if queen-sized beds are too small for two big boys. All rooms are equipped with an Apple computer and free WiFi.
The DoubleTree has its own well-equipped gym. Worth a special mention is the restaurant and SkyLounge bar which offer an amazing view of the city.
8.39 Very Good
based on 18865 reviews
Why this hotel? Popular choice. Stylish design. Great location. Free WiFi.
Popular designer hotel in an excellent location, close to all the major sights, just a 5-minute walk from the Central Station and with a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars nearby. Sauna Nieuwezijds is just a couple of minutes walk from your room, as are a good choice of gay bars such as The WEB.
The very stylish Inntel offers over 200 guest rooms with free WiFi, satellite TV, tea & coffee-making facilities, nice en suite bathroom, minibar and safe.
Dinner is served at the neighbouring restaurant Humphrey’s, and the bill can be charged to the hotel guest’s account.
Why this hotel? Excellent value. Near the shops, sights and scene. Free WiFi.
The great-value-for-money Park Plaza Victoria is located in the city centre, just moments from the Central Station, the trams, canal boats and surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Guest rooms in the new Urban Wing have a contemporary design. Superior Rooms in the original building are more classically themed. All are air-conditioned and have free WiFi.
based on 3617 reviews
Why this hotel? Close to gay nightlife. Value for money. Boutique option. Free WiFi.
Great-value boutique hotel in the historical heart of Amsterdam – with a lift!
Hotel CC is located just a few minutes from the gay nightlife on Warmoesstraat, the central railway station, Dam Square, as well as a range of restaurants, bars and shops.
The hotel’s relatively small guest rooms feature flat screen TV, air conditioning, spacious showers, safe, tea & coffee-making facilities and free WiFi internet access.
Why this hotel? Near Dam Square. Central location. Excellent value. Free WiFi.
Housed in an art deco 1908 ex-bank building, just steps away from the famous Dam Square. The great-value RHO Hotel offers comfortable rooms with high ceiling, satellite TV, safe, minibar and free WiFi.
RHO serves a decent buffet breakfast. There’s a small bar and vending machines in the lobby for snacks and drinks.
The hotel is surrounded by a range of restaurants and shops. Rather conveniently, it is located about halfway between the two main gay scenes of Amsterdam.
7.58 Good - based on 2330 reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Excellent value for money. Free WiFi.
The great-value ibis Amsterdam Centre is conveniently located, next to the central station and just a 10-minute walk from Dam Square and all the sights. Gay cruise club The WEB, Cuckoo’s Nest and Sauna Nieuwezijds are all a short walk away.
All non-smoking rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen TV and private bathroom. Breakfast is served daily in the modern breakfast room.
There is a restaurant and bar onsite. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception and vending machines where you can get drinks and snacks anytime of the day.
8.04 Very Good - based on 3653 reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Excellent value. Best seller. Free WiFi.
One of the most popular budget hotels in town. The great-value ibis Amsterdam Centre Stopera is close to the metro station, about 10 minutes to Dam Square, Rembrandt Square, and within 20 minutes to Café ’t Mandje, The Queen’s Head and other gay bars.
All simple, no-frills, modern guest rooms feature air conditioning, flat screen cable TV and free WiFi. Some rooms have canal views.
There is a large courtyard where you can hang out in the summer. A nice breakfast buffet is served in the dining room. The onsite café bar offers 24-hour drinks & snacks, though may restaurants and cafés are nearby.
These three streets are home to many of Amsterdam’s best gay venues, along with an excellent choice of restaurants and shops.
Hotels in and near this area are well-located for exploring the city centre and major sights.
Why this hotel? Walk to gay bars. Large rooms. Excellent dining.
The Hampshire Hotel has an excellent location, close to the historic city centre, the museums and a short walk from the gay bars along Amstel river.
Guest rooms are large and have air conditioning, comfy beds, flat screen TV, free WiFi and a fully equipped bathroom with a shower. Blackout curtains ensure that those who party late get a good night’s sleep.
The onsite FLO restaurant serves authentic French cuisine and excellent wine, and the Sopranos Piano Bar has regular live music. A popular choice on Travel Gay Europe.
Why this hotel? Popular choice. Great value. Near the gay scene. Free WiFi.
The medieval-style building overlooks the Amstel River and features comfortable guest rooms and suites, each with modern facilities include flat screen TV, desk and free WiFi.
The hotel has its own stylish bar & restaurant, although there is plenty of dining options nearby.
Why this hotel? Central location. Near shops & gay nightlife. Extensive room facilities. Free WiFi.
Great central location opposite the famous Kalverstraat shopping street and within walking distance to attractions like the Rembrandt Square and Van Gogh Museum.
The Albus hotel has stylish guest rooms and suites with facilities such as a Nespresso coffee machine, state-of-the-art entertainment system, flat screen TV, laptop-sized safe and free WiFi.
You can enjoy a drink at the hotels’s rendy bar or a meal in modern, stylish Senses restaurant. The Albus is the official partner of gay dance party RAPIDO.
6.54 Pleasant - based on 1036 reviews
Why this hotel? Near the gay scene. Excellent value. Free WiFi.
The budget-friendly Golden Bear is housed in a historic building in central Amsterdam, very close to the popular Club Church gay cruise bar and within walking distance of many attractions, museums and gay venues.
The relatively small rooms have either shared or private bathrooms, bottled water, TV’s, coffee/tea-making facilities, desks and free WiFi. Like many hotels in this area, expect steep steps and no lift.
9.32 Fantastic - based on 6300 reviews
Why this hotel? Free minibar & snacks. Great location near the gay bars. Free WiFi.
Banks Mansion, a stylish, slightly art deco boutique hotel. The hotel has a great location close to major sights and just a few minutes walk from many gay bars in the city.
All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a comfortable bed and en suite rain shower. Every room has a free minibar, free Nespresso coffee, snacks, movies, WiFi and free breakfast.
In the afternoon, the hotel’s “living room” lobby serves drinks, nibbles and a cheese board. In essence, you can eat, drink and chill out as much as you want without having to worry about the tab.
Hotels just outside of the Old Centre but still within easy reach of the sights and gay nightlife.
8.99 Very Good
based on 2458 reviews
Why this hotel? Great for RAPIDO party. Stylish rooms. Excellent location. Free WiFi.
Hotel JL No76 is located in the heart of the picturesque Museum district, literally one block from the Van Gogh Museum.
Each luxurious room features a signature bed with down comforter, iPod dock, laptop-sized safe, LCD TV with digital channels, minibar and espresso coffee machine. Executive rooms have a jacuzzi bath with a built-in TV!
A varied menu of freshly prepared lunch and dinner is offered from Restaurant JAN, although there are plenty of dining choices nearby. A snack counter is available 24 hours.
Why this hotel? Quiet location. Elegant décor. Great service. Free WiFi.
Lovely boutique hotel located in a quieter Keizergracht neighbourhood (compared with other very central hotels) with stylish, almost mystical rooms – many of which have beautiful canal views.
Sebastian’s is known for its elegant décor, attractive atmosphere and excellent service. Guest rooms feature flat screen cable TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock and free WiFi. There is a nice bar on the ground floor.
The lively gay nightlife near Centraal Station, Dam Square and the popular Ann Frank House are all within walking distance.
7.57 Good - based on 561 reviews
Why this hotel? Top 50 hotels. Modern rooms. Central location. Free WiFi.
Great-value boutique hotel in central Amsterdam, just 5-10 minutes’ walk to many gay venues and famous attractions like Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Museum of Modern Art. It’s a music hotel with a rock and roll theme – very popular.
BackStage Hotel has rooms that can accommodate up to 5 persons, each featuring free WiFi, iPod docking station, LCD TV. There is a 24-hour front desk and a relaxing bar where you can play pool.
BackStage is located close to the gay venues, including Paradiso, Melkweb, The Cave, Sugar Factory, etc.
7.63 Good - based on 807 reviews
Why this hotel? Budget option. Great for sightseeing & gay scene. Free WiFi.
Excellent-value Hotel Freeland is a popular budget choice. Even better, Splash Healthclub is just around the corner, and some of the best gay bars and clubs are within 10-15 minutes’ walk away.
The bedrooms are fully furnished with a TV, tea & coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. Hotel Freeland’s restaurant serves a delicious breakfast every morning, although plenty of dining options are nearby.