Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands

Conservatorium has a fascinating past. It started as a bank and then became a music academy before renowned Italian designer Piero Lissoni transformed it into a hotel in 2012. The building itself harmoniously blends old and new, with modern steel beams and glass walls complementing original brickwork and wooden beams. The hotel houses one of the city’s largest and most decadent spas—a subterranean temple to holistic wellness, with its own hammam, Watsu pool, lap pool, and more. Its restaurants and bars are also among the trendiest and most highly acclaimed in the city. Upon arrival, each guest is assigned a personal host to offer recommendations, reservations, and historical tidbits.

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Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam

Located near the lively Museumplein, the Conservatorium Hotel pays tribute to the building’s former life as a music conservatory; a classical sound track changes with the time of day. Italian architect Piero Lissoni played with indoor-outdoor spaces. He created a courtyard lobby encased in glass and a spa with fig and olive trees.

Boutique, high-end, and a stunning lobby

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.

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