Miriam Braun
The Conservatorium
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, NL
5th April 2017

Despite the steady increase of luxury hotels in Amsterdam, The Conservatorium still manages to stay on top, and on point. We travelled to one of our favourite cities in Europe, to tell you exactly why that is.

Nestled in the Museum District, away from the mass tourism crowds of Dam Square and the canals, this is actually just where you want to be in town. Amsterdam is so small that you never feel like you're slightly away from the "action", and it's quite refreshing walking out the front door without bumping into a group of hungover 20-somethings on a stag weekend (although we've all been there... admittedly). Having said that, you are still just a 2-min walk from the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and more.

The hotel also has bikes for rent (EUR 15 per half day), making the city even more accessible.
Who stays?
The crowd was international, both young and old, families, couples, and solo travellers, like me. Amsterdam is such a diverse city with so many different things to offer, and you really feel that at the hotel too.
Style and Character
The building is the previous home of the Sweelinck Conservatorium, before being restored in 2008 by award-winning designer Piero Lissoni. It's a truly gorgeous structure, beautifully redesigned to hold all the top-notch facilities a 5* hotel needs.

The lobby is extremely spacious, with high glass ceilings and glass walls, as well as brick walls and metal elements, that all fit perfectly together.
The team was really nice and friendly at check-in, and throughout my entire stay for that matter. The concierge team in particular were extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure they provide any and all information I requested.

I was slightly disappointed with the service during breakfast though; it took quite a while for someone to come and take my order each morning, and once ordered, things came out of the kitchen too slowly for that time of day. Furthermore, upon departure when I needed help to get my suitcases up the stairs to the side entrance, there was a bit of confusion regarding who would be able to help me, and it took about 5-7 minutes before the "right person" finally agreed to assist.
Rooms and Suites
I stayed in a Deluxe room on the 6th floor (the highest floor in the building) and thought it was great. The room was large, comfortable, with one of the biggest hotel beds I've seen, and a spacious and well designed bathroom. The lighting system was a bit confusing (it took me two days to figure out how to turn things on/off correctly), but not too much of a bother.
Food and Drink
The hotel has three main dining outlets - Taiko (contemporary Asian); Brasserie (Dutch/International); Tunes Bar (International). I only managed to enjoy breakfast at Brasserie, which offers a nice (although somewhat limited) buffet selection, as well as a great choice of a la carte dishes. The Smoked Salmon Blini was wow, the Eggs Royale slightly less so.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The Conservatorium is home to the award-winning Akasha Spa, voted The Netherlands' No.1 Luxury Spa. The spa space is very impressive and definitely worth visiting, although sadly I didn't have time to enjoy it much myself.
Perceived Value
Depending on the season, rates start at around EUR 390 - 500, per room per night, and go up to EUR 1,500 (and more) for the higher suite categories. Considering the standard of hotel, location, and services, it's absolutely worth it. Furthermore, with RASK, you get: complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, upgrade upon availability, EUR 80 spa voucher, VIP welcome amenities, and more. Just another reason to go for it.
Even with the growing competition in town, The Conservatorium remains one of the best, and shows no signs of backing down. We loved it, and so will you.