DINING OUT


Hotel Breeze

By Nico McGough

Amsterdam never stops surprising its visitors. This time, the city has hit a ‘bull’s eye’ with the first zero energy hotel in the world, sitting on the shores of the IJmeer. In Breeze Hotel, the aim is to work 100%-perfectly ecologically, down to the smallest detail. Intelligent humans created this unique Hotel – and Mother Nature contributed a stunning view over the lake. One hundred and ninety-five ‘Green Luxury’ rooms await you, including meeting facilities, a sky bar and a lovely restaurant.


Construction of the building started in 2018, making use of innovative building techniques. The backbone of this project was the ‘Earth-Wind & Fire’ concept of Dr. Ben Bronsema who, after a life-long career in designing air-conditioning systems, developed zero-energy air-conditioning by using the building itself as a climate engine.

“Amsterdam never stops surprising its visitors. This time, the city has hit a ‘bull’s eye’ with the first zero energy hotel in the world”

Eco-Airco

Bronsema is responsible for the indoor climate of large buildings such as the new Schiphol terminal, the VROM tower in The Hague and the Mees Pierson office in Rotterdam. A mechanical engineer by training, the gap between architecture and installation engineering always bothered him. After his working life, he worked on bringing these disciplines closer together. In 2013, at the ‘ripe old age’ of 78, he defended his PhD thesis Earth, Wind & Fire; natural air-conditioning that allows the building itself to provide the energy for climate control.


In Bronsema’s design, sun and wind provide the energy for the air circulation, and falling water moisturizes, heats or cools it. To achieve this, Bronsema developed three climate-controlling elements that work together: a climate cascade with falling water, a Ventec roof that makes use of the wind to create suction, and a solar chimney that converts solar radiation into an upward draft. Interestingly the concept came from nature, as termites have a similar way of maintaining temperature in their termite mound.ooms await you, including meeting facilities, a sky bar and a lovely restaurant.


Construction of the building started in 2018, making use of innovative building techniques. The backbone of this project was the ‘Earth-Wind & Fire’ concept of Dr. Ben Bronsema who, after a life-long career in designing air-conditioning systems, developed zero-energy air-conditioning by using the building itself as a climate engine.

“All food is cooked for you personally, nothing is wasted”

The Hotel

In all the rooms in Hotel Breeze Amsterdam, you will find a bottle of Amsterdam mineral water. It is delicious, ‘fair’ and comes in recycled bottle that will be reused and refilled.

In every bathroom, you will find a set of eco bio cosmetics made by Natural Lab. These cosmetics respect the body’s well-being, using only ingredients that have been selected following a strict discipline that bases its principles on organic, ecological, natural and ethical concepts.

The hotel is decorated using natural materials, resulting in a warm, cozy atmosphere, with elegant and quiet rooms. Restaurant Mother Earth, with its natural wooden tabletops and hanging flower decorations, provides a natural feeling of well-being. The ‘hot spot’ in the restaurant is a small glass house that can be used as separate dining space. Pay attention to the water glasses on the table (!) – they are made from empty wine bottles by Rebottled, a small Dutch glass factory in Utrecht.

The Restaurant

Chef Herb van Drongelen leads the kitchen team that works silently and with care. All dishes are based on eco-friendly ingredients that are as fresh as could be. Breeze and Mother Earth are ‘zero waste’, meaning that large buffet-style meals are not served. All food is cooked for you personally, nothing is wasted.


The day starts, of course, with a breakfast of yogurt, curd or oatmeal porridge, and fresh eggs prepared in a variety of ways and served with fresh spelt bread or bigas. To get you going in a fine way, there is a ‘Dutch Breakfast’ (€9.50) that is very complete, and if you are into fried things you can opt for the ‘Fried Breakfast (€11.50). For (grown-up) kids, there is a pancake breakfast at €7.50.

Lunchtime can be busy and cozy, as people from the surrounding offices visit the restaurant for open-top sandwiches with, for instance, Stolwijker Cheese (€7.50), Pastrami (€9.50), or beautiful soft mackerel (€9.50). A ‘must’ are the traditional croquettes, filled with small North Sea shrimps (€10.50).


The dinner menu can be enjoyed in half or whole portions, for instance; Beetroot Gnocchi (half €8, whole €16), Mackerel with samphire, tomato and piccolino (half €9.50, whole €19), Pork Cheek served with celeriac, celery and apple bisque (half €10.50, whole €21).


There are four side dishes, all €4.50, and three desserts: Dutch Cheese from top Cheese shop Abraham Kef in Amsterdam, for €12; and, for those with a ‘sweet tooth’, Doyenné du Comice pear with coffee, cardamom and caramel, at €8.50, or the chef’s Cookie Dough with chocolate & crème fraîche ice cream, at €8.


The wine list has just been renewed and is now 100% organic. It contains many hand-crafted wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Greece, with a special note for the organic Languedoc wines made by Tim Ford at Domaine Gayda – a personal favorite of Operations Manager Erna Verhoef. There are many interesting wines, served by the glass and selected to fit specific dishes that are on the menu. Mother Earth serves several alcohol-free drinks, such as freshly-squeezed Schulp fruit juice without additives. The Schulp family business was established 1861 on the Vecht river when, five generations ago, Albertus Schulp started growing apples and pears, evolving to a company that currently produces spectacular fruit juices.

Hotel Breeze

Restaurant Mother Earth

Bert Haanstrakade 1074, Amsterdam, 020 -714 2040