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Updated: November 10, 2020
Conservatorium Hotel – Grand five-star hotel in the heart of the Museum Quarter.
This 19th-century former bank and then music conservatory turned five-star hotel is an architectural masterpiece that packs a visual punch. The work of architect and interior designer Piero Lissoni, Conservatorium combines original features such as stained glass and wall tiles with Lissoni’s muted fabrics, clean lines, and bold splashes of color. The hotel’s showpiece is the soaring glass-and-steel atrium/lobby filled with design furniture from Kartell, Cassina, and Divani, where local fashion designers, professionals, and artists meet their clients. The spacious, minimalist rooms are decked out in soothing neutral beiges, browns, and grays, and come with Nespresso machines and complimentary smartphones. Gorgeous bathrooms are equipped with deep, Japanese-style soaking tubs, rain showers, and LCD mirror TVs. On-site dining ranges from refined to casual, and service is welcoming and efficient without being intrusive.
Conservatorium Hotel – Location
- Address: Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Van Baerlestraat.
- Area: Well-heeled neighborhood near the southern boundary of Vondelpark. Across the street from Amsterdam’s Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum. Right on the corner of Amsterdam’s most chic fashion street, with the historic canal ring, Leidseplein’s restaurants and bars, and Vondelpark a 10-minute walk away, while the Medieval Center and Centraal Station a 20-minute ride by tram.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #2 to the Van Baerlestraat stop, a minute’s walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark.
Conservatorium Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be a mix of couples on a romantic break or honeymoon, and business travelers. Children of all ages are welcome, though there are few family-specific facilities. Taiko Bar is 18+.
- View: Good city views from the large windows in the rooms and fantastic 360-degree views from the private rooftop terrace of the I ♥ Amsterdam Suite.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Jacuzzi access available at extra charge.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Parking: Parking available onsite; €65 per day.
- Extras: There’s a ‘Human Library’ in place of a concierge service; knowledgeable local experts can advise you on all manner of Amsterdam subjects, and organize personalized outings and tours of the city depending on your interests. Several elegant dining rooms are available for private cocktail parties and special events.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 to 4 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-570-0000
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: conservatoriumhotel.com
Conservatorium Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: There’s a neon-lit lap pool in the basement, with designated pool times for families with small children.
- Spa: The hip Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre comes with a hammam, sauna, the city’s only private Watsu pool for Shiatsu massage in water, and numerous luxurious signature treatments such as hot seashell massage.
- Fitness Center: Fitness center, personal trainers, and fitness classes, from yoga and Pilates to boxing and cardio.
- For Disabled Guests: There are 2 adapted rooms suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: Under-12’s stay free in existing beds; there are high chairs and a children’s menu at the Conservatorium Brasserie and the Conservatorium Lounge; there are family pool times, and babysitting can be arranged at 12 hours’ notice.
Conservatorium Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Taiko Restaurant (6.30 pm-10.30 pm) serves elegant, Japanese-inspired cuisine, from sushi, sashimi, and Wagyu beef on the grill to the splurge-worthy 8-course omakase menu (€115). Clean, stylish decor; reservations essential. • $$$$ • Conservatorium Brasserie (6.30am-11pm) is open all day, from the breakfast buffet and the lunchtime salad bar to afternoon tea and the multi-course ‘cultural menu’ in the evenings, popular with concert and theatre-goers. Emphasis on healthy eating and seasonal produce, and there’s frequent live classical music, courtesy of students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. • $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Chic Taiko Bar has a transparent bar designed by Piero Lissoni, deep banquettes, and subtle lighting that create an intimate atmosphere. Taiko is renowned for its signature gin & tonics, with over 40 types of gin and 6 types of tonic, and there are Asian-inspired tapas to boot. DJs Thursday to Saturday nights. Open until 1 am Monday to Thursday, until 2 am Friday and Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Extensive breakfast buffet available from 8-11 am at the Conservatorium Brasserie; €32 per person; €42 for buffet with 1 hot dish.
- Room Service: Available around the clock from the Conservatorium Brasserie.
Conservatorium Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior • Superior Duplex • Deluxe • Deluxe Duplex • Corner Suite • Junior Suite • Grand Duplex Suite • Rooftop Suite • Conservatorium Suite • Conservatorium Suite with balcony • Royal Duplex Suite • Van Baerle Suite • Residence Suite • Conservatorium Suite • I ♥ Amsterdam Suite • Penthouse Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Conservatorium Hotel is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The triplex I ♥ Amsterdam Suite has a private rooftop terrace with wonderful 360-degree views of the city – perfect if you’re on a romantic break. Grand Duplex Suite 528 has the best view of Stedelijk Museum, as well as 2 bathrooms.
- For Families: No family rooms per se.
Conservatorium Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: Across the street from Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Stedelijk Museum. Easy walking distance to Vondelpark, the fashion boutiques along Cornelis Schuytstraat and P.C. Hooftstraat, and the historic canal ring. Walkable to the Medieval Center, Red Light District, and De Pijp.
- Tram: Direct tram connections from the nearby Van Baerlestraat stop to Centraal Station (20 minutes) via the historic canal ring (4 minutes) and the Medieval Center (12 minutes).
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Conservatorium Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Joy Ride Tours – Intimate, small-group cycling tours of central Amsterdam and the countryside, departing from the Museumplein. Customized tours possible. Start location: 5-minute walk.
- Blue Boat Company – Popular canal cruises. Start location: 8-minute walk.
Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Bagels & Beans – Popular café chain. Bagels with numerous sweet and savoury fillings, fair trade, and organic ingredients. Extensive range of fresh juices, herbal teas, and coffee drinks. 2-minute walk.
- Seafood Bar – Casual seafood joint specializing in fish and chips as well as seafood platters. 2-minute walk.
- L’Entrecote et les Dames – Sophisticated French menu, old-world ambience. The entrecote is the star here, followed by crepes au Grand Marnier. 4-minute walk.
- Renzo’s Delicatessen – Get homemade pasta dishes and sandwiches to take away or eat them here, on the tiny mezzanine. 6-minute walk.
- Restaurant de Knijp – Classy French bistro (go for the cold lobster with fries, veal entrecote, or escargots). Open early for dinner – ideal if you’re attending a concert at the nearby Concertgebouw. 6-minute walk.
- La Falote – Wallet-friendly, home-style Dutch dishes such as meatballs, calf’s liver, and stewed fish. 10-minute walk.
- Hosokawa – Slick, contemporary Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi, teppanyaki, and robatayaki dishes. Great onsite bar too. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Café Welling – Old-school café-bar behind the Concertgebouw, attracting arty and literary types, and post-concert musicians. 5-minute walk.
- ‘t Blauwe Theehuis – Flying-saucer-shaped 1930s Modernist pavilion right in the heart of Vondelpark; come here for a cocktail or coffee and cake. 7-minute walk.
- Gollem’s Proeflokaal – Over 250 Belgian bottled beers and almost 3 dozen on tap, accompanied by Flemish stew and Trappist cheese fondue. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Coster Diamonds – Blow your budget on diamond jewelry fit for royalty at the oldest diamond polishing facility in the world. Or book a free tour to see the diamonds being polished and cut. 4-minute walk.
- & Klevering Zuid – Hip homeware by own brand, &k Amsterdam, as well as the likes of Marimekko, HAY, and Vitra. 5-minute walk.
- Manwood – Heels, boots, shoes, sneakers, and other stylish men’s and women’s footwear by Dutch designers and several select international labels. 8-minute walk.
- Nikkie – Street-smart women’s fashion design by former Dutch actress Nikkie Plessen. 8-minute walk.
- Pied a Terre – Europe’s largest travel bookshop, with a staggering array of travel guides, maps, globes, and much more. 9-minute walk.
- Ennu – Men’s and women’s fashion from the likes of If Six Was Nine, Rick Owens, LGB, and Ann Demeulemeester. 9-minute walk.
- VLVT – Stylish women’s wear by Dutch designers such as Anna + Nina and ByDanie; also international labels such as Pinko, Boy London, and Lola Cruz. 9-minute walk.
- Buise – Upscale women’s wear, including sweatshirts by Paul & Joe Sister, floral prints by Black Coral, and jackets by Isabel Marant. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- ZuiderMRKT – High-end, fresh organic produce market behind the Concertgebouw, with attached food stalls that sell crepes, hot dogs, and Indonesian satay. 7-minute walk.
Conservatorium Hotel – The Hotel
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