Got friends and family visiting but no spare room? Here are our Mamas' recommendations for family-friendly accommodation in Amsterdam.
The Multatuli apartment, run by Amsterdam Mama Joanna Monkhouse, is a three-bedroom residence sleeping up to eight people, plus a baby. It is situated in an attractive street in the northern side of the Jordaan district, walking distance from Centraal Station. The apartment has its own front door and is located two flights of stairs up, in the top half of the building. There are also stairs in the apartment but the owners can provide stair gates if you have a toddler. A cot, toys and a high chair are available on request. The owners live downstairs so are available to help with any issues. Excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and Air B&B.
The Weavery is a lovely B&B with beautifully-designed rooms located near to the pretty Spiegelkwartier. It is run by German Amsterdam Mama Bettina Abaoûz, who has hosted families with children of all ages, although there are quite steep stairs if you book the larger room. For babies, ask for an extra cot. For older children, book the upstairs suite with its private roof terrace and sleep the children either in the bed in the eaves or in the double bed on the lower level. Kitchenettes in both rooms add flexibility. It receives top reviews on Trip Advisor. Reduced rates over the winter.
Bed & Breakfast Helmers is located on a bustling street in Oud West, amongst trendy cafes and shops. Its friendly owner can help with recommendations for food and activities. The B&B is located on the 4th floor with a roof terrace with lovely views, and is very popular with families. Both rooms have a kitchenette so you can prepare your own meals. Larger families can book both rooms and have the place to themselves. Lots of stairs so may not suit toddlers. Outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor.
Bed and Breakfast Amsterdam in the Hoofdorpleinbuurt is another top scorer on Trip Advisor. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. Larger groups can book both rooms and the suite and enjoy space and privacy.
The Apollo Museum Hotel is in a lovely location, close to the Rijksmuseum. It has a spacious outdoor terrace and offers family rooms that sleep 4.
Stay Okay in Zeeburg is a hostel where you can book private family rooms. This is an inexpensive solution if you have people visiting and gets really good reviews. They offer organic breakfast and dinner.
Lloyd Hotel is in an interesting old building and has pricing options from 1-5 star so guests on a budget can take the cheap option and those living it up can go for the designer rooms. For families, the adjoining rooms with shared bathrooms or the apartments are good solutions.
Buitenveldert and Amstelveen
Htel Apartments provide serviced 1-2 bedroom apartments in Buitenveldert and Amstelveen. This family-friendly choice gives you the flexibility to self-cater and offers more space for the children to play. Excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. Minimum stay may apply.
If your visitors don’t want to spend the whole time in the city, then Center Parcs Zandvoort might appeal. Aimed at families, there are tons of activities to entertain the children and a choice of child-friendly dining options for when they get hungry. You can reach Amsterdam by train in less than an hour.
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This list has been compiled from the recommendations of our members on the Amsterdam Mamas Facebook group.
Deborah Nicholls-Lee is a British national who moved to the Netherlands in 2009. A former French and English teacher, she now works as a freelance writer and editor while raising her two children. See her website to find out more about her work.
photo credit: The Weavery Bed & Breakfast