One of the most popular cities in Europe, Amsterdam has everything a tourist could ever want. Romantic walks along canals, world-class art galleries and historic locations such as the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s House, can all be found here. Best of all though, most of them are accessible on foot or on two wheels. And…once you’ve had your fill of the tourist attractions, it boasts some of the best nightlife on the continent – whether you want a few quiet drinks or a foray into the city’s famed red-light district!

There’s just one problem with Amsterdam – it’s a little bit on the pricey side. In fact, it can be frightfully expensive! So, if you’re a broke backpacker, might be best if you forget about a hotel and check out Airbnbs in Amsterdam. It can save you a wad of cash to spend on enjoying yourself in the Dam’s coffee shops and restaurants! So, we’ve decided to help you out.

Yep, rather than letting you trawl through all the rentals in Amsterdam, we’ve decided to check out Airbnbs for you. Taking into account a range of different travel styles, personalities, and most importantly budgets, we’ve put together this list of the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam. Hopefully, it’ll help you plan and make the most of your trip!

In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Amsterdam for One Night

First Time in Amsterdam

Green Terrace Studio

Check out this awesome private room with its own entrance and a relaxing green terrace. If you're looking for value in Amsterdam, then this is for you!

Places to visit:
  • Do visit the Anne Frank House
  • Amsterdam has tons of great art on display
  • The Red Light District is loads of fun

Is this amazing Amsterdam Airbnb booked for your dates? We’ve got your back with our other favorite properties below!

Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Amsterdam

Overall Best Value Airbnb
Green Terrace Studio
Overall Best Value Airbnb

Green Terrace Studio

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Private Entrance
  • > Luscious Green Terrace
Best Homestay in Amsterdam
Cosy spot near Vondelpark museums
Best Homestay in Amsterdam

Cosy spot near Vondelpark museums

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fully equipped kitchen
  • > Access to garden
BEST AIRBNB FOR COUPLES IN AMSTERDAM
clean quiet lovers retreat
BEST AIRBNB FOR COUPLES IN AMSTERDAM

Clean quiet lovers’ retreat

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Luggage Drop-Off
  • > Tea and Coffee
BEST AIRBNB FOR FAMILIES IN AMSTERDAM
Bed and Bike Jordaan
BEST AIRBNB FOR FAMILIES IN AMSTERDAM

Bed and Bike Jordaan

  • > $$$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Great location
  • > Two bathrooms
BEST LUXURY AIRBNB IN AMSTERDAM
Exclusive Canal Penthouse with Sauna
BEST LUXURY AIRBNB IN AMSTERDAM

Exclusive Canal Penthouse with Sauna

  • > $$$$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Hammock Chair
  • > Sauna

Why Stay in an Airbnb?

Local Experience

Airbnb gives travellers the unique opportunity to live “like a local.” If you decide to book a shared home with your host, you get to look inside a local’s daily life, learn about their culture and you might even be able to taste some traditional home-cooked meals.

There are few other ways short-term travellers can get into the homes and lives of locals, so this is a great way to create new connections. As an added bonus, you’ll contribute to the local economy and build relationships.

Reach out to your host with questions about things to do or where to eat and they will be happy to help out and give you the best spots and tips. Don’t be shy, Airbnb hosts are known for their caring and open hospitality.

And who knows? Next time you might be staying as a friend and not as a paying guest! (No promises though.)

Affordability

Airbnb has a huge selection of over 6 million unique properties for ANY budget, from single rooms or entire houses to yachts and even castles. This platform is made for travellers, so you will find yourself looking at decent and, especially, affordable places – perfect for everyone that’s backpacking Amsterdam on a budget. In addition to this, most Airbnb hosts also provide household amenities like linens and towels.

If you choose, you can get a place with dining table and kitchen, so besides saving money on the accommodation itself, you can also save money by cooking at home and eating in, rather than having to spend a lot at the nearest restaurant. Whether it’s a luxurious mansion or kitchenette in even the tiniest of spaces, rentals usually have plates, mugs, glasses, bowls, cutlery, and coffee makers and microwaves.

Some hosts provide emergency toiletries like body wash, toothpaste and an unopened toothbrush that can sometimes be a lifesaver for a forgetful traveller.

Airbnb Amsterdam

Safety

Are Airbnb reviews legit? Airbnb wants every guest to be safe so they created a world-class review system where tenants are encouraged to be honest about their experience because it stays invisible until the reviewing period has locked.

Guests are given the power to tell the truth and “make or break” the place they stayed at since the platform forbids the owner to change or remove the review. Every comment you can read on Airbnb is based on finished stays and experiences. Plus, some hosts often depend on the money they earn renting their property and one bad experience from any guest would devastate their income. It might be a bleak perspective, but hey, that’s something of a guarantee you’ll be cared for!

Airbnb also has a 24/7 emergency line with someone ready to assist you. In the worst case, Airbnb will provide a driver or make sure you find a safe place. If you choose this booking platform, you will always be in good hands, without any doubt.

The Top 15 Airbnbs in Amsterdam

Ready for some awesome places? No need to wait any longer, here are our absolute favorite Airbnbs in Amsterdam.

Make sure you know where to stay in Amsterdam before you book your accommodation. Here’s a tip: find out what you want to see in the city first and then look for homes in the surrounding area.

Overall Best Value Airbnb in Amsterdam – Green Terrace Studio

Green Terrace Studio
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Private Entrance
  • Luscious Green Terrace

Let’s kick off our list of the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam with this awesome private room with its own entrance and a relaxing green terrace. If you’re looking for value in Amsterdam, it may be a little unrealistic to set your sights on an entire place, but you’ll be more than happy in this spacious studio. And you’ll still have plenty of privacy – not only do you have a private entrance, but your own bathroom too. A lovely extra touch is that your host will provide you with an umbrella if the weather isn’t good!

Best Budget Airbnb in Amsterdam – Cosy Amstel Guesthouse with Garden

Cosy Amstel Guesthouse with Garden
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Use of garden
  • Cosy room with woodstove

Finding an affordable Airbnb is a tricky challenge since Amsterdam can be quite expensive – but it’s not impossible! That’s where this cosy private room in a guesthouse on the Amstel Canal comes in! It’s a little out of the centre, but that’s no bad thing when you consider the very pretty 20-minute bike ride that you can enjoy from the apartment. If you fancy staying closer to home, you can enjoy sitting out in the quiet and tranquil garden, or if it’s cold, just chill out in your room – where you can keep toasty with the woodstove!

Perfect Short Term Rental for Digital Nomads – Buenas Noches – The Loft

Buenas Noches The Loft
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Incredible Location
  • Complimentary Breakfast

Travelling as a digital nomad? There are a few things you’ll want from your Amsterdam Airbnb. First of all – fast and reliable Wi-Fi. Check! Second, a laptop-friendly workspace. Check! On top of these essentials, this cool private room offers you more than just that. When you’ve finished working for the day, you have some of the city’s top attractions just a stone’s throw away. Best of all though is the complimentary breakfast – whether you’re spending the day in front of your laptop or heading out to explore, it’s the perfect way to fuel up!

Budget Tip: Dorms in Amsterdam start from $22USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travellers – Lovely Room with a bike

Lovely Room with a bike
  • $
  • 1 Guest
  • Free bike rental
  • Coffee and tea available

It’s very easy as a solo traveller to search for a hostel in Amsterdam. After all, what better option is there if you want to make friends and go out? However, it’s not for everyone. And if you’ve been travelling long term, you might want some space to yourself. Thankfully, this lovely Amsterdam Airbnb offers you a room in a lovely area, with your own bike. This will save you cash when it comes to bike rental costs! Another way to keep your spend down is by taking advantage of the free tea and coffee available here!

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Best Airbnb in Amsterdam for Nightlife – Quiet Room in Amsterdam Centre

Quiet Room in Amsterdam Centre
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Near the Red Light District
  • Comfortable Private Space

No trip to the Dam is complete without a night out in the legendary Red-Light District, one of the most unique places in Amsterdam! So, check out this excellent Airbnb with all the bars, clubs, and other nighttime activities (we won’t go into detail) on your doorstep. Just make sure you don’t overdo it on the beers as you’ve got two flights of Amsterdam stairs to get up to reach your room! The apartment is close to public transport too, so that you can easily make your way around the city during the day. Just make sure you come from the Red Light District alone – you don’t want to upset your host!

Best Short Term Rental for Couples – Clean quiet lovers’ retreat

clean quiet lovers retreat
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Luggage Drop-Off
  • Tea and Coffee

The Dutch capital might not immediately occur to you when thinking of romantic destinations, but it’s not called the Venice of the North for nothing! Not only do you have a comfy double bed in this room by the Amstel, but also a soaking tub, which will ease those aching muscles after a day of exploring by bike or on foot! There’s also tea and coffee for you to enjoy in your room. If you arrive before check-in or have a late flight out, your friendly host is happy for you to leave your luggage for your convenience!

Best Homestay in Amsterdam – Cosy spot near Vondelpark & museums

Cosy spot near Vondelpark museums
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Access to garden

Looking to save cash and have an authentic experience in the Dam? Then perhaps staying with a local is your best shout. Here’s the best homestay in Amsterdam – a cosy spot chock full of plants near the Vondelpark. It’s also just 5 minutes away from Museumplein – one of the most popular areas of Amsterdam! You’re welcome to use the communal areas of the house, including the fully equipped kitchen and the relaxing garden. A lovely place to disconnect after a day of exploring!

Runner Up Homestay in Amsterdam – Bed and Bathroom in the Pijp

Bed and Bathroom in the Pijp
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Mini fridge and microwave

There are so many great homestays in Amsterdam we didn’t want to leave you with just one choice. This bed with an almost private bathroom (your host sometimes uses the washing machine in there during the day) is in the cool area of De Pijp, which is an awesome place to be! If you’ve been travelling for a long time, you’ll be pleased to know that your host is prepared to wash your clothes on request. And don’t worry, it’s done with organic products so it’s good for the environment too!

Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Amsterdam – Central Amsterdam Houseboat

Central Amsterdam Houseboat
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Terrace with canal views

If you don’t mind splashing the cash a bit (no pun intended), you can stay on one of the city’s canals. Not by it, not with a view of it, actually on it! This houseboat is a great Amsterdam Airbnb if you want a truly authentic experience with a little bit of luxury thrown in for good measure. There’s a hell of a lot on board, including a fully equipped kitchen and dining room.

If the weather’s good, head out onto your terrace and people-watch (unlikely). If there’s no one about, just admire the famous Blue Bridge and Amsterdam Opera House!

Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Amsterdam – Exclusive Canal Penthouse with Sauna

Exclusive Canal Penthouse with Sauna
  • $$$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Hammock Chair
  • Sauna

Now, we’ve spent a lot of this article warning you how expensive Amsterdam is. But what happens if money’s no object? Well, you can get a place like this! Yes, a place that has a hammock overlooking the canal and a sauna (can you think of anything better after a day of sightseeing?)! There are flowers and plants throughout the space too, which are guaranteed to keep you calm and content. This truly is one of the overall best Airbnbs in Amsterdam. Period!

Best Airbnb in Amsterdam for Families – Bed and Bike Jordaan

Bed and Bike Jordaan
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Great location
  • Two bathrooms

This excellent Amsterdam apartment is perfectly suited to families, no matter what age the kids are. You’ll get two private double rooms, which each have their own private bathroom – so you can properly slim down the time it takes everyone to get ready to go out in the morning! There’s also a flat-screen television for the evening – as well as free Wi-Fi. So, if there’s nothing on TV everyone can connect to their devices and entertain themselves! Or, even better, spend quality time together in the small sitting room!

Best Airbnb in Amsterdam for a Group of Friends – Cosy Studio with Terrace and Airco

Cosy Studio with Terrace and Airco
  • $$$
  • 4 Guests
  • Private Entrance
  • Tea and Coffee

When travelling with friends, it’s important to have a place where you can spend time together to kick back and relax. So, check out this Amsterdam apartment which has a fantastic terrace! What better way to enjoy the view of De Pijp and the canals? With a hot drink of course – so it’s a good job there’s a Nespresso machine in your kitchen! It may not be an entire place, but you do have a private entrance. Great news if you’re planning a night out on the town and don’t want to disturb your host on the way home!

Best Airbnb in Centruum – Room in the heart of Amsterdam

Room in the heart of Amsterdam
  • $$
  • 3 Guests
  • Great location
  • Tea and coffee

Centruum is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the Dutch capital as it’s where you’ll find several of the city’s top attractions. It’s also one of the most expensive areas, but look hard and you’ll still find good value for money. Such as in this awesome Amsterdam apartment! This private room is a good option for a couple on a budget or a small group of friends. If you’re planning a quiet night in, you’re welcome to curl up with one of the books in the apartment!

Another Great Apartment in Centruum – Historic loft near Dam Square

Historic loft near Dam Square
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Incredible Roof Terrace
  • Access to communal areas

Another great option for a small group of friends or a family is this historic loft apartment in Amsterdam’s cool Centruum neighbourhood. You’re welcome to use the communal areas throughout the apartment, and the fully equipped kitchen is an opportunity to prepare your own meals and keep costs down. Once you’ve finished cooking, head upstairs to the roof terrace. It’s the ideal place to enjoy great food and great company, time it right and do it as the sun sets!

Top Value Airbnb in Jordaan – Room in 1600s canal storehouse

Room in 1600s canal storehouse
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Pinball Machine

We’re rounding off our list of the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam with a truly awesome apartment in Jordaan – which is a hop, skip, and a jump from the Centruum area. If you have a full Amsterdam itinerary, this is the place you’ll want to stay at! Another private room to save you a little on costs, this place has a fully equipped kitchen and a pinball machine provides the entertainment. It’s a 420 friendly apartment, which will no doubt please many travellers to the Dam!

What to Pack for your Amsterdam Airbnb

Pack these things for a nicer stay in your Airbnb.

AR Towel

1. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: If you don’t want to trust your Airbnb to provide clean towels, it’s always smart to bring your own. Problem is, most towels take up a lot of space in your suitcase. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is made of super-light material, which hardly takes up any space. Plus, it’s incredibly comfortable and quick-drying. Great for a day around the pool or at the beach. The material is antibacterial, so it won’t smell funny, even on long holidays.

Travel Pillow

2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Being on a plane or bus for a long time, especially overnight, can be pure torture. Instead of arriving at your Airbnb with red eyes and a grumpy mood, you should have a look at this TRTL Travel Pillow – it actually fulfils all of its promises. The ergonomic design supports your neck and head in a comfortable and safe way. Getting some proper sleep, even while sitting upright, will be a massive relief on your next holiday.

best toiletry bag for one bag travel

3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: To prevent the loss of your toothpaste in the depths of your bag, you should get a hold of the Active Roots Toiletry Bag. With large compartments, see-through and enclosed sections, you can have all of your stuff in the right spot, easy to find and accessible at all times.

Travel Planner

4. Travel Journal: Write down your plans, thoughts, inspirations or experiences – the list doesn’t stop here. Journaling while travelling is a great way to keep memories, calm down and reflect after a long day, or simply doodle around while waiting at the airport. Try it out yourself with this elegant Travel Journal.

Universal Adapter

5. Universal Travel Adapter: Don’t land in a new country without the right adapter to charge your devices. This can be a logistical nightmare as your phone runs out of juice but you still need to plot a course to your rental. This universal travel adapter covers 150 countries, and you’ll always be able to charge your phone (and 4 more devices simultaneously), no matter where you are in the world.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

6. Carbon Monoxide Detector: Many homes already have CM detectors hardwired in, but regulation hasn’t caught up to technology in some areas. Most accommodations are not obligated to install protections or monitors, which is why owning your own portable device comes in very handy. The waterproof and long-lasting monitor will send out visual and audible alarms, before the carbon monoxide reaches a dangerous level.

Final Thoughts on Amsterdam Airbnbs

So, that concludes our list of the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam. We hope you agree that there’s a lot of variation, and something to suit your travel style, but above all, your budget too!

No matter what you want, there’s an Airbnb in Amsterdam for you! Perhaps you got your eye on a cool houseboat? What about the awesome homestay with a friendly local? Or perhaps you want a pad to crash after a night out in the Red Light District? It’s all there on our list!

If you think we’ve given you a little too much choice, sorry not sorry for that. But take a deep breath and pick our overall best Airbnb in Amsterdam. That’s the Green Terrace Studio! It’s the best combination of value for money, style, and it’s in a great location.

Now that you’ve checked out the best Airbnbs in Amsterdam, it’s time for us to wish you an incredible holiday in the Dam. We hope you have a great time!

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