I live in Tokyo and travel mostly in Asia. The level of service and hotel amenities are rarely matched in Europe or the US, but this hotel did it. The front desk and concierge staff are very helpful, the property clean and well-maintained, the rooms very comfortable, and the bathrooms proper. No shower-curtained tubs, rather all modern and spacious. Room service good, and not too overpriced. Response speed of housekeeping and room service was lightning quick. Breakfast each morning was just right with a variety of options beyond a continental, and the servers eternally cheerful and helpful. The neighborhood was quiet and residential, and the tram stop was only a 5 minute walk away, and riding the tram was one of the joys of being in Amsterdam. Yes, you could find hotels closer in to the city center, and they are charming, but they are dumpy and old in comparison to this hotel. The Okura seemed rather new. Cannot recommend highly enough. I've moved on to a new hotel in a different country in Europe, and I am sorely missing the Okura.
I booked directly with the hotel web site, and was able to get a discounted pre-paid room, as well as pre-paid Internet and breakfasts, all at good discounts. Most importantly, I opted for the 10 Euro per night upgrade to a junior suite, and got it!
My only two complaints: As a tourist, the very upscale and elite business clientele was a bit off-putting (talk about the 1%!). Also, the shower stalls always got water on the floors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Okura Amsterdam is one of the finest five-star luxury hotels of the Netherlands and part of the Japanese chain Okura Hotels & Resorts. With 300 comfortable rooms, including the largest (485m2) and most luxurious suite of the Benelux Countries, the hotel offers unrivalled high-class accommodation facilities. For wining and dining, you are spoilt for choice with four restaurants that have all been awarded by Michelin. Nagomi Spa & Health offers guests the opportunity to slip out of the daily routine and to take a moment of relaxation by means of a workout or treatment. Located alongside the Amstel Canal, in close proximity of the cultural heart of Amsterdam, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is one of the finest five-star luxury hotels that you will find in the Netherlands and exclusive member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’. The hotel is conveniently located in proximity of Schiphol International Airport as well as major tourist attractions.With 300 comfortable rooms, including the largest (485m2) and most luxurious suite of the Benelux Countries, the hotel offers unrivalled high-class accommodation facilities.For sport and leisure you can visit our Nagomi Spa & Health. Meaning ‘calm down’ in Japanese, ‘Nagomi’ offers an opportunity to slip out of the daily routine and take some moments just for you. An exclusive selection of facials, massages, manicure and pedicure and body treatments is offered. With these treatments dedicated to restoring balance to the mind and body, Nagomi Spa invites to linger just a little longer. In addition to a treatment at Nagomi Spa you can also enjoy the facilities of Nagomi Health (1000 sq.m.) which is located next to the spa. Nagomi Health is an oasis of tranquility where you can exercise and relax in total privacy. The gym is equipped with Technogym machines, combining cardio and weight trainings. Personal trainers give you personalised advice and supervise your exercising during a professional one-on-one workout. Nagomi Health also features various relaxation facilities, such as a Jacuzzi, saunas and a swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Okura Hotel Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Okura Hotel