This hotel is rated as a 5-star, and we agreed based on our impressions of the main lobby/check-in area and the service we experienced from the staff. Keep in mind, though, that we booked an apartment, not a hotel room, so we can't give any info on what those are like. Although ours was the smallest apartment size, a "Junior", it was actually larger than I expected and was fine for a couple (also with a roll-away bed if needed). There are other, larger units available in two sizes up. The story goes that the Kras started out many years ago as a coffeeshop, and grew into the establishment it is today, with the hotel company having bought up the adjoining canal houses and creating the hotel and apartments. There are over 400 hotel rooms and 36 apartments. From any photos it looks like a smallish building, but the canal house exteriors are also the hotel. It's pretty much the entire block on that side of Dam Square. Formerly operated by the Golden Tulip hotel chain, recently aquired by the NH chain as of 2004.
I would NOT book one of these units with the expectation of having old-world styled furniture and decorations and charm. Ours was pretty much modern, mid-level hotel/motel furniture. I would ask about the specific location of an apartment if considering booking one and concerned with noise from outside, as it took us a while to get used to voices from the streets and some other outside city sounds. In our case, that just added to the sense of adventure; if we wanted total quiet we would have stayed home. Considering the fact of so many apartments, and the different buildings with their own entrances and layouts, some units are more away from the streets. Be aware that not all the apartments are canal-view, so request specifically if desired when booking. Go here for some basic pics and booking info:
Unique Quality: Our apartment was located around the corner from the main hotel entrance. Connected, adjoining buildings. We had a private entrance to our building with a door key, with three other apartments up the stairs from us. Modern, electronic card lock on the apartment door. Although it was a first-floor unit by description, it was actually up one flight of those famous Amsterdam stairs. Overall a great arrangement for security purposes, with controlled access to our building and in reality on the second floor so no one could access our windows. Our sitting area faced the canal on the back side of that block, a cool view. Included a TV/VCR and stereo system (a shame no DVD or flat-screen), couch and two chairs, coffee table and lamps, writing table, private toilet in the apartment, separate room off the bedroom with shower/lavatory/washer-dryer, kitchen area with stove top/microwave/small refrigerator/sink, all the dishes/glasses/utensils we needed, coffeemaker, and a bedroom with a huge bed and another TV. Iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and other goodies. And squeaky-clean throughout. All for only 89 Euros per night TOTAL (not per-person), not including a 5% city tax. (2004 prices, and will be higher in peak Summer months.)
For a 7-night stay, daily housekeeping is NOT included, although I'm sure it could be had for extra bucks. We liked that aspect, with no one coming into the unit except us all week. There were ample towels to last, and for the clean freaks there was the washer/dryer and a nifty vacuum cleaner. We did our own light housekeeping and found it added to the experience of feeling that we lived there instead of being in a hotel. Note that having a washer-dryer also allows being able to pack less clothing for easier travel.
Even though an apartment, all the hotel amenities were available including room service. The beautiful Winter Garden restaurant that's part of the hotel, and listed as a historic place, is something to see. The hotel also has several other restaurants/bars/pubs.
Directions: Right on Dam Square, the heart of the city, with The Royal Palace directly across the square from it.
Classic older hotel on Dam Square. Perfect location. My room had recently been renovated and had very nice furnishings. Room was fairly large. Staff was very efficient and friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
Unique Quality: Classic hotel with nicely furnished rooms
Directions: Dam Square
Got a special deal on the internet for this hotel THEN I read some reviews....... they knocked the place and I was dreading what I might find. BUT it was lovely, definitiely 5stars!!! Best location in Amsterdam, large room, enormous bed !!! The hotel was traditional but not at all "tired", everything in tip-top condition. What luxury - even a concierge in a top-hat. If you get the chance to go, take it - you might never stay in such luxury again.
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Just one gripe and this will be useful for the ladies, the room description said hair dryer so I didn't take mine. The hairdryer was just one of those tacky things on the wall with no nozzle so take your own if you want to style your hair!!
Unique Quality: The location cannot be beaten, right on the doorstep for sightseeing, shopping and red light district.
For sheer luxury you can't beat it.
Directions: Dam Square, can't get anymore central
It is a very pleasant hotel, with efficient , and unobtrusive and not particularly noteworthy.
It is extremely well located, you can walk practically anywhere, take a boat bus, or a tram ...its a small city....and this location is 1st class.
If you can get one of the apartments in the alley downstairs....a few stairs to climb but you feel like a local citizen and the apartments are great.
Downstairs on the street as you go toward the hotel there is a superb local distelliry of fine liqueurs....great gifts for your friends, and that late night chat about wonderful Amsterdam....the other "tastes" may be illegal....these are OK....and good too...
Unique Quality: Centrally located, efficient , sometimes has drastically reduced rates...check on the internet!
Directions: Near main Railroad station on Dam Square
The luxurious 5 star hotel NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky with almost 470 rooms is situated in the very heart of Amsterdam at Dam square. The hotel has various restaurants, a bar, brasserie and in the Lounge you can enjoy high tea.
Very impressive is the Winter Garden dating from 1879 with its glass roofed ceiling, the Belle Epoque restaurant Reflet and the delicious Japanese restaurant Edo/Kyo.
The hotel has a complete congress centre (for 2.000 people).
Unique Quality: As one can expect from such a hotel it offers luxurious accommodations equipped with all modern amenities, such as rooms with wireless internet access, international direct access telephone/fax lines, data ports, ISDN, mini bar, air-conditioning, 24 hour room service, trouser-press.
Although the hotel is located on such a vivid spot of the city the rooms are placed in a quieter part of the building to have a peaceful and relaxing visit.
Directions: This hotel is perfectly situated. It is opposite the Royal palace and is is surrounded by department stores, boutiques and shopping alleys.
Unfortunately, we were only here one night. Great location on Dam Square, no motor traffic except cabs. Red light district directly behind hotel, cabbie said don't walk in alleys at night alone. Go with a group or stay out of the narrow alleys. Felt safe in hotel. Largest room in our stay in Europe, also most expensive. For our Euros we got an in-room safe, king-sized bed, fluffy robes, towels, and slippers. Ice bucket (!) and glassware in room; also coffee maker and tea. So important! Ate no meals there but they did have room service. Would recommend this for a more upscale visit. It was our last night in Europe so we indulged.
Unique Quality: View of another building 20 feet away. No view from room 1124...but close to coffeehouses. Dam Square hops with young tourists.
Directions: Take a cab with your luggage. Was less than 10 Euros.
Close to Central Station and big international hotels for meetings. Right on Dam Square.for relaxation.
We caught a good deal here so we booked our initial four nights. It is a nice place and I have no complants, but people seem to stay more remote the more a place costs. Excellent location.
The luxurious 5-star hotel NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is situated in the very heart of Amsterdam at Dam square, opposite the Royal Palace. There is the wonderful Wintertuin, the glass palace dating from 1879 where breakfast and lunch is served.
The luxurious 5-star hotel NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is situated in the very heart of Amsterdam at Dam square, opposite the Royal Palace. It is surrounded by department stores, boutiques and shopping alleys. Numerous sights, museums and theatres in the historic city centre are all within walking distance. At the back of the hotel NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky has its own landing dock for boats. Behind the facade of NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky guests can enjoy several restaurants and a complete congress centre. There is the breathtaking Wintertuin, the glass palace dating from 1879 where breakfast and lunch is served. Brasserie Reflet is the timeless restaurant from the Belle Epoque serving mediterranean cuisine. Both are listed as National Monuments. In The Lounge you can overlook Dam Square with the Royal Palace while drinking coffee or enjoying high tea. The Japanese restaurants Edo en Kyo present you the traditional Japanese Cuisine. In de Golden Palm Bar guests can enjoy a drink or do business in a comfortable way. A real dining adventure is Shibli Restaurant, where you experience Middle-Eastern hospitality.
Unique Quality: Location, Location, Location...that's what it best about this hotel.
Directions: Located in the heart of Amerstam at Dam Square.
The apartments at the Krasnapolsky are actually around the corner on Oudezijds Voorburgwal. A great location being that it is right on a canal between Dam Square and the Red Light District.
That apartments have everything you need for a self catering stay, including washer and dryer. It is not much more expensive than other apartments and you are right in the middle of the action. The location couldn't get any better.
Unique Quality: All Krasnapolsky activities and restaurants are available to the apartment guests.
My room (7333) had a great patio that overlooked a courtyard and had a great view of Oude Kerk.
I loved sitting outside my apartment and watching the boats and the people go by. Made me feel like a local.
Directions: Go to Dam Square and look to your left.
It's location is it's main unique quality, but not the only quality. It is a superb 5* hotel with great service, good restaurant outlets, beautiful rooms and decorations and an impressive history. If you are not staying in this hotel do pay a visit and enjoy a High Tea or a beer or anything else in the restaurant 'The Lounge' in the hotel lobby. Here you have a grandeur view over Dam Square. Ask the associates for a small book with the history of the hotel, which they can give you for free (if they still have it).
Directions: This hotel has the best location in Amsterdam because it is located on Dam Square.
Krasnapolsky hotel at night, Dam Square
coffee/cake x 4 40 euros at krasnapolsky !
Trying to finalize a first-time trip to Amsterdam for my wife and myself in December '04. Came across Internet info on the apartments at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and it looks to be an incredible price. Mostly great reviews of the hotel itself on www.tripadvisor.com. Anyone have any direct knowledge of what the apartments are like? Main interest in lodging (other than usuals like cleanliness) is safety and security of the place along with what the general area around it is REALLY like for first-time tourists. Thanks in advance if replying!
Write to martin_nl; he worked at the hotel.
Not only is the Krasnapolsky one of the foremost hotels in Amsterdam, you're right in the middle too. It's no safer or unsafer than anywhere else in the city center.
Compared to any major city in the world, Amsterdam is compact, small even. It's a 30 minute walk from Leidseplein to Central Station and with that you've just about crossed the city center.
You should address safety issues as you would anywhere else but even in light of recent happenings, The Netherlands still is a safe country. Some might disagree but this is my opinion and I have yet to have reason to change it.
Have fun, don't worry!
The hotel is across the Dam Square from the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk, a couple of blocks from the red light district, and steps from the most beautiful streets in the heart of the old center. Be warned, the immediate vicinity is very very busy, with hordes of tourists, activity deep into the night, and lots of traffic. I think for first time vistors to Amsterdam it should feel very safe since virtually everybody there is from somewhere else and the place is lit up like a Christmas tree at all hours---for those of us who live there the area is one to be avoided if you need to be anywhere in a hurry. Beware of pickpockets and remember that junkies are harmless.
Can't speak for the apts., but can tell you I've been on the square several times the past weeks, and felt very safe.
I feel safer there than in Memphis or Nashville! Lots of folks, but far less than you would find in Memphis for "Memphis in May or Elvis holidays"
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