Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam

Disclaimer: Hotel Jakarta gave us a discounted room rate. All words, images and opinions are our own and (as ever) we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t truly mean it.

The base for our most recent Amsterdam adventure was this botanical beauty. The newly-opened Hotel Jakarta is an Indonesian-inspired offering from the West Cord hotel group and sits on Java Island in the centre of the River Ij just behind Centraal station.

We called it home for 3 nights and loved exploring the indoor jungle during our stay - the garden was created in collaboration with Hortus Botanicus and we really liked that the plants were labelled just as in the Botanical Garden down the road. Rainwater is collected from the roof to water the plants and energy from solar panels is used to heat the hotels shower system; sustainability is very important here and that’s great to see.

Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon

We really like the architecture at Hotel Jakarta; we don’t normally favour so many curves but somehow they just work here, perhaps because they’re wrapped in bamboo and that brings a hardness to the soft lines. Light floods in from the central skylight and really makes the natural materials sing. Something else we noticed was the smell from the restaurant that rose to the top of the atrium - in most cases we’d say that wasn’t really ideal but the Indonesian cuisine being prepared downstairs transported us to somewhere else and in this instance it was a welcome string to the sensory bow.

Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon

Our junior suite came with 180 degree views across the river and at night we loved watching the boats from the bathtub - baths are high up on our hotel wish list because we really enjoy them after a day of shooting or relentless walking and there’s something about water that really is restorative.

The interior of the room didn’t deviate from the decor in the rest of the hotel; polished concrete, bamboo and clean lines softened with botanical accents. We really enjoyed the simplicity and quality of materials… plus the bed was huge.

Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon
Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam by Haarkon

You can learn more on the Hotel Jakarta website.