City break in Amsterdam | discovering a unique European gem

I think I fell in love with the eccentricity of Amsterdam. It's a pretty city—who wouldn't be charmed by those canals and tumbling townhouses—but it also has bags of personality.

My love affair started when I jumped on the back of a local’s bike. This is the norm here, you shout “backie” at a cyclist with a yellow luggage rack and they’ll just pick you up. Mine took me to Rijksmuseum. It was on his way to work, but being an art lover, I considered it a sign. So in the spirit of Amsterdam, why not hop on so I can take you on a journey through the city, its wonderful sights, and some of the chicest Amsterdam hotels you can stay in.

SEE | from Dutch masters to cutting-edge culture in Amsterdam

Long known for its culture, Amsterdam is filled with classic and contemporary sights to sink your teeth into.

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STAY | a grand old Dutch and cool-without-trying hotels in Amsterdam

Follow in the footsteps of the old Dutch regals, or head canal-side in Amsterdam’s hotels.

Classic | aristocratic period hotel with canalside restaurant


If I imagine 19th centuryancient Dutch aristocrats on holiday, I see a hotel that looks just like the Intercontinental. Hailing from the late 1800s, it’s every bit the classic, grand residence, but with all the warmth and welcome you can expect from the Dutch. Period touches are preserved across the hotel, the decor is time-honoured elegant, and there’s a great restaurant sitting on its waterside.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (548 reviews)

Classic | central Amsterdam hotel that celebrates its heritage


Spreading across 25 buildings and two canals, the Pulitzer puts you right at the heart of Amsterdam’s famous canal-side houses. It has modern design touches but it celebrates the Amsterdam of old, with a warren of corridors, exposed beams, fireplaces, an impressive collection of art and antiques. My room had information about the house I was staying in, and it’s lovely little touches like this that make the Pulitzer special.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

9.6 Excellent (2617 reviews)

Contemporary | stylish hotel for a chilled out stay with Dutch bike rental


I first came across a Kimpton hotel in Palm Springs. It was achingly cool with its Mid-Century-modern decor, and I put this down to its Palm Springs location (considering it’s Mid-Century Mecca), so I was thrilled to discover the equally cool Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam. Minimal rooms, calming blues and greys, artwork everywhere, Instagram-ready greenery—this is a chilled-out haven in the heart of the city. American-Dutch fusion food is served in the restaurant, there are Van Moof bicycles to borrow, and there was a Girl With a Pearl Earring print hanging above my bed—all plus points for me!

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel

Top rated
9.3 Excellent (2803 reviews)

Contemporary | cool canal-side hotel with a local-loved brasserie


Oozing with that modern Amsterdam cool, The Hoxton does exactly what I love best about this city, showcasing its past with modern design. Made up of a collection of canal-side houses, The Hoxton is my favourite haunt in Amsterdam, and brasserie Lotti’s is a choice hangout with the locals. Head here in the sunshine and you can bask in all its glory with the retractable roof.

The Hoxton, Amsterdam

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (2493 reviews)

EAT | classic Dutch fare to groundbreaking dining in Amsterdam

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DRINK | Amsterdam's classic drinking dens and hidden cocktail bars

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DO | beer tasting, biking and hipster neighbourhoods in Amsterdam

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