Are you going to the Netherlands and considering staying in one of the hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District? Then this article is a good read for you! This comparison-tool offers convenience and clarity for everyone’s budget.
Book well in advance and save lots of money!
Last updated: 17 February 2021
Amsterdam’s Red Light District offers hotels in all different ranges; from 1 star up unto the fancy 5 star hotels, all located in the city centre.
Crowds – and rates – peak in summer and on weekends at any time of the year. Prices are lowest between October and April (excluding Christmas, New Year, Easter, Kings day and during Pride).
Any hotel with more than 20 rooms is considered large, ad most rooms are on the snug side. Free WiFi is nearly universal, but air-conditioning and lifts are not.
The main street in the Red Light District.
✦ Situated in Amsterdam’s wonderful historical centre
✦ Beautiful architecture
✦ Centrally located
✦ Many highlights within walking distance
✦ 30 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport
✦ Close to Amsterdam Central Station
✦ It’s safe
✦ The area is brimming with good restaurants
✦ Most fascinating part of the Netherlands
✦ There is always something to do
When you book one of the hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District you will automatically be situated in the oldest neighborhoods of Amsterdam with some of the most beautiful architecture and oldest buildings in the city.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District view from The Old Church.
The Red Light District is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station, which is about a 25 to 30 minute train ride from Schiphol Airport.
The Red Light District is a safe area and the streets are clean. Police officers and enforces patrol the streets daily. Furthermore, the neighborhood has 50 police cameras and social control increases safety in the Red Light District.
Did you know that 4,295 people live in the Red Light District? (source)
The district itself is filled with cozy bars and all types of good quality restaurants. It’s brimming with energy! The district is also just a stone’s throw away from Chinatown, which has some of the best Asian restaurants in Amsterdam! And if all that didn’t persuade you, both the metro and tramlines are in walking distance!
Before we get to the 10 best hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District it is important to note that if you plan on visiting it is advised to book your stay well in advance! The sooner you book, the better the price.
A view from De Oude Kerk towards Central Station.
Amsterdam is very popular city which influences room prices in a major way. Especially during the summer season from April till September and the Christmas holiday season. The earlier you book a hotel in or near the Red Light District, the cheaper you can get it!
One of the most beautiful hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District. Possibly even in Amsterdam itself. The Grand Hotel competes with Hotel Pulitzer, De L’Europe und Waldorf Astoria, among others. This 5 star hotel encompasses history and elegance. And in summer time they even have a beach terrace here.
Its building dates back all the way to the year 1578 and is located next to the oldest canal of Amsterdam – the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. The Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam is just a 5 minute walk away of Dam Square.
The Grand has been visited by Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, George Clooney & The Backstreet Boys. (source)
There are also more affordable hotels than The Grand. Like Hotel Luxer for example.
A pleasant surprise if ever there was one, this smart little number is probably the best option for your money in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Rooms are small, but well equipped (air-conditioned), and at night the breakfast area becomes a chic little bar.
It’s a bit less luxurious than the number one on our list but this hotel would score number one if we solely based it on a price/ quality ratio. Breakfast costs just 8 euro. Another plus is that it’s just 200 meters from Amsterdam Central Station.
The Barbizon Palace hotel with spacious rooms, some having 17th century wooden girders! The hotel offers a large wellness centre where visitors can take relaxing massages and it has an amazing restaurant too. Hotel Barbizon Palace is just 150 meters away from Central Station and surrounded by cozy Dutch bars like Cafe ‘t Aepjen – one of Amsterdam’s oldest bars.
Others advantages of staying in the Barbizon Palace is that it’s centrally located, close to the highlights of the capital and and well-insulated rooms that are noise-free.
Hotel Krasnapolsky is one of the most famous hotels in Amsterdam, and really close to our Red Light District Tour starting point. A five star Hotel housed in a 19th century building. All rooms are highly styled with modern facilities and have parquet flooring. Each room also has its own coffee and tea facilities!
The St. Christopher’s Hostel hops 24/7 with rock ‘n’ roll rooms and a busy club, bar, beer garden and smoking deck downstairs. Most private rooms are the ‘art’ rooms: local artists are given free rein, with super-edgy to questionably raunchy results.
This hostel is located on the Warmoesstraat, at the back of Amsterdam Stock Exchange and a 10 minute walk from Central Station.
This hotel offers dormitories filled with bunk beds instead of personal hotel rooms. It does however offer its own nightclub and is located on the oldest street of Amsterdam – in the Red Light District.
The rates of this hotel include breakfast AND ear plugs!
This hotel offers simple rooms but is situated on a top location close to Damm Platz and the Royal Palace. Every room has its own bathroom and flat screen TV. The Hotel also rents out its own bicycles. This is useful if you want to see a lot of Amsterdam. You can be everywhere within 30 minutes by bike.
Just 350 meters from Amsterdam’s Central Station and constructed in three picturesque historical building. Every room has historical elements like wooden girders or old windows. Modernity comes via free WIFI in the shared spaces of the hotel! Hotel CC is located on the Warmoesstraat and is surrounded by snackbars and little shops. Window brothels and sex shows are just around the corner.
De Koopermolen is a two star, centrally located hotel. It’s only a five minute walk away from Central Station. The hotel offers simple but functional rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom and a little television. Breakfast is served every morning.
This hotel in the Red Light District is a great choice for those on budget and who be close to city’s highlights. Another advantage of this hotel is that you don’t need a taxi to get here. Just take the train from Amsterdam Airport to Central Station and walk to Warmoesstraat 5 .
TIP: Ask the concierges for fun things to do in Amsterdam. They are very much willing to help.
A small hotel that only offers budget rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom. The bar has the coolest touch of all the hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District: A wooden floor taken from a 17th century ship of Holland’s highest regarded war hero: Admiral de Ruyter.
Okay okay, this is not the best hotel in Amsterdam. But definitely one of the most affordable hotels!
It offers both rooms and dormitories filled with single beds. Some rooms have shared bathrooms others have their own. Hotel 83 is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal which is also known as the famous canal in the Red Light District.
Hotel 83 overlooks the only peep show in Amsterdam and is surrounded by many red-lit window brothels. Quite a unique experience!