This 19th century ornate brick beauty is masterfully transformed into a striking boutique hotel
The Conservatorium — modern hospitality within the context of a local historic landmark
The ultra-high ceilings and seriously high-styled atmosphere of the Bar
Modern steel and glass are the perfect visual partner to the warmth of the original brick
A refreshing interpretation of a hotel suite, highlighted with local Dutch flavor
A hip new setting for your small but all-important meeting
A striking transformation from a bank to a music conservatory to a hot Amsterdam destination, where modern design and 19th century Dutch architecture celebrate each other.
Once again we delight in learning of a hotel conversion from a formerly unrelated use. The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam makes its home in a late 19th century, elegant brick beauty that was a bank before becoming a music conservatory. The building was designed by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel, and the client was the Rijkspostsaarbank, one of the founding members of the ING Group. The bank remained in its headquarters until 1978, and after five years of abandonment was converted to the Sweenlinck Music Conservatorium. After 30 years as a place for musical studies and cultural enrichment, the Conservatorium was acquired by The Set hotel group and opened in 2011 as a distinctive, contemporary boutique hotel. The hotel’s location is near shopping, restaurants, and art galleries and museums including the new and improved Stedelijk Museum.
The restoration of this landmark and hotel transformation is the work of Italian architect/designer Piero Lissoni. Lissoni optimized the dominant features of the historic building: its great ceiling heights, natural daylight, and the warmth and timeless appeal of brick masonry. And he integrated a clearly 21st century architectural statement with a metal and glass addition with sleek, black staircases, and minimalist detailing.
The hotel offers 129 rooms and suites in light contemporary style with local Dutch accents. Many of the rooms are duplexes due to the great ceiling heights of the original building.
There are several dining options, all under the hat of Dutch Chef Schilo van Coevorden. The Tunes Restaurant offers locally-inspired a la carte menus to allow for a customized dining experience. The Conservatorium Brasserie and Lounge offers all-day dining in a glass-enclosed interior courtyard. This is a highly atmospheric open space filled with contemporary casual furnishings and natural daylight to show them off. Tunes Bar offers tapas-style menus in a glittering 21st century cocktail setting. The hotel features six meeting and event rooms and is licensed for weddings.
The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center focuses its treatments around the four “elements”, of which “water” as symbolized by the hotel’s swimming pool, is one.
We congratulate the Conservatorium for having earned Green Globe Certification, an international certification program, for its sustainable programs and policies — a first for a Dutch hotel
Image source: Conservatorium Hotel
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Conservatorium
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