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20 Gay Hotels Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a unique city layout, with several concentric rings created by the city’s canals. Most gay visitors like to stay within these rings, especially the large central area (Old Centre) that contains the red light district, Dam square, and Damrak.

Gay Amsterdam is more or less evenly spread out across the city, with two main clusters of bars. Both are within walking distance of each other. One is located in the red light district, and includes its fair share of gay fetish and cruising bars, as well as the only gay sauna in town. The other is further south, between the Singel and Herengracht canals.

Legally all hotels across Amsterdam are gay-friendly. The hotels listed below are located in popular parts of the city for gay travelers and excel at providing value for money and quality experiences.

The Netherlands is an exceptionally progressive country in almost every way, and has been ahead of the curve for decades. Homosexuality was decriminalized back in 1811. Gay visitors are highly unlikely to encounter discrimination in the city. If they do, they are protected by the law through the country’s Equal Rights Act.

Many tourists to Amsterdam stay in the Old Center around the central canal ring, which concentrates most of the highlights. There is of course plenty to see and explore in the neighborhoods beyond if you have more time in the city, but gay Amsterdam is mostly located in and around the old center.

The old center and canal ring of Amsterdam is easy and pleasant to walk around in, so you will rarely have to take public transport for travel within the city center.

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♥ Design that never ceases to surprise
♥ Room layouts unlike any we’ve ever seen
♥ Walking distance to plenty of gay bars, clubs, and sightseeing spots

If you want cutting-edge design with a sense of fun, you’ve come to the right place. From the second you walk into this concept hotel from the mind of Dutch interior designer Marcel Wanders, you are surprised and delighted.

Elegant and eccentric furniture and fixings are matched with nods Netherland’s historical influence, such as Delft patterns and old-fashioned world maps, with a few unexpected items thrown in (the giant picture of fishes in various rooms spring to mind).

The rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are all spacious – no tiny cupboard rooms here. Some come with views of the hotel’s beautiful garden, some overlook the canal, and some look straight into the huge, universe-themed Atrium of the hotel. All feature a unique open-concept bathroom, featuring an in-room sink and mirror (which is actually perfect for getting ready) and a shower with a two-way mirror into the room (which is weird but fun).

When it comes to their dining options, Andaz Amsterdam keeps it simple but skillful: Bluespoon Restaurant features bold, fresh dishes celebrating both local products and local creativity, while Bluespoon Bar is a great place to watch the world go by, cocktail in hand. There is also an excellent spa, which continues the trend of impeccable design, and good fitness facilities.

Club Church and its decadent parties are just a short 5-minute walk away, and popular casual gay bar Spijker is even closer. Gay Amsterdam’s other venues are within a 10-minute radius include BACKDOOR, Club NYX, and Taboo.

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♥ Two-minute walk to Nieuwezijds gay sauna
♥ Cool, creative, and contemporary decor
♥ Excellent bar and restaurant in 5&33

art’otel has one of the best locations in Amsterdam, just opposite Central Station. When you stay here, you are perfectly positioned to explore the canals as well as various famous landmarks such as Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and the red light district.

Arguably more interestingly, however, you are also a 5-minute walk away from Amsterdam’s gay institutions like The Queen’s Head and Café ‘t Mandje and just around the corner from Amsterdam’s only gay sauna, Sauna Nieuwezijds. This, combined with the exceptional design and service delivered by this modern 5-star, makes it one of the most popular and most booked gay hotels in Amsterdam.

This Instagram-perfect hotel is a contemporary designer affair, featuring original artwork by Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout’s studio. The rooms are decorated in a subtle and understated style, with cool greys and whites contrasting with sleek black surfaces. But it’s not just about design – heavenly beds, relaxing mood lighting, and luxurious rain showers all combine to create a soothing and supremely comfortable atmosphere.

Perhaps art’otel’s biggest selling point is 5&33, the hotel’s restaurant / bar / venue / library / lounge / art gallery. The food is exceptional, the cocktails inventive, and there is always something going on – don’t miss out on their weekly promotions in the restaurant! There is also a very good Active Club with gym, indoor swimming pool, and sauna.

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♥ Classic Dutch art and architecture with a modern twist
♥ Great canal-side location
♥ Excellent bar, restaurant, and cafe on-site

Pulitzer Amsterdam is made up of a series of interconnected Golden Age Amsterdam townhouses from the 17th and 18th centuries. The hotel sits between the iconic Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, and you can even rent a private boat trip from your hotel door. It doesn’t get more authentically Dutch than this.

Inside, the decor is cozy and chic. The rooms are beautifully designed in a clean and modern style, but with beautiful old-fashioned touches like chandeliers and baroque-style furniture. It’s luxury, but with an intimate mood that will make you feel right at home.

Rooms range from Cozy, designed with the solo traveler in mind, to Family, an airy split-level option that comfortably fits four people. You can also take it up a notch with a suite, which includes a mini-kitchen and a spacious living area. Every room comes with a marble bathroom, Le Labo toiletries, a bike repair kit, and much more.

The hotel restaurant, Jansz, is upscale but unpretentious, serving delicious international dishes, and the garden cafe is a lovely place to sit back and relax at any time of the day. The Pulitzer Bar honors old-school cocktail lounges with plush seating, moody lighting, and expert mixologists serving both classic and innovative concoctions.

The location is excellent for sightseeing, with Anne Frank House just five minutes away and most other Amsterdam landmarks within walking distance. The closest gay bars are PRIK (Amsterdam’s favourite gay hang-out) and Boysclub 21, both of them about 10 minutes away (do note that the latter is also a brothel).

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♥ As close to Amsterdam’s most popular cruising club as you can get
♥ Convenient walk to major museums
♥ Very comfortable beds (so you can rest easy after that night at Club Church)

Quentin Golden Bear Hotel is located close to Leidseplein, which is a convenient option for museum-hopping – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museums are all about a 15-minute walk away. It is also close to several gay nightlife institutions, with the popular cruising club Club Church literally a few steps away (which may account for a large part of the hotel’s gay fanbase). The more central sights and the more central gay nightlife are all an easy tram ride away.

This budget gay favourite is based in a historic Amsterdam building, which means insanely steep stairs and no lift. This is not a great choice if you have heavy suitcases, but not a problem for the light backpacker. The rooms are basic and no-frills, although some have been thoughtfully decorated in a modern style. The beds are extremely comfortable and the hotel’s layout usually allows for a quiet night’s sleep despite the late-night happenings on the street. So it’s no surprise, the Quentin Golden Bear Hotel is one of the most booked budget gay hotels in Amsterdam.

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♥ Perfect location next to Amsterdam Centraal
♥ Convenient for both gay Amsterdam nightlife and sightseeing
♥ Compact but comfortable rooms

Ibis Amsterdam Centre benefits from one of the best locations in the city, just next to Amsterdam Centraal. This makes it ideal for the train connection with Schipol Airport, but also for day trips out of Amsterdam and rail travel across Europe. The location is also great for sightseeing, with Anne Frank House, Dam square, the red light district, and the canals all a very short walk away.

Because you are so close to the red light district and its surrounding nightlife, you are also well-located for the highlights of gay Amsterdam. Sauna Nieuwezijds, Boysclub 21, The WEB, The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Queen’s Head, and Café ’t Mandje are all under 10 minutes away.

This is a relatively new Ibis, which means the rooms are all modern and well-equipped, if not on the small side. However, even the smaller cozy rooms have been thoughtfully decorated, while some of the larger rooms boast scenic views of the river. Of course, since the hotel overlooks the station, some rooms can be noisy at night – ask for a room facing away from the station if you like to sleep with the window open.

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♥ Historical 15th-century building with a real sense of heritage
♥ Michelin-starred restaurant on-site, as well as more casual options
♥ The canal-facing rooms and suites are classic Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is both historic and cutting-edge, set in a 15th-century Dutch building that has been renovated with gorgeous modern interiors by a French designer. This combination also highlights Sofitel’s unique ethos: hotels that feel truly local, but always with a high-end French influence.

You can see this throughout the hotel. For example, the hotel includes a Michelin-starred hotel, Bridges, as well as an accompanying bistro. But it also includes a Parisian themed library cafe, Library ‘Or’ and a traditional Dutch “brown cafe” style bar. These are tied together by a refreshing garden terrace, which is perfect for observing the historical Dutch architecture of The Grand.

The rooms and suites were designed with the students of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, which drew from the building’s prestigious past and its beautiful original features. The result is a 21st-century style with Golden Age flair. The rooms range from Standard to Luxury, but if you are going to be staying at The Grand, you might as well go all out on one of their suites – the ones overlooking the canal are the most sought-after.

Indeed, the gay friendly hotel directly faces one of central Amsterdam’s canals and is right next to the red light district. Long-standing gay bars The Queen’s Head and Cafe’t Mandje are under 10 minutes away. The largest and most popular gay clubs, NYX and Church, are 10 and 15 minutes away respectively.

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♥ All 300 rooms are of a high standard – you can’t go wrong
♥ Ideal for fitness and wellness (and the gay sauna)
♥ Impeccable location for gay nightlife, Red Light District, and key attractions

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam is one of the closest hotels to the central station. This positions you within walking distance of several gay bars (including The Queen’s Head, Cafe ‘t Mandje, Boysclub 21, and The ONE) as well as the infamous red light district. Even the bigger gay clubs on the other side of the city center are only a 20-minute walk away.

This is a large hotel with almost 300 rooms, all of which are decorated in a simple but sleek contemporary style. There are no small, underwhelming rooms hidden amongst the more impressive offerings – everything is consistently spacious, comfortable, and modern. If you have the budget, pay a little more for an Executive category room, as these come with iconic views of Amsterdam’s beautiful central station.

This hotel has access to excellent fitness and wellness facilities, especially for a 4-star. Guests have complimentary 24h access to a gym, swimming pool, and Finnish sauna, and they can also pay extra for salon and solarium services. This makes Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam a perfect choice for gym bunnies and relaxation addicts. That said, if you need a little more from your sauna experience, Amsterdam’s gay sauna is just around the corner.

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♥ Excellent central location for both gay nightlife and city exploration
♥ Iconic Amsterdam views from certain rooms
♥ Comfortable rooms with various size options

Hotel CC is ideally located on the Damrak, right next to the red light district. Within a five-minute walk, you can reach a huge variety of gay bars and clubs, including The Queen’s Head, Café ’t Mandje, Dirty Dicks, The ONE @ Club Eagle, Drake’s, The Cuckoo’s Nest, and The WEB (not to mention the city’s only gay sauna). These places vary from low-key traditional bars to fetish cruising clubs, meaning there is something for everyone in the area.

However, the location isn’t just about gay Amsterdam. It is also a great place for eating, drinking, shopping, and sightseeing – all of central Amsterdam’s attractions are walking distance. The iconic coffee shop (not the coffee kind of coffee shop) The Grasshopper is a couple of steps away.

The hotel itself is a modern and straightforward 3-star. Rooms are on the smaller side (as you can expect with a hotel in such a central location) but they are clean, comfortable, and pleasantly decorated in neutral tones. If space is important to you, the large rooms are usually well-priced. The family rooms for 3 or 4 people are also more spacious, perfect for groups of friends. Some rooms have incredible views overlooking the canal and the traditional Dutch houses along it – inquire with the hotel before booking.

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♥ Friendly, relaxed vibe – easy to meet people and make friends
♥ Eco-conscious and honest
♥ Just far enough from central Amsterdam to be quiet, but close enough to enjoy it all

Ecomama is an eco-conscious hotel offering both dorm and private rooms in a range of sizes and styles. From the “El Cheapo” dorm room (featuring admittedly sparse decor) to the Shabby Cabin (a bohemian option that essentially translates to a mattress on the floor), the hotel is not afraid to cater to tight budgets, and is refreshingly honest about their offerings. If you are looking for a bit more, there are two different levels of a dorm room (each with their own benefits) as well as super-comfy doubles.

As the name implies, Ecomama prides itself in being green. This is reflected in their choice of furniture and materials as well as in their heating, water, and waste management systems. This makes Ecomama a great choice if you care about sustainable travel and enjoy supporting eco-conscious businesses.

The vibe is very much not a party hostel, but still very friendly. The hotel organizes regular outings and tours for their guests, and the communal area is perfect for meeting people. Other lovely touches include regular movie nights (hosted in Ecomama’s very own teepee) and bi-weekly family-style dinners where guests are invited to cook and share food together.

The location is slightly east of the usual tourist area of Amsterdam, which has its benefits. It’s an extremely quiet area, close to the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. However, it’s not actually far from the action: the red light district is just 15 minutes away on foot, and the rest of Amsterdam is easily accessible by tram, bus, or bike.

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♥ Eclectic boutique hotel
♥ City centre location – 15 minutes walk to key gay venues
♥ “Straight-friendly” hotel brand

Hotel Mercier is a 4-star boutique hotel in central Amsterdam. In keeping with its Art Deco heritage, Hotel Mercier dives into retro but takes a brighter more contemporary approach. Expect style and elegance from their antique references.

Each of the 48 rooms in the hotel comes well equipped with a Nespresso machine, walk-in rainfall shower, television, and even a Marshall speaker.

The gay-friendly hotel is located in the city centre within walking distance of many iconic Amsterdam sight-seeing. From here you can reach the highlights of gay Amsterdam within 15 minutes walk including the iconic Church Club and Sauna Nieuwezijds. To show just how welcoming of all guests the hotel is they bill themself as a “straight-friendly” hotel.

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