I vacationed to Europe to visit my in-laws along with my husband, who is Dutch in August 2009. We stayed mainly in the Rotterdam area but took a weekend trip to tour the city of Amsterdam and got to stay in the Krasnapolsky. This hotel is on Dam Square, which, if you've never been to Amsterdam, is the middle of the action. You want to be on it or near it. Everything is walking distance in Amsterdam, but this hotel is right in the thick of it. We took the train in and walked from the Central Station with our small luggage/backpacks. Some poor souls were wandering through the streets with their huge suitcases, not recommended, the streets are twisty, cobblestoned in places, rough, holey, and sometimes altogether dangerous for people on foot, let alone people lugging their life's possessions along with them, take a cab if you've got a bunch of stuff. I don't even know if there is parking, I wouldn't suggest driving in Amsterdam unless you're pretty seasoned to bikes, pedestrians, trams, trains, cars, whatever, going every direction at the same time, mainly headed at you it seems. The hotel lobby is lovely, photos of the crowned prince and his wife Maxima don the walls. Check in took at least 20 minutes and we didn't have any line, it just took that long. My mother in law was doing the talking and she is a native Dutch speaker so the language barrier was not the issue. It just took forever, but we finally got our keys. The rooms were very nice. Rooms 210 and 211, face a brick wall, but whatever, we didn't care. The hotel has a lot of nice wood furnishings, a large bed (even for USA standards, this bed was huge) and a nice bathroom, the bedding is divine, plush down pillow top comforter, nice pillows, bath robe in the room, and this was just a basic room, not fancy. The toilet paper is what I'd refer to as personal napkins....they are not on a roll, and sort of are like bifold paper towels, only tiny, so you might be surprised with the tiny toilet napkins, but that is a European thing I guess...whatever. They do give you very nice citrusy scented bath products. There is a safe in the room. We got passes for buy one get one free drinks in the bar - which is nice. Order a cheap drink first, then get your second drink free. margaritas are like $12.00 US at the bar, so order a heineken first $4.00 US and then get your free margarita! We toured the city and the hotel was always at our crossroads, so periodically we'd go to the hotel for the bathroom and to drop off souvenirs (since you normally have to pay for toilets in Europe, or there are none for the public, outside free standing male public no door urinals, which were funny.). We went to high tea the day of our arrival downstairs in the hotel restaurant, and sat by the windows facing Dam square watching the swarms of people move about. It was blissful. The high tea comes with looseleaf tea in two varieties, a myriad of petit fors, finger sandwiches, chocolates, and crumpets, and champagne, Well worth your money. Also worth the money, the breakfast buffet in the Winter garden restaurant. Oh my gosh. After a week in Europe this American was excited about all you can eat (laugh but it's true, we like our free refills and all you can eat buffets, and no I'm not a big person, I just like a variety). This buffet had everyting, bacon, eggs, toast, waffles, cheeses, fruit, breads, milk, many juices, and champagne. I made a mimosa (champagne + Orange Juice) and a German guy stared me down like I was a moron for putting juice in my champagne, then I saw him do the same, and then suddenly the whole room had them and we were out of champagne.
So, things to remember, get the breakfast, it's worth it, use the coupons in the bar but get a cheap drink first to make the second one really count, the high tea is also awesome.
The staff's nametags have little flags to show what languages they speak, and in our experience, some people working there weren't native Dutch, most people working in Amsterdam as a whole seemed to be from somewhere else, my in laws ordered dinner in Dutch somewhere and the waiter didn't get it until I said it in English to the guy, I ordered in plain english and he had no trouble.
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