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A Look-See Inside Amsterdam’s Swanky Conservatorium Hotel

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  Site Where: Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1071 AN
January 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Amsterdam is kickin’ ass and takin' names these days. It's just that simple. With the re-opening scheduled this year of the Rijksmuseum after a 10-year reno and the Van Gogh Museum after a much shorter reno, the 400th anniversary of the canals, and the re-opening of the Stedelijk modern art and design museum, the city’s hopping.

Hotels, it seems, have all been preparing for the buzz of 2013: the Hotel de l’Europe had major work done, the Andaz Amsterdam opened its doors, as did the Conservatorium Hotel. Earlier this week we also told you about the opening of The Waldorf Astoria expected in early 2014 so everyone's getting in on the act.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words so have a look at the Image Gallery to see what your next trip to Amsterdam might look like.

We had the good fortune to stay at the uber-hip, luxurious Conservatorium Hotel shortly after it opened. As part of the Design Hotels group, if you like interesting layouts, this property will make you very happy.

Set in a former music conservatory, the lobby area is an addition to the original building and the outer walls are within the soaring lobby – and when we say soaring, we mean it! It was bright, airy and stylin’ with good chill-out space.

Our room was the two-story Grand Duplex suite and it was spectacular. As a matter of fact, we were told that Madonna had just stayed in the suite next door. The first thing we noticed was the floor-to-ceiling wall of windows that looked out at the Stedelijk Museum. The suite had an opaque wall hiding spacious closets, two bathrooms with limestone walk-in showers, a living/office space, an upstairs bedroom, free WiFi, two very large plasmas, and a mirror TV in the main bath. There were, of course, controls to operate everything from your curtains to pre-set mood lighting. Music could be piped into the upstairs, downstairs or in the bathrooms. And – drum roll please – there in all its beauty was the cherished Nespresso machine. Toiletries were of the L’Occitane variety including a little spray bottle of pillow mist left on the first night.

The hotel had a nice breaky buffet with made-to-order items available. When we ordered banana French-toast off the menu the waiter came back shortly and asked if we were in a hurry. We were not, and the next thing we knew, we saw someone walking through the restaurant with a bag of bananas from the grocery store located nearby. That's what we call service.

The breakfast was in the hotel’s Brasserie, and we also had a great fish and chips dinner there on one of our evenings. On another night we had a superb culinary extravaganza at the fancy-dancy restaurant, Tunes. The hotel obviously wants to have an excellent stand-alone restaurant that appeals to locals, not just guests, and they can do it with this one.

In addition, the hotel has a spa – the Akasha Wellbeing Center – and a little shopping gallery on the mezzanine level.

Right in the heart of Museumplein, the location of the hotel is in the perfect place if your plan is to trek through a lot of museums. Across the street is the Stedelijk, down the road is the Van Gogh Museum, and close by is the Rijksmuseum. It’s also closer to the Hermitage than hotels located in the Oude or Jordaan districts.

There’s a winter promotion rate on right now that includes VAT and breakfast, and a Deluxe room is EUR 300 ($393). The Grand Duplex suite is EUR 412 ($540).

[Photos: Janice Tober for HotelChatter]

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