Take a look at the best boutique hotels in Old Center.
Hotel V Nesplein is an upscale, mid-century modern-style boutique hotel on a picturesque, residential street in Amsterdam's theater district. Its restaurant and bar are popular with locals, adding to the vibrant, authentic Amsterdam atmosphere that pervades the family-owned hotel. It's in an ideal spot for couples who want to explore the city center on foot, as it's within walking distance of most major attractions, but it doesn't have its own parking and the area's heavy traffic can be overwhelming. The loft-style rooms have a hip, industrial-style luxury that's more popular with younger guests; rooms in the back are the only ones that can be guaranteed to be quiet. A more mid-range sister property, Hotel V Frederiksplein, is a bit farther from the city center, but is nearly as stylish and has a free breakfast.
The mid-range Hotel Sint Nicolaas occupies a prime location in the heart of Amsterdam, just a short walk from Central Station and many of the city’s most popular attractions. It’s a quaint, 24-room boutique hotel with attractive amenities including a free hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and a cozy lobby bar with a real fireplace. Rooms are comfortable and stylish, with mini-fridges, safes, Nespresso coffeemakers, and lovely bathrooms. But room sizes can vary, and Single rooms are small. Rates are fair given the hotel’s superior location, but it often sells out on weekends. One attractive alternative is the upper-middle-range Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre that’s across the street. It’s a clean and modern chain hotel with a fitness center and lots of other amenities, but rates are higher there.
Swissotel may be a chain name, but this particular property in the heart of Amsterdam, across from Dam Square, feels more like a boutique hotel. With 109 rooms and suites donned in contemporary decor, it is a friendly option in a popular setting -- though it's a bit more upscale, and consequently more expensive, than some of the nearby hotels. Overall, it's simply decorated with neutral tones and minimalistic, contemporary furniture (though standard rooms feel more generic than the suites). Rooms include amenities such as a pillow menu, iPod/iPad docks, and spacious bathrooms -- of course, the glass-walled bathrooms in the suites seriously lack privacy. The main floor has a small lobby, business center, and bright fitness center, but the narrow setting lacks communal areas and dining options. There is a restaurant, Dam Plaza, in the same building, that is not officially part of the hotel, though it does offer a breakfast buffet.
The 75-room Hotel CC is located in three historical monument buildings in Amsterdam's lively and racy Red Light District, and features attic-like rooms, narrow, steep stairways, and and a trendy lounge with a snack and drink area. There's no breakfast area, as in other nearby hotels, but it's close enough to cafes and other restaurants. Rooms have black-and-white color palettes, and in most, sleek, white work desks, circular black chairs, and cozy white beds; some have great views of the canal. Some are so small, however, that the beds stretch from wall to wall. The bathrooms are stylish and modern, with a cool gray design and walk-in showers (and in certain rooms, separate soaking tubs). There is free Wi-Fi, and guests have free access to communal computers. All in all, it's one of the best deals in the Old Center.