amsterdam: the conservatorium hotel opening

© the conservatorium hotel - hotel façade and atrium lobby [top to bottom]

there’s a lot to like about the conservatorium hotel, amsterdam’s newest hospitality venue that is scheduled to open on thu – dec 1. with its sophisticated blend of five star hospitality, a stylish contemporary setting and a unique set of services and amenities, we’re pretty convinced it’ll become a buzzing new hub of sorts in leafy amsterdam zuid, the area known for its world class museums and designer boutiques. housed in a monumental 19th century structure that initially housed a state bank and later accommodated the sweelinck academy of music, the building has been entirely reinvented by acclaimed milan-based architect and designer piero lissoni. while retaining the building’s original core aesthetics, lissoni blended in his modernist magic of minimalist lines, demure fabrics and subtle shades of grey, to create an atmosphere that’s both welcoming – dare we say homey? – yet with an edge that’s effortlessly chic. this vibe arguably is most evident in the hotel lobby, a voluminous atrium space at the very core of the hotel. an expansive glass roof not only allows in floods of daylight but also literally ties in lissoni’s balanced juxtaposition of the building’s historic elements and his own sleek modern additions. the conservatorium hotel features 129 guest rooms in categories ranging from superior, deluxe and grand deluxe to suites, all varying in sizes from 30 sqm. to a rather grand 170 sqm. and making the most of the building’s lofty attic space, almost half of the rooms has been designed in a stylish duplex configuration with oversized windows and exposed beams. setting out to actively engage in local culture, the hotel has a few aces up its sleeve that’ll generate a buzzing interaction. the stylish atrium lobby accommodates the lounge, a lively spot dotted with plush oversized sofas where to gather with friends or for informal business meetings while enjoying the finest tea, coffee and cakes.

when feeling peckish, the brasserie is located in a separate, adjacent section within the lobby, and allowing an easy transition into the domain of top chef schilo van coevorden. in sync with the palate of today’s gourmet, the menu features classic and light all-day dishes, including salads, sandwiches and various seasonal plats du jour. also helmed by the culinary master is the restaurant + bar by schilo, a specialty restaurant on the first floor, overlooking the lobby and with views of the stedelijk museum of modern art. amidst an elegant contemporary setting with open-plan kitchens, refined local dishes are served with regionally-sourced ingredients. the adjoining bar caters to the whims of the savviest of guests with a sophisticated drinks list and matching finger food. adding to the happening vibe are the beats by resident deejays. to accommodate smokers, there’s even a separate lounge. what’s more? a ground floor shopping arcade with a variety of select boutiques allows easy access retail therapy. although contributing to the hustle and bustle of city life with its happening venues, the hotel also acknowledges its strenuous side, and cleverly anticipates with akasha, a 1,000 sqm wellness center that’s unique to the city. next to offering a variety of holistic treatments, it features a gym and spa. akasha is divided into different areas, all put in alignment with the four elements earth, water, fire and air. the lounge serves freshly prepared organic sandwiches and juices, while the main spa offers sound, music and aroma therapies, watsu pool water treatments and special hammam treatments. the gym features state-of-the-art equipment and also offers aerobics and personal training sessions while another space is reserved for other group or one-on-one exercises such as yoga, tai chi and meditation.

last but not least, there’s an 18 x 5 meter pool that allows guests more than just a quick dip. and as much as relaxation is taken seriously, the six full-fledged meeting spaces with a combined floor space of 329 sqm. make doing business here just as easy. another feature with a highly personal edge is the signature host service. assigned to each guest is a host who’s not only able to take care of a guest’s bookings and arrangements, but who can also provide butler services, valuable insights into amsterdam city life, and even introduce guests to locals when requested. interestingly, the conservatorium hotel also takes an environmental stance. it has signed an agreement with the green globe organization for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses, an affiliate member of the unwto. green globe is an operational system that helps to minimize the environmental impact and waste, and increase the usage of renewable energy and raw materials. as a result, a major innovation is the hotel’s installation of a geothermal heat pump system that harnesses the naturally occurring heat in the ground, while distributing this as energy and heating throughout the property. the conservatorium hotel adds an inspirational flavour to amsterdam's luxury hospitality scene, one that's right up our alley and we’d love to see more of in other cities across the planet. location: van baerlestraat 27 [amsterdam zuid].

© the conservatorium hotel - guest rooms, bathroom, restaurant, bar and akasha wellness center [top to bottom]