Amsterdam might be chiefly associated with pot-smoking and prostitution (okay, great museums and nightlife, too), but despite its unsalubrious associations, it remains a quaint, cosy and relatively small European city. Its size is a boon for those looking to rent a place through Airbnb, as you’ll find no end of places in the heart of the city that are affordable – especially if you're in a large group. We’ve rounded up the best Airbnbs that Amsterdam has to offer. Spoiler alert: some of them float.
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Amsterdam's best Airbnbs
Unsurprisingly for a port city full of canals, there are plenty of houseboats to rent via 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 on during the sunnier months. Plus, access to a nearby gym is included.
Another one in the City Centre district, this is easily one of Amsterdam’s most stylish places, with its spacious open-plan kitchen/living room space and contemporary decor. It’s very close to the world-famous floating market, too.
Just above the happening De Wallen you'll find the area of Brouwersgracht. It's full of old warehouses that once saw the city's beer supply brewed beside the canal and it's part of Amsterdam's Canal Ring – a UNESCO protected site. Unsurprisingly, this 1643 loft is massive. It's also luxuriously decorated, sleeps six, has a balcony, two bathrooms, free wifi, washer/dryer and an upright piano. We could go on, but we'd be here for ages. You're better off swooning over the pictures.
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.
This one looks like a smart choice for families. It’s outside of the hubbub of the city centre, and has a garden for kids to run around in. Though you may want to make a beeline for the nearby Frankendael Park instead: a former country estate that’s pretty as a picture.
Houseboat schmouseboat! If you fancy a water-based property with a difference, take a look at the Isis. And yes, it’s not cheap, but since it will accomodate up to 16 guests, the costs will shoot right down if split between a group. Better still, in the summer the hosts (or should that be crew?) organise trips along Holland’s Wadden Sea. All aboard!
Planning on arriving and departing from Amsterdam via train? Take a look at this lovely Dutch old-style two-bed apaprtment. It’s just seven minutes walk from the city’s Central Station. Also, it overlooks the Oude Zijds Achterburgwal canal and is close to Dam Square, which is home to a number of attractions including the sumptuous Royal Palace.