Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has made its entry into the Netherlands with Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, a momentous building steeped in over 155 years of history
Autumn and winter are great seasons to visit Amsterdam and nearby cities in The Netherlands. At the beating heart of Amsterdam, facing the Royal Palace and Dam Square, you will spot Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. The building dates back to 1856, when Polish tailor, Mr. Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky, opened a café on the site. Growing in popularity, the tailor added rooms for rent, transforming it into a modern hotel that meets guests’ needs for a lavish stay.
As you meander through the premises, monochrome images of the tailor and hotel’s journey are prevalent throughout, paying tribute to the craftsmanship of Mr. Krasnapolsky. Today, the hotel has been taken over by the Anantara group and proves to be the perfect spot for business, leisure travellers and families looking for a central stay with the museum quarter, shopping districts and tourist attractions sited within walking distance.
Anantara’s signature touches perfectly complement the contemporary refurbished suites. Neutral hues and tactile fabrics give the space warmth, adding a sense of cosiness even within the expansive layout. The hotel’s décor is a striking contrast to the exterior, lending a modern vibe from the lobby to the suites and restaurants.
The Premier Suite with Dam View is the one to opt for if you are looking for a spacious stay with unrivalled city views. The open-plan suite oozes comfort with rich brown tones, parquet flooring, a plush king-size bed with a taupe leather headboard, and wall-mounted TVs facing the bed and the living area. The kitchenette-style area features a minibar teeming with local specialities and a Nespresso machine, while the bathroom features a bathtub and separate rain shower, with full-sized Amouage amenities to enhance your stay.
To experience the hotel offerings in-room, we were treated to non-alcoholic bespoke concoctions from The Tailor, adding a memorable touch as we lounged after strolling the city. A hot soak after dinner was just what we needed to recoup, and we were pleased to find a pillow menu for a restful sleep.
There’s no need to step outside the hotel for a refined dining affair. Here, you can experience The White Room, a fine-dining restaurant under the helm of former three-Michelin-starred chef Jacob Jan Boerma, whose modern menu spotlights the freshest local ingredients from the Netherlands. Do make a reservation in advance.
An elegant, relaxed experience awaits diners at Grand Café Krasnapolsky and The Champagne Room, both offering direct unparalleled views onto Dam Square. The menu showcases classic dishes with a contemporary twist, seen in the Steak tartare served with gently cooked egg yolk for silkiness, pickles, radish and potato crackling for added texture. The Octopus with chorizo and crisp garlic was another highlight, with shaved fennel and a light citrus dressing, allowing the meats to take centre stage.
For mains, the Entrecote steak impresses on all levels with grilled little gem and a side of layered potato pie that marries well with the moreish gravy. A stroll towards the Cake Room will leave you in awe, but also slightly overwhelmed, as the glass room features an extensive selection of handmade desserts. Fret not, as the staff are on board to recommend signature must-haves, such as the sublime chocolate cake with raspberries and hazelnuts.
The hotel’s sumptuous breakfast buffet is served in the iconic inner Wintergarden, instantly recognisable by the magnificent 19th-century glass roof. One of our favourite spots to dine and admire the magnificent interiors, the soothing space is quite relaxed for a breakfast venue. A quick sip of freshly brewed coffee and we were immediately on our way to explore the spread.
A selection of egg dishes at the live cooking station is available alongside the usual breakfast offerings including cereal, granola, chia pudding, cold cuts, smoked salmon, a selection of mezze, and more. Do stop by the cheese assortment to tuck into local, organic specialities from various regions. The Bastiaansen Kow Blauw (a Dutch blue mould cheese made from cow’s milk) is worth a try.
EXPLORE THE FACILITIES
The landscaped Summer Garden features a serene outdoor space tucked away within the hotel, an exclusive in a central Amsterdam property. Anantara’s spa is influenced by the country’s coastal dunes, with tranquil interiors incorporating natural wood and stone for the ultimate relaxation.
Three treatment rooms and Finnish, wet and infrared saunas, offer a blissful retreat from the city. Squeeze in a workout at the gym equipped with Technogym and have a go at the rotating climbing wall for a fun challenge.
Room rates from Euros 523 (approximately AED1,900) per night. Visit website.