The Bangkok-based brand has taken over a storied five-star property in the heart of Amsterdam.
Now in the final stages of a major renovation, the recently rebranded Anantara in Amsterdam puts travelers within easy walking distance of many of the city’s major sights. Located on Dam Square, directly opposite the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 402-room Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam has a long history: it first started out in 1865 when Polish tailor Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky acquired the main building and opened a popular coffee house and restaurant. The entrepreneur eventually snapped up multiple adjoining structures and transformed his business into a bona fide hotel by the mid-1880s. At the time, Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky stood out for its modern comforts, being the only lodgings in Amsterdam with hot water and telephones in each room.
More than 130 years on, the hotel’s guest quarters have been refurbished and updated in a contemporary style; the Premier and Grand Deluxe rooms were completely overhauled, as were certain Premier suites. The decor here is characterized by warm tones, soft fabrics, striking geometric lighting, and furniture with a midcentury-modern touch. Some rooms and suites even feature a private terrace.
Dining options at the hotel include one-Michelin-starred venue The White Room helmed by acclaimed chef Jacob Jan Boerma, whose refined creations utilizing fresh local ingredients star on multicourse menus. Fronting Dam Square, Grand Café Krasnapolsky and The Champagne Room serve classic European dishes with a modern twist, alongside an extensive selection of champagnes by the glass. Bar The Tailor pays tribute to the hotel’s founder with bespoke cocktails, while the Wintergarden, shielded from the elements by a 19th-century glass roof, is the setting for a daily breakfast buffet.
The newly added Anantara Spa offers treatments using Thai techniques applied with premium products by Swissline, developed by experts on cellular therapy and skin biology, and Dutch skincare brand Hannah. Using a color scheme inspired by the Netherlands’ coastal dunes, its interiors incorporate natural wood and stone. This facility has three treatment rooms and Finnish, wet, and infrared saunas; a communal relaxation area overlooks the redesigned Summer Garden (outdoor spaces are rare for a central Amsterdam property). The hotel’s new fitness center is stocked with the latest cardio machines and weights from Technogym, as well as a rotating climbing wall to challenge guests wanting to stay in shape.
anantara.com; doubles from US$430, with breakfast included