Where to rest after partying in Amsterdam
If you are young, active, fun-loving and a little rebellious, we bet that one of the main aims of your visit to Amsterdam is partying. And for this, the right choice of the city you’ve done. Amsterdam has a rich clubbing scene, bustling nightlife, lots of internationally-famed dance venues plus lively bars that induce you to socialize. Needless to say, some things that are banned in other countries are legalized in Amsterdam. So whether you want to “dance till you’re dead” or to say goodbye to your bachelor life before getting married, head to this city.
At the same time, remember that every night of fun has its end, so finally you go to your place of lodging exhausted and in need of a good night’s sleep. Where can you find the most comfortable pillow to rest your head on? What’s the place that guarantees you the quietness that you long for or, perhaps, the perfect atmosphere for a peaceful chat with your party mates?
We can suggest some good hotels and hostels for an after-party rest that are located not far from the most popular nightclub areas. There are several of such areas in Amsterdam. Let’s find out what they are.
Crawling from a pub to a hostel at the Red Light District
Came to Amsterdam for a stag or a hen party? Start your bachelor adventure in the Red Light District. Apart from windows occupied by the women that offer sex services, there are some cool pubs and coffee shops to visit in the district. Some companies, like the Ultimate Party and the Pretty City Tours, even organize pub crawls in the Red Lights and the other Amsterdam areas. Be sure to visit In De Wildeman, the Bananen Bar and club, The Pilsener Club, Susies Saloon and Belushi’s Bar. By the way, the latter is located adjacent to the Winston hotel/hostel.
The list of coffee shops in the district is truly endless. The Greenhouse (which is literally next doors to Sofitel hotel), Hunter’s Café, De Jolly Jocker, Rock-it, Cannabis College (yes, they teach you about cannabis there) and many many others. Some hostels have their own coffee shops on-site.
The wisest variant of accommodation after you pub crawls would be a hostel right in the Red Light District, especially if you need an inexpensive spot and don’t care about the luxuries. The atmosphere in most of the places isn’t very quiet; however, some hostels offer private rooms. Here are some good hostel examples and the reasons to choose them.
Hostels in the Red Light District
- The Bulldog Hotel Amsterdam. “The first five star hostel in the world”. A popular coffee shop on-site, dorms, female-only rooms, luxury rooms and apartments. Plus discounts on your birthday.
- Flying Pig Downtown hostel. Location on a shopping street close to the Centraal Station, a lively bar and a smoking-room on-site, private rooms and dorms plus discounts, free WiFi and other extras for hotel guests
- Winston hostel/hotel Amsterdam. Known for a club that’s found in the same building and extravagant room designs. Private hotel rooms offered along with dorms. A smoking room is waiting for you, too
At the same time, if your budget isn’t restrained and you’ve got some strength to crawl outside the Red Light District, there are some cool 5 and 4 star hotels found adjacent to the area. After all, it’s the city centre!
Luxury hotels near the Red Light District:
- Sofitel Legend the Grand 5*
- NH Barbizon Palace 5*
- NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky 5*
- Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam 4*
Socializing, partying and sleeping in the Leidseplein
Ask any local or an experienced tourist about the best clubs in Amsterdam, and they’ll most likely name you the ones located on the upmarket Leidseplein. Or the Rembrandtplein. But of the second we’ll speak later.
Leidseplein is every socialite’s paradise as it simply swarms with cool nightclubs, restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops. Club Up, Club Church, Melkweg, Paradiso and Sugar Factory are the venues to dance you feet at. The most famous bars in the area are Cafe Kooper, Cafe De Waard, Boom Chicago, the Three Sisters and the Hoopmans pubs. But of course, the list of venues to visit is a lot more extensive. Once again, check out the tours offered by the Ultimate Party to experience the nightclub soul of Amsterdam.
Another great thing about the area is that the peaceful Vondelpark and the Museumplein with its famous museums are next doors, if you want some change in activity.
The choice of budget hotel options in the area isn’t as varied as in the Red Light District. Plus, if you want a quieter atmosphere, local hotels might be not very suitable. However, if you don’t mind being in the centre of the city life, we advice these hotels:
Hotels near the Leidseplein:
- Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel 4*
- Eden Amsterdam American Hotel 4*
- Amistad 2* (gay hotel)
- Amsterdam Marriott hotel 5*
A short walk from the Leidseplein - and you’ll find more peaceful locations and budget accommodation options:
Dancing in the upscale Rembrandtplein
Rembrandtplein is another popular nightlife area in Amsterdam. But in contrast to the Leidseplein, this area hosts nightclubs of the higher level, the ones that attract the fancier crowd. It’s also more central and easier to get to from the Centraal Station (approximately 15 minutes’ walk), so if you want to visit cultural attractions, they’re next doors too.
The most prominent names on the area’s nightclub scene are Club Escape, Studio 80 and Club Rain. Don’t miss some interesting bars and cafes by the Rembrandtplein: the brown café Schiller, Door 74, the Xtra Cold Icebar, Mulligan’s Irish Music Bar and others.
Unfortunately, like with the Leidseplein, the Rembrandtplein might not be very suitable for a perfect rest and sleep. So if you want an accommodation next to this area, be sure to ask the reception for the quietest room they have. You’ll find some less noisy hotels in a short walking distance from the square. But the pleasant thing is that there are some budget accommodation options to choose from in the area.
Hotels in and near the Rembrandtplein:
If you don’t know what area to start with, don’t forget that all of them are located just some 15 minutes’ from each other. So why choose only one place, visit all of them!