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Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

   

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Kattengat 1
Amsterdam, 1012 SZ Netherlands
Phone: 31 20 621 2223
Fax: 31 20 627 5245
Toll-free: 31 800 0220122
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/amsrd-renaissance-amsterdam-hotel/

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its canals, has little road traffic.

In Amsterdam, there is no guarantee of good weather any time of year. Typical weather in Amsterdam ranges from a little around freezing in winter, though with little snow, to beautiful sunny days with temperature around 25 degrees Celsius in the summer. Amsterdammers will often carry an umbrella even on the hottest of July days, as summer rain in the morning sometimes precedes the arrival of bright sunshine later.

Dinner Cruise

Friday Night's Dinner Cruise is provided by:

Top Tours is a professional and reliable partner when it comes to tailor made events in Amsterdam. For more than six years Top Tours is a specialist in organizing leisure programs of all sizes for groups between 6 and 1000 persons. Top Tours offers a very wide range of different events and incentive programs such as private canal cruises with optional lunch, dinner or entertainment, all inclusive theme parties, private dinners, workshops, meeting programs, private city tours with multilingual guides and much more! Biggest strength of our company is the great passion for and knowledge of Amsterdam that all employees share. We also stand for high level customer service. We believe that only with these ingredients you can be truly successful in what you do! We are proud to be recognized as a solid event partner by several multinationals such as Royal Shell, KPMG, Heineken, ING, Accenture and several Dutch ministries.
Please have look at our multilingual website www.toptours.net or contact us at 0031-20-6209338 for more information regarding our services!

Gala Dinner

Saturday Night's Gala Dinner will be held at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. --> Hotel Brochure

Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is a phenomenon in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands and throughout the world. What once began as a coffeehouse in a little street in the heart of Holland's capital, became the largest, grandest five star conference hotel in the Netherlands. Rightly known as the Village on the Dam!
The hotel's history takes you down long-forgotten corridors. A journey that starts in 1866 with an enterprising tailor in Amsterdam and ends - at least for now - in 2001. Two centuries came and went. Let's take a closer look at the hotel and its illustrious past.
Even today, in the early 21st century, the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is still embarking upon new challenges. We stride into the future, in step with progress, never losing sight of the hospitality and courteous service that has been our organization's calling card and badge of excellence for over a century. And we honor the spirit and vision of Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky, the hotel's indefatigable founder and namesake.
Relax. Let your imagination roam, fired by the words and pictures. Taste the tropical ambience of the Winter Garden of 1883, relax in the luxury of a 1920s hotel room, or turn the clock back to 1960 to admire the latest cars in the St. John's Room. At Kras, you can do anything.

Martin L.J. Lindelauf
General Manager Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

The early years of Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

An ambitious tailor
Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky, who was born on 24 May 1834 in Peine in the kingdom of Hanover, was the son and grandson of a tailor. His grandfather, Christian Franz, arrived from Kiev in the early 1800s as a Wanderbursche - a migrant craftsman. Following in the family tradition, young Adolph Wilhelm was trained as a tailor and set out on his travels as a Wanderbursche. Issued with the Wanderbuch he had been granted by the magistrate of Peine, the young 22-year-old arrived in Amsterdam in 1856. As was the custom of the day, Adolph needed to get these papers signed by the police, but they sent him to the county register where he was immediately registered as an inhabitant of the city without a murmur. Amsterdam has been famed for its hospitality for centuries!

The Wonder of the Warmoesstraat
Reconstruction commenced in 1879 and was completed on 13 July 1880 with the festive opening of the Winter Garden. The Winter Garden was a huge room, two floors high, with a glass roof resting on iron girders supported by wrought iron pillars. The garden was 38 x 15 m, and 13,83 m high. There was a wrought iron balustrade on the first floor, to which huge curved armatures with hundreds of lights were attached. Huge chandeliers with hundreds of lights hung from the roofbeams. With a surface area of some 600 m and a veritable jungle of huge palms, flowering plants, cacti and the like, enormous mirrors and high glass roof, the garden was a tropical oasis. In the evening, the host of lights gave off a wonderful, other-worldly light, something unknown in those days. The long walls of the Winter Garden were covered with cork as high as the first floor, and decorated from balustrade to glass ceiling with murals of tropical gardens by the decorative Belgian painter A. Graux. The other side of the garden was bordered by a gracious conservatory; the rear wall could be removed in the summer, creating a balcony to the Summer Garden. When you think that few people were accustomed to seeing foreign, far-away countries, you can imagine the public's amazement on entering the Winter Garden.

The place to be
The Winter Garden was a great success. It became one of the city's attractions. Which was understandable. The daring architecture was reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and London's Crystal Palace! Everyone wanted to be there. For those flocking to the capital from the provinces, Kras was the place to be. Visitors to the Amsterdam city theatre, the Stadsschouwburg, first dined at the Krasnapolsky. Wealthy women dared to linger in the Winter Garden without a male escort - their days of furtively slipping in were over .

Parties and royal receptions
The Winter Garden attracted visitors for lunch, dinner, or supper, or to spend a pleasant few hours with friends or strangers. Parties and receptions were catered for too. Music recitals with famous soloists were a particular specialty. In 1889, King Willem III's 40th year as monarch was celebrated there, as was his marriage in 1879 to Princess Emma van Waldeck-Piermont. The subsequent birthdays of Princess (and later Queen) Wilhelmina were never missed, while her inauguration as Queen in 1890and the birth of Princess Juliana in 1909 were much feted.

The renovation of the Winter Garden
In 1990, the Winter Garden, the undisputed heart of the hotel, underwent thorough refurbishment. The original style of 1879 with its beautiful glass roof, steel arched structure and wrought iron pillars designed by Krasnapolsky's star architect Gerlof Salm, were carefully preserved. But Graux's original murals couldn't be saved, and had to be replaced by a contemporary work by artist Carolien van den Donk. These days, the Winter Garden is used for luxury breakfast and lunch buffets and is regularly transformed for evening events or presentations. Together with the adjacent Grand Ballroom and Volmer Rooms it can hold up to 1,500 people. You name it, the Krasnapolsky can do anything. And at night, the foyer balcony lends the monumental room an air of magic. A century after it was built, with its black and white marble floor, brass chandeliers and greenery, the Winter Garden still has the power to enchant.