Most striking feature:
Old mixed with new. The newly opened Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam is housed in a formal, you’ve guessed it, conservatorium. It’s a monument and therefor the architect (Pierro Lissoni, known for the Mamilla Hotel among others) couldn’t change the outlook of the impressive building. But hey, you’re a genius so you stick a huge glass building to it. In there you find a lounge, a living tree surrounded by glass and a brasserie. Upstairs (there where you enter the old building) you find a bar (where it was quite busy on this Friday afternoon) and a restaurant called Tunes. I love it when a hotel has a certain perfume through the corridors and in here it smells really nice. Guess that immediately gives you a feeling of being at home. I have to say that by looking at the pictures on the site I thought that the Conservatorium hotel was a bit too stiff for me – but I was completely wrong. It’s not comparable to hotels like the Exchange or Hotel V, but falls in the same category as Nobis Hotel in Stockholm. Not only a place to sleep, but also to meet up for someone in the lobby, lunch at the brasserie, drink an afternoon cocktail at their bar and go for a chic dinner at Tunes. So you’re not only welcome as a guest, but also as a lover of big, beautiful design places.
About the location: perfect. Not because of the PC Hooftstraat (the most exclusive shopping street in Amsterdam for the most uncreative people, sorry!) but because of the nearby Vondelpark, restaurants like George WPA and shops like SPRMRKT STH.
Check out: www.conservatoriumhotel.com