Amsterdam’s Dam Square is at the heart of the city and is home to the Royal Palace, completed in 1665, and the new Church, a 15th-century Gothic building. Central Amsterdam is compact, and visitors can easily walk to many of the main attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. A great way to explore this cycle-friendly city is by bike, and most hotels will help with bicycle rental.
NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Overlooking Dam Square’s National Monument, which honors World War II dead, the five-story NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky features a winter garden with fine wrought-iron work supporting a glass roof. The rear of the hotel is set on one of Amsterdam’s canals. The hotel has three on-site dining options. Restaurant Reflet offers French cuisine in a room decorated in the Belle Epoque style; Shibli Bedoin specializes in dishes from the Middle East; and the Beatrix Lounge serves afternoon teas and dinner, and affords views across Dam Square.
Featuring views of Dam Square, Swissotel Amsterdam is housed in two adjacent 19th-century properties built in traditional Amsterdam style. The hotel has a fitness center and can arrange in-room massages on request. The hotel’s Restaurant Dam serves an international menu. Exhibits at the Amsterdam History Museum, which is a five-minute walk from the hotel, trace the city’s history. The Anne Frank House, with its poignant story of a young Jewish girl trapped by the Nazis, is a 10-minute walk away.
Set in a quiet street just a few steps off Dam Square, the Rho Hotel occupies a building that was once a theater, and the lobby retains art deco features from 1908. Room rates include breakfast, and guests can take other meals at nearby restaurants. Two options within a few minutes' walk are Asiadam, which serves Japanese and Chinese food, and Gauchos Grill, which offers dishes from Latin America. The cutting-edge contemporary art on show at the Stedelijk Museum is a 10-minute cab ride from the Rho Hotel.
Best Western Dam Square Inn
The Best Western Dam Square Inn is housed in a converted former liqueur distillery a few steps from Dam Square. The hotel provides breakfast, and for other meals guests can try the next-door Graves Wine Bar & Restaurant, which serves classic French dishes, or the Shiki Japanese Restaurant, just a few steps away. The lifelike wax models of Madame Tussauds, portraying contemporary and historical characters, are a three-minute walk from the Dam Square Inn. The Van Gogh Museum’s priceless collection of the master’s work is just over a mile away.
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