An iconic blend of modern design and history.
Conservatorium Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam. This stunning hotel is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century bank building and offers a unique blend of historical architecture and modern design. The hotel boasts 129 spacious and elegantly appointed rooms and suites, each featuring luxurious amenities and stunning views of the city. One of the standout features of Conservatorium Hotel is its exceptional dining options. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel's Brasserie, which offers a menu of classic European dishes with a contemporary twist. The hotel's Tunes Bar is also a popular spot for guests and locals, offering an extensive selection of cocktails and an impressive wine list. In addition to its luxurious accommodations and dining options, Conservatorium Hotel also offers a range of wellness facilities. Guests can relax and rejuvenate at the hotel's Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, which features a state-of-the-art gym, a sauna, a steam room, and spa treatments. Overall, the Conservatorium Hotel is a truly exceptional property that offers guests an unforgettable experience. Its prime location, luxurious amenities, and exceptional service make it a top choice for travelers seeking luxury and relaxation.
Van Baerlestraat 27
+31 020 570 0000
Number of Hotel Rooms: 129
Here is my Conservatorium Hotel review. I found Conservatorium Hotel, a stylish, classic, yet hip hotel in a fantastic 19th-century building in a former bank and music school between Museumplein and Amsterdam’s most high-end and fashionable street. It has the most sophisticated lobby lounge in town.
The location, in the Museum Quarter, is steps from Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, in the center of Amsterdam’s fashion and Museum Square.
Setting the tone, a hanging violin installation in the hotel’s entrance hall cleverly pays homage to the hotel’s history as a music school. A rotating roster of artists shows their work in the lobby and can include artists such as Scholten, Baijings, and Banksy.
Some suites are also decorated with artworks from the curated permanent collection. Service at reception was warm, welcoming, and professional. There’s plenty of space for our family of four to move about comfortably while getting our bearings.
Should you want some refreshment, and we certainly did, there’s a restaurant, brasserie, and cocktail bar. The dining and drinking options are fun and help earn the Conservatorium Hotel’s nickname, ‘Amsterdam’s Living Room.’
The Conservatorium Hotel features 129 spacious rooms & suites, which are minimal, modern, and highly comfortable. The spacious deluxe rooms, up to a penthouse suite, have state-of-the-art technology and large bathrooms. Access to the hotel’s spa with pool is complimentary.
We checked into a Royal Duplex Suite with split levels during our visit. For guests’ convenience, on each level are amazingly spacious baths/showers and LCD mirror TVs that provide delightfully indulgent ablutions on each level.
The lounge area, dining table, and workspace are on the lower level. The suite’s soothing earth tones contrast nicely with the dark hardwood floors and modern furniture, while the enormous windows showcase timeless views of Amsterdam.
Note: If traveling with little kids, scope out the online floor plans to see if you feel comfortable with the arrangement for younger kids. For our older kids, the privacy is enjoyable!
The Brasserie in the magnificent atrium lobby serves delectably healthy dishes all day. Breakfast ends at 11 a.m., which is terrific when recovering from jet lag.
The food’s excellent and healthy, and the service is low-key yet engaging, anticipating and fulfilling a need before anyone even had to ask for anything.
But, we missed one of the breakfast buffets in our room because of our schedule. Upstairs, the fashionable Taiko restaurant, run under the auspices of chef Schilo van Coevorden, serves Asian-accented fusion cuisine.
If you’re traveling to Amsterdam and want to stay at a quality Hotel in a clean, serene, less crowded part of Amsterdam at a hotel that provides a 5-star hotel experience, the ambiance and comfort of the Conservatorium are perfect. We enjoyed it for the following reasons:
The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center was just the environment my daughter and I sought. We bonded as restorative soundscapes and uplifting aromas soothed us in the lovely space.
At the same time, attention to detail, such as tea and fruit served poolside and complimentary toiletries in the changing rooms, soothed our travel-weary nerves.
The treatment rooms offer signature treatments combining Western and ancient Eastern traditions. Plus, there was a pool and a nicely-equipped gym — which we passed on, getting exercise from our walking adventures, but it looked nice!
The Conservatorium Hotel is nestled in the heart of the museum and arts district; the Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum are on one side, and Armani and Gucci are on the other. Everything is a 30-minute walk or a quick Uber ride away.
Amsterdam Centraal Station is about 15 minutes by tram, and the principal canals are a 10-minute stroll. We liked being away from the city center, pleasantly removed from the hustle-bustle tourist crowds, in a comfy retreat.
The big question: Was the value worth the cost? While the price was a bit high, the convenience, ease, and comfort made for an unforgettable family trip and priceless memories.
I’d give it a 4.9 out of 5 for beauty, ambiance, style, and comfort. I enjoyed my trip and wholeheartedly recommend the Conservatorium Hotel, and I plan to stay any time we’re in Amsterdam.
Pro Tip: Be sure to observe and appreciate the artwork. It changes and rewards repeat viewings.
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