Stayed here a few weeks ago for a business conference with some 300 colleagues. Many hotels that offer conference facilities seem surprised by everyone arriving for coffee or lunch at the same time, but not the Okura! They coped amazingly well, and the staff managed busy periods with a friendly but efficient manner.
The food was amazing at every meal - not an easy feat for that kind of buffet. Loads of choice, all very fresh and high quality, and decent wines with dinner too. Occasionally the wait staff were a little too efficient - whisking away plates when I still had the last mouthful poised on my fork, but other than that, a great experience. My only suggestion would be larger coffee cups and hotter water for tea! Mid morning cakes were great too! The only letdown was the Waygu beef burgers one evening - completely raw for my taste which was a shame.
The rooms are good too. Big enough with a great bathroom (glassed walled into the bedroom but with a blind). I loved the fact that with a speaker in the bathroom you could lie in the bath watching TV!
The conference facilities were OK too, if fairly standard. I just wish the temperature could have been keep consistent at the right level - it was either too hot or too cold and adjusted to extremes too frequently.
Finally, the hotel is in a good location. Shops and bars / restaurants in easy walking distance. Within the hotel, the 2 bars are good (especially the 23rd floor) if expensive. I didn't try the gym or pool as at 15 E per visit I thought it too expensive for the quick visit I could have fitted in - fine if I had had a half day! For conference guests who will only be taking a quick dip, perhaps this could be included for free (or a reduced rate?).
All in all, would definitely recommend this hotel, and will be back if Amsterdam calls again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary High-rise Hotel with a Dutch & Japanese flair located in the cozy neighborhood De Pijp and within walking distance of the RAI Convention Center. Hotel Okura Amsterdam facilitates four restaurants of which all have been awarded by Michelin. On the 23rd floor one can find two Michelin star Ciel Bleu Restaurant. On the ground floor, Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka is located, this restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star and here chefs prepare your dishes right in front of you on the hot griddle. Then, Yamazato Restaurant, awarded one Michelin star as well, serves the authentic Japanese kaiseki cuisine. And lastly, Serre Restaurant is inspired by Ciel Bleu and has received a Bib Gourmand by Michelin which awards the great price-quality relation. Furthermore, Hotel Okura Amsterdam facilitates Nagomi Spa & Health were guests can relax by means of treatments and workouts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Okura Hotel Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Okura Hotel