Conservatorium Hotel: Amsterdam
Posted on 10 May 2016
Luxury hotel design has always fascinated me. An intriguing maze of rooms, bars, restaurants and luxury services, welcoming and bidding farewell to people on a daily bases. These spaces act as the home away from home on your travels and have to provide for the wide range of guests using them. Luxury hotel design can striking and extravagant yet has to appeal to a wider variety of people than a residential space, something that can be incredibly hard to achieve, but when successful can become international icons such as the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam
Formerly the site occupied by Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium and originally built as the Rijkspostspaarbank at the end of the 19th century, the building was conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel. The building's rich history and character has been embraced and exhibited as the heart of the hotel design, creating a striking design on an impressive scale. Located in Amsterdam's famed Museum Square, this luxurious and contemporary hotel not only has the glamour but it also has the location to match.
There is a beautiful connection between old and new throughout the entire hotel design. The conversion of the courtyard has purposely exposed the original intention for this space, creating an unforgettable feature and maximising the use of the hotel grounds. The original facade of the building, new glazed ceiling and vast open areas make guests aware that this was once an open space, creating a subtle divide between old and new, each complimenting one another.
The Taiko restaurant (first imaged above) transports guests into the world of Asia, giving them the experience of fine cuisine and surroundings through flavour, aroma, and texture. This restaurant is Schilo Van Coevorden’s leading Asian-inspired restaurant in Amsterdam and is characterised through the beauty of its design and combination of industrial and asian inspired features.
A personal favourite of mine is the Tunes Bar (second and third images above), decorated with a mesmerising backlit wall of cocktails, spirits and iconic Eames House Birds. The lighting plays such a key part in this design, creating a relaxed atmosphere, casting abstract shadows a reflexions across surfaces from the silhouettes of the cocktail bottles. Serving over thirty kinds of Gins with several tonics, this is the perfect bar to unwind and watch the world go by in style.
The Spa and Gym take on a contrasting modern style that introduces you into a secluded world away from the business and stress that consumes many of our lives. The services and areas have been divided to align with the with the elements; earth, fire, water and air with the use of mesmerising feature lighting, fire displays connections to nature through plants and textures. This use of elements within the space enhances the senses and allows you to disconnect. Including an Organic Bar, Fitness Club, Watsu pool, whirlpool sauna and Hammam, every area well being has been considered.
With over fifteen types of rooms and suites available, it was hard to pick just two to write about. Each room is entirely different from the next which allows you to select a space that matches you style, personality and needs. The Corner Suite, featured above is one of my favorites. As the name suggests, this suite is located at the corner of the hotel, exposing original features and fascinating characteristics from the hotels vibrant past. Split across two floors the room is decorated with soft natural tones and uses luxurious textures and finishes from the stone in the bathroom to the soft panels of the oversized head boards to make you feel relaxed and welcome. With extra large original feature windows and great views across Amsterdam, overlooking the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Baerlestraat, you will be able to appreciate that every aspect of design and comfort has been considered.
My final design of choice is the impressive Van Baerle Suite. This suite's biggest selling point has to be the spacious bathroom, clad entirely in soft textured stone with a feature free standing oval bath and separate rainfall shower. At 64 m² and ceilings of 4.5m high, this vast suite is flooded with natural light. The choice furnishings in each room are elegant and contemporary pieces, purchased with style and luxury in mind, injecting small amounts of colour and adding depth to the space.
The Conservatorium is a hotel that has to be experienced to be believed. With vast open spaces, luxury spa facilities and a collection of restaurants, bars and services to cater for your every need, it is no surprise to discover that it has won over twenty awards for its design and services. The next time you visit Amsterdam, this is the place you should experience first.
To find out more about the hotel or to book a stay, click HERE to visit the official website.