Rest Your Head - HYATT REGENCY

Rest Your Head

Just outside the central canal belt though centrally located, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam ticks numerous boxes as a highly desirable place to stay for both business and leisure travellers when visiting the Netherlands’ capital, and is the first and only hotel in the city to achieve BREEAM sustainability certification, taking great pride in its eco credentials.

Bordering the leafy and increasingly trendy eastern Plantage district – full of parks, 19th century buildings and a host of museums – Hyatt Regency Amsterdam is housed within an attractive, purpose-built modern structure, that spills into a series of period townhouses. Blending contemporary design and creature comforts with creative nods to its neighbouring institutions, the hotel’s spacious and light filled spaces are in stark contrast to the typically more cramped experiences that are often the hospitality norm for properties converted from Amsterdam’s historic buildings.

Inspired by the nearby Hortus Botanicus, there is a massive living wall and plants everywhere, whilst Indonesian touches add eye-catching accents to the décor in honour of the Tropenmuseum a few minutes away. Hence spending time in the seamless common areas of this hotel is a real pleasure, not to mention both calming and uplifting.

Upstairs, the 211 rooms and 15 suites are generously proportioned and continue the design theme of light-flooded and contemporary décor, with clean lines and comfortable soft furnishings, complemented by colourful botanical print artworks. All rooms have dedicated workstations and many have boast views over the city’s skyline, towards historic buildings, canals or nearby parks. All bathrooms have walk-in rain showers. All suites have deep soaking bathtubs. The hotel’s biggest lodgings – The Spinoza Suite – offers apartment-like living with separate living and dining rooms, a kitchenette and huge closets.

Mama Maken, the hotel’s signature restaurant, offers an interesting menu of traditional Indonesian dishes, complete with a bar serving cocktails inspired by well-travelled spices, herbs and plants, a carefully curated selection of craft and specialty beers, and a good selection of European and new world wines. And on Friday nights a guest DJ provides a funky musical soundtrack which lifts the atmosphere at the start of each weekend.

Anything but a buttoned-down business hotel and a true 21st century property, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam successfully pulls-off flawlessly what is almost unheard of in the industry – to be a full-service hotel appealing to both business and leisure travellers, without compromising style, heart and soul. Service is warm and personal. Bicycles are offered to guests to explore the surroundings. Bespoke walking tours are arranged to suit all types of interests. Though the well-equipped gym is open 24 hours, residents are encouraged to go jogging in the fresh air of nearby Oosterpark, or around the perimeter of the botanical gardens and zoo.

Much like Amsterdam itself, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam offers an innovative and fresh product in the Netherlands’ capital, whilst embodying enough nods to city’s heritage to gently yet constantly remind you that you’re staying in one of the world’s most fun and colourful metropoles.