You’d never guess from the outside of this immaculate Neo-Gothic facade built by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel at the end of the 19th century that it houses the Conservatorium Hotel, a modern hotel in Amsterdam that used to be the site of a former music conservatory. Located in the Museum Square district, the building was restored by Italian interior architect and designer Piero Lissoni who gave the hotel a contemporary redesign while still retaining the charm of Amsterdam’s historic past.
Right when you step in, you’ll notice that natural daylight is used as a central design element to highlight the stark contrast between the building’s brick structure and onyx black atrium. The atrium’s steel staircase and multiple catwalks are what I’d imagine a modern-day Hogwarts would look like.
The hotel includes 129 luxurious guest rooms (half of which are essentially duplexes with lofty ceilings, oversized windows, and exposed beams) and is equipped with meeting and event spaces, a 1000 sq. m. Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center and pool, a selection of restaurants, a bar and lounge.
Lissoni gave the hotel a very Art Nouveau-inspired touch with modern materials, bright accents, clean lines, and custom-made furniture and lighting. Local artists are featured through the hotel’s “Art Months” and “Artist in Residence Suites” programs.
The Conservatorium is part of the new international luxury group The Set Hotels that prides itself on creating grand, modern hotels and experiences in the world’s most vibrant destinations.
What: The Conservatorium Hotel
Where: Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands
How much? Prices start at approximately $601 per night
Highlights: Not every hotel has a story like the Conservatorium. Rooted in Amsterdam’s history as the site of the former Sweeklinck Conservatory of Music and the Rijkspostspaarbank Building, the hotel maintains a sense of old world charm throughout its modern renovation.
Design draw: There’s also nothing like a hotel that’s been given the golden Piero Lissoni touch. His signature style of chic decor, demure fabrics, clean lines, and play with different metallics and materials gives the hotel its stunning contemporary aesthetic.
Book it: Visit the Conservatorium Hotel
Photos by Amit Geron.