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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam

The fun Dutch capital is easily one of our favourite cities. Overflowing with subcultures and creative types and a place where tolerance and liberal attitudes are embraced by all, many a visitor is drawn to this hip city with the promise of buzzing nightlife, interesting cafes and picturesque canals. Amsterdam’s fondness for the unusual and the original is also an obvious theme in many of the excellent hotels which call this city home, to help you choose one here are our collective favourite cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Amsterdam (in no particular order) guaranteed to inject some serious fun into your European city break…

Qbic Hotel Amsterdam – cool cuboids rule

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Qbic Hotel offers innovative budget accommodation for the traveller who likes to be a little different. Located in the buzzing financial hub of Amsterdam only a few steps away from the World Trade Center and was very close to the station, this made it very easy to get into the centre of Amsterdam via a quick train ride, this quirky place combines eco-efficiency and a very unique design. Guests at this highly rated funky Amsterdam hotel have the chance of staying in their very own very cool ‘Cubi’ which feature an extra long Hastens bed, an LCD television, a designer bathroom and even a canny work-and-dine station for those who like to work on the move. Clever innovation is a theme which follows throughout the hotel – in each room you can change the colour of the lights to create different moods and the futuristic lobby comes complete with a touchscreen digital kiosk which provides information on all kinds of local visitor information, cute touches indeed!

Hotel Not Hotel – playful creative fun

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

A mid-priced hotel which is everything but run-of-the-mill. In fact, the exceptionally rated Hotel Not Hotel is probably one the most playful hotels in Amsterdam, which given the competition is quite an accolade! Located in an increasingly trendy area in Amsterdam-West (1 km from the 19th-century Vondelpark and 3 km from Anne Frank’s House), here guests can eschew boring rooms and stay in ‘cottages’ designed and decorated by up-and-coming young artists instead. Choose from an ultra cute gingerbread house, an antique Dutch tram carriage, a Thailand Tuk Tuk, a Spanish inspired villa, a study tucked behind a secret door in the library or even a 2-D printed cottage complete with 2-D TV and chairs, yes seriously…

  • Prices from €60 a night
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Hotel Arena – a mix of nostalgia and modern

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

This wonderful unique 4-star hotel enjoys a prestigious location in the popular neighbourhood of Amsterdam East, just around the corner of the city centre and with the green and leafy Oosterpark at its feet. It also has an intriguing past. Over the years this elegant, redbrick early 20th-century building once housed orphans, then elderly adults and eventually young hostellers. Now respectfully renovated by a group of acclaimed designers, the end result at the highly rated Hotel Arena is a unique and fabulous combination of contemporary Dutch design juxtaposed with historical character features. Light wooden floors, high ceilings, whitewashed walls and a clever use of space are the hallmark of every guest room and the glossy bathrooms are no less unique with open showers and larger than average bathtubs which are usually made into a beautiful room feature. Also make sure you pay a visit to their original restored onsite chapel which is adorned with wow-inducing stained glass windows.

Volkshotel Amsterdam – awesome creative kitsch

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

If you’re like me and appreciate things that are a bit quirky and different you absolutely must stay at the exceptionally rated Volkshotel. The fun Amsterdam abode is located in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood in Amsterdam East, just four stops on the metro from Centraal Station. Housed in the old newspaper offices, from the outside it’s nothing special…quite a brutal 1960’s modernist building…but don’t be put off because inside it’s a dream with individually designed rooms and a whole lot of fun! I stayed three nights in the Johnny Jukebox room and it was a truly incredible experience – the funky room was decked out with kitsch music memorabilia and adorned with old vinyls and even cassettes that could be played through the cool surround sound speakers. I especially loved the hot tub and sauna on the rooftop terrace which also offered gorgeous views of the city and the choice of massages in what was the former printing workshop. The staff were exceptionally friendly and nothing was too much of an ask for them, the whole hotel is a lesson in creativity and a wickedly fun place to stay…I honestly didn’t want to leave!

Lloyd Hotel – a showcase for original design

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The frequently praised Lloyd Hotel has the ‘wow factor’ in spades and it’s also one of the very few hotels in the world which offers a full range of ‘one to five-star’ accommodation. The unique and funky Amsterdam stay is stretched along the bank of Amsterdam’s trendy East Docklands area (close to many of the city’s museums and also a waterside strip that connects Lloyd to Central Station in minutes). The revamped 1920’s building – which once served as a migrant’s boarding house, a detention centre, a young offender’s prison and then an artist’s squat – has quickly become a hip Amsterdam institution. The one-star rooms are sparse but full of character and the more luxurious rooms are spacious with exceptional interiors. A haven for original and highly creative design, you can also opt to sleep in more unusual surroundings – such as in a bed which sleeps up to eight people!

Hotel De Hallen – contemporary industrial modern

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

A former 1902 tram depot from turned modern industrial design hotel, the wonderful and exceptionally rated 4-star Hotel De Hallen (located in Amsterdam’s Oud-West section, only a short distance from the upscale shopping and dining of the Jordaan district), is now one of Amsterdam’s finest industrial heritage sites. Renowned architect Andre van Stigt painstakingly restored the listed building to its former glory keeping the original glass ceiling, exposed brickwork, metal walkways and concrete flooring and then decorating it with an eclectic mishmash of quirky details. The result is a very trendy contemporary design hotel in a post-industrial setting. Located in a hip and up-and-coming part of town, the trendsetting Amsterdam accommodation also part of the 2,700-square-metre complex which handily features a library, cinema, boutique shops and an even indoor food market, all on the hotel’s doorstep.

  • Prices from €65 a night.
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The Exchange Hotel – unique fantastical design

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, within a short 5-minute stroll of  Dam Square and New Church this is a playful independent fashion hotel where rooms are literally “dressed up like models.” This quirky Amsterdam hotel offers an unconventional high design which occasionally verges into fantastical territory! Rooms at the highly rated Exchange Hotel range from “one-star” to “five-star” and each one has been individually designed by graduates of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. All showcase a decor you’re very unlikely to see anywhere else – in one room the bed is surrounded by an imitation 17th-century ruff and another is entirely lined with a gigantic 1980s-style knitted jumper (complete with zipper over the window)! Also, expect modern facilities like a flat-screen satellite TV and contemporary ensuite bathrooms. Just fabulous darling!

  • Prices from €65 a night.
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Hotel V Frederiksplein – hip, retro and cool

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Handily located within a short walking distance of both the trendy De Pijp district and the Heineken Brewery (and only a 10 minute to Amsterdam’s main museums), the funky, stylish and highly rated Hotel V caters to a hip, individual crowd. The V concept combines a unique style design with a welcoming atmosphere, exceptional customer service and good value too – not a bad mix at all! Rooms and loft-apartments are designed to a boutique standard and the newly renovated lobby has an exclusive club lounge feel – this is where you’ll find soulful music, a roaring fire and inviting vintage style leather sofas where you can slouch around for hours. That’s not forgetting the inviting candle-lit reception and the cool late-night bar where you can mingle with the beautiful people. A fabulous boutique Amsterdam hotel which is a perfect option for a non-traditional, yet unpretentious stay.

Hotel Zaandam – hotel with the wow-factor

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Part of the popular Inntel group, Hotel Zaandam is a 4-star and exceptionally rated design hotel located in a town very close to the capital (only a 12-minute train ride to Amsterdam Central Station). Interiors at the unique Amsterdam hotel have been carefully planned with a blend of contemporary industrial-design and classic vintage details. The hotel also offers a relaxing wellness centre, a large swimming pool and an informal restaurant which specializes in serving only the purest locally sourced ingredients. The hotel’s exterior – although – is arguably the biggest draw. The colossal cartoon-esque structure gives the impression of traditional Dutch houses randomly stacked upon one another and cannot help but make a very bold statement indeed!

  • Prices from €80 a night.
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The Student Hotel – college digs and hotel hybrid

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

A canny hybrid of modern student digs, a normal hotel and studio apartments for longer stays, the much loved and highly rated Student Hotel City Centre is a great choice for hip budget travellers looking for a trendy accommodation option. Located in a central location just a short stroll from all the major hotspots, savvy designers have breathed life into a former grey office block with colourful street art murals, uplifting banners and retro style furniture. One wing has student accommodation and the other is home to more luxurious accommodation for non-student guests. Opt for a stay at this unique Amsterdam hotel and you’ll be mingling with an eclectic mix of students, young business folk, academics, families and travellers in a lively, hip yet still relaxed atmosphere – genius!

Amstel Botel – trendy nautical fun

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Not one for all you landlubbers out there, the highly rated Amstel Botel is just what it says on the tin – a modern 3-star hotel/boat hybrid moored on a lively spot on the riverbank and connected by a free ferry service to the centre of the city. The hip floating hotel lives in the historical NDSM-Werf, a derelict shipyard turned edgy arts community located 15 minutes upriver from the city centre. Aboard this unusual Amsterdam hotel, you’ll find simply-furnished rooms with private bathrooms and views of either the land or the River IJ. Take a beer out onto the boat deck, while away an hour or two in the games room, hang out with young creatives in the surrounding cool cafes or take the 10-minute free ferry service to Amsterdam’s Central Station and explore all the main city sights – a fun choice for a unique and different city stay!

  • Prices from €35 a night.
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Hotel2Stay – cute, quirky and popular

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The dynamics of the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Amsterdam blended with the cosy feel of the city is the foundation for the exceptionally rated Hotel2Stay. The staff at Hotel2Stay ‘those that stay with us, live like a local- at least for a while’ and what’s not to love about that? The decor is cool, colourful and vibrant with lots of stylish details and the studio rooms come with free Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, dining areas and flat-screen TVs. Opt for an upgraded and you’ll benefit from gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. Located in an accessible distance to Amsterdam hotspots (it’s 2 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station), also expect a sumptuous sauna, a gym and a stunning rooftop terrace which offer the most amazing views of the city. What are you waiting for?

Jaz Hotel – Amsterdam’s trendy music hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Have a penchant for music, style and good design? Well if so, the exceptionally rated Hotel Jaz might just be the unique Amsterdam hotel for you. Hip and stylish and claiming to ‘pulse with the sounds of the city,’ Jaz has 247 acoustically tuned guest rooms with audiophile-approved sound systems and 11 offbeat suites offering private balconies and fabulous city views. After a hard day’s music making (or sightseeing) you can relax in the panoramic wellness centre or step it up a gear again and get your groove to watch pop-up performances in their bustling bar. Alternatively, enjoy a private dinner in the ‘supertrouper’ area or watch a live DJ performance at the beatbox. It also enjoys a fabulous music-worthy location – it’s no coincidence that the Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live concert hall, are just around the corner (and thanks to excellent public transport links, you’ll be in Amsterdam’s city centre in just ten minutes). A fun and trendy great all-rounder! 

CitizenM Amsterdam – fun, funky and full of colour

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Once voted the trendiest hotel in the world, 4-star and exceptionally rated CitizenM Hotel offers contemporary and unique luxury at surprisingly affordable prices. Located only a 6-minute walk from the Amsterdam Zuid train station and where the No. 5 tram will take you to the Museum Quarter in about 10 minutes, the hotel’s award-winning design combines clean modern decor, spacious interiors and innovative technology. All of the 215 rooms at this cool Amsterdam hotel feature LCD TVs, a power rain shower, climate control and a king-size bed adorned with top-the-range Frette linen. Gadget fans will go crazy over the touch screen ‘MoodPad’ which allows you to control the television, window blinds, coloured mood lighting and even call a member of staff. You honestly won’t want to leave – trust us!

The Andaz – sleek, unique and ultra stylish

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The Andaz is a highly respected luxury hotel chain brings its own brand of cool to the Dutch capital. With more than a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the five-star boutique hotel is decked out with weird and wonderful fantasy inspired decor featuring eye-popping colour and imaginative artwork – expect tulip-shaped chairs, giant bells hanging from the ceiling and table legs that look like giant chess pieces. Located between two major canals in the centre of Amsterdam (only 1.3 km from Dam Square), this unique and chic Amsterdam Hotel offers more than just great design – also expect impeccable service, a gorgeous peaceful garden, a luxury spa you’ll want to spend hours in and delicious dining in a restaurant which specialises in locally sourced ingredients. An upscale hotel that really stands out from the crowd!

Morgan and Mees – unique polished boutique hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Based in the historic Amsterdam West and housed in a beautifully resorted building, the 4-star exceptionally rated Morgan and Mees is a lesson in class and elegance, with a modern flair. The decor is unique and contemporary and features bi-level rooms with free Wi-Fi, smart TVs and loft bedrooms. Other hotel highlights include an excellent menu of locally sourced food, a sophisticated restaurant with a chic terrace, an unrivalled cocktail menu and exceptional customer service. With a great location a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop and a short stroll to the Anne Frank House museum, if this trendy Amsterdam abode was a Tinder date it would definitely be considered a great catch!

Hotel V Nesplein – relaxed, funky and hip

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Hotel V Nesplein was founded in 2013 following the success of its stylish sister city hotel Hotel V Frederiksplein. Just like its older sibling rival, this trendy four-star Amsterdam hotel is cool, sassy and big on first impressions – a huge dazzling Turkish chandelier will greet you when you enter the lobby and the surrounding velvet stage curtains add to the delicious drama. The tasteful modernist decor follows throughout the hotel with spacious loft-style rooms decorated in browns, mustards, leather, dark wood and vintage-industrial furniture. Its central location (only a minute from the Dam) also makes it popular with couples and groups of friends who want to be slap bang in the middle of all the action.

Motel One – stylish and hip budget boutique

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The Motel One Hotel chain have fitted themselves neatly into a gap into the hotel market – they offer great value, lower-cost accommodation but with funky, stylish interiors and a surprisingly high standard of decor for the price. There are two Amsterdam versions of Motel One and they are both some of the most popular hotels in the city. One is located in the enchanting Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood not too far from the city centre and the other is based in the trendy Waterlooplein area in a convenient and accessible part of the city. Each of the retro-cool 3-star hotels come with stylish rooms featuring air conditioning, an en-suite with a shower, flat-screen and retro-inspired stylish decor. Communal areas include some seriously cool decor. Who says budget hotels have to be characterless?

Art’otel Amsterdam – unique luxury design hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

I loved the five star and exceptionally rated Art’otel Amsterdam from the moment I walked in and saw that the reception desks were sculptures of giant geometric heads. The eclectic Amsterdam hotel really lives up to its concept of fusing art and life, and walking around I felt like I was in someone else’s creative space with things being imagined and developed all around me. The place is full of weird and wonderful art by multidisciplinary contemporary Dutch artist Atelier van Lieshout and the fabulous sculptures and multimedia installations even include an interactive digital wall! Other stand-out features are the hotel’s in-house arts dining and social venue and the gallery that displayed work by fresh new talent. My room? Well, it was spacious, had fabulous views, a very cool minimalist design and all the mod cons – not much else to ask for really! This is a high concept luxury hotel where if you love the freedom of creative expression then you will adore it as much as I did!

Fletcher Hotel – unique, modern and striking

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

You won’t ever need to worry about missing the 4-star highly rated Hotel Fletcher as the huge towering glass facade comprising of small round screens is most definitely an eye-catcher. Located southeast of the city centre (the hotel provides a shuttle in Amsterdam centre for €5 a person), inside the design is no less striking, with contemporary bedrooms featuring round windows, round bathrooms and artistic details which all add to the uniqueness of this extraordinary hotel. Renowned Architects Benthem Crouwel were the brains behind the venture and the finished result is something really very special – if you drive past this hip Amsterdam hotel at night you’ll even see the whole place radiating a dazzling blue light! Make sure you don’t leave without either grabbing a breakfast or lunch in the SKY Lounge Pi or the panoramic SKY Restaurant Pi for unbeatable views of Amsterdam’s skyline – a hotel that cannot fail to impress!

  • Prices from €70 a night.
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Sir Adam Hotel – trendy industrial chic with river views

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The 4-star exceptionally rated Sir Adam Hotel offers a slice of funky Amsterdam in their eclectically decorated rooms, handpicked experiences and unique services. Housed in a landmark skyscraper overlooking the IJ River (2 km from Dam Square), whatever your ideal trip agenda is, the staff at this chic and trendy hotel are there to make it happen. Fancy a vintage masterclass? Consider it done. A meditation mecca? Not a problem. Or maybe you’re just looking for something a little out of the ordinary, it’ll be all arranged before you can even think twice. At this funky Amsterdam hotel, you’ll also marvel at the custom-designed furniture, the bar with a riverfront terrace and DJs, the very cool record library and the industrial-chic rooms which come with all mod cons. Opt for an upgraded room if you can as these offer gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and river views!  

  • Prices from €140 a night.
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Zoku – award winning hotel/apartment hybrid

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

 Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The Zoku ethos represents everything that Amsterdam stands for – innovation, design and authenticity. The award-winning 4-star and exceptionally rated Zoku Hotel is a new breed of accommodation which is an apartment/hotel hybrid concept suitable for working, a tourist base or longer stays. The innovative loft style suite offer a home-away-from-home (but if your home was designed by an acclaimed architect!) just two metro stops away from Amsterdam Central station. The ultra-modern room/apartments feature stowaway furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and funky loft bedrooms. Upgraded rooms add kitchens and dining space, and bedrooms. There’s a sociable communal space too which offers a bar, a bright restaurant and lounge areas as well as a very cool rooftop terrace with an organic garden – cute! Other highlights include a gym, massage facilities, a games room and bike rentals.

  • Prices from €130 a night.
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The Hoxton Hotel – elegant, unique and very chic

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The exceptionally rated Hoxton Hotel is a truly beautiful place to stay. The 4-star trendsetting Amsterdam hotel enjoys a prime central location within stumbling distance of a  lively mix of restaurants, bars, and clubs and when I walked in I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous muted tones of the vintage furniture and exposed wooden floors and wall panels. The place smelt like a little slice of history – vintage leather, furniture polish and wood all rolled into one gorgeous package. My room was a perfect echo of my initial impression, cosy, classy and warm and full of lovely textures and tones with a view out over the canal (the Hoxton is lucky enough to have a picturesque canal on either side). The hip hotel is actually comprised of five connected 17th Century townhouses and the owners have kept the interior design sympathetic to its history but also vamped it up to showcase a wonderfully chic and modern-vintage design – simply gorgeous!

  • Prices from €120 a night.
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The College Hotel – old school chic

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Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The College Hotel is an elegant, sophisticated accommodation option housed in a late 19th-century building which was once – yep you’ve guessed it – a former school. It’s a much-loved upscale hotel where if you opt for a smaller room you can actually find yourself booking a real bargain. All the bedrooms at this 4-star contemporary Amsterdam hotel though are pretty spacious and stylishly decorated, and the rest of the beautiful boutique hotel is filled with atmospheric chiaroscuro lighting and cosy nooks just waiting to be explored. Located in Amsterdam’s fashion and museum district (on the southern edge of the Canal Belt, just a 10-minute stroll from major museums), also expect a refined restaurant, a lounge/bar complete with cosy fireplace, a Mediterranean-inspired terrace and courtyard as well as a handy collection of hirable scooters and bikes. A historic masterpiece!

  • Prices from €110 a night.
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Room Mate Aitana – gorgeous design hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Room Mate hotels are always a good choice when travelling – trendy, stylish and comfortable but without the huge designer price tag. Amsterdam’s version is located on an artificial island in the IJ River in Amsterdam where all the top city attractions are just a small jaunt away (Amsterdam Central Station is just 500 metres away). Built only three years ago, 4-star very highly rated Room Mate Aitana’s interiors are fun and contemporary with angular lines, swaths of glass and colourful abstract sculptures. The 284 guest rooms are equally as playful, decked out with designer chairs, patterned walls, geometric rugs and floor-to-ceiling windows – opt for an upgraded room and they come with giant bathtubs and sweeping harbour views. Also expect a cool onsite lounge bar, a fitness centre, and a bicycle/car rental services so you can make the most of the city’s many treasures.

Faralda Crane Hotel – for a taste of the high life!

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

A quirky Amsterdam hotel that has to be seen to be believed. Set in a former 50 metres high harbour crane in the NDSM shipyard (yes really!) which is easy to reach by ferry from the capital’s central station, the 5-star highly rated Faralda Crane Hotel features designer suites and impeccable views of the IJ river. Epitomizing Amsterdam’s aura of trendy cool, there are three modern suites on offer, each with their own theme – The Mystic Suite, Free Spirit Suite and the even more mysterious Secret Suite. All three of the unique suites are furnished with a king-size coco-mat mattress, a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, a seating area and even a jacuzzi which rests in the crane’s boom, allowing guests to relax in the open air. Definitely a place to impress!

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark – eco city retreat

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

I am always excited to see how people do eco-friendly and was really pleasantly surprised by the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark. For starters I loved the location, right next to Vondelpark…just a short tram ride from the city centre but green, leafy and quiet! My room was lovely and comfortable and full of cool innovations like furniture made from recycled yoghurt pots and a bathroom suite made from compressed paper. With eco being at the heart of every decision it’s not uber fancy, but it’s calm and comfortable with lots of quirky, unusual little additions throughout (like tapestry window seats and photo printed wallpaper)! I loved that all the hotel food is completely organic and locally sourced where possible, if you want a peaceful eco-friendly stay at a trendy Amsterdam hotel then this is your place!

The Pulitzer Hotel – quirky opulence in Nine Streets

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

As I approached this beautiful 5-star historical hotel over a quaint footbridge that circumnavigated one of Amsterdam’s many canals I thought wow! I’ve struck gold here! The Pulitzer Hotel comprises of 25 sympathetically restored 17th and 18th Century townhouses from the city’s golden age. Situated in the vibrant central Nine Streets neighbourhood overlooking the picturesque Central Canal, the location really took my breath away! Inside this beautiful Amsterdam hotel was a perfect blend of opulence and understated charm full of natural light and tactile furnishings with a lovely central courtyard where I could escape from the bustle and read my book on a swing chair… bliss! There was also some brilliant quirks to the interior décor – a fabulous archway of old hardback books, a 1940’s typewriter and plenty of exposed brickwork and hardwood floors. The staff were attentive and the food was delicious… all these elements combined to create a completely satisfying, luxurious yet homely environment. A really wonderfully unique place to stay in Amsterdam!

  • Prices from €200 a night.
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Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments – lush apartment hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The people behind the Eric Vokel Boutique Apartment chain are nothing short of geniuses. They provide a totally different holiday experience, a home-away-from-home if you will just with truly fabulous river views and ultra swish decor! Located on the river only steps away from the city centre, the apartment complex is in a new bright and airy building with modern kitchens and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the cityscape, making sure that even when you leave the city at night, you still have the dazzling lights with you as you settle down for the night. Perfect for families or longer stays!

The W Hotel – ultra hip design hotel

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Amsterdam Global Grasshopper

The 5-star exceptionally rated W Hotel is located in a very prestigious location right on Dam Square, near the iconic canal district. A former telephone exchange and banking building have been given a new lease of life with this very hip Amsterdam stay, in a fusion of heritage and modern industrial chic design and the result is something really quite spectacular. They offer a range of swish guest rooms and chic suites – why not spoil yourself with the Extreme WOW suite (pictured above) and sip cocktails in the rooftop lounge while enjoying one of the many cool events that make up the packed itinerary at the W. This Amsterdam at its finest – the best in contemporary design, pulse-racing events all while soaking yourself in the city’s culture.

  • Prices from €200 a night.
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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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