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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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♥ 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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♥ 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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♥ A gorgeous outdoor heated pool with views is a rare find in Amsterdam
♥ Central location, perfect for walking just about anywhere in the city
♥ That classic W sense of style

W Amsterdam has all the elements you usually expect from a gay-favorite chain: a unique contemporary look, luxurious facilities, and a fresh, young edge. As always, they have drawn inspiration from the local culture for their decor, and here in design-obsessed Amsterdam, this means a more understated, minimalist look than in some of their other locations. The effect is effortlessly cool and supremely pleasant.

This very gay-favorite hotel is split across two buildings, Exchange and Bank. Exchange houses the cheaper selection of rooms, which are more compact and simply decorated, while Bank features the Fabulous range of rooms as well as various luxury suites. All the rooms feature W signature beds and ultra-smooth bedding for a revitalizing night’s sleep.

The dining options are perfect if you like your dinners meaty and your drinks fruity. You can choose between a steakhouse, an excellent burger spot, a Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant, and a swanky cocktail lounge. The hotel also offers very good fitness facilities, including a fully-equipped 24/7 gym (offering free classes), sauna, whirlpool, and both an indoor and an outdoor heated pool.

W Amsterdam is located just behind Dam Square, one of the central hubs of the city. The red light district, Anne Frank House, the Flower Market, and Dampkring – one of the most famous “coffee shops” in the city -, are all within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. Gay Amsterdam’s leading attractions, like Club Church and Club NYX are just a 15-minute walk away.

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♥ Simple but elegant rooms
♥ A delicious breakfast to start the day right
♥ Attentive staff who are dedicated to helping you enjoy your stay
♥ Nieuwezijds gay sauna and two most beloved gay bars The Queen’s Head and Cafe’ t Mandje are just 5 mins walk

This TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award winner has an exceptional location just next to the central train station, making it super convenient for both rail arrivals and airport transfers. This is also the best location to explore Amsterdam’s famous sights, from the canals to the markets and the sleazy streets of the red light district. Gay travelers are particularly well-served here: the city’s only gay sauna and two of its most beloved gay bars (The Queen’s Head and Cafe’ t Mandje) are all under five minutes away from the hotel.

Despite being originally made up of 15th and 17th-century buildings, the style is modern and subtle: rooms are decorated almost exclusively in crisp white and warm grey, many of them featuring original oak beams. Large windows and spacious layouts create an airy, relaxing atmosphere that is the perfect antidote to a day of intense sightseeing (or a night of intense partying).

Breakfast is particularly excellent, with that rare combination of quality and variety. There is a Michelin-starred restaurant on-site, as well as a bar that stays open until 1 AM (2 AM on weekends), so you can always get that last nightcap.

There is a good fitness room and a brand new wellness center, including sauna and Turkish bath, with massage treatments available. This gay friendly hotel also shines in the small extra details, such as late breakfast and check-out on Sundays, a private boat dock, and dedicated Guest Relations staff whose only job is to help you make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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♥ Excellent location for both gay nightlife and culture
♥ High-end designer touches that elevate the decor for a luxury feel
♥ Look for rooms and suites with whirlpool tub when booking

This gay-friendly Amsterdam hotel is a great 4-star option at the heart of the city, offering affordable accommodation that doesn’t compromise on design or comfort. Rooms come in various styles, from a cozy single room to the excellent Spa and Wellness rooms, both featuring in-room whirlpool bathtubs for ultimate relaxation. The suites also come with this perk, as well as lots of extra room and added designer touches.

The hotel is conveniently located between the central station and Dam Square. Within a 10-minute radius, you will already find enough gay hotspots to keep you occupied for a while, including Sauna Nieuwezijds, The Queen’s Head, Cafe ‘t Mandje, PRIK, Boysclub 21, and The ONE @ Eagle. Two cruising bars, The WEB and The Cuckoo’s Nest, are just a few doors down. Because of Amsterdam’s compact layout, the vast majority of famous landmarks, bars, coffee shops, markets, and canals are also walking distance.

Breakfast is tasty (the do-it-yourself fresh orange juice is a guest favorite) and there the hotel bar is a nice place to relax. Inntel Amsterdam Centre has a modern Wellness Club, which includes a Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, all free for hotel guests. There is, however, no gym. Inntel Hotel is the most booked gay hotel in Amsterdam.

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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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♥ Halfway between Amsterdam’s main gay areas, so you can switch up your nights
♥ Tasty complimentary breakfast to start your day right (and keep costs low)
♥ Vintage Art Deco building gives the hotel an outdated but charming style

RHO Hotel is located near Dam square, walking distance to many landmarks and city highlights as well as to various nightlife options. It is conveniently situated between Amsterdam’s two main gay areas: the grouping of bars and clubs in the Red Light District and the one around Rembrandtplein. It is only about 10 minutes in each direction, making Rho Hotel one of the most booked gay hotels in Amsterdam.

The independent hotel is based in a grand early 20th century Art Deco building that used to be a bank, which gives it a unique vintage air. The decor can be a bit dated, especially in the lobby and breakfast room, but generally, this works with the overall feel of the older building. The rooms are decorated simply but comfortably and are spacious, clean, and airy.

There is a quite generous complimentary breakfast served every morning, with a range of hot and cold dishes, Overall, this is no-frills accommodation offering good value for money in a very good central location: perfect if you just need your hotel to cover the basics while you spend most of your time enjoying the city.

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