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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.

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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Best deal around the Rembrandt Square – 4 star – Amsterdam

This unmissable Secret Hotel set in the historical heart of Amsterdam, is an amazing deal with a fantastic selection of facilities to ensure your stay is as comfortable, convenient and enjoyable as possible. With airport transfers, free Wi-Fi and currency exchange the hotel strives to provide you with everything you could need during your stay, whether you are visiting to see the sights of this vibrant city or for business matters, with a useful business centre including conference rooms with audio/visual equipment. Each room has every feature to give you a cosy and comfortable stay so you can relax and unwind after a busy day in the capital of the Netherlands. For the best deal around the Rembrandt Square, look no further!

The hotel not only offers great features and a wonderfully comfortable stay, but it is also situated in an ideal location for exploring the many amazing sights and exciting activities on offer in Amsterdam. Located close to Rembrandt Square you can discover the main historical sights of Amsterdam with ease as well as being within walking distance to the best shopping streets, cafés and restaurants. For a true taste of Amsterdam’s history visit The Rembrandt House Museum to see an amazing collection of the world renowned Dutch artist’s work and to see the house where Rembrandt himself lived and painted for a large portion of his life, beautifully restored to how it would have looked during his lifetime.

For more culture and history, visit the sombre yet inspiring Anne Frank House and Museum, on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam. Discover where the legendary diarist hid from persecution from the Nazis with her family and others in secret rooms at the back of the house. You can see where she spent over two years in hiding and writing her diaries that have gone on to move and inspire people world wide. There is also an interesting and informative exhibition on her incredible life.

Pick up a great bargain and some wonderfully unique Dutch souvenirs at one of Amsterdam’s many amazing markets, some of which date back to the 18th century. Go to Waterlooplein Flea Market to haggle your way to a great deal on some fantastic items for your home, see the stunning colours of the Flower Market and pick yourself out a beautiful bouquet. For fresh, local and mouth watering biological food produce visit Amsterdam’s Boerenmarkt, the farmer’s market. This Secret Hotel offers the perfect way to discover all of the amazing attractions in this exciting city.

Superb luxury in historic city centre – 4 star – Amsterdam

Experience superb luxury in the historic city centre. For contemporary luxury and an excellent location look no further than this amazing Secret Hotel. With an abundance of deluxe features such as a limo service to take you wherever you need to go in the city, a casino and restaurant and even valet parking. A business centre and executive floor are available for those travelling on business however there are plenty of leisure activities on offer at this hotel for every guest to enjoy including tennis courts, a golf course and health club. Each room is decorated to the uppermost standard and is equipped with every facility needed for a relaxing and comfortable stay at this superb hotel.

Situated close to the central train station, this hotel’s ideal location allows you to travel freely around as well as to and from the city on top of having all of the best of Amsterdam’s sights, attractions, museums, shopping and restaurants right on the hotel’s doorstep. The nearby Nine Streets, or Negen Straatjes, is a great place to spend a day exploring these nine narrow streets in Amsterdam’s historic canal district, intersecting the central canals in between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district these picturesque 17th century streets are home to a wide selection of Amsterdam’s best restaurants and cafés, as well as art galleries and jewellers. The Nine Streets are also famous for its wonderful boutiques and vintage clothing shops making it the place to find bargains and treats.

If all the sight seeing, shopping and more have left you in need of refreshments then you will be spoiled for choice with the amazing array of restaurants, cafés and bars that you will find in Amsterdam. From Michelin starred restaurants to casual cafés and vibrant bars and clubs there is something for everyone. Spend an evening at two Michelin starred Ciel Bleu and indulge in mouth watering delicious and creative foods with such delights as black truffles, as well as stunning views of the city from the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel. Sample traditional Dutch cuisine at Moeders, a kitsch and homely restaurant that serves up classic Dutch dishes such as erwtensoep a hearty pea soup with ham and smoked sausage or choose the taster menu to sample all sorts of typical Dutch cooking. Or, if you are in the mood for liquid refreshments, Amsterdam is well known for its fantastic bars visit the authentic ‘brown’ cafés for a cosy and informal place to catch up with friends.

Deluxe hotel in iconic building – 5 star – Amsterdam

True five star luxury is what you will get from this deluxe hotel in an iconic building. With no less than the best in deluxe features and services providing you with a truly luxurious way to experience Amsterdam. With valet parking and limousine services available you can see the city in style, while the sumptuously comfortable bedrooms give you an opulent space to relax packed with every facility you could possibly need. There is even a health spa that includes a state of the art fitness centre so you can keep up with your workouts, a steam room and sauna so you can sit back and relax as well as an indoor swimming pool that you can enjoy all year round.

On top of the array of top quality features at this deluxe hotel it has the added bonus of being situated in the heart of the city, allowing you to see the best of Amsterdam’s sights and attractions with ease and convenience. Situated close to the central train station means that travelling to and from the hotel as well as around the city itself couldn’t be easier. Near by Dam Square marks Amsterdam’s historical centre and is a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon exploring the neo-classical architecture such as the Royal Palace, once the residence of Napoleon’s brother and King of the Netherlands. Many of the opulent furnishes were left behind after his fast retreat during the crumbling empire and can now be enjoyed today by visitors as well as regular historic and art exhibitions.

Opposite the Royal Palace is the iconic Gassan Dam Square, the place to treat yourself or someone special to stunning pieces of jewellery, a world class watch and even loose polished diamonds. World renowned for the expert team of staff, you’ll find them on hand to advise and to help you pick something that will last a lifetime or just explore this living piece of history that houses over four centuries of craftsmanship.

Beyond Dam Square you will find the picturesque series of canals called the Grachtengordel or canal ring. A major landmark along the canals is the Westerkerk, a 17th century protestant church that is steeped in History. World famous Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn is buried here along with many other artists, Anne Frank frequently wrote about the church’s soothing bells in her diaries during her time hiding near by.

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.