When you’re looking for the best area in Amsterdam for one night, one of the most important things you must have in mind is your transportation. As you only stay in Amsterdam for one night, the last thing you want is to travel too much and lose precious time enjoying one of Europe’s most interesting cities. 

The second factor is your purpose for visiting Amsterdam for one night. Is it for culture, nightlife, shopping, sightseeing or a little bit of a mix of all? Amsterdam has a lot to offer and when you’re only staying in Amsterdam for one night, you have to make some compromises.

In this article, we give you all the information you need about where to stay in Amsterdam for one night, with the transportation and purpose factors in mind. At the bottom of this article, there is a simple question list that helps you decide easily where to stay in Amsterdam for one night. We’ve also added a map with all the recommended areas including the city’s highlights. With that being said, let’s jump to the results.
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Where to stay in Amsterdam for one night? Keep reading!
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What are the best areas to stay in Amsterdam for one night?


Depending on the type of transport you have to go to your next destination and what your purpose is in visiting Amsterdam, the best area to stay in Amsterdam for one night is near the Old City Center as you have good access to Amsterdam’s central station. Neighbouring areas are excellent areas to stay in too as the central station is often within walking distance. If you’re not in hurry the next day, you can easily stay in one of the surrounding areas of the Old City Center.

If you need to catch a flight in the morning or early afternoon, staying near the airport is much more convenient as you can take the train from this area to the city centre until in the late evening.  This is something you might want to consider and the hotels near the airport are much cheaper than in the city centre. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area which suits the best for you.
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where to stay in amsterdam for one night

where to stay in amsterdam for one night

where to stay in amsterdam for one night
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The best area to stay in Amsterdam for one night are: 

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1. Old City Center


The Old City Center is by far the most popular area to stay in as a tourist, but staying in the neighbouring areas is an excellent choice as most areas are within walking distance. The Old City Center offer a good variety of sightseeing landmarks, ranging from The Dam and the Canal Belt to the Red Light District called The Wallen and the countless coffee shops. But the shopping Walhalla which is called the Kalverstraat is located nearby too. As you can imagine, a lot of things are going on in the epicentre of Amsterdam and when you’re only staying one night in Amsterdam, there is no better place to stay than the Old City Center. 

But there is a catch. The amount of tourists that visit Amsterdam has increased to such insane numbers that the local government is adding new policies to control the flow of tourists. Prices for hotel rooms are going through the roof and the quality of the rooms is often below average. Neighbouring areas with less nightlife and coffee shops are often better alternatives. With that being said, there are of course good quality hotels to be found in the Old City Center if you’re willing to pay the price. And when you do find a good hotel with proper reviews, you’re located in the best area in Amsterdam for one night or longer!

For transportation: a five to ten-minute walk will get you to Amsterdam Central Station. From here, you can take the metro to other major train stations in Amsterdam, such as Amsterdam Arena where you have large parking garages if you travel by car, or take the train to your next destination or to Schiphol Airport. 

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below.
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2. Grachtengordel


The Grachtengordel, or Canal Belt, is an area behind the Old City Center and is home to some of the most expensive square meters of the capital. During the Golden Age, wealthy merchants and other people of influence came to this part of the city and built impressive homes with that iconic architecture. These houses are located right at the canals, and this area is known for all those Instagrammable pictures you see in travel magazines and on social media. Staying at the Grachtengordel or nearby does come with a hefty price tag, although there are a handful of reasonably priced accommodations to be found. Strolling through this iconic neighbourhood full of unique shops at the Negen Straatjes (nine small streets) is an amazing experience and when you pick this area to stay in, you’re right in the middle of all this. The Old City Center is a five-minute walk away and to reach the central station, you add another five minutes to that. Reach the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, it will take around the time time. If it fits your budget, staying at the Grachtengordel for one night is an excellent choice with the iconic landmarks all nearby.
Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for first-time visitors in this particular area are visually listed below.

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below.
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3. Jordaan


This former working-class neighbourhood is yet another iconic area in Amsterdam. Where the previously recommended Canal Belt is for the rich, the Jordaan was built during the Golden Age for the working class. Nowadays, the Jordaan has improved but still has its charm and is home to the typical people from Amsterdam: those who say what they think without consequences. The Jordaan can be characterized as a picturesque, romantic neighbourhood which attracts many tourists to stroll around. Make sure to visit a typical local bar in this area. The Jordaan is famously known for its local bars where they play typical folk songs and during the evening, the local people are always in a good party mood. When staying in this area, you’re located on the west side of Amsterdam behind the previously recommended Grachtengordel. Many iconic attractions are relatively close but not as close as the previous two recommended areas. 

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below.
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4. Oosterdok Island


In Amsterdam, most hotels are not particularly spacious. If you’re looking for a spacious hotel in the middle of the city centre, you often pay a hefty price for your room. But just next to the central station is a quay where you find a few hotels that are spacious and not extremely expensive. If you want to see the city’s highlights, you have to walk a bit in order to get there. But in return, you’re staying in a relatively quiet area with the central station right next to you. As said in the introduction, you need to make some compromises, but it’s definitely a recommended area to stay at. 

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below.
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5. Amsterdam Airport


Staying near Amsterdam Airport comes with a few benefits that you might want to consider staying here. First of all, the hotel prices are substantially lower than staying in the city centre. Secondly, the public transportation in the Netherlands is of excellent quality and getting from the airport to Amsterdam is a piece of cake. Lastly, if you have to catch a flight early, you don’t have to rush compared to when you’re staying in the city centre. Obviously, the only sensible reason to stay here is when you have to catch a flight after visiting Amsterdam. Otherwise, stay near the Old City Center. 

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below.
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6. Plantage & Jewish Quarter


The last recommenced area in Amsterdam for one night is the combination of the Plantage and the Jewish Quarter, which is located on the Eastside of the Old City Center behind Amsterdam’s red light district, the Wallen. This is a much quieter area compared to the Jordaan, Grachtengordel and the Old City Center, while you’re still located centrally. But within a five-minute walk, you’re already at the bustling area called The Wallen. As there are fewer restaurants, bars and shops in this particular area, it’s not the first pick for tourists. And because of that, the prices are slightly lower compared to other areas. Another benefit is that you have access to the metro, namely the Nieuwmarkt Metro Station, which takes you to the central station, although it’s only one stop away from it. All other recommended areas around the city centre don't have direct access to a metro station. For public transport use, you must use the tram. 

Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for one night in this particular area are visually listed below. 
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Places you might want to avoid when visiting Amsterdam for one night


Assuming you are on a tighter schedule as you only stay in Amsterdam for one night, you should avoid Oud-West, Oud-Zuid and De Pijp as it’s a bit of a hassle to get to the Amsterdam Central Station or Schiphol Airport. If you’re not in such a hurry, these areas are an option, but then the downside is that some of the more popular attractions are located a bit away. The popular museums (Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum) are located in this area as well as the Vondelpark, though. In the next paragraph, we’ve come up with a few questions and answers that help you to decide where to stay in Amsterdam for one night. 
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Do you leave Amsterdam by airplane?


If so, we recommend you should either stay near the Airport or near Amsterdam Central Station. Especially when you have to catch an early flight, staying near the Airport is the best option.
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Do you leave Amsterdam by car?


One of the most convenient places to park your car in Amsterdam is at the Amsterdam Arena. From there, you take the train to Amsterdam Central Station. Parking your car in the city centre is either illegal or extremely expensive. Some hotels do offer parking spots, however, they are often extremely pricy too. If you park your car at the Amsterdam Arena, you usually pay for 24 hours. 
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Do you leave Amsterdam by train?


Your best option is to stay near the Old City Center. Other popular neighbourhoods nearby, which are described in this article, are excellent options as well as Amsterdam Central Station is most of the time reachable by foot. 
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What is your main purpose for visiting Amsterdam for one night?


For sightseeing, culture and architecture, the neighbouring areas of the Old City Center, such as the Grachtengordel, Jordaan, Oosterdok Island and the Plantage & Jewish Quarter are excellent areas. 

For the hedonistic traveller, your best option is to stay around the Old City Center.

Are you exploring Amsterdam for its authenticity? Stay at the Grachtengordel or the Jordaan. In case you are not in a rush the next day, Oud-West and Oud-Zuid (both not mentioned earlier in this article) are decent options too, but a bit far from the Old City Center.
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Map of the best areas in Amsterdam for one night


The next image is a map of the best areas in Amsterdam for one night including the city highlights. The image is in high resolution so you can easily zoom in to see all the details. 
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There you have it, all our recommendations to your question about the best areas to stay in Amsterdam for one night. We hope you enjoyed it and hopefully, you can make a good decision and have the time of your life in this amazing city!
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