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The best Airbnbs in Amsterdam, for the perfect Dutch getaway

Searching for a magical stay in this iconic city? Look no further than our round-up of the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam

Written by
Matt Breen
Ed Cunningham
Lola Christina Alao
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

We are confident enough to wager that "a fun-filled weekend in a swanky Amsterdam Airbnb" is one of the most popular bucket list items in all of tourism. Why wouldn’t it be? Amsterdam has long been one of the most popular cities on the planet for travellers, tourists, nomads and backpackers alike, a relatively quaint and cosy European city as famous for its debauchery as its culture. The two often mix, which certainly helps. The biggest city in the Netherlands is one of the biggest deals in tourism, make no mistake about it.

It shouldn’t come as a great surprise to hear that the city is full of awe-inspiring Airbnb options, from sweet and romantic loft apartments to luxurious modern flats that just so happen to be floating on the city’s famous canals. Are you looking for the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam? Look no further. We've rounded up the best of the best Airbnbs in the city. You won't be disappointed. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in Amsterdam, Holland

The old windmill in Abcoude
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1. The old windmill in Abcoude

Get cosy in this actual windmill, just outside Amsterdam city centre in green field-filled Abcoude. Settle down in bedrooms filled with thick, dark wood beams, and rustic hard wood floors. Crash out in front of a roaring fireplace after a day exploring the city, or sit out on the terrace surrounding the historic building and look out over the rolling green countryside beyond dotted with sheep and cattle. 

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps up to six.
The mood? Historic, cosy and cylindrical. 
Location perks? All the benefits of being in the quiet countryside surrounded by idyllic views while being only 20 minutes from central Amsterdam. 
Budget range? Decently priced. 

The houseboat on the 'Dam canal
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2. The houseboat on the 'Dam canal

Unsurprisingly for a port city full of canals, there are plenty of houseboats to rent on Airbnb in Amsterdam and this is a very pleasant one indeed. It's modernly furnished and has a deck that’s perfect for sitting out during the sunnier months. Plus, access to a nearby gym is included. Why you'd want to go to a gym while on holiday is another thing entirely, but each to their own.

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps four guests.
The mood? Modern, minimalist. 
Location perks? Enjoy a serene waterfront view of Amstel, while being super close to Utrechtsestraat – the go-to spot for restaurants and bars. 
Budget range? A decent rate for such a central location. 

The 'actual' crane in the Eastern Docklands
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3. The 'actual' crane in the Eastern Docklands

Nope, your eyes aren’t telling fibs: that’s an actual old harbour crane on the IJ river that has been turned into a spectacular, one-of-a-kind Airbnb. Over three floors you’ve got a neatly-packed bedroom, lounge, kitchen and outdoor bit – all decked out with an elegant finish and a load of swish modern gadgets. Whether you’re a crane enthusiast or not, this one’s pretty unbeatable.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Industrial haven. 
Location perks? Once a harbour, KNSM is now a bustling melting pot for creatives with lots of galleries, local shops and eateries to explore. 
Budget range? A moderately-priced weekender. 

Another houseboat with free bikes near the Olympic Stadium
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4. Another houseboat with free bikes near the Olympic Stadium

As you can imagine, the list of trendy/chic/minimal/cool houseboats on offer in Amsterdam is lengthy. So how can an Airbnb'er make sure theirs stands out? With free bikes, of course! In a city that is best navigated on two wheels, you couldn't find a more perfect (and affordable) stay than this floating home near the Frans Otten Stadium. This modern two-storey vessel sleeps four, has two bathrooms, a roof terrace and towels, tea/coffee and wifi are all included. There are four bikes available and a child seat if necessary.

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps four guests. 
The mood? Sleek, modern. 
Location perks? A short cycle into Old Centre, Amsterdam Lake and Amsterdam forest, while providing a peaceful retreat from the bustle.  
Budget range? A gorgeous location at a low cost. What's not to love?  

The old bridge house in Willemsbrug
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5. The old bridge house in Willemsbrug

It’s difficult to get a better canal view in 'Dam than by being literally on one. That’s what you get with this ‘bridge house’, which, as its name suggests, is a rental that straddles a canal. Once the home of an Amsterdam bridge keeper (ie. the person who guards a bridge), this bridge house was built in 1928 but has since been restored into an Airbnb with a double bed, kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to wave at the boats as they pass by!

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? The best spot to people watch. 
Location perks? Enjoy a stay in this unique stand-alone bridge house rental just a short stroll to the Harlemmerbuurt. 
Budget range? In the mid-high ranges. 

The luxury apartment smack-bang in De Pijp
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6. The luxury apartment smack-bang in De Pijp

For peanuts, you'll get both authenticity and luxury with this Airbnb. Situated in the heart of De Pijp, this is a private apartment offering bright morning sunlight, comfortable beds and a charming balcony. So, in the summer you'll be able to eat your meals outside, with beautiful garden views. You'll also find a good size lounge sofa facing a flatscreen TV. You're bound to have a comfortable stay in this apartment, and you'll feel right at home.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Cosy and bright. 
Location perks? If you're after a homey vibe, then nothing beats this location with lots of nice little touches like complimentary wines, breakfast items, and of course, there's that balcony overlooking the garden. 
Budget range? Mid-high-range couple's stay. 

The boathouse with free parking on the waterfront
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7. The boathouse with free parking on the waterfront

That headline is underselling it somewhat; there’s plenty more to this waterfront cabin than the joys of free parking (not that free parking should be scoffed at). Located in trendy Amsterdam-Noord, this stunning spot somehow manages to bridge the divide between excitement and peace, offering the perfect base for exploring this part of the city while also offering tranquillity and serenity in spades. Also, who doesn’t love a real fire?

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Cosy waterfront abode.
Location perks? Considered a hipster neighbourhood, Amsterdam North has a more local vibe and a great spot for enjoying canal rides and lively local restaurants like Pllek. 
Budget range? An affordable couple's stay. 

The roomy studio in Haarlemmerdijk

8. The roomy studio in Haarlemmerdijk

This studio really has it all. It's centrally located, spacious, bright, and beautifully furnished with lots of cool minimalistic additions that make this place feel stylish yet laid-back. And then, of course, there's also the high ceilings - the perfect excuse for an indoor swing, what else? When you want to romanticise even more, the terrace will be your go-to spot for your morning coffee. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two. 
The mood? The millennial's habitat. 
Location perks? Be right in the centre of it all. Literally. Just along your street, you'll have endless cafe and restaurant options. And shops, lots and lots of shops. 
Budget range? On the higher end for the trendiest spot in town.

The canal penthouse in De Pijp

9. The canal penthouse in De Pijp

Houseboat schmouseboat! This canalside penthouse has just as much to offer – from jaw-dropping views to a delightfully luxurious interior. A unique space that sleeps up to four people, this 1890s home comes complete with original, exposed beams and enough daylight that you’ll practically feel as though you’re outside. Plus, a bunch of Dutch intellectuals have supposedly lived there – so you’ll fit right in. Ah, flattery.

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps four guests. 
The mood? Artsy. 
Location perks? De Pijp is very hip indeed. You'll be close to MoCo, Van Gogh Museum, Rijks and concept store haven, Utrechtsestraat.
Budget range? Not cheap, but pretty decent if you split it four ways. 


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