Where to Stay in Amsterdam for the Best Canal Views
Find picturesque, waterfront digs at every budget.
You could spend your entire vacation on the water in Amsterdam. Eating, sleeping, cruising. Water is everywhere in this town. Dubbed “The Venice of the North,” Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals. Not to mention 90 micro-islands and 1,500 bridges. With so much water, incredible views aren’t hard to find — even if your budget’s tight. Check out these great stays from $$$$ to $.
Big Spender: 800+ Euros
If money is no option, the Waldorf Astoria has the most luxurious suites in town. The hotel is made up of six 17th-century canal palaces along the historic Herengracht Canal. While impressive by day, the Waldorf dazzles at night and is a must-see on any canal tour.
Splurge a Little or a Lot: 500+ Euros
The Canal House in Amsterdam’s artsy Jordaan neighborhood preserves Dutch design with a funky, modern twist. The boutique hotel is a collection of 17th-century merchant houses along the popular Keizersgracht Canal. If you’re tall, watch out for the authentic beams.
Savvy Traveler: 250+ Euros
One of the best ways to save money while traveling is not eating out. I try to stay in rentals as much as I can to cut down on spending, and while I was in Amsterdam this summer, HomeAway let me take a peek at some of their waterfront rentals. I stayed in an adorable 18th-century house along the historic Prinsengracht Canal and I loved being able to cook my own meals, do laundry and enjoy people-watching from the window. I loved sitting in this nook and listening to the different music people were listening to as they cruised by on the canal.
On a Budget: 100+ Euros
If you’re on a strict budget with no wiggle room, a B&B is a great choice. I’ve been known to take a banana or muffin from the breakfast buffet and stow it in my bag for a free snack on the go. The historic De Baronie has a top-floor studio with a kitchenette overlooking the quaint Oudeschans Canal for just 150 euros a night.
Basically Broke: 50+ Euros
Ecomama is not your typical hostel. The hip property features clean, funky rooms overlooking the Uilenburgergracht Canal, private bathrooms and free WiFi. Solo female travelers concerned about security can check out the shared Ladies Only Dorm.