10x Cheap Hotels In Amsterdam City Centre

This list offers the best cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre. We delved into the details of each hotel. Every hotel has its pros and cons but with the information in this article you should be able to find a cheap hotel that works best for your planned Amsterdam city trip.

This selection was made based on a single person visit between April 29 and May 2, 2021 but prices don’t differ that much on other dates. First, we’ll answer 3 frequently asked questions from tourists.




Where is the centre of Amsterdam?

where is the centre of Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s City Centre

The centre of Amsterdam is defined by the canal rings when you look at the above pictured map. The canal rings that you see on the map were added in the 17th century. These canals are called the Singel, Prinsengracht, Herengracht & Keizersgracht. The area within that large canal ring is the old medieval city centre. If you book a hotel inside or on the canal ring you book a hotel in the city centre. Everything in the city centre is within reasonable walking distance as Amsterdam isn’t that large of a city.

Where should I stay in Amsterdam for the first time?

Best cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre
A view on the back of the Red Light District.

We advice anyone visiting Amsterdam for the first time to book a hotel in the city centre as described above. Especially if you’re here for a short time. Because everything is in walking distance you will have the best experience. If it’s not your first stay we’d go for a hotel outside of the centre in another neighbourhood that might be of interest to you. Perhaps in De Rivierenbuurt, around the Oosterpark or at the NDSM wharf for example.

Where should you not stay in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam cheap hotels
The Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

We wouldn’t book a hotel in the western part of Amsterdam (like the area Bos en Lommer) or the far eastern part (Molukkenbuurt). There is more street crime in those parts of town in comparison to the rest of the city.

10 | Hotel La Belle Vue |  € 120,- per night

Hotel La Belle Vue Amsterdam
The Raadhuisstraat.

A good hotel at a great location with reasonable value for money. The hotel is situated between the main attractions Dam Square, Amsterdam’s main square, and the Anne Frank House. Everything within the old historic centre is within reasonable walking distance. Located close by to the west is the Jordaan district. Here you can find many great restaurants and bars mainly filled with local Amsterdammers.

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9 | City Hotel Amsterdam | € 114,- per night

City Hotel Amsterdam

The first hotel on our list is located close to the historic 15th century city centre of Amsterdam. The Red Light District, Amsterdam’s oldest area, is a 5 minute walk away. Amsterdam’s main square, Dam square is a 10 minute walk. The hotel itself is situated in a historic 18th century building. The hotel stands next to a busy street so this might be a problem for those who prefer peace and quiet.

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8 | Hotel City Garden Amsterdam | € 97,- per night

Hotel City Garden Amsterdam

The Hotel City Garden Amsterdam isn’t located in the old centre of the city. However, it’s located right next to the Vondel Park, Amsterdam’s largest and most beautiful park, and the museum district. If you want to visit Amsterdam’s top museums like the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Stedelijk Museum this hotel is a great and affordable option. A great spot away from the old city centre bustle.

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7 | Amsterdam House Hotel | € 97,- per night

cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre Amsterdam House Hotel
The Amstel-view from the hotel is great!

This hotel is located right in the centre of the old city centre. In our opinion the best location on this cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre list. It’s a great place to stay if you want to explore Amsterdam’s historic centre on foot as everything is within reasonable walking distance. The hotel also sports a great view over the Amstel River. For those who like to party the Rembrandt Square entertainment area is just a 3 minute walk from your hotel room door.

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6 | Cafe Modern | € 94,- per night

Cafe Modern best cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre

This hotel isn’t technically located in the city centre as its in the northern part of Amsterdam, just over the IJ river. However, a short and free ferry trip across the IJ river will put you in Amsterdam’s historic city centre. The Northern part of Amsterdam is also an upcoming part of town with a lot of new hot spots where you’ll mostly only see locals. If you prefer that over the more touristy parts of town this is a great place to stay.

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5 | Dina-Perla Lodges | € 91,- per night

Dina Perla Lodges

This bed and breakfast is located close to Amsterdam’s museum district, just about right next to the Amsterdam Concert Hall. This classical music concert building is known around the world for its high quality sound. It’s considered to be one of the best concert halls in the world. If you plan on visiting all the main museums and a concert this is your best low-budget option. Dina-Perla Lodges is also located close to De Pijp area, a locals hotspot, where there are many great restaurants, bars and terraces.

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4 | Generator Amsterdam | € 78,- per night

Generator Amsterdam
Funky interior!

Hotel Generator Amsterdam is located in the more eastern part of Amsterdam which becomes obvious when you hear that its connected to the Oosterpark (Eastern Park). Attractions such as the Amsterdam Zoo Artis and the Jewish district are reachable with a 5 minute walk. Other parts of town might be a bit too far away so we’d advice you to get some public transport tickets, both tram and bus stops are close by. Around the hotel there are many great bars and restaurants.

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3 | Budget Hotel Hortus  | € 69,- per night

Cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre budget hotel hortus
The basic and clean interior of Hotel Hortus.

This cheap hotel in Amsterdam is located in the middle of the jewish district, containing many building dedicated to Amsterdam’s rich jewish history. It’s only 71 euro! Other close by attractions include the Amsterdam botanical garden and the Rembrandt House. Budget Hotel Hortus is located a bit further to the centre of Amsterdam comported to the previous Generator Amsterdam Hotel. If you’d like to stay in the eastern part of the city we would advice this hotel over the Generator hotel purely based on the location.

Budget Hotel Amsterdam price
Screenshot of price per 3 nights.
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2 | ClinkNOORD Hostel  | € 48,- per night

cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre Clinknoord
Great place to meet other young travellers!

This hostel is located in the Northern part of Amsterdam and just a 3 minute free ferry ride away from the centre. This hostel in Amsterdam cost just 48 euro per night! The hostel is located right next to Club Shelter making it perfect for those who also want to experience the best of Amsterdam’s night life. The ferry to Amsterdam North operates 24/7 and is free. Another creative and party hotspot in the Northern part of Amsterdam is the NDSM Wharf. Every summer there are many festivals here. This area can easily be reached via a direct ferry connection from Amsterdam Central Station.

ClinkNOORD Hostel 3 nights
Screenshot of price per 3 nights.
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1 | Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam | € 34,- per night

best cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre
The bar inside looks really cool!

This is the cheapest option and that is why it’s number one on the list of cheap hotels in Amsterdam city centre. This hostel is the only location on this list that is situated on the 17th century canal ring that is a part of the UNESCO world heritage list. From this hostel both the Museum District and Amsterdam’s historic centre are within easy walking distance. The entertainment area of the Leidse Square is also just a 4 minute walk away. During those summer days the Vondel Park is also within easy walking distance and a great place to relax. And that for just 34 euro per night.

Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
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