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Hy­att Re­gency Am­s­ter­dam; Westin Jakarta

BACK­GROUND Open since April, this is Hy­att’s third prop­erty in the Nether­lands, the oth­ers be­ing the An­daz Am­s­ter­dam Prin­sen­gracht and Hy­att Place Am­s­ter­dam Air­port.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The ho­tel has a mod­ern, new-build ex­te­rior, but once in­side casts a to­tally dif­fer­ent spell. Along one side of re­cep­tion and reach­ing into the bar area is a “liv­ing wall” with green plants, while a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tive light­ing fea­tures hang from the ceil­ing. The back of the bar has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, so when you en­ter from the street you can see right the way through the ho­tel to the tree-lined Sin­gel­gracht canal be­yond. It’s an invit­ing space, helped by the staff, who are smartly dressed and smile as they wel­come you.

When I vis­ited in May, the ho­tel had been open only for a few weeks yet was close to full with at­ten­dees of the Next Web Con­fer­ence – ca­su­ally dressed, con­fi­dent tech work­ers, many with quite complicated eat­ing re­quire­ments, judg­ing by the con­ver­sa­tions over break­fast. The ho­tel coped ad­mirably.

WHERE IS IT? In the leafy, res­i­den­tial Plan­tage dis­trict, a short walk from the Weesper­plein metro sta­tion (three stops to Cen­traal sta­tion, which con­nects to the air­port). It is also close to sev­eral main­line train sta­tions (in­clud­ing Muider­poort and Am­s­tel) and you can eas­ily hop on a tram to visit the Ri­jksmu­seum, for in­stance.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES The ho­tel’s 211 rooms, which in­clude 15 suites, range in size from 23 sqm up to 126 sqm. The cat­e­gories are Stan­dard (23-30 sqm), View (30 sqm), Re­gency Club (30-40 sqm) and then var­i­ous types of suite.

Rooms of­fer ei­ther a king or twin beds, and all come with good show­ers (both rain and pow­er­show­er­heads). De­signs are clean and mod­ern, saved from anonymity by eye-catch­ing flo­ral art­work on the walls and brighter colours for the arm­chairs. There’s an at­trac­tive, use­ful oval workdesk with a lamp, and the light­ing is easy to op­er­ate and to switch off last thing at night.

Club room and suite guests have ac­cess to the sec­ond-floor Club lounge, which has views along Roetersstraat – a sim­ple break­fast is served here as well as drinks and snacks in the evening.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS Mama Makan is an In­done­sian-style bar and restau­rant, with head chef Paul Ver­heul of­fer­ing a fu­sion of tra­di­tional Dutch café fare and In­done­sian spe­cial­i­ties. It is de­li­cious, if pricey. The bar is a kind of wrap­around area ex­tend­ing from the restau­rant around the re­cep­tion and then through to the lobby. It’s an open work and leisure space, serv­ing ev­ery­thing from cock­tails to Ja­vanese cof­fee. There is also a ter­race at the rear of the ho­tel and a 24-hour “mar­ket” (a fridge) where you can pur­chase drinks and bak­ery items.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The ho­tel has a good range of busi­ness and meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cessed by a sep­a­rate street en­trance. The spa­ces to­tal more than 500 sqm and most have nat­u­ral light and are lo­cated on the ground floor. The largest is a 190 sqm ball­room with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows over­look­ing the Sin­gel­gracht canal.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES There is a 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre on the ground floor look­ing to­wards the rear of the ho­tel and the canal. Tom Ot­ley

VERDICT A lovely ad­di­tion to Am­s­ter­dam’s fas­t­ex­pand­ing ho­tel scene. It’s a lit­tle way out for sightseeing but for busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties and top-class ser­vice, the Hy­att Re­gency is a great place to stay.

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