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The Yays - Crane Apartment

Netherlands / Amsterdam
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Experience a taste of the high life in an iconic, refurbished crane offering luxurious living, an outstanding location and unbeatable views across Amsterdam East, North and the IJ-River.

The Yays - Crane Apartment can be found on KNSM Island in the eastern point of this most famous Dutch city - a district still undiscovered by most tourists, but a newly emerging creative hub in high demand with locals.

Back in the 1950s, KNSM Island and the surrounding islands were a hotbed of activity - unloading ships from across the world, helping to rebuild the country and re-establishing The Netherlands' trading position. Today, the skyline of cranes is a distant memory, the docklands having been transformed to a residential area in 1975 - but the Crane Apartment, saved from the demolition, now serves as an iconic reminder of this important part of Amsterdam's history.

Built in 1957, Figee Crane 2868 has been beautifully renovated and restored by Yays to provide stylish managed accommodation across three storeys for four lucky guests. Perfect for a special celebration, or simply an ideal (and wonderfully unique) cultural retreat off the beaten track, The Yays - Crane Apartment comes complete with everything you could possibly need for an indulgent and relaxing stay, including concierge service, housekeeping and a Priority Pass to see the very best of this fantastic city.

Once you've climbed the steel stairs to the main deck, you'll enter into a super hip living space. With interior design by renowned Dutch designer Edward van Vliet, you'll notice how exquisitely The Yays - Crane Apartment been styled to include a generous nod towards the crane's industrial past. Bright, modern interiors, oodles of natural sunlight and bang-on-trend minimalist furniture work together to create light and space in every room.

The fully equipped kitchen area comes complete with marble worktops, plenty of storage and all you need to cook up a storm. Enjoy your meals at the marble-topped dining table for four, perfectly positioned beside a window to provide riverside views as you dine.

Leading through from the kitchen and dining area, you'll find yourself in the cosy living area, where you can relax back with a local beer or two, watch some TV, check in with the world courtesy of the complimentary Wi-Fi, or simply curl up on the sofa to enjoy the far-reaching views on each side.

At the top of the bespoke staircase, you'll come to the large, modern bathroom (complete with a shower and a luxurious, stand-alone bathtub for ultimate indulgence!). The bedroom is found in the floor above, and comes with the added bonus of the most spectacular panoramic view of the IJ river from your bed! The bedroom also features a television, storage space and fresh white linen for a peaceful night's sleep.

When you're not unwinding in your crane-top bolthole, marvelling at the exquisite interior design or having your breath taken away by the immense views, what else is there to do in Amsterdam East? The answer is, "A lot!", so climb on your courtesy Yays bicycle and get ready to explore!

This trendy neighbourhood is brimming with art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars - the ultimate treat for any foodie or culture vulture. If you love architecture, you'll love the bridges which connect the various islands in the district - each one individually designed and totally unique. And then there's the National Maritime Museum to visit, the Hortus Botanicus (one of the world's oldest botanical gardens), and of course, the centre of Amsterdam just a 15-minute cycle away.

History, style, location - for a city break with a difference, The Yays - Crane Apartment has it all. So why go for a ‘normal' when this gem of a place is waiting for you?

Things to note

No pets permitted. Cleaning service is provided for stays over 7 nights. Check-in is from 2pm and check out 11am. Luggage storage facility is available if needed.  Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to stay.  No smoking permitted. Day hire also possible. Prices exclude 7% plus 3 Euro per person per night city tax, and vary based on seasons and demand.

Tried and tested

"Lots of small things add up to have a great stay at this unique apartment built in an crane with a rich history. Such as the welcome basket with a personal note upon arrival and bikes we used. It has a comfortable living room, privacy and fully equipped kitchen. The apartment has amazing views!"

"This crane apartment offers a unique experience overlooking the IJ river. The amenities and special goodies made me love every minute of it! Yays really went the length to make this one special occasion! Thanks!"

"Really cool apartment - haven't stayed in anything like it. The waterfront views are spectacular and climbing upstairs to the room (higher and higher!) makes it feel very special and cosy. The place has all the amenities you need to a very high standard. It is small because of the nature of the crane, but it feels cosy and unique because of it. Highly recommend for something different or a special occasion. Top quality service from Yays!"

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The basics

Region: Amsterdam
Cost (from): £305 per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 702


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Sleeps 2, double bedroom, bedding & towels provided, modern bathroom, large freestanding bath tub, separate shower, bathroom amenities, air-conditioning/heating, flat screen TV (lounge & bedroom), living area, fully equipped kitchen, tea & coffee facilities, dining area, Wi-Fi provided, bikes are provided complimentary.

Local activities

Museums, galleries, cycling, Anne Frank House, amusement park, festivals, canal cruises, shopping, beer tasting, art house cinema, markets, tulip fields.

At a glance

  • Refurbished 1957 Figee crane on KNSM Island, Amsterdam East
  • Fantastic managed accommodation across three storeys
  • Sleeps 2 (double bedroom)
  • Outstanding views of IJ river from every room
  • Concierge service, airport transfers and Priority Pass available
  • Courtesy bicycles - great for sightseeing!
  • Explore trendy Amsterdam East; ride to city centre in 15 minutes

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