Drawn to the picturesque canals, famous art museums and buzzing nightlife, visitors to Amsterdam now significantly outnumber residents, creating a demand for overnight accommodation that is hard to meet.
But the capsule hotel concept has taken root, plenty of cool new budget chains have come to town, and other affordable options are constantly emerging, so there’s plenty of opportunity to save some cash on your lodgings.
It just takes a bit of planning. If you travel in low season, go small, or stay a bit further out, you can still get stylish, low-cost accommodation within easy travelling distance of Amsterdam’s main attractions. We’ve rounded up everything from kitschy hotels to fuss-free hostels that are perfect for solo travellers.
Plus, the money you save by spending less on accommodation means there’ll be extra to go towards partying, sightseeing and indulging in Dutch delicacies (who wouldn’t want a suitcase full of stroopwafels?)
Neighbourhood: De Pijp
The target market of this three-star-superior hotel is thirtysomething video gamers and comic enthusiasts who refuse to grow up. With gaming consoles (one modern, one vintage) in every room, it’s late bedtimes all around. The 42-room hotel hosts gaming tours, workshops and tournaments and is popular with those looking for a “playcation” – like celebrity gamers from around the world. There’s a retro Coin-OP arcade room, with 20 retro games, and a 1,000 game library. When the neon lights and media walls of the hotel get too much, escape to the landscaped Sarphatipark opposite, where overgrown kids can go for a secret smoke. If you’re a gamer, you’ll get it. If not, it’s still a good value option in a lively