“At first glance, the Conservatorium (similar in style to St Pancras) doesn't fit as a hotelguru hotel, massive and seemingly corporate, but it definitely works. Originally built as a bank and then taken over as the university music school, it has been transformed by Italian architect and interior designer Piero Lissoni into an icon of style and hip. The service is smiley and immaculate, nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and well equipped, amazingly comfortable beds with top quality linen, bathrooms with rainfall showers, fluffy towels and Occitane accessories. So often big hotels can seem so impersonal, but not the Conservatorium, there is a buzz and not just from the hotel guests but from the locals too, who drop by for a cup of coffee or Sunday lunch. To cap it all, it’s 2 mins to the Van Gogh and 3 mins to the Rijksmuseum.”
Written by Hugh Graham-Watson
“- Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The Conservatorium is a high-end luxury lifestyle hotel that offers guests an experience that is at once locally oriented and world-class. Guests are offered unique access to the best of the local culture alongside amenities, service and design that compete at the highest level on a global stage.
All this can be experienced whilst simultaneously enjoying the first-class architecture, designed by Piero Lissoni and the Akasha Wellbeing Center, which offers a fantastic range of treatments. Each guest also receives a personal host who acts as their “friend” in Amsterdam, taking care of bookings and arrangements whilst also giving insight into the host city, offering in-the-know advice and even introducing guests to locals.
What is there to do in the area?
The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city’s major museums cluster (Museumplein) and the Royal Concertgebouw, and parallel to the prestigious designer-fashion district of P.C. Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat, offering unrivalled proximity to all of the capital’s cultural destinations.
For those seeking bohemian shops, independent restaurants and cafes, or a meander in the Vondelpark, the hotel is remarkably close by. It is also just a short stroll from the charming lanes of the Jordaan neighborhood.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Guests, local residents, and visitors are able to soak in the first morning sunlight with the finest coffee, teas, and cakes from The Lounge. The Atrium also boasts an informal Brasserie offering classic and light all-day dining including salads, sandwiches, and seasonal plat du jour.
Breakfast at the Brasserie includes a modern buffet offering a quality selection of fresh, local, organic and seasonal based products such as home baked bread, cold cuts and cheeses.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
In addition to The Brasserie and The Lounge which offer all-day dining, the hotel’s specialty restaurant, Tunes, accommodates guests for dinner. It offers local dishes from regionally sourced ingredients while magnificent open-plan kitchens enchant the restaurant’s guests. With its chic décor and shimmering ambience, it is an elegant yet casual haven in which to enjoy exclusive cocktails and gourmet tapas style food. The Host assigned to each guest can also recommend good places to eat out.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The Conservatorium Hotel is comprised of 129 rooms and occupies eight floors with room categories in the property ranging from superior, deluxe, grand deluxe and suites of varying sizes.
The Grand Duplex Suites are very popular and provide extra comfort; offering separate seating areas located on the ground floor to bedrooms on the duplex level. All feature a second bathroom on a mezzanine level with an additional large rainfall shower and toilet. Meanwhile the ground floor bathrooms offer deep soaking bathtubs.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Amsterdam enjoys great fame for being the proud owner of one of the most important intact historical city centers in the world. Opened in 2012, the Conservatorium is a boutique hotel located in the center of the city’s rich cultural heritage and bustling daily life. The main focus of the hotel is on a new level of personalised and humanistic approach to service. It features superior design and accommodation, exclusive dining and bar venues and the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center as well as events and banqueting spaces operating with leading technology. The Conservatorium blends sophistication and modern international style with the unique, rich and significant history of Amsterdam.”