Opened in June this yr, the Anantara Grand Lodge Krasnapolsky Amsterdam supplies an oasis of calm in a busy metropolis and superbly blends the normal with the modern. On arrival you’re greeted not solely by immaculate doormen and resort porters on the prepared with quaint brass trolleys to hold your baggage, but in addition an enthralling robotic which weaves its manner across the giant reception corridor carrying mints and maps of town. 

As fascinated as all of us had been by the robotic, fortunately there have been additionally numerous actual workers available to assist with something you wanted throughout your keep and the service was faultless. The primary foyer is split into pockets of comfy seating areas with leather-based wingback chairs contrasting with dramatic fashionable chrome sculptures. 

The Royal Palace in Dam Square, Amsterdam

Why keep right here? 

Situated on Dam Sq., going through the Royal Palace and Nationwide Monument, you couldn’t select a greater location for a resort within the coronary heart of Amsterdam. It’s simply 5 minutes from Centraal Station, and a 25-minute drive from the airport. From Dam Sq. you’ll be able to stroll to a lot of the metropolis’s important points of interest, and there’s a nice community of trams in case your toes get uninterested in pounding the pavements. 

Described because the “Venice of the North”, Amsterdam developed round a dam within the Amstel river on the finish of the twelfth century and now has greater than 100km of canals. The three important canals, dug within the seventeenth century, kind concentric belts across the metropolis and had been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Web site in 2010. The Krasnapolsky resort has its personal personal pier for boats on the Oudezijds Vooburgwal Canal. 

If you’re coming to Amsterdam on enterprise, the resort is right – it has all of the amenities for every part from board conferences to gala dinners within the stunning Winter Backyard. Out of doors occasions may be held within the Summer time Backyard, on the rooftop terrace, or on a canal boat moored on the pier. 

There are 402 rooms and suites in the hotel

The rooms and amenities  

The constructing dates again to 1856, when Polish tailor Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky first opened a espresso home on the location. Because the café grew in recognition, he added rooms for hire and later constructed it into a contemporary resort. There are black and white images exhibited all through which chart the historical past of the resort, and the award-winning bar, The Tailor, pays tribute to Krasnapolsky’s unique occupation. 

The 402 refurbished rooms and suites are fashionable and trendy, in a impartial palette, with crisp white linen and cozy beds. We had been fortunate sufficient to have a improbable view over Dam Sq. from the outsized home windows in our suite. As you’d anticipate from a five-star, the rooms are properly outfitted with flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers, Nespresso machines and complimentary Wi-Fi, and there’s even a pillow menu. 

The resort additionally has a brand new Anantara Spa with a leisure space overlooking the Summer time Backyard, three remedy rooms and Finnish, moist and infrared saunas, plus a brand new gymnasium with the most recent cardio and weights know-how and a rotating climbing wall. 

The White Room at Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Consuming and consuming 

The resort has a wide range of choices for eating, from The White Room below the helm of former three-Michelin star chef, Jacob Jan Boerma, to the Grand Café Krasnapolsky, overlooking Dam Sq., the place we had a beautiful household dinner on our first evening. 

The Grand Café has sensible leather-based banquettes and white desk cloths and homes The Champagne Room, which presents ten totally different Champagnes by the glass, I went for a refreshing Moet rosé. The meals is Fashionable European, and we began with a scrumptious creamy burrata salad, adopted by a duck breast with celeriac purée which was equally good. The kids loved selecting their very own puddings from The Cake Room, which has an unbelievable choice of pastries and freshly baked macaroons for afternoon tea. 

The actual spotlight was the luxurious breakfast within the iconic internal Winter Backyard. You can not assist however be wowed by the gorgeous setting on this Artwork Deco-style ballroom with an impressive nineteenth century iron and glass roof, like a Victorian station in design. It’s like eating in an unlimited orangerie or glass home, with verdant hanging baskets and trailing crops suspended from the mezzanine gallery. Breakfast itself was wonderful – an unbelievable buffet unfold of something and every part you possibly can ever want for to organize you for a day of sight-seeing, from fruit and yoghurt, to eggs and bacon and even donuts, which delighted the kids, and naturally conventional Dutch waffles. 

The Tailor bar and patio area

What to do 

Amsterdam has a superb choice of galleries and museums to swimsuit a variety of various pursuits, however it is advisable to e-book tickets upfront. We had been sadly unable to go to the Anne Frank Home, the place the diarist and her Jewish household and 4 others hid from the Nazis in a secret annex in the course of the Second World Battle, as a result of tickets had been offered out. However we did handle to get tickets for the Van Gogh Museum, when mixed with a ship tour, at brief discover. Each are properly price doing. 

The Van Gogh Museum has greater than half of the artist’s work and charts the progress from his darker early work like The Potato Eaters to the extra vibrant type he found whereas residing in France, together with a model of the enduring Sunflowers

A ship tour is a should in Amsterdam, it’s an exquisite method to see town’s sights and the well-known slender townhouses lining the canals. We did ours within the night, when the bridges had been lit up with fairly festoon lights, and there was a really informative historic audio commentary. 

Different highlights embody the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt Home, Nemo Science Museum and Moco Fashionable Artwork Museum; there’s additionally a reproduction Dutch East Indiaman ship, and the De Gooyer Molen, a reasonably thatched windmill with a brewery subsequent door. The zoo is good to go to with youngsters and there’s a good restaurant subsequent door to it, De Plantage, the place we loved a wholesome lunch.

Amsterdam has more than 100km of canals

Out and about 

Except for the principle points of interest, Amsterdam is a superb metropolis to only wander round, criss-crossing the canals, or to find on two wheels. Bikes, which may be simply rented, are massively in style in Holland and town is properly arrange for cyclists, although you do need to be careful for trams! De 9 Straatjes (the 9 streets) are stuffed with quirky boutiques and eateries; we had scrumptious freshly reduce, double-fried chips from Fabel Friet as somewhat snack when the small individuals began to flag after a day of sight-seeing. 

And you’ll’t come to Amsterdam with out making an attempt town’s well-known pancakes! We tried to attempt Pancakehouse Upstairs, a tiny, charming restaurant up a steep flight of slender stairs in a sixteenth century townhouse, however sadly it was absolutely booked. We ended up at Mama Pancake as an alternative, the place we shared two plates of great heat, fluffy mini Dutch pancakes with chocolate sauce. 

In the event you go to in spring, it’s price factoring in sufficient time for a visit to the world well-known tulip fields simply outdoors town centre. The subsequent Tulip Competition runs from 23 March to 14 Might 2023. The resort is comfortable to rearrange any excursions and the concierge couldn’t have been extra useful in recommending actions to swimsuit our get together throughout our keep. 

Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

Getting there 

Amsterdam is only a brief flight from the UK. We flew in from London Stansted and with the time distinction we arrived again residence earlier than our take-off time, because the flight was below an hour. We had a switch from the airport organised by the resort, however it’s straightforward to get the prepare from the airport into the central station. 

Anantara Grand Lodge Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, Dam 9, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Premier rooms from €346 (£298) per evening, primarily based on two sharing, together with breakfast and taxes; anantara.com