Holiday Accommodation in the Netherlands
Taking a holiday in the Netherlands? Information on finding the right place to stay: self-catering, bed and breakfast, hotel or youth hostel, find out more...
The Netherlands offers a varied choice of accommodation.
All hotels in the Netherlands are categorised by the Benelux Hotel Classification System. Hotels are awarded one to five stars depending on the facilities on offer, for example, pool, elevator or fitness room. This classification system does not take in to account the hotel's location or atmosphere. The star rating of a hotel is shown on a blue and white sign at the main entrance.
Hotels of varying levels (and price range) are easily booked online or via tourist offices.
- See the main Holland tourist website or Days Out.nl: both sites have a search facility in English for those looking for varying types of accommodation within required time periods
Competitively priced and ideal for those travelling on a budget, a feature of hostels in Europe is the shared, dormitory-style bedrooms and bathrooms. There are many to choose from in the Netherlands.
Stayokay runs over 30 hostels in the Netherlands and they are no longer exclusively for young people. Accommodation is for four to six people in dormitories. Bed linen is not automatically provided, but it is possible to rent it out or bring your own.
Outside of the town and city centres there are self-catering cottages and plenty of campsites.
Bed and Breakfast
B&B accommodation in the Netherlands is becoming more plentiful and accommodation can range from an ordinary family home to an old historical building.
- For reservations at specific B&Bs see the Bed & Breakfast Holland website
Camping and Caravanning
There are two sorts of campsites in the Netherlands: nature sites known as natuurterreinen, which are small to medium sized campsites with basic facilities, and bigger campsites that have a wide range of facilities. Both allow for campers to set up their own tent or caravan, or rent accommodation.
It is forbidden to camp in areas other than designated campsites, but many campsites, known as natuurkampeerterreinen, are set in rural, nature locations. A camper must have a Natuurkampeerkaart membership card to use these campsites. The membership card is available from the Stichting Natuurkampeerterreinen along with the Groene Boekje, a booklet listing the sites, facilities and rules for "green" camping. It is updated and produced annually and can be ordered online along with the card.
- Stichting Natuurkampeerterreinen
At: Postbus 413, 3430 AK Nieuwegein
Tel: 030 603 3701
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10:30-12:30
Hiker's huts (trekkershutten) are designed for those on walking trips. Accommodation is very basic and houses up to four people. Bedding is not provided.
- For further information on hiker's huts: Click here (in Dutch)
Holland has a large number of what are known as bungalow parks. These are holiday parks with many indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Rental periods are usually a week and the bungalows accommodate four to eight people.
Some of the houseboats moored along Amsterdam’s canals are available for holiday rental. There are also a number of floating hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city.
- For more information on houseboats: Click here
Gay Friendly Hotels
There are many gay oriented hotels in the Netherlands, most of which are based in Amsterdam. The gay oriented hotels provide much information on gay events and gay venues.
For a list of hotels contact:
- The Gay & Lesbian Switchboard
Tel: 020 623 6565 from 14:00-22:00
For anyone looking for something out of the ordinary the main tourist website also has a section on discovering Holland off the beaten track with details of accommodation in fairytale castles, water towers, gypsy caravans and lighthouses.