Crane Hotel Faralda in Amsterdam

by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 21, 2018

Review of Crane Hotel Faralda in Amsterdam Noord.

Crane Hotel Faralda – Industrial crane turned design hotel in Amsterdam Noord.

Crane Hotel Faralda is Amsterdam’s most unusual design hotel. A converted, brightly painted industrial crane with epic city views from its rooms and rooftop spa pool, it attracts celebrities, DJs and travellers who don’t suffer from vertigo. There are only three luxury split-level suites here, each with a unique design aesthetic, steep steps up to the mezzanine bedroom, and bathrooms with rain showers. Choose between Mystique (bordello-esque ambience), Free Spirit (light and airy), and Secret (Arabian Nights-themed) suites. Steps away from the arty attractions of Amsterdam Noord and several hipster restaurants.

Crane Hotel Faralda – Location

  • Address: NDSM-plein 78, 1033 WB Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Ferry: Veer NDSM Werf.
  • Area: Located on Amsterdam-werf, a derelict shipyard turned arty neighborhood in Amsterdam Noord. It’s a 2-minute walk from warehouses used for art installations, and a 6-minute walk from the NDSM-werf ferry stop; free ferries run to Centraal Station every 15 minutes or so until midnight (15 minutes). Several good restaurants nearby and other attractions in Amsterdam Noord are reachable by bicycle.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the free 15-minute ferry from behind the station to Veer NDSM Werf.
  • Handy to: NDSM-werf (2-minute walk), IJ-Hallen flea market (2-minute walk), Centraal Station (25-minute walk and ferry ride).

Crane Hotel Faralda – The Basics

  • Ages: Adults-only hotel; most guests are either couples on a romantic break, or visiting DJs and other celebrities.
  • View: Great 360-degree views of the IJ waterway and central Amsterdam beyond, as well as the graffiti-covered landscape of Amsterdam Noord from rooftop whirlpool and full-length windows in the lofty suites. View changes as the crane moves in the breeze.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Rooftop Jacuzzi.
  • Laundry: No in-room laundry service.
  • Parking: Plenty of parking nearby; approximately €8 per day.
  • Extras: Complimentary wine and champagne; possible to arrange helicopter tour of the city with nearby landing; VIP limo pickup from the airport can be arranged.
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season and the Christma-New Year period.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-760-6161
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://faralda.com/

Crane Hotel Faralda – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.

Crane Hotel Faralda – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No onsite restaurants, but there are several excellent restaurants within a 5-minute walk, including Cannibale Royale du Nord and Noorderlicht.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar onsite, but the hip Pllek bar with urban beach is a couple of minutes’ walk away.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Choose between exclusive Prosecco breakfast in bed (€90 for 2), or continental breakfast (€25) at the nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam (served 7-10am Monday-Friday, and 7-11am Saturday & Sunday).
  • Room Service: No room service besides breakfast in bed.

Crane Hotel Faralda – Rooms

  • Room Types: Three individually styled split-level Suites.
  • Smoking Rooms: Crane Hotel Faralda is 100% smoke free.
  • Best Room: Depends on your taste in interior design. Secret is the largest, at 40m sq, while Mystique is the highest (45m off the ground). In-room amenities are similar, and all 3 suites benefit from tremendous views (that change hourly as the crane rotates in the wind).
  • For Families: No family rooms.

Crane Hotel Faralda – Local Transport

  • Walking: Amsterdam Noord attractions such NDSM-werf and its art installations, and the monthly IJ Hallen flea market are a couple of minutes’ walk away. Other attractions in Amsterdam Noord require hiring a bicycle. If you take the ferry to Centraal Station, the attractions in the Medieval Centre and Red Light District are within easy walking distance; walkable to the historic canal ring.
  • Tram/Ferry: Amsterdam’s tram hub is in front of Centraal Station, with connections to every corner of the city. The nearest free ferry stop, Veer Buiksloterweg, is a 34-minute walk.
  • Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle or jump on the ferry.

Crane Hotel Faralda – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Bungee Amsterdam – Throw yourself off the top of Crane Faralda Hotel while attached to a bungee cord. Start location: 1-minute walk.
  • Pannenkoekenboot – 75-minute city cruises in a covered boat, specialized family cruises, and pancake cruises. Start location: 3-minute walk.
  • Amsterdam Helicopters – Fun sightseeing tours of the city from above; highlights include the Red Light District, Dam Square, and Jordaan’s canals.

Best Nearby Restaurants

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping

  • IJ-Hallen – Biggest flea market in Europe, with 750 stands. Takes place once or twice monthly. 2-minute walk.

Crane Hotel Faralda – The Hotel

Guests can bungee jump from the top of the hotel.

Yes, it’s possible to bungee jump from the top of Crane Hotel Faralda.

The hotel is built into a former industrial crane.

Crane Hotel Faralda is a former industrial crane turned unique design hotel.

The Mystique Suite offers great views of NDSM-werf.

View of NDSM-werf from Mystique Suite, 45m off the ground.

The top of the crane offers great sunset views.

Sunset view of the IJ waterway and central Amsterdam across the water from the top of the crane.

The Mystique Suite has a free-standing tub with city views.

The free-standing tub in the Mystique Suite.

The suite's tub is claw-footed and free-standing.

The Secret Suite comes with a claw-footed, free-standing tub.

The Secret Suite has an Arabian Nights-themed bedroom.

The bedroom in the Arabian Nights-themed Secret Suite.

The Secret Suite sitting area overlooks the IJ waterway.

The sitting area in the Secret Suite, overlooking the IJ waterway.

The rooftop hot tub offers excellent views of the IJ and central Amsterdam.

The rooftop hot tub has superb views of the IJ and central Amsterdam in the distance.

The Mystique Suite has fantastic decor.

Sumptuous decor in the Mystique Suite.

The living area of the Mystique Suite features designer furniture.

Living area in the Mystique Suite, complete with designer furniture.

The Free Spirit Suite is bright and delightfully decorated.

The Free Spirit Suite is light and airy, decor-wise.

The Free Spirit Suite's sitting area offers view of the NDSM-werf.

The sitting area in the Free Spirit Suite, with views over NDSM-werf.

The waterfront by the hotel is covered with graffiti.

Graffiti-covered waterfront, as seen from beneath Crane Hotel Faralda.

The SkateCafe is a diner within a skater park.

SkateCafe is half-skater park, half-hip diner serving global crowdpleasers.

Pllek hosts outdoor movie screening and DJ sets on its urban beach.

A summer hotspot off the NDSM wharf, Pllek has an urban beach and hosts outdoor movie screenings and DJ sets.

The Oedipus craft brewery is popular in the evenings and on weekends.

One of the most celebrated craft breweries in Amsterdam, Oedipus comes to life in evenings and weekends.

NDSM Wharf features some of the city's best street art.

The NDSM wharf is one of the best places in Amsterdam for street art.

Regular art events are held at the revamped NDSM warehouses.

The revamped NDSM warehouses host regular art projects.

The A'DAM Tower roof terrace offers fantastic views of Amsterdam Noord.

The A’DAM Tower roof terrace is an Amsterdam attraction in its own right, with terrific views of Amsterdam Noord plus the Medieval Centre across the IJ waterway.

The rooftop terrace offers great views of Amsterdam Noord.

View of Amsterdam Noord from the A’DAM Tower roof terrace.

The Butcher nearby is a hip brasserie that also features a DJ on some evenings.

The Butcher, inside the Sir Adam Hotel, is a hip brasserie by day; DJ sets some evenings.

The roof terrace offers great views of Central Station and Medieval Centre.

A’DAM Tower roof terrace view of Centraal Station and the Medieval Centre beyond.

The Moon restaurant offers 360-degree views of the city.

Located on the 19th floor of the A’DAM Tower, Moon restaurant offers 360-degree views of the city, and serves Modern Dutch cuisine.

EYE Film Institute holds film screenings and has an excellent cafe.

The EYE Film Institute holds contemporary film screenings, and has an excellent café.

This is Holland is a multi-sensory flying experience.

This is Holland is a multi-sensory experience that simulates flying over the country’s top attractions.

The extreme swing on A'DAM Tower takes guests over the edge.

Up on the A’DAM Tower terrace, the extreme swing takes you right over the edge of the building.

Café Ceuvel offers good food and events.

Café Ceuvel offers creative, sustainable cooking, and hosts art and music events in a quiet canal-side location.

Café ‘t Slusje is along historic houses on Nieuwendammerdijk street.

Cycling to the Café ‘t Slusje for a pint takes you past historic houses along Nieuwendammerdijk street.

Tolhuistuin hosts music events and outdoor movies, and has a beer garden.

Tolhuistuin, a summer-only cultural space, hosts music events and outdoor movies, and has a beer garden.

Hotel de Goudfazant served French cuisine in a former shipyard building.

In a former shipyard building, and popular with day tour groups from the city, Hotel de Goudfazant serves French cuisine.

Café Modern serves a daily-changing menu.

Daily changing multi-course menus served at Café Modern.

Cannibale Royale is popular for its burgers and steaks.

Cannibale Royale, open evenings and on weekends, is locally renowned for its burgers and steaks.

Noorderlicht is a converted greenhouse popular for its Indonesian veggie dishes, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

A converted greenhouse, Noorderlicht is a popular lunch spot good for Indonesian veggie dishes, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

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