WHAT IS IT LIKE TO STAY AT HOTEL OKURA AMSTERDAM← Back
August 13, 2018
Always wanted to know what it is like to stay at Hotel Okura Amsterdam? Experience Japan’s rich service culture in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Joanne McGuigan from Finance Monthly shares her story following a recent stay in arguably of the most locally inspired hotels in the Dutch capital.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam: Dutch Hospitality With A Japanese Twist
Have you ever been to a hotel that you could visit time and time again? One that’s almost better than the destination itself? That’s exactly how I felt when I visited Hotel Okura Amsterdam.
Part of an international chain with more than 80 luxury hotels worldwide, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is the Japanese chain’s only hotel in Europe. The 23-storey building is located in the trendy De Pijp district – close to the financial, cultural and entertainment districts of Amsterdam. It offers its guests high-quality accommodation, culinary delights in four Michelin-star restaurants, plus ultra-modern spa facilities.
Western in style and elegantly subdued with neutral colours, all 300 guest rooms are spacious and plushly decked out with comfortable Eastborn beds, large wooden work desks, Nespresso machines and all the other amenities you’d expect in a five-star hotel. We were very fortunate to be in one of the rooms that offered magnificent views of the city.
Upon arrival, we discovered a lovely surprise to walk into – a note from the Okura team welcoming us to the hotel and a box of macaroons.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is home to four high-quality, Michelin-star restaurants. Yamazato is the first traditional Japanese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in Europe. Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka offers the opportunity to watch the chefs while they prepare their delicious dishes on a hot griddle at the guests table. The International and innovative Ciel Bleu Restaurant offers a panoramic view of the city and has held two Michelin stars since 2007. Serre serves internationally inspired dishes with seasonal, fresh and local products, and holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition, as a restaurant that delivers quality food for an affordable price.
Hotel Spa – Nagomi
Nagomi Spa & Health is the perfect place to go if you want to get away from the stress of everyday life. The Japanese word Nagomi, which means ‘calm down’, captures the essence of the spa. The carefully composed selection of treatments will help you escape the bustle of the city. In addition to the treatments, you can also unwind in the Turkish steam bath, sauna or Jacuzzi.