Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, The Most Classic Hotel in the Netherlands, Renovates Most Elegantly
by Bea Broda
I don’t often feature individual hotels on my website, but there are a few places in this world where I have stayed more than once that draw me back to a warm feeling of being “at home.” When you travel as much as I do, that’s quite heartening! As well, there aren’t that many places in the world that have a hotel where everything is perfect – from the location to the amenities to the service, but I feel that the 5 Star Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, Holland, is one of those special places.
I found myself there again this past August, as Amsterdam was the first and last port of call for a Baltic Sea cruise I was taking with some family members. I love this “grand dame” hotel, situated right at Dam Square in Central Amsterdam, and so close to wonderful attractions, not to mention its proximity to the train station and the seaport. During this stay, tours of the Van Gogh Museum and Rijkmuseum were on my itinerary, and they were easy to get to from this very central location with numerous transportation connections.
The hotel dates back to 1855, and it’s oozing with history in all the best ways, having always been the most popular hotel in the heart of the city. When I heard it was undergoing major renovations of its main areas and 468 rooms I was a little alarmed because I so loved the classic nature of the hotel. I was booked into one of the newly renovated rooms with a fabulous view of Dam Square, and was probably one of the first to stay in the room.
Happily, I noticed that the renovation had been done with high quality materials in contemporary colours, and every innovation made the room a pleasure to occupy. Bathrooms are so important to this gal, and I loved that there was a separation between the bathtub, shower and toilet areas. There was lots of counter space and an attention to detail in all of the finishings that led me to believe that this is one hotel bathroom actually designed by women! A cool aspect is that there are sliding shutters that either open fully between the bathroom and living area or close seamlessly to create perfect privacy between the rooms.
One of the pleasures at the Krasnapolsky is the Winter Garden Dining Room that has hosted royal dinners and is pictured here.
I was pleased to hear that this historical room would remain virtually the same. Certainly the impressive breakfast buffet is as sumptuous as I remember it from my last visit!
The lobby area with its Mathilde Grand Cafe is to experience the most significant renovation, and in fact the outer walls will be moved to make the area a little larger. That aspect of the transformation had not yet begun during my stay, but I can only imagine it will be in keeping with the grace and style the Krasnapolsky has exhibited since its opening day in the 1800’s, and I will be sure to return to delightful Amsterdam again some day to check it out!
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