While there is some debate about which Amsterdam hotels are truly worthy of a five-star rating, there's no doubt about these. Find the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam with this list.
Located in the oldest part of the city, this was the only Amsterdam hotel to make Travel & Leisure's list of the World's Best Hotels in 2007. The monumental buildings between two canals have served as a 15th-century convent, the headquarters of the Dutch Admiralty in the Golden Age, the Town Hall and even the site of the current Queen Beatrix's wedding reception in 1966.
The traditionally furnished 79 rooms and suites of this waterside hotel epitomize grand European elegance. Guests enjoy a unique, idyllic location -- a private square along the Amstel River that is at once central and quiet. The hotel's main restaurant, La Rive, is one of only four Michelin-starred kitchens in Amsterdam.
Arguably Amsterdam's most unique luxury accommodations, Hotel Pulitzer's 230 guest rooms occupy 25 restored 17th- and 18th-century canal houses between the picturesque Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals.
Once a gift from beer magnate Freddy Heineken to his wife, Hotel de l'Europe is now owned by his daughter. Luxury furnishings include Dutch-master paintings in the lobby. Overlooking the Amstel River at the Muntplein, the hotel is in the center of one of the busiest areas of Amsterdam.
Situated on busy Dam Square, the Krasnapolsky is indeed grand, with more than 450 rooms and 36 apartments. The hotel's décor is simpler and more understated than that of the ornate Amstel Intercontinental or Hotel de l'Europe. The spectacular Winter Garden is popular with guests and visitors for its breakfast in a lush setting.
This high-rise property in southern Amsterdam caters to business travelers and those seekinng luxury in a quieter section of the city. Expect tastefully modern rooms and world-class dining, as the hotel boasts two of the city's four Michelin-starred restaurants. Yamazato serves traditional Japanese fare on the ground floor, while Ciel Bleu
offers French-inspired cuisine on the 23rd floor.
The boxy building from the '60s was home to the famous "bed in" of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969. You can even rent the room for just 1,400 a night! Located on a quiet canal in Amsterdam's Old South neighborhood, the hotel is walking distance to favorite shopping and dining spots of local residents.
Just a stone's throw from the Amsterdam Hilton, this property is equally as nondescript on the exterior. But excellent service and elegantly modern rooms keep the small hotel in residential Old South Amsterdam on the five-star list.