Harmony at the Amstel river: the gracious allure of Hotel Okura Amsterdam

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In the heart of Amsterdam stands a beacon of Japanese hospitality, known as the Hotel Okura Amsterdam.

The story of Okura Amsterdam traces back to 1971 when it opened its doors as the first Okura hotel outside of Japan. The hotel was established by Baron Kishichiro Okura, a prominent Japanese industrialist and founder of the Okura Hotels & Resorts chain. The decision to choose Amsterdam as the location for the hotel reflected the city’s reputation for cultural diversity, historical significance, and its status as a hub for international travelers.

Nestled in the vibrant De Pijp neighborhood, the hotel stands proudly along the picturesque Amstel Canal. Its location offers a respite from the city’s hustle while still being within reach of Amsterdam’s cultural gems.

The vision behind Hotel Okura Amsterdam was to bring the essence of Japanese hospitality, known as “omotenashi” to Europe.

It aimed to create a bridge between Japanese and European cultures, offering guests a unique blend of Japanese grace and Western luxury. The hotel was designed by the influential Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi, who also designed the original Hotel Okura in Tokyo. The design incorporates both Japanese and Dutch influences, creating a unique and harmonious aesthetic that sets the hotel apart. 

The hotel is home to multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, including the renowned Yamazato, offering authentic Japanese cuisine. From delicate sushi creations at Yamazato to the fusion delights of Ciel Bleul; every dish is a masterpiece crafted by culinary maestros.

The interior of Okura includes elements such as traditional Japanese artwork, design elements, and the incorporation of Japanese hospitality principles into the overall service.

The rooms are designed with an eye for detail. Each room boasts a blend of modern comfort and traditional Japanese elements. Sliding shoji screens open to panoramic views of the city, inviting natural light to dance across tatami mats. Regardless of the room type, guests can typically expect a range of modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibars, and luxurious bath products.

The hotel’s wellness center, Nagomi Spa & Health, is known for its range of spa treatments and massages, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in therapeutic and rejuvenating experiences. Professional therapists use a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques to address guests’ wellness needs.

Whether you’re in pursuit of a quick escape, moments of relaxation, or culinary excellence Okura Amsterdam guarantees a serene luxury that encompasses every dimension of leisure.

Visit Okura here

Author Kelly van Gemert