I arrived at the Okura Hotel Amsterdam early, after an overnight flight. Thankfully, my room was ready and I was able to settle in before heading out for my early afternoon activities. My corner deluxe room offered breathtaking views of the city. The spacious room featured a king bed — one of the more comfortable hotel beds I’ve experienced — and a large desk with multiple outlets. Hotel bathrooms are one of my favorite parts of a hotel stay. I was impressed by the features at the Okura including double stand-alone sinks, large windows opening to a beautiful city view, heated mirrors and a television embedded in the wall above the bathtub.
My other favorite aspect of a hotel stay is breakfast, particularly in Europe. I opted for the breakfast buffet at Le Camelia. The seasonal buffet boasted traditional European and Asian ingredients. I indulged in meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, pastry, hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), juice and coffee.
Stop by the Twenty Third Bar for a nightcap. Located on the property’s 23rd floor, the stylish bar offers a panoramic view of the city alongside an impressive list of Champagne, cocktails and wine.
The property is located close to many popular attractions including the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Huis and Van Gogh Museum. For a traditional method of exploring the city, hop on a bike — Okura has a bike rental program.
My only complaint about my stay at the Okura Hotel Amsterdam was that it was only one night. I highly recommend the hotel to anyone visiting Amsterdam.
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