Spending a night in the iconic Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam is a life-changing experience. The majestic building was erected in 1897 and it was renovated in 2008 to meet the most demanding tastes of history lovers, art enthusiasts and bon vivants from all corners of the earth.
The grand hotel features clean lines and ample spaces blessed with natural light coming from the two-story windows; a red brick façade contrasts with the original wooden beams in a beautifully coordinated communion between the old and the modern. This is architect Piero Lissoni’s masterpiece, as he brings timelessness to the epochal building reminiscent of Amsterdam’s golden age.
Today, the Conservatorium, once home to exclusive musical institutes, evokes the very essence of glorious 19th-century Amsterdam, and it’s brought to life with 21st-century amenities. This is a detailed description of the Conservatorium’s rooms and facilities. Easier said than done, allow me to describe the awe-inspiring feeling that runs through your body the moment you set foot in the Conservatorium Hotel.
The I Love Amsterdam Suite (115 sqm)
If you don’t love Amsterdam yet, you will now. The first thing you’ll notice in the I Love Amsterdam triplex suite is its contemporary decor featuring natural wood highlights over a dark hardwood floor. The wooden beams are original, and the wonderful rooftop terrace rewards you with a magnificent view at the Rijksmuseum.
Two bathrooms with rainfall showers, an oversized bathtub and walk-in wardrobes are undoubtedly attractive. And a lounge area makes the three-story suite a comfortable stay with lots of leisure and workspace. It comes without saying the high ceilings over the master king bed make it exactly want you need to replenish your energy after walking Amsterdam’s streets.
The Concerto Two-Bedroom Suite (150 sqm)
This spacious two-room suite is blessed with vibrant natural light coming from the historical arched windows. The sober and ample design is the work of designer Piero Lissoni, and you can see it in the smooth transition between demure fibres, dark hardwood floors and light wood highlights.
Plenty of workspace, a dining table and a lounge area make this room an authentic loft, and the two travertine stone bathrooms allow the suite to accommodate three couples comfortably. And although the 19th-century architecture reminds you this is a historical estate, state-of-the-art amenities, including a professional sound system and a Nespresso coffee machine, show why this is a five-star stay.
The Grand Junior Suites (55 sqm)
Several rooms in the state go by the name of Grand Junior Suites, but these pleasant spaces are all unique in a way. A comfortable working space and an ample leisure area complement the king-size bed to offer guests all their need through a thoughtful, slick design.
The single-floor Gran Junior Suites are lovely, but the split-level suites are gorgeous! Especially if you have the chance of admiring the original dark beams at the Rooftop Suite (69 sqm).
I’ve visited several luxurious hotels around the world, but few give you the sense that everything is exactly right — the Conservatorium Hotel’s layout and design are simply perfect.
Dining Options at the Conservatorium Hotel
Dutch chef, Schilo van Coevorden oversees the dining program at the Conservatorium, and you’ll probably enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Conservatorium Brasserie.
Open from 6:30 to 11:00 and 12:30 to 18:00, enjoy organic farm eggs in omelettes, eggs benedict or eggs Florentine. Seared tofu with shiitake mushrooms is an attractive vegan alternative, and good-old pancakes are all you need to start the day without missing home. For lunch, enjoy everything from sushi rolls and Wagyu ramen to beautifully presented sandwiches, and don’t miss out on the pumpkin risotto!
Taiko is an award-winning restaurant on-site, and its menu is inspired by Asian flavours. The dim-lit, open dining room used to be the Conservatorium practice room for drum lessons, and if you listen closely, you might still hear the students practicing in the hall. ‘Taiko’ means drum in Japanese. From dim sum to sashimi, everything coming out of the kitchen is beautifully plated and delicious. This is an authentic Asian oasis in the heart of Amsterdam. During summer, Taiko offers an exquisite dining experience on the Conservatorium’s terrace.
The Van Baerle Shopping Gallery
Talking about can’t-miss experiences, the Van Baerle Shopping Gallery is a fun way to splurge in high jewelry, fashion, Cuban cigars and high-end cosmetics. The Gallery is too beautiful to miss, even if you’re only window shopping.
Daniel Knuttel’s neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, testament of Amsterdam’s golden era gives the shopping gallery a timeless feel. Along with the estate’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center and the six meeting and event rooms, the Conservatorium Hotel takes care of your every need.
The hotel has taken numerous green steps in line with its sustainability programme including switching to LED light bulbs and installing an air conditioning system that uses stored energy from a wheel heater exchange, getting 100% fresh air generated by renewable energy. Food leftovers are additionally used for consumption in the staff canteen. To save water, the hotel reuses water from the swimming pool in the sprinkler system. Piero Lissoni created different architectural advantages to use the maximum amount of daylight throughout the hotel's spaces.