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The best Airbnbs in Amsterdam

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

Written by
Matt Breen

We here at Time Out 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 romantic loft apartments to luxurious flats that just so happen to be floating on the city’s famous canals. Are you looking for the best Airbnb rentals in Amsterdam? Look no further.

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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. Why you'd want to go to a gym while on holiday is another thing entirely, but each to their own.

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.

Free parking on the waterfront?!
Photograph: Airbnb

3. 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?

An artist-friendly canal loft
Photograph: Airbnb

4. An artist-friendly canal loft

If you close your eyes tight enough, you might just be able to imagine life as a cultural titan of the city while staying here. Elena is a tremendous host but the joys of this Herengracht loft go way beyond convivial hospitality; the huge windows and high ceiling give this place a feeling of grandeur that brings tears to the eyes and ideas to the mind. The location is perfect, the loft itself is better.

Proper luxury, smack-bang in De Pijp
Photograph: Airbnb

5. Proper luxury, smack-bang in De Pijp

Authenticity and luxury are two of life’s great joys, and you’ll get plenty of both here. Sat smack-bang in the heart of De Pijp, this private apartment is the home away from home that many visitors crave, from the comfortable beds down to the charming balcony. This isn’t the biggest apartment in the city but it is far from small either, a ‘just right’ sort of place from which to explore this most exciting of places. Private parking is also available, for €20 a day.

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 1890’s 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.

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