Amsterdam Gay and Lesbian Vacations
Your gay Amsterdam vacation
Amsterdam's reputation for debauchery is juxtaposed against a genteel atmosphere, with quaint canals lined with historic buildings, shady trees and grandmothers pushing baby strollers past open-air cafes. Even if Amsterdam didn't have its gay infrastructure and liberal vibe, it would still be worth visiting for its scenic layout alone.
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LGBT Best in Stay Amsterdam hotels
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Feel part of Amsterdam’s rich elegance at this Art Nouveau landmark Dating to 1913 and formerly a shipping office, the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is a five-star Art Nouveau masterpiece. Overlooking the city's picturesque waterfront, the hotel is a monument to classic design, impeccable luxury and world-class amenities.... More
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Ultramodern hangout in hip LeidsepleinThe perfectly placed Park Hotel Amsterdam is in a central district of Amsterdam, moments away from the buzzing nightlife of Leidseplein and the cultural attractions of Museumplein. This is an ultra-stylish, chic hotel with modern design extending throughout its guest rooms to the... More
Hotel The Exchange is a hotel with a special love of fashion. Students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute dressed the rooms like models on the catwalk. The result: a hotel where architecture meets fashion. Hotel The Exchange has 61 rooms, ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Each room has been designed and dressed by graduates... More
Enjoy modern comforts in historic splendor in the heart of AmsterdamAn unbeatable location on Amsterdam's breathtaking Dam Square puts guests of the chic Swissôtel within a short walk of the city's leading cultural attractions and prime shopping and dining venues. Inviting guest rooms boast contemporary design, sleek... More
Experience historic Amsterdam from this elegant, canal-side charmer The elegant NH Carlton Amsterdam Hotel overlooks the lovely, historic Signal Canal, home to the world-famous floating Flower Market. Within minutes of the Anne Frank House, Dam Square and the city's iconic museums, the NH Carlton is an ideal location... More
East meets West in gastronomic canal-side hotelInspired by Japanese minimalism and design, the Okura Hotel Amsterdam is a shiny modern 23 story tower with inspiring views of the city, and sits on its own private jetty on the Amstel canal. Aimed at tourists and business travelers alike, the Okura Hotel has four renowned... More
|Boston||Amsterdam||Tue, Jan 14 - Thu, Jan 23||$877|
|New York||Amsterdam||Mon, Feb 3 - Sat, Feb 8||$704|
|London||Amsterdam||Tue, Jan 21 - Thu, Jan 23||$170|
|Newark||Amsterdam||Wed, Jan 15 - Sun, Jan 19||$863|
|Minneapolis||Amsterdam||Sat, Jan 11 - Sat, Jan 25||$1,018|
|Los Angeles||Amsterdam||Mon, Feb 3 - Sun, Mar 2||$784|
|Chicago||Amsterdam||Sun, Feb 2 - Sat, Feb 8||$690|
|Seattle||Amsterdam||Sat, Jan 25 - Sat, Feb 1||$987|
|Washington DC||Amsterdam||Sat, Feb 1 - Fri, Feb 7||$774|
|San Francisco||Amsterdam||Fri, Jan 24 - Fri, Jan 31||$998|
|Orlando||Amsterdam||Wed, Jan 22 - Thu, Feb 6||$950|
|Toronto||Amsterdam||Sat, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 26||$959|
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Historic LGBT Amsterdam
Amsterdam is home to the world's first monument to LGBT people lost in the Holocaust. More than 1,200 bridges spanning 160 canals are illuminated at night by tiny lights that make it feel like you have landed in a, well, fairy city.
The gay scene is dispersed around town, but four areas are especially gay-popular: the trendy Reguliersdwarsstraat district, the neighborhood bars of the Kerkstraat area, the older crowd along the Amstel River and the adjacent Halvemaansteeg; and last but not least, the leather-friendly Warmoesstraat region in the heart of the red-light district.
Beyond the joints and gents, Amsterdam has great sites like the Rijksmuseum with its Dutch Masters paintings, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and outdoor shopping at the Waterlooplein flea market and the Albert Cuyp street market.
Don't forget to visit during the national holiday the gays have claimed as their own: the boisterous Queen's Day celebrations on April 30, as well as Pride in August, complete with a flamboyant canal parade. Late October brings Amsterdam Leather Pride, one of Europe's biggest events of its kind.
Insider tips for Amsterdam gay travel
Cruise the canals
They may look cheesy, but the glass-roofed tourist canal boats are a great way to orient yourself through mazelike Amsterdam and receive a history lesson.
Go on foot or pedal
You'll be doing a lot of walking in Amsterdam, so bring comfortable shoes. Just watch out for the city's half-million bicycles, or better yet, ride one yourself. Rentals are about $10 a day, but lock your bike up well because thefts are common.
Hotel rooms in this rather small city can book up during the high season months of July and August, as well as for gay event weekends.