We stayed at the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam for two nights on our way to Johannesburg for AFAR Experiences. Stepping into the lobby I was impressed by the architecture and design of Piero Lissoni, one of Italy's leading architects and interior designers. The fusion of a 19th century building with modern steel and glass extending from it caught my attention immediately.
The Conservatorium opened in 2012 and is located in the Museumplein, which is in the heart of Amsterdam's museum and shopping districts. It's a ten minute walk into city center and public transportation is easily available outside the hotel's doorstep.
The hotel consists of 129 rooms and suites, along with an extensive spa. Breakfast is fun here, unlike a lot of hotels because of the setting and the quality of food. Fresh squeezed juices, wonderful spreads of fruits, meats, cheeses and breads abound under the glass of the lobby.
If you appreciate high-end boutique hotels, and its in your budget, I'd recommend spending a couple nights here.