The Best Budget Hotels in Central Amsterdam

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by Rodney Bolt from The Telegraph, August 24, 2017

An insider's guide to the best cheap hotels in central Amsterdam, including the top places to stay for comfortable rooms, canal views, buzzing restaurants and hip bars, in locations close to Jordaan, Rembrantplein and Waterlooplein.

All prices below are rates for double rooms, based on two people sharing. These prices are subject to change in high season and during popular holidays and events.


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Hotel Van Onna Amsterdam, Netherlands

7Telegraph expert rating

Hotel van Onna is a no-nonsense place – fine for a short stay, especially if you’re likely to spend most of your time out and about anyway. It consists of just nine rooms in a small canal house in the heart of the gentrified Jordaan, once Amsterdam’s equivalent of London’s East End, now a quarter of galleries, hip shops, restaurants and cafés, and a very short hop from the Anne Frank House. You'll get a simple bed, somewhere to sit, somewhere to wash, occasionally an atmospheric note (such as wooden roof beams in an attic room), and in some cases a canal view. Read expert review. From £35per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Hotel Dwars Amsterdam, Netherlands

7Telegraph expert rating

A typical, narrow Amsterdam house with perilously steep stairs, modestly done up but with some eye-catching touches (unplastered walls of original centuries-old bricks, or maybe a brightly woven bed-throw). Beds are envelopingly soft, with top-mattresses, and bathrooms are (for Amsterdam) fair-sized. It is situated down a side street in the heart of the Canal District, just a hop from the Carré Theatre and the nightlife area of Rembrandtplein, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Rijksmuseum, and even less to the cafés and restaurants of De PijpRead expert review. From £98per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Hotel Brouwer Amsterdam, Netherlands

7Telegraph expert rating

A 17th-century canal-house hotel that has been run by the same family for over a century – time enough to hone an exceedingly friendly and helpful approach to service. The Brouwer occupies a spot on one of the main canals, right in the heart of town; it's convenient for nightlife, shopping, museums… pretty much anything you want to do in Amsterdam. The rooms are done up with classic Dutch taste and sobriety – white walls and bed linen, wooden floors, the odd piece of granny’s attic furniture. Each is named after a Dutch artist, with a relevant print on the walls, and all have canal views. Read expert review. From £99per night.

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Ecomama Amsterdam, Netherlands

8Telegraph expert rating

A budget hotel with boutique style, and strong green credentials. Ecomama has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, delightfully imaginative design, good food, spot-on staff, a great central location in the heart of the Canal District, and is run with a creativity of thought that puts it in a category of its own. All the rooms are individually decorated, using material from the building’s previous incarnation as a large travel agency office: a bed made from breeze blocks, maybe, lots of raw concrete and different-coloured tiles. Read expert review. From £22per night.

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The Student Hotel Amsterdam City Amsterdam, Netherlands

7Telegraph expert rating

A converted 1960s office complex, the former headquarters of two Dutch newspapers, given new life as student accommodation and a hotel. Inside, the hard glass and concrete lines are brightened by street-art murals, cheerful banners, and pink, plum and turquoise sixties-style furniture. The atmosphere is relaxed yet busy; up-to-the-minute without being off-puttingly hip. In addition to a bar and restaurant there’s a large lobby lounge, with quieter work areas, a games area (pool, ping pong) with vending machines, a video booth with themed programmes and a gym. Read expert review. From £58per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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The Neighbour's Magnolia Amsterdam, Netherlands

8Telegraph expert rating

Two fin de siècle townhouses that have been done up in a tastefully domestic style. Some original features, such as the marble entrance hall, remain intact, though a downstairs lounge-cum-reception area gets a quietly contemporary touch, with chairs from Danish designers HAY. It sits in a well-heeled neighbourhood, behind Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, just 10 minutes’ walk from the main museums and the chic fashion quarter around P.C. Hooftstraat. The Dam (centre of town) is a 10-minute tram journey away. Read expert review. From £45per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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