I totally enjoyed my stay at the okura. It is well worth it's five star status. Very impressed
- Free Wifi
If you're looking for a hotel that is walking distance to the major attractions - nope, this is not it. I would think that most people who stay here are business travelers who need to attend events at the nearby RAI. It's only a pleasant 10-min walk (or less) to the RAI - cross a little bridge on your left and walk straight down.
By tram, it's easy enough to get around town - #12 to the Museum Quartier and #25 to Dam Square area. You can even buy a 24-hour or 48-hour tram pass at the concierge for unlimited tram rides - very convenient.
There's an Albert Heijn supermarket about 10 mins away; there are also some eateries along the path to the RAI. The hotel serves a sufficient Continental breakfast - cold cuts, breads, bacon, eggs, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, juices etc. The hotel room is nice and spacious - perfectly fine for a business traveler.
The bar / restaurant upstairs is supposed to be really good apparently, but didn't try it.
Stayed in an upgraded deluxe room for three nights and enjoyed the time I spent here.
Room and bed very comfortable. Separate shower well received. Loads of drawers and hanging space too which was a real bonus.
Staff helpful all the time.
Breakfast overpriced but very enjoyable.
Top floor cocktail lounge offered great views over Amsterdam along with some very lovely drinks!
Ate out one night at the nearby Brasserie Richard which was also very enjoyable.
Superb hotel with very kind staff and a broad choice of quality restaurants. Rooms are more than fine.Breakfast great. Good business hotel or a fine weekend get-a-way.
We stayed here when we attended a conference. It is very near the convention center about 10 minutes walk. If you wish to take the train from Schipol airport, Take the train up to Central Station and from there take Tram 25 it will take you to the hotel. Front desk are so accomodating and Concierge people are so helpful when it comes to direction. Our room was very modern and huge, with a flat screen tv complete with minibar and expresso machine. We have an all glass bathroom which was very neat and clean. If you brought your laptop you can easily hook it up with an average charge of 12 euro / day. We were lucky to be given an Executive floor which can also give you an access to their Executive Lounge where you can use their desktop with Internet service and printer for free. The Lounge also serve tea/coffee and other drinks and cookies and is open from 7am to 10 pm. Amenities is of 5 star and they serve great buffet breakfast except that you have the same breakfast everyday. They also have a Japanese restaurant which is a little bit pricey but the food was great with authentic Japanese server which explain to the guest each course. A French restaurant which is very strict in punctuality, they will cancel your reservation if you are late.
One of our friend left her money (Dollars and Euro) on top of the table of her room. When she got back from the convention, she was surprised that she had left her money but when she checked it, not one cent were missing. She was all praised with the honesty of housekeeping. This gave the group a very nice impression of this hotel.
Going around is not so hard except that you should alot about 20 minutes to get to the city center. Outside the hotel near Savoy hotel you can easily take the tram. You can purchase your 24 hours ticket at 7 euro or 48 hours ticket at 12euro from the hotel concierge before boarding. In case you forgot you can just pay the fare at 2.60 euro to the driver for one way. Tram 25 will bring you up to the Central station and Tram 12 will bring you to Van Gogh museum. Just ask for a map from the hotel concierge and you will see all the Tram numbers and its route which is very easy. Getting back is a breeze just go to the opposite side where you get off and it will bring you back to your hotel. Or you can just check the tram stop if the tram number you wish to take would pass that stop or not.
There are only few shops near the hotel and few restaurants. Ikea is very near just beside the convention center. Tram 4 goes from the convention center to the Central Station. If shopping is what you wish just go to DAM square and near Royal Palace there are a lots of souvenir and specialty shops. You can also take an Hop on hop off bus near the Central station and Red Light district is also near the station. For last minute shopper, go early to the airport . After check-in for your next flight, and if you still got ample time, go to the arrival area you will find lots of shops which is sometimes cheaper than downtown. Just keep track of your boarding time. Schipol airport also got lots of duty free shops which offer lots of great deals.
I stayed at this hotel this week for a conference at RAI and it is very close (10 minutes walking). The location is excellent, since it is in a nice neighborhood, beside a channel, with many restaurants on the way to RAI (on Scheldestraat) and also on the other direction (on Ferdinand Bolstraat). A good Thai restaurant is nearby (Naan Naam), but it is on the opposite street (Maasstraat).
Ferdinand Bolstraat also has a nice bakery (Le Pain Quotidien) and also a good supermarket (Albert Heijn) just across it. The supermarket has a small entrance, but inside is quite big and with plenty of products. There is a liquor store (Gall & Gall) inside the supermarket (with wines, beers, etc.)
There are about 3 tram stations near the hotel, that makes it easy to go to the downtown area. Ticket is 2.60 Euro one way or 7 Euros for the whole day.
The hotel is very nice. I stayed in an Executive room on a high floor, just at the corner of the building (so, I had views from 2 sides! - see attached photos). This is the only tall building in the area so the view is great! The Executive Lounge (22nd floor) is also nice (I also added some photos), and has soft drinks, juices and water + fruits during the day. At the end of afternoon there are also some beers (Belgium, Japanese and Dutch) + wines (one red and one white). The lounge also has a Nespresso machine (larger than the ones in the rooms). The drawbacks of this lounge are that it has only one computer + printer and there is never ice in the ice container (I complained about the ice for about 4-5 times).
Internet connection is by cable in the rooms and wireless in the public areas (1 hour = 6 Euros and 24 h = 12 Euros).
I would definitely stay at this hotel again and would highly recommend it to everyone.