Although the Dutch capital is bursting with charm, finding where to stay in Amsterdam is no easy feat. This compact, European city is an established tourist hotspot, so the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam are in high demand.
Luckily, there are an array of appealing neighborhoods to choose from! Spiralling out from the old city center, Amsterdam’s web of canals cut through tight rows of slightly-askew townhouses, vibrant eateries, and swaths of green park space. Hop on the tram or do as the locals do and rent yourself a bicycle to navigate the winding, sloping city streets.
Choosing where to stay in Amsterdam can be tricky, so we’ve narrowed down the very best neighborhoods and selected some of the city’s top Airbnbs.
6. A Private, Double Bedroom In The Old City Center
If you’re a first-time visitor wondering where to stay in Amsterdam, you may want to look around the old city center. Bordered by the Canal Belt, Centrum contains some of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and is home to many of the city’s top attractions. Head to Dam Square to see the Royal Palace and National Monument, then wander down Kalverstraat, one of Amsterdam’s biggest shopping streets. centered on Nieuwmarkt Square, you’ll also find Chinatown and De Wallen (the infamous Red Light District) here within the center.
Located in the heart of the old city center, close to Dam Square and De Wallen, this huge, light-filled, top-floor bedroom is sure to delight. Enjoy privacy and space within a beautiful, renovated building, and large, loft-like windows which grant sweeping city views and let in ample natural light. Centraal Station is just a few minutes’ walk away. Stay in the heart of Amsterdam from just $86 a night.
5. A Charming, Two-Floor Apartment In The 9 Streets
Directly west of the city center, The 9 Streets (De 9 Straatjes) is popular with locals and one of our top choices for where to stay in Amsterdam. Comprising of (you guessed it) nine streets that form a grid between four of the city’s famous canals, this charming little area is one of the best shopping districts in Amsterdam. Discover quirky boutiques, designer clothing, and stylish eateries, all just minutes from Dam Square and the Anne Frank House.
For the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam’s 9 Streets, this lovely, sun-drenched apartment boasts two separate bedrooms, original details, and a prime location. There are two separate floors, including the top floor of a beautiful, historic building. Ideal for settling in and enjoying a longer stay in Amsterdam, this apartment is available from $137 a night.
4. A Stylish Jordaan Apartment With Canal Views
Historically, Jordaan was a working-class neighborhood but nowadays, the area just west of the city center’s main canals is one of the most desirable in Amsterdam. Jordaan’s narrow streets are home to many of the city’s young professionals, thanks to its attractive markets, organic cafes, and cool art galleries.
If you’re seeking style and a local vibe, we know just where to stay in Amsterdam. This corner apartment with canal views in Jordaan is steps away from the area’s best galleries, shops, markets, and more. Located on one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals, the Bloemgracht, the apartment’s canal-facing balcony is the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. This perfect Amsterdam abode is available from $154 a night.
3. A Gorgeous Renovated Oud-West Houseboat
Venturing over to Oud-West, you’ll find wider streets and a more laid-back atmosphere while still just a short bike ride into the city center. The expansive, green Vondelpark separates the neighborhood from the Museumkwartier, while locals flock to the Overtoom, Kinkerstraat, and de Clerqstraat streets for shopping and dining. Another highlight is de Hallen, a fantastic indoor food hall with numerous restaurants, bars, and stalls to sample.
For a really unique experience, book this beautifully-renovated houseboat in Oud-West from $222 a night. With a modern, light-filled interior and an enchanting outdoor terrace, this inviting space is perfect for anyone wondering where to stay in Amsterdam.
2. Stay Near Museumplein In This Sunny Family Suite
Amsterdam’s Museumkwartier is home to the Dutch capital’s most renowned museums and galleries. The beating heart of this enchanting neighborhood is its grassy central square, Museumplein, around which you’ll find the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. Wander outwards from the square to P.C. Hooftstraat to indulge in some of Amsterdam’s finest luxury shopping.
Ideal for a small family looking for where to stay in Amsterdam, this light-filled, two-bedroom family suite is just moments from Museumplein in the center of Museumkwartier. Tucked inside a beautifully-restored 1912 school building, this cozy, comfortable apartment is a welcome retreat after a long day of exploring Amsterdam’s museums, from just $181 a night.
1. An Artsy, Top-Floor Studio In De Pijp With Private Rooftop
Strolling the bricked streets of this popular Amsterdam neighborhood, you’ll encounter a wide variety of diverse inhabitants, bohemian young professionals, and food-loving tourists. At the center of de Pijp is the famous Albert Cuyp Market, where local vendors set up shop selling everything from fruits and fish to spices and chocolates. The Heineken Experience draws countless beer lovers while the peaceful Sarphatipark is a green, English-style garden oasis. De Pijp is also beloved for its array of Middle Eastern eateries, hip brunch spots, and charming cafes with outdoor terraces.
Single, bohemian travelers or young couples tend to choose de Pijp when considering where to stay in Amsterdam. This artsy, top-floor studio with a private rooftop is perfectly positioned in the heart of de Pijp, just two minutes from Albert Cuypmarkt and close to many trendy bars and cafes on Ferdinand Bolstraat. Starting at $107 a night, this lovely studio is a perfect pied-à-terre in Amsterdam’s coolest neighborhood.