What it is
A fantastically cool contemporary design hotel in the cultural heart of Amsterdam.
What it isn't
An old-school Dutch hotel that celebrates Amsterdam’s kitsch or its period opulence.
What we think
The hulking Gothic Revival landmark was built at the close of the 19th century to house the Rijkspostspaarbank (the National Savings Bank.) The dramatic architecture set in motion the design pattern that crafted Amsterdam's skyline as we know it. When the bank moved out in the 1970s, the Sweelinck Music Conservatorium transformed the old space into soundproofed music chambers and double-height classrooms. When it too outgrew the building in the late 2000s, the Conservatorium was born, opening its doors to the public in 2011.
The hotel sits amongst the luxury boutiques and museums of Amsterdam’s Oud Zuid neighborhood. Inside the hotel, prominent Italian designer Piero Lissoni (working between city planners and preservationists) transformed the Gothic fortress into an astonishingly cool contemporary design hotel. Lissoni’s blend of modern and minimalist design works well inside the ancient brick and stone stronghold. Sleek, stately lines define the low furniture throughout the common spaces and a mostly grayscale palette (broken by chartreuse armchairs and the warm amber glow from scattered pillar lighting) feels like a perfect representation of the city at large: the upper reaches of refined modernity with a healthy dose of stylish whimsy, all set against ancient history. Spread over eight floors, the 129 rooms and suites are scaled down and chicly uncluttered. They’re white-walled, have massive snowy beds, dark wooden floors and simple industrial desks. Rooms on the higher floors have wonderful views of the low city.
In the hotel’s inner courtyard, under the massive ceiling-wide skylight and beside the five-story wall of glass that overlooks the street’s museums and designer boutiques, the Conservatorium Brasserie serves casual and seasonal cuisine by Amsterdam-born chef Schilo van Coevorden. The same chef also runs Taiko, the hotel’s much-awaited, more upscale, Asian fusion venue.
You're here because
You’re sophisticated, “design-literate” and want a hip scene. It’s an added perk that the hotel is right in the thick of things.
Aglow after spending the late afternoon in the underground spa’s hammam, you walk through the old brick hallways, and up the zigzagging stairs to Tunes Bar. Popular with the locals, the seats aren’t completely filled yet. Taking two of the stools on the end, you stare up at the three story wall of backlit bottles.
Restaurants & Bars
Brasserie & Lounge - Contemporary classic all-day dining, & Traditional afternoon tea
Taiko - Asian-inspired restaurant
Tunes Bar - Sushi, tapas, Champagne, G&T, cocktails
Tunes Bar - Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday a DJ turns the sphere of the bar on to a musical ambient. Also, enjoy the intimate smoking lounge in the mezzanine while enjoying the lovely views.
The Conservatorium is the perfect location with easy access to a majority of the city museum square (Museumplein), right next to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.
The hotel is in the center of Amsterdam’s cultural hub, Oud Zuid. In the center of Museum Square (Museumplein). Designer boutiques are a three minute stroll away: they're just around the corner on P.C. Hooftstraat or Van Baerlestraat. The Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum are all less than ten minutes away by foot. The hotel is roughly a twenty minute car ride away from Amsterdam’s airport.