Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
19-22 November 2000
The Dam in Amsterdam is equivalent to Piccadilly Circus in London. It's the centre of town. And this hotel sits grandly in one corner.
The blonde at the reception desk assured me that this was a five star hotel. Since there was a lot of construction in the middle of the square, she gave me a room in the newly built Royal Wing. On the way there, I passed by a Japanese Restaurant and a shoe polish machine.
My room on the fourth floor faced the roof tops and a narrow alley way. The year on one of the houses read 1369.
The bathtub was more than six foot long and deep enough to have a relaxing and dreamy bath. As usual, I brought an aromatherapy oil to help me relax. The windows were openable - what a plus! I like being able to open my windows and breathe fresh air. So few modern hotels offer this these days.
The Winter Garden was THE place to have breakfast. But this opportunity didn't arise until the day I checked out.
It was excellent in every way, except that it did not have a swimming pool. The Yamaha grand piano downstairs was well-tuned. Unfortunately, I've forgotten how to play my usual medley of Chopin and Rachmaninoff - and ended up improvising some popular tunes instead.