There is a face when you tell people you are staying in the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam – and it can be best described as ‘impressed’.
This is the main five-star hotel that is on the city’s Dam Square with views across to the Royal Palace. Behind it is the best bars in the Red Light District. You could not be more central if you tried, with the most famous shops and restaurants just a few minutes away.
With 451 guest rooms with a natural color scheme, it is opulence and glamor but has a friendliness and a warmth to it.
Every staff member I spoke to had a charm and a sweetness, something you would not find in a formal, stuffy hotel. No, from receptionist to waiter was willing to engage in conversation and always with a tip to make your stay more incredible.
The rooms are beautiful. I stayed in a standard with a view. Spotless, with a modern style, and all the mod-cons you need.
It had an incredible view of the stage at EuroPride. Even if you couldn’t be bothered with the crowds (as I did around eventually) I could watch and felt like I was a part of it and enjoy the festivities from the room.
During my stay, I even had a complimentary treat of three cones. Just read the ingredients list, and try and not get hungry for one.
This is a hotel that knows that you will likely use it as a place to rest your head, but you could easily spend the entire weekend here.
It has restaurants that can cater to your tastes, bars for the early cocktail hour, and plenty of living space to chill and relax. But if you do venture out, go no further than 100 yards behind the hotel to Wynand Fockink.
Gay owned, this tasting tavern has a plethora of Jenevers and vodka and whiskey infusions of a variety of flavors. It’s a perfect start to an evening in Amsterdam after retiring back to bed at the Krasnapolsky.
Large and expansive, every room is intended to fulfill that idea of what many people hear when you say ‘five stars’.
The breakfast was buffet, but that doesn’t mean cold eggs and browning bananas. Chefs were on hand to make fresh omelets and other breakfast dishes for eager guests.
It’s hard to criticize this place. Of course, the people are providing a human service, so undoubtedly there may be mistakes made. But if there were, then I was not privy to them.
What can I say? Color me impressed.
Double rooms from £160 (€200) in low season; rising to around £288 (€361) in high. Breakfast £24 (€29.90) extra per person. Book at Hotel Krasnapolsky.
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