Located just next to the museum district in Amsterdam is a luxury hotel tucked away from the tourist-filled streets in a mostly residential neighbourhood. This unique position gives you the best of both worlds: a quiet hotel ambiance, and a convenient location for sightseeing. Hotel Okura Amsterdam is not only in a fantastic location, but it’s also known for great food and superior service.
We stayed in a Superior Junior Suite on the 16th floor. When I first walked into the room I was excited to see how bright it was (thanks to the huge windows), and how spacious it was (34 sq m in total). This room served as the perfect retreat after a long day of sightseeing thanks to the large desk area for me to work at, and the cozy seating area where we enjoyed wine and cheese.
Our spa-like bathroom felt large thanks to a floor to ceiling glass wall. There was an electronically controlled curtain that closed to give you privacy from the rest of the room, but leaving it open gave you ample natural light in the bathroom – which is something you don’t often get in a hotel room. Our bathroom had a rain shower and a soaking tub, and the complimentary bathroom amenities included bath salts for the perfect, relaxing bath.
There are no less than five restaurants at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, serving a range of international cuisine – including two Japanese restaurants. An astonishing three of these five restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars. The two Japanese restaurants, Yamazato and Sazanka, each have one Michelin star and focus on preparing traditional Japanese dishes. Their ever-popular Ciel Bleu Restaurant has two Michelin stars and it’s location on the 23rd floor means diners have one of the best views of Amsterdam.
We enjoyed lunch at the hotel’s international restaurant, Serre. On the menu they have a long list of high quality dishes, ranging from salads to lobster. They also have a section of the menu where you can create your own 3 course tasting menu – which we opted to do. To start, Paul and I both had the ceviche. It was full of flavor and very fresh – and the fact that it was made with mackerel made it quite different from the ceviche I’ve had in other countries. For our mains, I had the fish of the day and Paul had the lamb. Both dishes were delicious and beautifully presented. For dessert there is a desert trolley to choose from as well as a menu, and I can’t recommend the poached peach dessert enough! It was incredible.
Another one of the main benefits of staying at Hotel Okura Amsterdam is the wide range of services they have on-site. For starters, they have a culinary school that was developed by the chefs at Hotel Okura. Guests can reserve spots in group or private cooking classes before their stay, which is a wonderful activity to do while travelling!
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is also home to Nagomi Spa & Health. “Nagomi” means “calm down” in Japanese, which is exactly what this spa was designed to do to you. The offer a wide range of spa services in private rooms or couple rooms. When your treatment is completed you also have a relaxation room to lay down in, and full access to the health club. The health club is where you will find the gym (with an on-site trainer) and their luxurious pool. We loved spending time relaxing by this beautiful pool, and really liked the view from the pool to the Japanese garden outside. Next to the pool they also have a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The entire health club area feels more like a relaxing retreat than “just a swimming pool”.
We loved our stay at Hotel Okura Amsterdam and look forward to staying at another Okura hotel one day! To prepare for your Amsterdam vacation we suggest visiting the Hotel Okura Amsterdam website to book your room.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Hotel Okura Amsterdam as guests, however our opinions remain our own.