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The accommodations in Amsterdam range from intimate boutique hotels to grand places fit for royalty. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ five favorites:
1. InterContinental Hotel Amstel Amsterdam. A luxurious hotel with a picturesque location on the Amstel River, the InterContinental is often the choice for visiting celebrities. It exudes history; it’s been a riverfront palace since 1867, and rooms are decked out with Dutch period furniture and Delft pottery. But you’ll find modern luxuries as well, like its top-rated restaurant, La Rive.
2. De L’Europe Amsterdam. A landmark luxury hotel on the banks of the Amstel River since 1896, this hotel referred to as the other Royal Palace of Amsterdam just underwent a total renovation, adding 111 new guestrooms. For the ultimate experience, stay in the Dutch Masters Wing, which features 23 elegant suites along with a shared pool and a gym with jaw-dropping views of the Amstel.
3. The Dylan. This luxurious boutique hotel is ideally situated next to the Keizersgracht canal — in fact, it’s made up of former canal houses. The modern, elegant rooms are full of character, with some boasting canal views. This extravagant hotel even offers a private canal boat that can pick you up out front for a day of sightseeing. Don’t forget to stop for dinner at The Dylan’s award-winning French restaurant, Vinkeles.
4. Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Many of the hotel’s spacious rooms afford amazing views of the city skyline, but what Forbes Travel Guide editors really love is its two top restaurants: Ciel Bleu, which specializes in French cuisine, and Yamazato, an award-winning Japanese spot. Plus, the hotel’s Twenty-Third Bar, which features panoramic views, is one of the best cocktail bars in the country.
5. Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam. If you want to be in the center of the action, consider staying at this Sofitel — it’s right in the middle of Amsterdam’s infamous red-light district. But once you step inside the beautiful courtyard, you’ll be far removed from all the throngs. The 77 rooms and 52 suites have a modern design sensibility that belies the grand historic building in which they’re housed.