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Hotel Okura Amsterdam - Hotel Review

A Taste of Japan in Amsterdam

The lobby and reception at Hotel Okura Amsterdam
The lobby and reception

When visiting a big bustling city like Amsterdam, we prefer a stay close to the city center, but not right in the boisterous hub. The Hotel Okura Amsterdam sits south of the city’s heart on the Amstel Canal, two blocks from the RAI Congress Center and very close to the museum district, which is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike. But as quiet as the Okura’s location may be, its height is unusual in Amsterdam’s skyline. Its 23 stories tower above the canals. And a huge awning — it changes color with the weather and blue is a favorite, since it means sunny skies ahead — beckons travelers into an interior of sleek lines and bold yet soothing colors, creating a Zen-like atmosphere of refinement and harmony.

The very first Okura hotel, the Hotel Okura Tokyo, which opened in 1962, was conceived by a Cambridge-educated, race car-driving Japanese baron. He was what used to be called a sporting man. He was also a visionary and an entrepreneur. For his hotel, he wanted the best of everything, which for him meant authentic Japanese design with modern Western amenities.

Yamazoto Restaurant at Hotel Okura Amsterdam A suite at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Yamazoto Restaurant
A Suite

The 75-metre tall Okura Amsterdam, which opened in 1971, was conceived as a green and sustainable property with 301 chic, comfortable, art-filled rooms. Wood fittings and luxurious fabrics are clean and modern. Night orientation lights and heated mirrors that don’t steam up add pleasant comforts. Amenities include a jet lag program that employs the power of light to create overall well-being, executive floors and a full-service business lounge complete with complimentary Internet access, food and drinks, a health club with a fitness lounge, swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, solarium and sauna. Business meetings can be held in banquet facilities or the grand ballroom with a capacity for 1,200 guests. On the 23rd floor, the Starlight Room offers great views of Amsterdam for events such as weddings, private dining or business meetings. This will keep your happening exclusive, since there’s only room for 30 people.

The Okura also boasts two of the city’s best restaurants. Yamazato does haute Japanese (Kaiseki) cuisine amid authentic Japanese Sukiya décor. There are also a private tatami rooms. Ciel Bleu offers seasonal French food and a panoramic view of the city. For Champagne (17 different varieties), cocktails, caviar and oysters, there’s Twenty Thirty Bar. If you have time, there’s even the Okura Museum across the street, which is filled with more than 3,500 objects including national Japanese heritage pieces.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
31 20 6787111 | Reserve with KIWI Collection for the best rate!

(Updated: 05/13/11 CT)

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