Reviews about Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Opened in June this year, Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam offers an oasis of calm in a busy city and beautifully blends the traditional with the contemporary. When you arrive, you’re greeted not only by immaculate doormen and ready-made hotel porters with old-fashioned brass carts to carry your luggage, but also by a charming robot that weaves its way through the large reception room with mints and city maps.

As enthralled as we all were by the robot, luckily there were also countless real staff to help you with anything you needed during your stay and the service was faultless. The main lobby is divided into pockets of comfortable seating areas with leather wingback chairs contrasting with dramatic modern chrome carvings.

The Royal Palace on Dam Square, Amsterdam

Why stay here?

Located on Dam Square, opposite the Royal Palace and National Monument, you couldn’t choose a better location for a hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. It is only five minutes from the central station and 25 minutes by car from the airport. From Dam Square you can walk to most of the city’s top attractions, and there’s an excellent tram network if your feet get tired of pounding the pavements.

Called the “Venice of the North”, Amsterdam developed around a dam on the Amstel River at the end of the 12th century and today has more than 100 km of canals. The three main canals, dug in the 17th century, form concentric belts around the city and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Hotel Krasnapolsky has its own private landing stage for boats on the Oudezijds Vooburgwal canal.

If you come to Amsterdam on business, the hotel is ideal – it has all the facilities for everything from board meetings to gala dinners in the beautiful winter garden. Outdoor events can be organized in the summer garden, on the roof terrace or on a river boat moored at the pier.

There are 402 rooms and suites in the hotel

Rooms and amenities

The building dates back to 1856, when Polish tailor Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky first opened a cafe on the site. As the cafe grew in popularity, he added rooms for rent and later transformed it into a modern hotel. Black-and-white photographs are on display throughout the hotel’s history, and the award-winning bar, The Tailor, pays homage to Krasnapolsky’s original craft.

The 402 renovated rooms and suites are modern and stylish, in a neutral palette, with crisp white linens and comfortable beds. We were blessed with a fantastic view of Dam Square from the oversized windows of our suite. As you’d expect from a five-star hotel, rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers, Nespresso machines and free Wi-Fi, and there’s even a choice of coffee and tea. pillows.

The hotel also has a new Anantara Spa with a relaxation area overlooking the summer garden, three treatment rooms and Finnish, wet and infrared saunas, as well as a new gym with the latest cardio and weights and a rotating climbing wall.

The white room of the Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Eat and drink

The hotel offers a variety of dining options, from the White Room under the direction of former three-star Michelin chef, Jacob Jan Boerma, to the Grand Café Krasnapolsky, overlooking Dam Square, where we had a family dinner on first evening. .

The Grand Café has sleek leather banquettes and white tablecloths and is home to The Champagne Room, which offers ten different champagnes by the glass, I opted for a refreshing Moet rosé. The food is modern European, and we started with a delicious creamy burrata salad, followed by duck breast with celeriac mash which was equally good. The kids enjoyed choosing their own puddings from The Cake Room, which has an amazing selection of pastries and freshly baked macaroons for afternoon tea.

The real highlight was the sumptuous breakfast in the iconic indoor winter garden. You can only be seduced by the magnificent setting of this Art Deco-style ballroom with a magnificent 19th century iron and glass roof, like a Victorian train station. It’s like dining in a huge orangery or glass house, with verdant hanging baskets and creeping plants hanging from the mezzanine gallery. The breakfast itself was amazing – an amazing buffet of everything you could want to set you up for a day of sightseeing, from fruit and yogurt to eggs and bacon and even donuts, which the kids loved, and of course traditional Dutch waffles.

The Tailor bar and its patio

What to do

Amsterdam has a brilliant selection of galleries and museums to suit different interests, but you should book your tickets in advance. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the Anne Frank House, where the journalist, her Jewish family and four other people hid from the Nazis in a secret annex during WWII, because tickets were sold out. But we managed to get Van Gogh museum tickets, combined with a boat trip, at short notice. Both are worth doing.

The Van Gogh Museum owns more than half of the artist’s work and traces the evolution of his early, darker paintings as the potato eaters to the more colorful style he discovered while living in France, including a version of the iconic Sunflowers.

A boat trip is a must in Amsterdam, it’s a wonderful way to see the city’s sights and the famous narrow townhouses lining the canals. We did ours in the evening, when the decks were lit up with pretty fairy lights, and there was a very informative historical audio commentary.

Other highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House, Nemo Science Museum, and Moco Museum of Modern Art; there’s also a replica of the Dutch East India ship and the De Gooyer Molen, a pretty thatched-roof windmill with a brewery next door. The zoo is fun to visit with children and there is a good restaurant next door, De Plantage, where we enjoyed a healthy lunch.

Amsterdam has more than 100 km of canals

Out and about

Besides the main attractions, Amsterdam is an ideal city for strolling, cruising the canals or discovering on two wheels. Bikes, which can be easily hired, are very popular in Holland and the city is well-equipped for cyclists, but beware of the trams! De 9 Straatjes (the nine streets) are full of quirky shops and restaurants; we had delicious fresh cut and double fried fries from Fabel Friet as a little snack when the little people started getting restless after an afternoon of sightseeing.

And you can’t come to Amsterdam without trying the city’s famous pancakes! We tried to try Pancakehouse Upstairs, a charming little restaurant up a steep, narrow staircase in a 16th century townhouse, but unfortunately it was fully booked. We ended up at Mama Pancake instead, where we shared two plates of wonderful hot and fluffy mini Dutch pancakes with chocolate sauce.

If you’re visiting in the spring, it’s worth allowing plenty of time for a trip to the world-famous tulip fields just outside the city center. The next Tulip Festival will be March 23-May 14, 2023. The hotel will be happy to arrange excursions and the concierge could not have been more helpful in recommending activities suitable for our party during our stay.

Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Getting There

Amsterdam is only a short flight from the UK. We flew in from London Stansted and with jet lag got back before the take off time as the flight was less than an hour. We had an airport transfer organized by the hotel, but it is easy to take the train from the airport to the central station.

Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, Dam 9, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Premier rooms from €346 (£298) per night, based on two shared rooms, including breakfast and tax; anantara.com

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