We have been to Amsterdam many times over the years and have stayed in a variety of hotels. One of my favorites was The Grand, which is now a Sofitel. It has been redone and for me they have taken away the old world charm and turned it into yet another design hotel, which you can find in any city. It is great for the location and for what it is but I miss its soul.
For this trip we decided to try something a bit different and stayed at the Hotel Okura, which is out of the city center in a tranquil suburban like neighborhood. It is more residential giving you a more authentic sense of Dutch living. However, it is not far from the city center. If you like to walk, I guess it takes a good twenty minutes, giving you a great opportunity to discover a different side of Amsterdam both for shopping and eating point of view. It also takes about twenty-minute by tram to the center and train station if walking is not your thing. The hotel is close to the museums and the Amsterdam Market, which is filled with all kinds of treats.
The hotel itself is a twenty-three-story building, which gives you exceptional views over the city. It has a Japanese sense of esthetic and it is charming and serene. The staff is efficient, friendly and works hard to meet the hotel’s standard for quality. We had a small problem with our room and they went above and beyond to fix it and to ensure that we were over compensated for the mishap.
We stayed on the twenty-second floor, which is their executive floor with lounge. The view was breathtaking and the snacks were amazingly delicious and different.
The service was perfection and the food was a true treat. Since we live in Paris we did not try the Ciel Blue their French Restaurant on the 23rd floor but it looks beautiful. The experience and food should be considered even if you do not stay at the hotel.
The gym and pool were great and spotlessly clean. I did not like that we were charged to use it, but such is life. The masseuse was fantastic. A small Japanese woman that truly knows the art of massage and you leave feeling renewed. Treat yourself or a loved to her expertise. They are opening a new spa, which will add another layer to your experience.
It is worth going to Hotel Okra for the weekend as a get away or to forget about the daily grind and just pamper your self. You do not even have to leave the hotel. It is like an oasis unto itself and a wonderful alternative to the busy city center of Amsterdam.
It is also a great place to go with a group of friend or for corporate team building. The hotel conducts cooking classes with their prized chef in the lower level studio kitchen.
I must admit I was reluctant to stay away from Amsterdam’s bustling center, but to be honest I am so happy we did; it added to my experience in a good way and not take away from it as I had feared.
- 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