The Conservatorium, Amsterdam

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August 16, 2012

The Conservatorium is among the newest in the European crop of design hotels. Architect Piero Lissoni has added his touch to what was originally a 19th-century bank by Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel. One of the adaptive reuse plan's boldest moves includes retaining the original facade and adding a multistory glass atrium. There, guests of the hotel can take a lounging break or dine on a meal while gazing up at one of Amsterdam's historic buildings. Due to its proximity to many of the city's museums, the hoteliers also hope that the Conservatorium also strikes a chord with locals. Arresting as the public spaces of this contemporary-meets-classic hotel are, the interior boasts all the marks of luxury accommodations: restaurants, a bar, spa and wellness center, and 129 guest rooms and suites. Let's take a look inside...

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  The Conservatorium is outfitted with furniture by Cassina, Kartell, and Living Divani.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    The Conservatorium is outfitted with furniture by Cassina, Kartell, and Living Divani.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  The atrium features a wealth of materials: the brick of the original structure, a glass roof, and steel beams supporting the new structure.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    The atrium features a wealth of materials: the brick of the original structure, a glass roof, and steel beams supporting the new structure.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  The hotel was originally the Rijkspostspaarbank building. In 1978 the bank moved and the building became a music conservatorium five years later. In 2008 the Conservatorium of Amsterdam moved locations and Set Hotels purchased the building.

    The hotel was originally the Rijkspostspaarbank building. In 1978 the bank moved and the building became a music conservatorium five years later. In 2008 the Conservatorium of Amsterdam moved locations and Set Hotels purchased the building.

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  This shot of the stairwell shows the myriad materials used: metal, marble, and brick.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    This shot of the stairwell shows the myriad materials used: metal, marble, and brick.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  Here's a shot of the lounge.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    Here's a shot of the lounge.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  Just like the exterior, the interior rooms feature a mix of design influences: traditional blue plates hold court with minimalist furnishings.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    Just like the exterior, the interior rooms feature a mix of design influences: traditional blue plates hold court with minimalist furnishings.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  The rooms feature 100-percent Egyptian cotton bedding, flat-screen TVs, a deep soaking tub and separate shower, safety deposit box, complimentary WiFi, and a prime view of the cityscape.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    The rooms feature 100-percent Egyptian cotton bedding, flat-screen TVs, a deep soaking tub and separate shower, safety deposit box, complimentary WiFi, and a prime view of the cityscape.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  The serene spa features a full menu of services including facials, manicures, and massages.  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    The serene spa features a full menu of services including facials, manicures, and massages.

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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  Conservatorium HotelRooms from €325Van Baerlestraat 27Amsterdam 1071 AN+31-0-20-570-000conservatoriumhotel.com  Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.

    Conservatorium HotelRooms from €325Van Baerlestraat 27Amsterdam 1071 AN+31-0-20-570-000conservatoriumhotel.com

    Courtesy of AMIT_GERON.
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