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attract business guests, we also have our share of leisure guests. I’d say that being situated in the Plantagebuurt, the hotel is close to the ant heap of the city centre, but far enough to be in a more secluded area while still having all the hotspots within reach.” But make no mistake: for business guests there is every reason to book a stay at the Regency. Muller: “It offers over 500 square metres of convention and meeting space. There’s one large room that’s over 200 square metres, three smaller ones that can be combined. We can cater to the needs of 160 people or those wanting a board room for just a select few. What I love about the Regency is that the space for events is built behind
the front of the former Emma Children’s Hospital that used to be in the building where Regency is now. We managed to completely renovate the façade and got a BREEAM Excellence status in the meantime; a highly regarded certificate for matters of eco-friendly building. We’re striving for the same certificate for maintaining the hotel.”
Mama Makan And just like Andaz has its own restaurant, so does Hyatt Regency. Muller stresses that just like Bluespoon, Mama Makan is a force of its own. “It’s an Indonesian restaurant. If you want authentic Indonesian food, you must check out Mama Makan. The formula harks back to the day of the Dutch East India Company, a nod to the
Plantagebuurt, given there were many plantations in the Dutch Indies. There’s a considerable culinary inheritance from that era that plays a central role at Mama Makan. We don’t do fusion cooking, it’s as pure as you can get. Of course we offer some standard Western food to cater to all of our guests. Most of them don’t know of our history and are surprised to find Indonesian food in the Netherlands, but we tell them how that came to be.” To get the true taste of Indonesia, Mama Makan employs an Indonesian chef. Muller: “She learned all the dishes from her grandmother, so you can imagine it doesn’t get much truer to the source than that.” Web: amsterdam.regency.hyatt.com
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