Top 8 eco hotels in Amsterdam
Keeping green in Amsterdam is easier than you think.
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As the world becomes more eco-aware, choosing green hotels over old-fashioned high rises has become the newest trend among worldly travellers. In cities like Amsterdam, eco-hotels don't compromise on your luxuries. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Progressive technology and "building from the ground-up" initiatives mean that, in most cases, you won't notice much of a difference in the amenities on offer – except for perhaps a recycling bin in the corner. Hotels may even feel more luxurious as you can relax in the knowledge that you're doing your bit for the world.
Eco-hotels in Amsterdam are everywhere, but here are our top picks to make your trip even greener.
How did we pick these hotels?Our editorial team selected the Amsterdam hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.
Where can you book these Amsterdam hotels?
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
Why we chose these accommodation options:
- On each of these hotel's websites, you'll find a page dedicated to their eco-policies that outlines what their sustainable initiatives are at present and in the future.
- With some of the damage already done, most hotels focus on using recyclable building materials and sustainable/long-lasting furniture.
- Recycling is big news in Amsterdam, with most hotels, restaurants, bars and households dividing their waste into five categories. This means more is being recycled and less is ending up in a landfill.
Where in Amsterdam are these hotels?
What to know before you go to Amsterdam
- Choose walking or biking over rental cars and taxis. There are over 500km of dedicated cycling lanes in Amsterdam, and bike rental shops are as common as coffee shops. So, there really is no excuse not to use them. Plus, they're generally cheaper than taxis.
- Often nicknamed the "Venice of the North", Amsterdam's waterways are a huge draw to the city. With so many tourists opting to take a motorised tour around the canals, the city's emissions show no signs of slowing down. Consider hiring a pedal boat to explore at your own pace.
- If you're having a night in and cooking for yourself or simply feeling a bit peckish, there are plenty of markets and locally-owned shops that specialise in eco-friendly produce. Generally, this includes products that are organically grown, haven't had to travel too far and were probably pulled out of the soil just yesterday.
Things to avoid when booking eco-hotels in Amsterdam
- Unfortunately, the word "eco" is bandied around as a marketing tool in today's hotel industry, with some "eco" hotels only offering one or two sustainable measures. While this is a great start, it's worth making sure your accommodation has a transparent eco-policy that you can access and read about.
- If your hotel doesn't have a comprehensive recycling system, then it's simply not worth it. The Netherlands is one of the most efficient countries in the world when it comes to recycling, with 70% of waste being recycled and the rest incinerated to generate electricity.
- Favour hotels with eco-friendly transport options over those that encourage the use of taxis or offer car rental services. Most locals use bikes or their own two feet to get around and encourage tourists to do the same.
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