Sean and Jess anniversary lockhouse kitchen
Amsterdam

EPIC Staycations in Amsterdam

If you live in the Netherlands and are looking for a fun and exciting staycation in Amsterdam, you’ve come to the right place. From hotels to quirky accommodations, the capital of the Netherlands has it all, and I just LOVE sharing this stuff with you!

In a time when international travel is not appropriate, or when you just want a little escape without going too far, a quick staycation is the best remedy. How many times do we just need a change of scenery and to see our own city in a different way…from a different perspective? We all need a break from the mundane.

To get started, I’ll focus on the most unique places to stay in Amsterdam and then I’ll dive into some hotels that are worth your time for the experience.

Have a unique staycation in Amsterdam

YAYS Crane Apartment

YAYS crane hotel suite Amsterdam

Get an unforgettable one-spot only kind of view over the IJ River from one of the bedrooms in this former harbor crane. Originally built in 1957, it’s been completely renovated and has a full kitchen, living room, bathroom with tub AND shower, and two bedrooms. Watch our full video tour.

To learn more about the neighborhood and local gems, YAYS gives you a comprehensive guide to the neighborhood you’re staying in, so you’ll learn all the best spots in Amsterdam East.

Houseboat in Amsterdam city center

Jessica at houseboat

If you live in Amsterdam, then houseboats are nothing new to see, but have you ever stayed in one? This houseboat is it’s own little studio with one of the best views of the Amstel River because you are right at the water’s level. This place was so comfy and cozy and all you’ll want to do is stare out the window. But luckily, you are so close to great restaurants and cafes for when you do want to take a walk 😉

Tiny hidden chapel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam chapel
Photo is courtesy of the owner

This chapel-turned-apartment hidden near Rembrandtplein and the Amstel river has to be one of the quirkiest places to stay in Amsterdam! You have a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom with more space than we have in our entire home. If you want an unforgettable stay, then this is it!

SWEETS Hotel | Former bridge houses

Jessica at bridgehouse

We spent our 11 year wedding anniversary in the most spectacular place, it was a lockhouse in the middle of the Amstel River. The SWEETS Hotel have renovated the bridgehouses in the city into incredible hotel suites. This one was extra special but they have 28 all around the city to choose from. They are like tiny houses that used to be part of the city’s waterways (and still are in some way!). Watch our full video on this place, it’s amazing!


ZOKU

Zoku room

ZOKU is a unique short-stay apartment building with so much quirk and personality that you can’t help but love it. There are different sized rooms/apartments and is a great place for a workcation or a staycation. You won’t be cramped for space, it’s a fun design, and they have an epic top floor with green roof space, great work space, and really good food. It may not be as weird and unique as the other spots on this list, but it’s comfortable and possibly a welcome escape from the apartment you may have been holed up in for a while.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

This luxury hotel in the fabulous de Pijp neighborhood is all about the Japanese hospitality. With various experiences available for you to have a feel of Japan in the Netherlands, it’s really a destination of its own! Also, they have some of the best restaurants in the city, so dinner will be a treat!

Hotel Jakarta

With Indonesian influence, this hotel stands out with its decor and location. Perched at the edge of Java Island, you’ll get views galore! Right next to the hotel is a nice open green space for picnics (it’s one of my favorite things to do), and there’s another lovely park in the middle of the island with places to swim for the super hot days 😉

Mr. Jordaan

Mr Jordaan canal house hotel

Ok, I LOVED this place, it’s on a canal inside the canal belt, but not the busy canals. It was magical. I highly encourage you to book the large double room with canal view on Booking.com because it was just perfect. I’d stay there again in a heartbeat. Being in the Jordaan with a view of the Westertoren is the Amsterdam I wish everyone to experience.

INK hotel

Quirky and full of history is how I describe the INK hotel. It used to be the home of the local newspaper (hence INK) and the restaurant and bar are some of our favorites in the city. Brunch here is delicious, but we’ve also had a few dinners that make our top 10 list in Amsterdam, as well. I’m now realizing we’ve spent more time here that I realized. It’s also right near Amsterdam Centraal Station, and has a tram stop right outside the door. You simply can’t get more convenient.

Volkshotel

The Volkshotel is in the nice Amsterdam East neighborhood and right next to a metro stop. With it’s fun and quirky rooms with some great views over the city, it’s a hidden gem. They also have a rooftop sauna and hot tub! If you’re looking for a workcation, this is a great spot because even locals use the lobby as a workplace. It has an awesome vibe and is a local and visitor’s favorite!

Hotel Not Hotel

If you’re looking to stay someone super quirky but not too expensive, then Hotel Not Hotel is your place. They have a tram, hidden rooms and more for you to sleep in and the newly popular Kevin Bacon Bar to hang out. It’s truly a unique place to sleep in Amsterdam and is close to the tastiest spot in Oud West, de Foodhallen.