The fascination with Indonesia has elevated levels of holland. In addition to the countless Indonesian restaurants, Amsterdam has now gotten its 4-star hotel inspired by the mixing of the two cultures. And incredibly appropriately, the hotel is set at the IJ river, where ships accustomed to leave for Jakarta.
At first look, there can be nothing distinctly Indonesian about the building, but that changes as soon as you walk in. The lobby continues to be turned into a subtropical garden with some plants that are several storeys high, making for a grand first impression. Rooms also provide an Indonesian twist: you will find Indonesian wood carvings, bamboo elements, and warm, earthy colours. You might think you are in a resort in Bali until the sweeping views over cold Amsterdam bring you back to reality. If you prefer a panoramic 180° view of the town, allow them to wow you with the WOW suite.
The in-house restaurant, Café Jakarta, is about the “West meets East” theme, serving a fusion of Dutch and Indonesian cuisines. Malabar bar also stays on-brand with spectacular cocktails inspired by different cities and parts of Indonesia. They taste particularly great served around the 9th floor with views over Amsterdam.
With a location a bit from the tourist center, Hotel Jakarta can certainly sustain the illusion of being an exotic resort somewhere with an Indonesian island. Try not to worry, Amsterdam's attractions are just a short ride a bike away.