Alternative Amsterdam Lodging with Kids

There are always a lot of questions about finding a great place to stay when visiting Amsterdam. There are plenty of hotels, but finding something that is particularly kid-friendly can be difficult.

On a summer weekend we decided to do a four day staycation in Amsterdam. We wanted to have the car with us so we could see a variety of places. Droompark Spaarnwoude was a perfect fit for our long weekend.

Holiday parks are very popular in the Netherlands. You are able to rent a small house, with parking and have access to activities on site. Our little trailer had a living room/dining room, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Exactly what we needed for our family of five. I brought along a travel crib and high chair, although most holiday parks can provide these for a small fee.

We had a small patio with some outside seating and a patch of grass. It is nothing fancy, but perfect for traveling with kids. Each house has a parking space out front. If you decide to drive in Amsterdam parking can be hard to come by and your hotel likely won’t have close parking.

The Droompark had a small playground for the kids. This was situated right outside the restaurant, perfect for letting them play while we enjoyed a meal. We cooked most nights, but had dinner at the restaurant one evening and popped in for coffee in the mornings.

We enjoyed sitting and trying some beers while the kids played. There was also a jumping pillow, which we had to pull the kids off of after dinner to head back to the house.

The facility also had a small pool. It was nothing fancy but our boys just love to swim so it was perfect for that. There was a small kiddie pool too, perfect for the little little.

This particular park is not far from a train line into Amsterdam. The parking at the train station was free. Depending on our plans we drove or took the train into the city. The extra space and activities were perfect for us.

On our last overnight visit to Amsterdam we rented a houseboat, which is another fun option. We were in the center of the city. We left the car behind and used public transport.

The Stayokay Hostel in Vogelpark also comes highly recommended if you want to try a family hostel. We’ve not tried this one out, but have had success at other family hostels in Switzerland and Brussels.

My Little Nomads has a lovely family hotel guide for Amsterdam with lots of options in the city at a variety of price points.

If you’ve found a great place to stay in Amsterdam with kids please let us know in the comments.


Elizabeth is a Type A, Attorney turned Stay-at-Home Mom, who moved her family across the Atlantic for an adventure. She can often be found out and about finding fun things for her littles to do. Elizabeth loves to read, craft and chat with friends. She will try just about anything and loves to share her experiences.

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