Hotel Okura Amsterdam is situated in one of the most striking buildings in Amsterdam in the atypical and maybe not so well known neighbourhood of De Pijp, with its vibrant local and bohemian feel. The 5 star luxury hotel has everything international guests might dream of, including several (Michelin) restaurants, a unique top floor with amazing views of the city centre and even a pier as the perfect starting point to explore the charming canals of this picturesque city.
Okura Hotels & Resorts
Okura Hotels & Resorts is a renowned international hospitality brand, offering top-notch hotel accommodations all over the world. With Asia as its number one market and its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Okura Hotels applies the local philosophy and heritage to develop an approach that is well-respected all over the world. Their ACS quality stamp stands for ‘Best Accommodation, Best Cuisine and Best Service’.
In Europe Okura Hotels & Resorts is active in The Netherlands, and they’re about to open a new hotel in Turkey in 2020. In Germany the Okura group is represented by another brand: Okura-Nikko. Each hotel has its own identity, yet integrates Japanese elements in its design and approach.
The Okura Hotels are member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam
With its location in a vibrant, yet residential area and the skyscraper tower building style, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is a one of a kind hotel in the capital of The Netherlands. The context might seem unusual, but that has everything to do with its history. When the hotel was built back in 1971, the city of Amsterdam was planning to build a brand new opera next to it. The new opera was going to be a large, modern building, so the design of the Okura hotel was meant to be in perfect harmony with the neighbouring cultural hotspot to be. But in the end plans had changed, and the new opera was never constructed, leaving Hotel Okura Amsterdam a bit alienated, yet eye-catching in the area of De Pijp. Today the calm and convenient location is highly appreciated by the international guests who expect an offering at the highest standards.
The roof of Hotel Okura Amsterdam is truly unique, as the colour changes with respect to the weather forecast. Green lighting means rain is coming, white stands for cloudy, it gets blue when it’s sunny and it even turns into a rainbow design during the Gay Pride or colours orange when it’s King’s Day.
Inside the hotel, Japanese accents grant a harmonious, modest, yet elegant atmosphere. Gingko leafs are integrated in the interior designs and stationery and a stunning art piece in the lobby, made out of a thousand origami birds, represents happiness and prosperity. Warm wooden furniture combined with fresh colours and modest design patterns create a feel of understated luxury.
Rooms and Suites at Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Although there are 300 rooms at Hotel Okura, it never feels like a stay in a very large hotel, thanks to the smart design and the attentive, personal service. The Superior Room type (with or without city view depending on the floor they’re situated on) has a large comfortable bed, a salon and a luxury bathroom, providing guests with all the amenities they might need. Furthermore the room has a spacious desk with a comfortable leather chair, and the possibility to choose a pillow that meets your needs. One can also make use of the minibar and Nespresso machine.
The Executive City View Rooms come in two flavours: ‘classic’ with a warm and soft colour pattern and ‘lifestyle’ with grey and silver themes. The lifestyle rooms are designed by the renowned Dutch architect Bert Verwey, who was also responsible for the top floor and Ciel Bleu Restaurant. All Executive Rooms have a fantastic comfortable bed. Guests can control the curtains, lighting and temperature from the bed with a control panel. Every stay is made as pleasant as possible, as staying in the Executive Room means having access to the Executive Lounge, where one can enjoy a magnificent view of the city from the 22nd floor while reading a selection of international newspapers and magazines.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam also has nine unique suites, with the Imperial Suite as its flagship. To create this suite no less than 19 rooms were sacrificed in order to create the largest and most prestigious suite in the Benelux. This suite of 485 m² and two floors has two spacious bedrooms and two unique bathrooms which give guests ultimate privacy. One can also enjoy the many facilities and privileges that suit the largest suite in the Benelux, including a luxury private cinema seating 12 guests. The Imperial Suite has a panoramic view of the city from the 17th and 18th floors. The two floors are connected by a glass staircase. It is possible to book a part of the Imperial Suite that can be divided into the Emperor and Empress Suite. In addition to the suite, the team at Okura can provide various services, such as a butler, flower arrangements, a private jetty and personal shopping.
For all questions about Amsterdam, guests can contact the concierge team.
Relax in the Nagomi Spa
Pampering at Nagomi Spa captures the art of Japanese relaxation with authentic facials, bamboo massages and shiatsu. Nagomi means ‘to unwind and to come to rest’.
At the Nagomi Health you’ll find the biggest hotel swimming pool in Amsterdam, a jacuzzi, a Turkish steam room, several sauna’s, a solarium and a fully equipped fitness area. There’s also a lounge where guests can relax while using the massage chair or enjoying a fresh drink and a variety of fruits.
One of the highlights of Hotel Okura Amsterdam is its culinary offering, making it one of the best addresses for gourmands in Amsterdam. From easy casual bistronomy, to traditional Japanese cuisine and an internationally renowned gastronomic cuisine, there’s so much to discover.
The culinary flagship of Hotel Okura Amsterdam is their gastronomic restaurant Ciel Bleu. Awarded two Michelin stars – and certainly ambitious to get the third one – chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman treat their guest to a ‘guestronomic’ experience offering only the best of the best culinary creations, presented in a refined, aesthetic and tasteful way. With the restaurant’s large windows offering a one of a kind view of the city of Amsterdam, its luxurious interior design and the attentive service every haute cuisine experience at Ciel Bleu is to be a night to remember. Interested to learn more about one of the most renowned fine dining restaurants in Amsterdam and the philosophy of the culinary team? Read the dedicated story we’ve created about Ciel Bleu Restaurant.
Yamazato is the authentic Japanese restaurant at Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Offering probably the best sushi and kaiseki cuisine, Yamazato was the first traditional Japanese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in 2002. The acclaimed multi-course experience is led by executive chef Masanori Tomikawa and the cuisine focuses on the purity of traditional Japanese ingredients in a minimalistic, balanced style. To make sure all ingredients are prepared in a traditional way, the chef has selected only the best suppliers that can deliver top quality produce, who then have been trained in Japan to acquaint them with the rules of the art of the Japanese cuisine. With its view on the beautiful Japanese garden and the authentic interior design and costumes of the team, not only the food, but also the setting of this restaurant is amazing.
Next to Yamazato there’s another Japanese restaurant in the hotel. At Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka guests gather around expert Japanese teppanyaki chefs as they prepare sumptuous dishes with flair and precision on hot iron griddles, right before diners’ eyes. This interactive dining experience grants a vibrant and sociable atmosphere.
Serre, Hotel Okura Amsterdam’s canal-side brasserie offers exquisitely crafted dishes all day long. On the menu there are classic recipes and international specialties. Serre has been awarded with a Bib Gourmand by Michelin, which is awarded to restaurants offering an excellent value for money and quality cuisine. Complete with its own private terrace overlooking the water, and easily accessible by boat, it feels like vacation. No crowds, no noise, only Amsterdam in slumber inviting guests to a spontaneous get-together in the afternoon.
Breakfast is served at La Camelia restaurant. The setting is cosy and stylish, the service is kind and attentive and the food offering is extensive and refined. Guests can sample the continental and English breakfast buffet, or try some of the Japanese delicacies.
At the Lobby bar one can enjoy pre-dinner drinks or a traditional high tea in an informal ambiance. Fancying a more luxurious experience with a stunning view? Take the elevator to the Twenty Third Bar on the 23rd floor to enjoy cocktails, champagne and top-quality bites from Ciel Bleu Restaurant.
If you think this wide variety of top class restaurants is ‘all’ Hotel Okura Amsterdam has to offer in terms of culinary pleasure, think again. The fully equipped cooking studio ‘Taste of Okura’ can be booked for cooking classes, workshops, team buildings and so on.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam offers top notch rooms, a variety of (Michelin) restaurants and a fully equipped wellness. All with stunning views of the city of Amsterdam and a personal and attentive service.