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10 best gay hotels in Amsterdam from budget to luxury

10 best gay hotels in Amsterdam from budget to luxury

Amsterdam is one very gay friendly city which we love visiting. It has one of the best gay scenes and we always have an amazing time here.

Booking a hotel to stay in Amsterdam has never been a problem for us. We have always felt welcome at every place we've stayed at and sharing a bed has never been an issue. We never feel like we have to hide our sexuality anywhere in Amsterdam or in Holland, which is why we think it is one of the most gay friendly countries in the world.

These are our 10 favourite unique gay hotels in Amsterdam based on our personal experiences and from recommendations by other LGBTQ travellers. Just remember, Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, so anything around $100 or less is considered budget, between $100-$200 is medium average budget, and over $200, high end luxury.

Gay couple in Amsterdam enjoying a romantic boat ride through the canals
A romantic boat ride through Amsterdam

Amistad Hotel: medium budget

Amistad is probably one of the most famous gay hotels in Amsterdam. It is gay owned and managed with a really homely feel to it. Staying here feels more like you're with a group of friends rather than in a faceless hotel. Amistad is located at Kerkstraat 42, near Club Church and is a short walking distance to the gay bars and clubs on Reguliersdwarsstraat.

Rooms at the Amistal Hotel start from €154 ($174) /night.

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam: 5* luxury

The Sofitel Legend is a 5* luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, in the Canal Ring, between two of the most picturesque canals. The building is extremely grand, which gives it a unique historical ambiance. It has 177 rooms and an additional 52 suites each with Butler service. There is an indoor swimming pool, salon and even its own in house Michelin star restaurant called, “Bridges Dining“. As an IGLTA member you know they are more than happy to welcome LGBTQ travellers.

Rooms at the Sofitel start from €405 ($461) / night.

 

W Amsterdam: modern 5* luxury hotel

The W is a trendy and modern luxury hotel that is generally marketed towards a younger age group. It has a fitness centre, spa and a terrace hall. We especially love the W brand because it's well known for being gay friendly internationally. It is owned by the Marriott who have always strongly supported the gay travel community, most recently with their #lovetravels campaign (see video below).

Rooms at the W start from €309 ($352) / night.

STAY WITH A GAY LOCAL

Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht: Hyatt 5* luxury

Andaz is a 5* luxury hotel in the business area of Amsterdam, owned by the Hyatt group. It has 122 rooms each with a stylish design. It's so gorgeous that it's also a popular venue for anniversaries, weddings and other special gatherings. It also has a fitness centre and a spa offering many difrerent treatments.

Rooms at the Andaz start from €296 ($337) /night.

The Hoxton: trendy luxury hotel

Hoxton is a chain of really trendy and modern hotels, which we absolutely love. The Amsterdam Hoxton is huge, with over 100 rooms spread over 5 buildings overlooking the canal. It's also close to some of the best museums like the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum.

Rooms at the Hoxton start from €337 ($384) /night.

Quentin Golden Bear: budget hotel

The Golden Bear used to be a gay hotel, but recent change in management has widened the net to target backpackers and travellers on a budget. Despite this, it's remained a very gay friendly hotel. It is located at Kerkstraat 37, which is walking distance to the city's gay hangouts.

Rooms at the Quentin Golden Bear start from €94 ($107) / night.

Mauro Mansion: medium budget boutique hotel

Mauro Mansions is a 3 star hotel in a 16th century canal house, located just round the corner from Amsterdam Centraal train station. The hotel only has 9 rooms and is targeted to people looking for a boutique romantic stay. Large group bookings and children under 12 years old are not allowed here!

Rooms at Mauro Mansion start from €117 ($133) / night.

ClinkNoord Hostel: budget hostel

This gay friendly hostel is located in Amsterdam Noord, close to the Royal Palace and Dam Square. There is a fun communal area to lounge in and meet with other travellers. It's not as gay as some of the other hotels on this list, but it's the sort of place you can stay at knowing you'll be welcome as a LGBTQ traveller.

Rooms at ClinkNoord start from €98 ($112) / night.

Hotel Expresso: trendy and modern medium budget

Hotel Espresso is a modern hotel with 68 rooms, located within walking distance to the Van Gough museum, Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark. They always have complimentary tea/coffee for guests in the lobby, and offer bike rental. It's also convenient because it's minutes walking distance to Leidseplein where the Airport Express Bus #197 stops, giving it a direct link to Schiphol Airport.

Rooms at the Hotel Expresso start from €159 ($181) /night.

Gay couple taking selfies on a bridge in Amsterdam
Selfies in Central Amsterdam

ANCO Hotel: medium budget in red light district

ANCO used to be a men-only leather hotel, but has now become “hetero-friendly” welcoming straight guests. It's located in Amsterdam's Red Light District in a historic house dating back to the 1600s, so it's full of character. It's also walking distance to the Queen's Head gay bar, which is famous for its Drag Bingo nights.

Rooms at ANCO start from €195 ($223) a night.

OUR FAVORITE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

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⭐️ SAFETY & SECURITY — All travelers (gay or not) can sometimes encounter danger when traveling. CloseCircle is your “virtual body guard” mobile app which provides security alerts and support wherever you are in the world. They have a 24/7 emergency response team monitoring their users who will contact you immediately if the SOS swipe button is activated. Support can include anything from practical advice, to free evacuation from areas with extreme weather or security risks. You can read more about CloseCircle in our article about how to stay safe whilst traveling.

⭐️ ONLINE ANONYMITY — A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must in many countries: it allows you to surf anonymously and maintain your privacy whilst traveling. You'll particularly need it in countries where gay dating apps are blocked by the government. We recommend ExpressVPN, a reliable and cost effective service which we used and loved during our travels.

⭐️ HOTELS or APARTMENTS — When we plan a trip, we always look for the best hotel deals. We love Booking.com because not only do they have a comprehensive listing of accommodation options, they also offer the best prices. Added bonus: they provide 24/7 support and free cancellation for most listings.

⭐️ SIGHTSEEING and ADVENTURES — When we travel somewhere, we like to seek out the best experiences, whether it is cooking with locals in Bangkok, hiking on a glacier in Patagonia, or going on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka. Our favorite place to look is GetYourGuide because they have over 30,000 highly rated activities, a user-friendly booking process with free cancellation and a 24 hour customer support.

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