Hotel Okura Amsterdam

, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Hotel Okura Amsterdam

5 star

Rooms: 301

333 Ferdinand Bolstraat Amstel Canal - Amsterdam - 1072 LH - Netherlands Hotel Website | | 20 678 74 88
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7/10
Japanese Language
Submitted by: Shinji M.Torikai in 28/04/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Belgium
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Good service in Japanese Language.

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from nicolasj
I stayed for 2 days at this hotel while attending a meeting.

LOCATION
Location is good for the RAu conference center. The hotel is on a road with atram line, so you can get to all parts of town, but the trip to the heart of the city will take 20 minutes. It's located close to some canals, but not he nicest ones with the istoric houses. The view from the rooms is good, but not really below the 9th floor. The entrance road is bumpy and not well kept. They need a new gardener. There is an ugly car park and and office block between the main road and the hotel.

RECEPTION
Check inn is relatively fast and staff are on hand to take care of lugage. The whole atmosphere is of a good 4 star hotel, but not really 5 star. Staff speaks several language, but oddly enough I had difficulties getting the staff to speak dutch, their native language (well not for all of them it seems ...)
The lifts are quite slow and rattling.

FACILITIES
The basement has a business center and a small shop. Efficient, but the low ceiling and decoration make it more like a 3 star experience down there. I didn't use or see the Spa facilities.

ROOMS
My room was on the 19th floor and did have everything one needs or expects in a luxury hotel room. It was nice and clean, but warm and not easy to cool down. The room is nor very large for 5 star standards, and decoration is 'decent' but there are no surprises and the more modern minimalistic or 'lounge' styles are not present in all rooms

PROBLEMS
There were tipsy noisy people in the corridors at 2am.
The lifts are slow.
Rooms are not sound proof (internal wamms and doors).
Doubtfull individuals in the bar area.
5 star amenities but 4 sar atmosphere.

Fab Okura

from ZolaUK
My husband and I have just returned from a 3 days stay in Amsterdam, staying at the Okura hotel. I was slightly sceptical about this hotel - due to mixed reviews, but I have been nothing short of amazed by the excellent service offered at the Okura. The staff were always pleasant and helpful. Room service was efficient - even after midnight! The hotel is very close to the tram service, and travel into the city took an easy 10mins. The hotel location was lovely - as it wasn't too noisy around the surrounding areas - as opposed to some hotels I saw within the city centre. There is a beautiful canal next to the hotel to have an evening stroll. I would definately stay at this hotel again. Although - the breakfast was pricey at 27 Euro's - we opted to go to nearby cafes.

Some rooms may be 5*, but not mine

from AddJack
I had high expectations after my secretary told me that she had booked me into a very nice 5* hotel. However, I suspect that not all rooms fall in that category. I was on the 3rd floor, which also hosts the fitness room and other facilities. It appears to be the only floor where residents do not need to swipe their room card in the elevator for access. My room was comfortable, but quite standard. All through the night, at intervals of about 30 seconds, there were very annoying, high pitched sounds coming through the ventilation system (although I had turned the fan and climate controls off in the room.) The noises were loud enough to make sleep difficult. Breakfast was not included in my rate, and the only option appeared to be a EUR27 buffet. That seems quite extravagant if one only wants a light breakfast, as I did, but increasingly seems to be the case with continental hotels. I managed to negotiate a slightly reduced rate for a bowl of cereal, OJ, and coffee.

Cracking hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Myself & my wife stopped at this hotel from 9th Feb to the 11th Feb 06. We had a double room on the 22nd floor.

The hotel was superb. Clean, friendly & to of the standard i expected.

Our room had a wall mounted plama screen at the end of the bed, which was a nice touch. The bathroom was nicely layed out with a bath big enough for 2!!, and a walk in shower!!.

The room had a double bed, as apposed to two singles pushed together, which seems the norm in europe.

The staff could not do enough for you.

Breakfast was included in the room, and was fantastic.
Champagne breakfast before setting off into the town, seemed to start the day appropriately =)

Room service was good, the food was lovely.

We will definately stop here again, hopefully in the next couple of months.

Its OK

from Mand-Lou
My opinion is based on comparing this 'Leading Hotel of the World' to other LHW and amazing 5 * hotels I have stayed in across the globe, it does not reach the same level at all. It is to be expected that the standard in Europe however will always be lower than that in the US/Far East. This is a lovely hotel, large lobby, amazing restaurants (I ate in the Japanese one and the food/service was excellent). Despite being a resident at the hotel we couldnt get a reservation at the one on the 23rd floor, and when we later went up to have a drink in the bar, we noticed the restaurant was in fact half empty!?
I was upgraded to a suite upon check in, which gave ma a corner room, very spacious with a great view (and slight canal view). The standard was as you would expect: Very clean, functional. Furniture was by no means modern, but all in a good condition, the bathroom was tiny but well equipped with toiletries/robes/slippers. I forgot my plug adapter and when I called down to ask for one, it took 10 minutes for it to arrive for them to bring me the wrong one, I then had to sign and later realised that they charged 5EUROS for the 'convenience of borrowing it'. The leisure facitilies looked great but I didnt get a chance to use them.
The location is good, if you want to be in a 'nice' area slightly nearer to the airport rather than the immediate centre. Everywhere in Amsterdam is easy to get to within 15 mins, and to get to the centre you would take a taxi which (dependant upon the time of day) would take 5-10 mins.
Overall, this is a well-kept hotel, with OK service (in the restaurants and reception) and had good facilities particuarly for business customers. It certainly wont 'wow' you but I am guessing it is probably one of the best hotels in Amsterdam.

Luxury stay for the Conference

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Okura is a 5-8 minute walk to the RAI Conference centre which makes it ideal if attending a function there, with the idea of staying in a reasonable level of luxury. It is a 15 minute ride on Tram 25 from the Central Station, but the area is quiet, and tram travel in Amsterdam is easy. Ask for a room as high as possible - we had the 15th floor, the "highest" non-smoking floor but we were also lucky to have the corner, giving a 180 degree view, even on to a showery city. Rooms are comfortable, service friendly. We did not dine in-house since there were enough restaurants/cafes nearby, and then in the city centre. I cannot understand why there is an extra charge - 12 Euros per person per day - for their gym; good hotels should be able to incorporate this into a package.

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam: Good location, great service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I spent a week at the hotel during a business conference at the nearby RAI. While the rooms were not avant-garde designer chic, they were comfortable and clean. The concierge and night manager (important in a city like Amsterdam) were knowledgeable and responsive. Recommended for business travellers.

SUPERB

from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived after a 4hour train journey from Paris and a taxi ride from Central Station and were greeted by the doorman and an air-conditioned foyer. The hotel lobby was stunning and the staff quickly and efficiently booked us in. The room overlooked one of the many canals and it was roomy and tastefully decorated. I did miss a coffee though!! We had booked via the internet so our room was at a very good rate for a 5* Hotel. We ordered a sandwich and coffee from roomservice and it was really good albeit pricey.

Overall, the Okura is a superb hotel, the buffet breakfast had a huge and varied choice and the room was fabulous. The stay was just what we needed after a hectic 5 days in Paris - it was warm and friendly without being obtrusive. The staff were extremely helpful and courteous and helped us with our sightseeing and getting around on the trams. The BEST bit of our stay were the WONDERFUL STAFF who were warm and friendly and made us feel at home whether we were in our Sunday best or in our jeans. I wouldn't go anywhere else !! LJ CAMILLI 13/7/05

A long way from the center

from janehudson
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights because my husband was attending a conference in the hotel. We quickly discovered the website is deceptive as to its proximity to the city center. It is a good 45-min. walk to the center, and about a 30-min. walk to the Van Gogh Museum. The route is through construction sites and unattractive streets. Trams are conveniently located, though at certain times of the day they're spaced 20 min. apart. Considering its location and that's it's not more than a 4-star, even though it's billed as a luxury hotel, it's way too expensive. I have never stayed in a hotel of this quality where you have to pay 12 euros a day to use their gym. The walls are thin--we could hear our neighbor's every word in the wee hours when he called home. The best thing about this hotel is the pleasant, helpful, well-trained staff. They also have a couple of bars and restaurants, which is good because there is absolutely nothing in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the rooftop bar has no terrace, which is really a shame, with such a beautiful view.

Great view and breakfast, though not worth 5 stars

from A TripAdvisor Member
Upper rooms have an excellent view over the whole city. Ask for a corner room. Not very central but in Amsterdam everything is quite close and the Pijp area where the hotel is located has become quite hip in recent years with many bars, restaurant and shops.

Room was decent. Normal size and Clean. But it could use some re-decoration. Many japanese. The upper level (23rd floor) restaurant has a michelin star for its japanese food, but I didn't eat there.

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Airport to Hotel No need for expensive taxis to get from the airport to the hotel. The train leaves from inside the airport and once outside the train station at the other end, you step outside to the tram terminals. The tram is clean and reliable. The conductors are friendly and will announce your hotel if you tell them where you are staying.

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  • Address: 333 Ferdinand Bolstraat Amstel Canal - Amsterdam - 1072 LH - Netherlands
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