by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 26, 2018
Hotel Okura – Contemporary 5-star hotel in southern De Pijp, with some of the city’s best dining.
This 23-storey, Japanese-owned 5-star hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. With marble floors, Japanese design motifs, ample use of natural wood, and plenty of natural light, Okura is luxurious minimalism personified. The 300 rooms come in neutral shades with king-sized beds, wooden work desks, and Nespresso machines; many have lofty views, too – a rarity in low-lying Amsterdam. Spacious, luxurious bathrooms have walk-in rain showers, free-standing tubs, and Fragonard toiletries. Food-wise, Okura has more Michelin stars under one roof than any other Amsterdam hotel, and there’s an excellent on-site spa to boot. Service is professional, multi-lingual, and unobtrusive.
Hotel Okura – Location
- Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Cornelis Troostplein.
- Area: Serene waterfront location facing the Amstelkanaal that marks the southern border of the hip De Pijp neighbourhood. The nearest tram stop is a 3-minute walk away; the Museum Quarter is a 12-minute ride away by tram, as is the Southern Canal Ring. De Pijp is a compact, walkable neighborhood, with numerous bars, restaurants, and independent boutiques a short walk away from the hotel.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #25 to Cornelis Troostplein stop. Okura is a 3-minute walk away.
- Handy to: Albert Cuyp Market, Heineken Experience, De Pijp cafes, and boutiques.
Hotel Okura – The Basics
- Ages: There’s a grown-up feel to the hotel, and most guests tend to be couples on a romantic break or honeymoon, and business travelers, but children are also made to feel welcome. Twenty Third Bar is 18+.
- View: Good city views from the large windows in the rooms, and lofty panoramic views of Amsterdam from the Twenty Third Bar and Ciel Bleu restaurant.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Jacuzzi access available at extra charge.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Parking: Parking available onsite; €40 per day.
- Extras: There are personal trainers in attendance at the gym; the staff can organize quirky, personalized tours of the city; rooms come with remote-control blackout curtains, and Japanese-style multi-function toilets.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 or 4 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-678-7111
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.okura.nl/en/
Hotel Okura – Amenities
- Pool: There’s a large indoor pool with adjoining Japanese-style garden.
- Spa: The Japanese-influenced Nagomi Spa is among the best in the city, offering an impressive selection of facials, massages, treatments, manicures, and pedicures.
- Fitness Center: Fitness center with personal trainers.
- For Disabled Guests: One room adapted for wheelchair users.
- For Families: Baby cots available, and babysitting can be arranged on request.
- Activities: The on-site Taste of Okura cooking studio teaches guests to prepare their own Michelin star-worthy dishes.
Hotel Okura – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: There are 4 restaurants onsite with 4 Michelin stars between them. Two-Michelin-star Ciel Bleu (6:30pm-10pm, Monday to Saturday) is located on the 23rd floor, with grand panoramic views and seasonal, French-inspired fine dining. Elegant decor; reservations essential. • $$$$ • At One-Michelin-star Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka (6:30pm-10pm), diners get to watch their food expertly grilled on a hot plate in front of them. • $$$ • One-Michelin-star Yamazato (6pm-9:30pm Mon-Fri, noon-2pm Sat & Sun) offers seasonal kaiseki cuisine. • $$$$ • On the ground floor, the informal Serre Restaurant (10am-10pm) is a good spot for a coffee, burger, or light international fare, such as ceviche and goat cheese ravioli • $$.
- Lounge/Bar: Twenty Third Bar is a hip evening nightspot, with stellar cocktails, snacks from the Michelin-starred kitchen of Ciel Bleu, and panoramic city views. Open daily until 1am. The art deco Lobby Bar serves over 60 different cocktails, as well as light bites.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Extensive breakfast buffet available from 8am-11am in La Camelia; €29.50 per person.
- Room Service: Available from Serre Restaurant around the clock.
Hotel Okura – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior • Superior City View • Executive • Executive City View • Superior Junior Suite • Superior City View Junior Suite • Executive Junior Suite • Executive City View Junior Suite • Executive Corner Suite • Emerald Suite • Royal Suite • Baron Okura Suite • Presidential Suite • Imperial Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Hotel Okura is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The 2-story Imperial Suite features a private cinema, tremendous panoramic city views from its location on the 17th and 18th floors, an anonymous private entrance (if you happen to be a privacy-seeking celebrity), free-standing baths in the bathrooms, and a state-of-the-art gaming system.
- For Families: Family rooms available.
Hotel Okura – Local Transport
- Walking: Albert Cuyp Market is an 11-minute walk, the Heineken Experience is 14 minutes away, and numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and independent boutiques are within a 10 to 15-minute radius of the hotel. Walkable to the Museum Quarter and the historic canal ring.
- Tram: From the nearby Cornelis Troostplein stop, tram #26 runs north to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre, while tram #12 runs west to Museumplein.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Hotel Okura – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Boaty – Drive your own boat along peaceful Amstelcanal before hitting the busy waterways of central Amsterdam. No prior experience necessary. Start location: 2-minute walk.
- Ajax Bike – 3-hour cycling tours of De Pijp, central Amsterdam, and the countryside. Customized tours possible, and bicycles available for rent. Start location: 15-minute walk.
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Stroom in De Pijp – Trendy, industrial-style café with a large outdoor terrace, packed on sunny days. Wholesome brunches, great coffee, imaginative salads, and good service. 3-minute walk.
- Omelegg – A couple dozen omelette combos, shakshuka, scrambled eggs, and sandwiches. Inexpensive and filling. 4-minute walk.
- Volt – Tapas-style bites and Mediterranean mains, such as pasta dishes and chorizo-stuffed squid. 4-minute walk.
- CT Coffee & Coconuts – Triple-level former art deco cinema turned popular brunch spot. Light, globally-inspired dishes the rest of the day. 5-minute walk.
- Sir Hummus – De Pijp branch of this homage-to-the-chickpea café. Choose the size of your hummus bowl, and pile on the toppings, from spicy aubergine to roasted pine nuts. 6-minute walk.
- Par Hasard – Arguably the best Belgian fries in the city, along with a supporting case of ribs, steaks, and burgers. 7-minute walk.
- SLA – Flagship branch of Amsterdam’s wildly popular hipster salad bar. Organic wines and smoothies too. 8-minute walk.
- Surya – One of the most consistent Indian restaurants in town, with a good mix of Madras and vindaloo curries, tandoori dishes, and plenty of vegetarian options. 8-minute walk.
- Scandianavian Embassy – Minimalist surroundings, coffee sourced from Scandinavian micro-roasteries, plus Scandinavian snacks. 9-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Brouwerij Troost – Superb craft brewery with a dozen own beers, brewed in copper vats here. Excellent bar food. 3-minute walk.
- Glou Glou – Jovial wine bar with over 40 French wines by the glass, as well as numerous organic wines. 7-minute walk.
- Café Gollem – Dedicated craft beer bar, serving numerous local brews, as well as over 200 bottled beers from around the world. Special tastings often held with participation of local brewers. 11-minute walk.
- Café Binnen Buiten – Cozy, wood-paneled bar, lots of seasonal and draft beers to choose from, and an idyllic canal-side terrace for sunny afternoons. 12-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- O My Bag – Stylish leather bags and accessories for men and women, from purses and clutch bags to satchels, wallets, laptop covers, and travel bags. 7-minute walk.
- Cottoncake – Women’s apparel, from vintage biker boots and Sita Murt knits to handcrafted Monocrafft jewelry and Samsoe jackets. In-store café serves great espresso and all-day breakfasts. 10-minute walk.
- The Girl Can’t Help It – Stylish, 50’s-inspired ladies’ fashion from dresses and trench coats to tops and skirts. 11-minute walk.
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. 11-minute walk.
- Charlie + Mary – Sustainable, environmentally-friendly clothing design by Charlie + Mary, and brands such as Qnoop, Dedicated, People Tree, and Nulla Nomen. 11-minute walk.
- Record Mania – Old-school vinyl shop with records embedded in the floor, and numerous rare recordings by the likes of the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton. 11-minute walk.
- Blond – Fun and colorful plates, mugs, and other kitchenware, with fun designs (beach scenes, cakes, blondes) courtesy of the shop’s blond owners. 11-minute walk.
- Brick Lane Amsterdam – Relaxed boutique specializing in individual, London-inspired designs. 11-minute walk.