Victoria Hotel - Amsterdam
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N 52° 22.628 E 004° 53.892
31U E 629208 N 5804680
Quick Description: The Victoria Hotel in Amsterdam is one of the oldest modern hotels in The Netherlands. Since 2001, it has been a protected monument because of its cultural and historical value.
Location: Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Date Posted: 4/19/2015 9:02:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMNQJN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dreamhummie
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Long Description:
"The Victoria Hotel opened its doors on August 19, 1890 after intensive constructions. The German architect J.F Henkenhaf started the whole idea for a hotel in 1883 when he founded the company N.V. Hotelonderneming Victoria Hotel.

He strategically planned the hotel across from the Amsterdam Central Station, on the corner of Damrak and Prins Hendrikkade. In order to build his hotel he had to tear down a few of the original houses on the Damrak and buy some properties that were not yet in his possession on Prins Hendrikkade. Henkenhaf and his partner were also the architects of the Kurhaus in Scheveningen that opened in 1885.
Apparently they were motivated after their successful expansion of another hotel in Amsterdam, Krasnapolsky.

Damrak 1 was known as the house with the small tower which is still a characteristic landmark of Amsterdam when you arrive through the Central Station main entrance.

He also tried to obtain the buildings of numbers 47 and 45 on Prins Hendrikkade but he never managed due to high prices. That is why up to today the hotel is built around these two buildings, now souvenir shops.

The hotel was the first in the Netherlands that had electric lighting throughout the whole building including all the rooms. And to bring back noise from outside to a minimum all rooms had double windows.
The hotel attracted the rich and famous from the very first day and welcomed local and international guests. Celebrities like Mata Hari, Billy Graham, Louis Armstrong, the German actress and singer Zarah Leander, British actress Glenda Jackson and boogie woogie rock & roll legend Fats Domino are only a few to name."

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Monument Number: 518423

Address of this Rijksmonument:
Damrak 1 1012 LG Amsterdam The Netherlands


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Is This Rijksmonument open to the public ?: yes

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