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Set on a picturesque network of canals and waterways, Amsterdam is a truly iconic European city.With its stunning architecture and rich history, Amsterdam is the perfect city break destination for both young and old. Once home to some of the most influential artists in the world, explore and immerse yourself in the rich culture that the Dutch capital has to offer. Amsterdam is easily accessible too, even for young families; stroll down the towpaths on foot, hop on a bike or make use of the efficient public transport system to truly experience the city and all it has to offer. To make your trip to Amsterdam that bit more special, why not book with Secret Hotels to ensure the best deals on the finest accommodation? Guaranteed to offer unbelievable savings on a huge variety of hotels to suit every need, trust in Secret Hotels to enhance your trip to this stunning Dutch city.

Amsterdam is a must for any art lover. Host to the Van Gogh Museum and a multitude of other museums featuring masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, fine art is the key to the allure of Amsterdam. Also home to the acclaimed and internationally renowned Anne Frank House, a budding visitor will never be short of historic and provoking sights to see and experience.

After spending an afternoon soaking in the culture of this sublime city, take a visit to one of Amsterdam’s infamous coffee shops or sample the vibrant and diverse nightlife by having a drink or two in one of the city’s bars or clubs. Famed for its lively entertainment culture, Amsterdam has something for everyone after dark too. Sample some locally brewed beer on a bistro patio during the summertime or head to a trendy designer bar for a cocktail – the choice is yours.

No hotel wants empty rooms, so allow Secret Hotels to provide you with accommodation tailored to your needs at the best price. Families wanting exceptional facilities and a child-friendly atmosphere can choose from 4 or 5* hotels in the heart of the city boasting swimming pool complexes whilst couples can opt for luxury apartments by the waterside for a truly romantic European getaway. Modern, stylish boutiques in upscale areas of the city or sprawling spa hotels boasting the finest facilities can be yours for unbeatable value without the hassle of comparison sites or travel agents if you choose to book with Secret Hotels.

From professionals seeking comfortable accommodation for a business trip to groups of friends wishing to sample the famous Dutch nightlife, Secret Hotels endeavour to find the best match for you. With superb hotels located around the city, make sure you are spoilt for choice in your search for the perfect trip to Amsterdam with Secret Hotels.

Quality hotel in a fantastic location – 5 star – Amsterdam

Secret Hotels customers after the finer things in life will be enchanted by this luxury 5* Top Secret Hotel with an unrivalled location in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic city centre. The hotel’s spacious and finely furnished double en-suite guest rooms all feature climate control, free high speed Wi-Fi internet, fully stocked minibar, a flat screen LCD TV and complimentary luxury toiletries. Convenient onsite hotel facilities include a currency exchange, car rental desk, 24 hour concierge, wellness area, lobby bar, valet parking and dry cleaning services. This exceptional hotel is ideal for both business and leisure guests courtesy of the extensive, fully-equipped business centre with numerous conference rooms and the tranquil health club which offers an indoor pool, sauna, solarium, gym and spa. For a quality hotel in a fantastic location, look no further.

Just a short walk from the hotel through the stunningly ornate 17th century architecture and alongside the city’s historic canals is the iconic Anne Frank House museum. Located on the Prinsengracht canal, the museum is housed in what was formerly Anne Frank’s family home where she hid from the Nazi’s during WWII. Drawing in millions of tourists each year, the house helps to preserve Anne’s memory and inform tourists of the atrocities that occurred in Amsterdam during the German occupation. After visiting the museum tourists may wish to hire a bike to take a leisurely ride alongside the picturesque canals and through the historic cobbled squares.

Those with a keen interest in the arts, culture and history will enjoy the hotel’s proximity to the city’s Museum Quarter and iconic Museum Square. One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Rijksmuseum which is home to over a million historic artefacts, including several masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Just a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum is another one of the world’s most visited museums, the Van Gogh Museum. Home to the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings, including drawings and letters, the museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts.

In order to experience modern day Amsterdam tourists are advised to catch the tram and explore the trendy downtown areas of the city and its vibrant nightlife scene. From contemporary, stylish cocktail bars and cosy jazz lounges to traditional Dutch pubs serving locally brewed ales and beers. The majority of the city’s most popular and exclusive clubs are located in the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein areas of the city which are easily accessible after dark on the metro or by taxi.

Trendy hotel with stylish design – 4 star – Amsterdam

This trendy hotel, with stylish design, situated less than 2 miles from Amsterdam’s historic city centre creates the perfect blend of modern, contemporary style with sumptuous luxury and comfort. The hotel provide many useful and practical services to make your trip as easy as possible, such as free parking, free WI-FI and a luggage room. However the real luxury lies in the wellness centre that includes a fitness centre, Turkish baths, massage treatments, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. Spend your evenings catching up with friends or enjoying the company of someone special over a drink in the amazing atmosphere and ambience of the hotel’s own bar, splendidly decorated and offering an array of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails. The deluxe bedrooms offer the perfect space to relax and unwind after a busy day in the city, with countless great facilities, stylish and opulent décor and delightfully comfortable beds, and luxurious bathrooms.

A stay at this Secret Hotel not only provides you with style and luxury but also allows you to explore the capital of the Netherlands with ease and convenience. Within walking distance of the historic city centre of Amsterdam you will be able to discover such wonderful sights exclusive to Amsterdam as Dam Square, where you can see the stunning architecture of the Royal Palace and explore the hidden gems inside, and experience first hand where Queen Beatrix and other Dutch royalty still receive important international guests today. There are also regular art and historical exhibitions held regularly at the Royal Palace and it is a great place to discover a piece of Amsterdam’s rich history.

Also just minutes from the hotel is the buzzing Leidse Square, home to a whole host of bars and restaurants as well as night clubs it is a vibrant spot to spend an evening eating, drinking and dancing with many live music events theatres and even a casino. It is equally as exciting during the day with a great selection of shops and cafés as well as street stalls and performers. Visit the iconic Café Americain in Leidse Square; the stunning art deco style is known as one the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam.

During the summer months, don’t miss out on a trip to the open-air theatre and music events at nearby Vondelpark, with its rich history of theatre and music you can see amazing performances of jazz, cabaret, comedy, dance and large variety of music genres all for free.

Fab location for sights, shopping and trendy bars – 4 star – Amsterdam

For a fab location for sights, shopping and trendy bars and to explore all of the amazing sights and experiences that Amsterdam has to offer on top of fantastic services and features, then this is the hotel for you. This Secret Hotel offers an array of facilities in order to make your trip as convenient and enjoyable as possible, including high-speed internet throughout the hotel, airport transfers, currency exchange and valet parking for guests. The rooms are not only wonderfully comfortable but also include everything you could possibly need for a fun and relaxing stay. There is also a state of the art fitness centre so you can keep up with your workouts during your stay.

This Secret Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the best of Amsterdam’s historical and culture sights as well as many different shopping options and a great nightlife too. Nearby Rembrandt Square is a wonderfully vibrant spot to enjoy the beautiful architecture, treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy in the vast variety of shops in the square, from high fashion to lovely Dutch souvenirs to bring back for your friends and family. The square is named after the world famous Dutch artist whose bronze statue sits proudly in the centre of the square. The square is also well known for its excellent assortment of cafés, The Grand Café Opera features beautiful art nouveau exterior and stylish art deco interior with a delicious menu. Brasserie Schiller is a gorgeous art nouveau building with lovely etched and stained glass panels and windows and is perfect place to relax with a coffee and take in the beauty and the hustle and bustle of Rembrandt Square.

You can see where the world renowned artist lived and worked for many of his life at Rembrandt House or Rembrandthuis, it was recently restored to exactly how he would have lived in it during the 17th century and allows visitors to experience the artist’s life and times first hand and see the very studio where his famous works were originally created. The house also has an exhibition where you can see many etchings and other items that were found during archaeological excavation of the grounds as well as regular exhibitions from other Dutch artists past and present.

Experience the iconic colours of the Netherlands’ tulips and other stunning flowers at Amsterdam’s beautiful Flower Market, pick up a bouquet to surprise a loved one or bring home bulbs to plant in your own garden.

 

Elegant hotel in the heart of Amsterdam – 4 star – Amsterdam

This Secret Hotel gives every guest an elegant and ambient atmosphere, with an amazing selection of deluxe features and useful facilities and services. With express checking in and out, currency exchange, limousine service and a tour desk the hotel strives to ensure that you get the most out of your trip to Amsterdam. This elegant hotel in the heart of Amsterdam benefits from an excursion desk, providing fun and interesting ways to see the city or you can also rent bicycles from the hotel and explore Amsterdam your own way. If you are in need of some rest and recuperation then the hotel’s health spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind in sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.

In addition to the hotel’s vast array of fantastic services and features, it is ideally located in the heart of the city allowing you to easily discover all of Amsterdam’s amazing sights and attractions. Nearby Dam Square marks the historic centre of the city, the sight of countless important historic events including royal celebrations, debates, protests and festivals. It is also home to the iconic Royal Palace, as well as being an important historic landmark it is still in use today by Queen Beatrix and the rest of the Dutch royal family to host significant international guests. As well as regular interesting and education art and historic exhibitions, a trip to the Royal Palace is great way to learn all about the capitol of the Netherlands past and present.

Another amazing way to discover the rich history of this fascinating city is a visit to the Anne Frank house, where the world famous diarist spent over two years hiding in a secret annex from Nazi persecution with her family, until they were betrayed and exposed in 1944. Today visitors can see the annex while learning exactly how Anne and her family spent their years in hiding creating the atmosphere by displaying photographs, film images and objects belonging to the family. You can also see Anne’s real diary in which she originally wrote her thoughts, emotions and impressions of her situation that went on to become a world wide best seller.

For a buzzing atmosphere, beautiful architecture with a wonderful selection of cafés, bars and restaurants spend an afternoon in Rembrandt Square. The square, which is named after the famous Dutch painter, features a large bronze statue of the Netherland’s beloved artist. Visit Brasserie Schiller to take in the stunning beauty of the art nouveau building with its etched glass and stain glass windows.

 

A treasure in the upscale part of town – 5 star – Amsterdam

This stunning Secret Hotel, ‘A treasure in the upscale part of town’, is deal not to be missed. With every five star feature you could imagine and so much more. From airport shuttles to valet parking, the hotel strives to provide every guest with an enjoyable and convenient a visit to the Capital of the Netherlands. The luxurious rooms not only offer a beautiful space to relax but also feature an array of deluxe facilities such as flat screen TVs, minibars as well as room service and stylish en-suite bathrooms. If you want to keep up with your workout regime then take advantage the hotel’s amazing fitness centre or treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing and indulgent massage at the hotel’s spa.

A stay at this beautiful Secret Hotel not only offers amazing features and luxurious experience, but it is also in the heart of Amsterdam’s most exclusive area. You can discover some of the city’s best high fashion shopping, Michelin starred restaurants and chic bars right on the hotel’s doorstep. The hotel even offers their own bicycle rental service allowing you to easily and pleasantly explore the rest of the city’s top attractions and most iconic sights. The hotel is also situated close to what has come be to named the Museumplein or the Museum Quarter of the city, which is not only the most sophisticated area of the city but is also home to some of Amsterdam’s most significant museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the world’s most popular museums, owning the largest collection of the world renowned artist’s works, which include over 200 of his iconic original paintings such as the Sunflowers, self portraits and landscapes as well as 500 drawings and 700 hand written letters.

To experience more of Amsterdam’s quintessential culture past and present then the Heineken experience is a must see. The guided tour offers visitors a first hand account of the history of the Heineken family and how their world famous beer came to be, taking you through the full process of creating the beer with taster samples and other interactive activates along the way. Not only do you get this amazing experience but on purchasing your ticket you also get two drinks included in the price as well as an extra Heineken and a separate tasting bar! The Heineken experience is a fun and exciting way to learn about a key part of Amsterdam’s history while enjoying the delicious product of years of hard work and dedication.

Great hotel in the middle of Amsterdam – 5 star – Amsterdam

For an unbeatable deal at a great hotel in the middle of Amsterdam don’t miss out on a stay at this fantastic five star Secret Hotel. With countless spectacular features the hotel strives to provide every guest with a deluxe and enjoyable visit and ensure you get the most out of your time in Amsterdam with valet parking, airport transfers, theatre reservations and a tour desk. Each room is sumptuously comfortable and packed with every facility you could need for a relaxing stay, the hotel even has a fitness centre and a sauna available. The hotel’s stylish restaurant and bar is a great place to spend your evenings, enjoying delicious food, refreshing drinks and good company.

As well as offering a plethora of amazing services the hotel has the added benefit of being in the centre of Amsterdam allowing guests to discover the city’s best historic and cultural sights and attraction with ease and convenience. Being within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station you can travel easily to and from as well as around the city, the hotel even provides bicycle rentals so you can see Amsterdam like a true local. Close to the hotel is Amsterdam’s oldest district, Nieuwmarkt, you will almost feel like you are stepping back in time while you discover Amsterdam’s rich history first hand with tons of surprises along the way. Have a meal at the area most imposing building, De Waag that was built in 1488 and was once the gateway through the medieval city walls that today is a wonderful spot to have lunch or dinner in a dramatic and atmospheric setting, lit by 300 candles.

Also in Nieuwmarkt you may be surprised to find Europe’s largest Buddhist temple, Zeedijk Temple. Designed by Dutch architects in a traditional Chinese style, this splendid building was opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2000 making her the first states person to publicly support Buddhism. Visitors can take a guided tour of the stunning temple on Saturday afternoons.

Another way to experience Amsterdam’s rich history and interesting present is a visit to nearby Dam Square and see the iconic Royal Palace. Dam Square marks the historic centre of the city as the place where thousands of important historic events took place. The Royal Palace is one of Amsterdam’s most significant historic landmarks and is still an active part of the Dutch royal family life where Queen Beatrix often hosts important international guests.

 

The best luxurious boutique hotel in Amsterdam – 4 star – Amsterdam

For a truly unique and luxurious experience, this stunning boutique hotel does not disappoint. The rooms are a stylish and deluxe home from home, with every room containing a private bar, LED TVs, luxurious complimentary toiletries and Illy coffee machines as well as many rooms having their own private balconies and terraces. The hotel itself has a chic and relaxing environment with a cosy library with a fireplace and a lobby where you can enjoy a drink with friends and loved ones. The hotel perfectly combines style and practicality with a fantastic selection of useful services to allow you get the most out of your time in Amsterdam, including airport transfers, theatre reservations, city tours, car rentals and so much more. The hotel even offers wonderfully indulgent spa treatments so you can relax and unwind after a busy day in this vibrant and exciting city. For the best luxurious boutique hotel in Amsterdam, look no further!

The hotel’s ideal central location means that you can easily explore the abundance of spectacular sights and attractions that call home to the capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is well known for it’s amazing selection of fun and interesting museums and galleries, situated just moments from the hotel itself is Museumplein or Museum Square which features some of Amsterdam’s top museums such as the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Being considered one of the world’s best and most popular museum’s the Van Gogh Museum is a sight not to be missed, housing more than 200 of the world renowned artist’s original paintings including such iconic pieces as the Sunflowers as well as self-portraits and landscapes, on top hundred of his drawings and letters.

Also close to the hotel is the gorgeous Vondelpark, you can explore the beautiful nature of the park year round but it is during the summer months that it really comes alive. For decades the park has hosted an amazing variety of open-air theatre, comedy acts, jazz bands, cabaret, children’s theatre, dance performances and so much more, and entry is completely free of charge. Next to Vondelpark is the vibrant Leidseplein, a lovely square that makes the perfect spot to browse the many great shops, have a refreshment at one of the sqaure’s lively bars and cafés and take in the amazing talent of the many street performers that this square are well known for. Whether you want art and culture, shopping or partying or leisurely exploring the sights of Amsterdam this chic boutique hotel is the perfect option.

Contemporary hotel near central station – 4 star – Amsterdam

This contemporary hotel near central station provides each guest with a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable base to explore the delights of the capital of the Netherlands. With countless deluxe facilities and features throughout the hotel and in every room the hotel strives to ensure that you can make the most of your trip to Amsterdam, including airport and city centre shuttles, limousine and car rental services and even indoor parking getting to and from as well as around the city couldn’t be easier. The hotel also offers it’s own bicycle rentals allowing you to explore the city like a local. On top of all this the hotel’s very own wellness centre will leave feeling relaxed and pampered with tons of wonderfully indulgent treatments on offer as well as a sauna, steam room and a gym.

With so much to see and do in this exciting and vibrant city there is something for everyone. Discover the fascinating history of the city first hand at nearby Dam Square, the square is considered the historic center of the city and throughout Amsterdam’s rich history it has been the sight of significant events such as festivals, public debates, protests and royal celebrations. Explore the Royal Palace and see where many of the Netherlands’ monarch’s once resided and where today Queen Beatrix and the rest of the Dutch Royal family still host important guests from around the world.

Learn of Amsterdam’s more recent and possibly most poignant period of history through the story of the legendary Anne Frank and her now world renowned diary. See the house in which she and her family spent more than two years hiding in an annex disguised behind a bookshelf, to protect themselves against Nazi persecution, until the point that they were betrayed and captured. The Anne Frank house also features an interesting exhibition displaying her original diary as well as many other objects found in the annex that were used by her and her family.

Grab an amazing bargain for yourself or get your friends and family back home some wonderful souvenirs and one of the wide variety of Amsterdam’s markets. Waterlooplein Flea Market features many fantastic and totally unique items from antique furniture to vintage clothes and accessories while Amsterdam’s Flower Market is home to the iconic and beautiful Dutch tulips, bring home bulbs to plant in your own garden buy or a bouquet for someone special.

 

Colourful design hotel – 4 star – Amsterdam

This wonderful 4 star Top Secret Hotel located on the East area of Amsterdam is a great deal for your stay in the lively city!

Rooms, at this colourful design hotel, are vibrant and comfortable with excellent features such as free high speed internet access and a flat screen LCD TV for guests to enjoy. Complimentary amenities such as tea and coffee facilities and toiletries, as well as the handy city map, make a stay here that extra bit more pleasurable, and demonstrate the hotel’s attention to detail. Climate control and daily housekeeping ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible, and facilities such as a hairdryer and iron with ironing board are provided in every room.

The friendly hotel staff work on a 24 hour basis, providing all you could wish for during your stay here, and always giving you a service with a smile. Guests can make use of some of the additional services on offer, such as laundry and dry cleaning services, shoe shine, and even a currency exchange. If you wish to book a tour of the city, head to the hotel’s very own tour desk for a top day out with minimum hassle! The hotel is also home to an excellent garden and a sophisticated lobby bar, where many guests enjoy a drink or two before an evening meal.

For a great day out for all the family, and for any ages, take a visit to the excellent Science Centre NEMO, the largest science centre in the whole of the Netherlands! The centre has 5 floors of exciting science related exhibitions, all hands on and interactive, so you’ll never get bored! Here visitors can hear, feel, smell and see how all things science work, from how to purify water, to why we look so much like our parents, and even how lightening works! One of the highlights includes the opportunity to make a massive soap bubble around yourself, and if you’re really impressed you can even buy the special formula and set in the gift shop. For a traditional and delicious Dutch meal out, be sure to visit the highly commended De Silveren Spieghel, dating all the way back to the 17th century. This popular restaurant gives you an authentic experience, sampling fine cuisine in a beautiful historic setting. Some of the favourites on the menu include the wild pheasant breast, as well as the delicious baked pike perche.

Have a fantastic time in Amsterdam!

Amazing value for money in the heart of Amsterdam – 3 star – Amsterdam

This hotel is an excellent option for your stay in Amsterdam, offering fantastic services and facilities in a central location, all at a price you’ll find hard to beat!

Book now for amazing value for money in the heart of Amsterdam and enjoy relaxing in the hotels fantastic rooms- with beds this comfy you wont miss a wink of sleep! All the facilities you’d expect to find in a hotel of this standard are provided, and the housekeeping service ensures guests’ most absolute comfort. Throughout the rest of the hotel, guests can expect a high quality standard of service, with friendly and attentive staff, and a range of great facilities. Reception is open 24 hours per day, answering every query guests may have, no matter what time it is! Guests can also make use of the speedy hotel wifi, perfect for those on business, or if you want to keep up to date with people back at home. If you don’t fancy bringing your own laptop, there’s even a PC in the lobby for all guests to use at any time, free of charge. To make sure you look your best before leaving the hotel, why not use their fantastic shoe shine service?

For a relaxing walk after a day of exploring the bustling city, head to the beautiful Vondelpark, the largest green space in the whole of the city stretching across 120 acres, and is named after famous poet Joost van der Vondel. This picturesque park is home to may ponds and stunning lakes, as well as many quaint cafes. Visit the Blauwe Theehuis (‘The Blue Tea House’), a 1930s Tea House, for a nice lunch or a cold beer- in the summer there are even barbeques and DJs here! Alternatively, why not take a picnic to enjoy the beautiful surroundings whilst saving money. Also in the park are an open air theatre and a children’s playground.

With so much to do and see in this diverse and magnificent city, one of the best ways to get around and to see the most of the beautiful scenery is through a bike tour. You can either do this through renting a bike from one of the many bike rental companies, or take a guided bike tour with the Yellow Bike company, located only 3 minutes walk away from the Central Station. Their ‘Big City Bike Tour’ will take visitors to see Anne Frank’s house, the Red Light District, and the Jordan Quarter, to name a few! The advantage of taking this bike tour is that you get to see all of the main sites in one day, and being on a bike means easy and quick access to places that are otherwise inaccessible.

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