The Ultimate Hotel In Amsterdam For Art Lovers
December 22, 2017 | BY Erica Fong
We never need a reason to visit Amsterdam, but in 2018, art and museum buffs are not going to want to miss this one.
From now until the May 2018, the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings outside of the Netherlands (no less than 63 by 50 different artists) will be back in their home country after 250 years away.
The paintings, which include six by Rembrandt, have been 'Treasures of the Tsars' at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg till now and will be making a brief visit back at the Hermitage Amsterdam.
If this is going straight onto your 2018 bucket list, be sure to book yourself into the Conservatorium hotel, who've created a Dutch Masters package in celebration of this ‘homecoming.’
With its proximity to most of the city's major museums, here's why the Conservatorium is one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam, especially for art lovers:
Steeped in history
The Conservatorium is part of The Set, a collection of hotels that takes iconic landmark buildings and reinvents them into modern, luxury hotels. With the first of The Set hotels being in Amsterdam, the group also have properties in London and Paris (opening in 2018).
Built in the late 19th century, the Conservatorium was once the Rijkspostspaarbank (Dutch savings bank)—you can still see various crests on the wall tiles along the hotel’s shopping gallery that reflect this, as well as tiles with bee motifs that represent the storage of money.
The Conservatorium hotel itself was opened at the end of 2011 (to coincide with the reopening of many of Amsterdam’s museums after years of renovation), and was designed by award-winning Italian designer Piero Lissoni.
The hotel overlooks the city’s poshest shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat, and is a five-minute walk from the Vondelpark, a popular spot for picnics, cyclists and runners. Don't miss De Pijp, one of Amsterdam's hippest neighbourhoods, which is also just a 10-15 minute walk away. Coming from the airport by cab takes just half an hour and the hotel is well-connected by bus and tram (2,3,5 and 12).
With 129 guest rooms and suites (from 25 to 170 square metres) spread over eight floors, all rooms at the Conservatorium feature an extremely clean and modern design with beige and white tones, perfect for minimalists.
We loved the sleek design with mirrored doors that blended in seamlessly into the room, as well as the loft-like feel on top-floor suites with slanted, large windows to let the light in.
Under the guidance of Dutch chef Schilo van Coevorden, the Conservatorium offers three different dining options including Brasserie for all-day dining, Taiko for Asian (read: Japanese) cuisine and Tunes Bar for late-night drinks, music and snacks.
Breakfast at the Brasserie deserves a special mention with the impressive spread of salads, cheeses, cold cuts, bread, pastries, plus a la carte options like pancakes, French toast and egg dishes. The golden shears used for cutting open each individually wrapped bag of gourmet muesli was also a nice touch, and don’t get us started on those German pretzels.
Next to the Brasserie is the Lounge, also known as “Amsterdam’s living room”, a popular spot for coffee meetings, casual get-togethers and a regular spot for local Dutch celebrities too.
After hours, Tunes Bar is a popular among locals and hotel guests for its extensive selection of gin (don’t leave without trying a G&T, or two).
Featuring an in-house DJ from Thursdays to Saturdays, it’s a hip place to enjoy cocktails and tunes, with snacks from Taiko next door.
Full-service gym and spa
Hotel gyms can be a bit of a hit or miss, but the Conservatorium completely exceeded our expectations with the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre (a common thread among all The Set hotels).
Located on the basement floor of the hotel, not only does it have a reception lounge with coffee, tea and healthy snacks—there’s a fully fitted gym, underground pool with spa and spa treatment rooms (complete with the city’s only Watsu pool) and a separate studio for yoga and pilates classes. The space is a breath of fresh air with plenty of greenery, transparent glass walls and ambient lighting.
All hotel guests get complimentary access to Akasha, but the facilities are also used by local community members and corporate clients, as well as gym and spa-goers with day passes.
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For those who appreciate history, art and design, and a prime location right in the middle of the museum district, there really is no better place to stay in Amsterdam than the Conservatorium.
Tatler tip: Be sure to ask for your personal host upon check-in at the Conservatorium, who can help make bookings and arrangements for you in town (including museum ticket bookings to skip the lines).
The Dutch Masters package includes a two-night stay at the Conservatorium, daily breakfast for two at the Brasserie and two tickets to the exhibition at the Hermitage Museum.
Conservatorium Hotel, Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN, Amsterdam, www.conservatoriumhotel.com
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