Standing on the famous site of Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, the Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam opened at the end of 2011. This magniﬁcent Neo-Gothic building was originally built at the end of the 19th Century and in its new incarnation, it has been transformed into a contemporary luxury lifestyle hotel.
Conservatorium hotel is the ﬁrst member of The Set, a collection created to redeﬁne the concept of the luxury hotel for sophisticated, design literate travellers in the 21st Century. Located in existing landmark buildings, each member of The Set is rooted in the history and culture of its location as well as the contemporary needs and desires of its guests.
Originally founded in 1275, Amsterdam is steeped in history. With its numerous museums and galleries, the city is now undergoing a cultural renaissance that is feeding a resurgent appetite for travel to Amsterdam, both locally and from abroad. The Conservatorium hotel is part of this renewal. The building was originally designed by the Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as the Rijkspostspaarbank (Dutch savings bank) and sparked the regeneration of the Museum Quarter at the end of the 19th century.
The Conservatorium hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city’s major museum square (Museumplein) and the Royal Concertgebouw (Royal Concert hall). It is close to the fashion district of P.C. Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat, with unrivalled access to all of the capital’s cultural destinations including the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum.
The Conservatorium hotel is part of a wider renewal of this world-famous cultural hub in Amsterdam’s Oud Zuid (Old South). The opening of the hotel in 2011 coincided with the long-awaited renovations or re-openings of the refurbished Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.
The hotel is close to the city’s best shops, restaurants and cafes and perfectly placed for a wander in the nearby Vondelpark. It is also just a short stroll away from the charming lanes of the Jordaan neighbourhood, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. The famous 17th-century gabled houses dotting the grand canals of the Dutch Golden Age as well as the bustling business and design quarters nearby are within easy reach on foot or by bike.
The building was originally designed by the Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as the Rijkspostspaarbank at the end of the 19th century. It heralded the regeneration of the Museumplein, an area previously derelict. Knuttel was praised for his ability to fuse simplicity and functionality, and the award-winning Milan-based furniture and interiors designer Piero Lissoni has embraced this tradition through the reincarnation of this spectacular building 100 years later.
With eight ﬂoors and 129 guestrooms and suites, guests can choose accommodation ranging from a spacious superior room up to a penthouse suite. All rooms and suites include state-of-the-art in-room technology and feature nice touches such as luxury linens, free high-speed wireless internet and private bars. Brushed-oak ﬂooring and beige furniture deﬁne the cool autumnal colour scheme that is both modern and classic at the same time. The bathrooms are big and opulently designed with large rainfall showers, marble tubs, bathroom LCD mirror TVs and gorgeously plump micro-cotton towels.
A personal host is assigned to each and every guest. The host combines the knowledge and skills of Concierge and Guest Relations, taking care of bookings and arrangements, giving an insight to the city, oﬀering extensive guidance and even introducing guests to local hosts. The host becomes the guest’s ‘friend’ in Amsterdam creating bespoke experiences of the city.
All dining at the Conservatorium Hotel is under the direction of the celebrated Dutch chef Schilo van Coevorden. His global experience is clearly demonstrated in his cooking; offering diners delicious interpretations of classic dishes created from fresh, seasonal produce.
Taiko restaurant sits in the spacious historic part of the hotel overlooking the Paulus Potterstraat and the Stedelijk Museum. Since its opening, it has become one of Amsterdam’s leading restaurants. Taiko, contemporary Asian cuisine by Schilo, redefines the Asian concept with authentic dishes mad of wonderful local, seasonal products, creating something new and exciting. Guests can expect delicious signature sashimi and beef from the Bincho¯ – tan grill. With its stylish and enthusiastic service the restaurant has a truly cosmopolitan feel, popular amongst international visitors and locals alike. With its chic décor and shimmering ambiance, Tunes Bar is an elegant yet casual haven (including a separate smoking lounge) in which to enjoy classic drinks, exclusive cocktails, sushi and Asian tapas. At night the deep banquettes, tactile fabrics and subtle lighting create a chic intimate space, whilst during the day, the huge windows fill the room with light showcasing designer Piero Lissoni’s signature transparent bar and folded steel staircase. Enjoy the in-house DJ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Conservatorium Brasserie and Lounge are located in a beautiful atrium with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass ceiling. The Conservatorium Brasserie offers contemporary local dishes for all-day dining, including salads, sandwiches and the seasonal Plat du Jour. At the Brasserie you can also enjoy Traditional Afternoon Tea. The Conservatorium Lounge, intimate and furnished with plush sofas and coffee tables, provides a sophisticated sanctuary for a relaxing break. Discover the live performances every Saturday and Sunday.