CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL AMSTERDAM
Van Baerlestraat 27
1071 AN Amsterdam
129 rooms and suites
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Luxury, heritage and lifestyle – this is what you will find at the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam! First designed by revered Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel at the turn of the 19th century, the Conservatorium’s iconic structure served as a major bank for 77 years before becoming Amsterdam’s premier music conservatory from 1983–2003. Intrigued by its architecture and past, owner Georgi Akirov bought the property in 2008, bringing in famed Italian designer Piero Lissoni to revitalize the building with a meticulous restoration. Today, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam offers a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere while embracing the building’s and city’s history.
“It’s almost like Dracula’s castle,” Lissoni says. “The atmosphere inside is quite dark and I tried to respect this darkness. However, I made the interior completely modern, without any level of compromise.”
One of the more unique touches is a courtyard covered entirely in glass, which is indicative of much of the hotel’s design, creating a wonderful contrast between the old and the new, between the classic and the modern. Music also plays a big part in the hotel’s aesthetic and connects the building’s past with its present.
“Each public space maintains its own distinctive ambience, and that differentiation carries through into the music,” says Georgi Akirov, the managing director of the luxury hotel collection The Set, which owns the Conservatorium. “The repertoire is varied, eclectic and carefully selected, not only by venue, but also according to time of day, occasion, mood and other factors.”
Although most of the musical selections will be classical to honor the building’s history, other styles will be well represented. For instance, there is a rock ‘n’ roll suite where guests can play DJ and experiment with a special lighting system.
“The style of architecture in Amsterdam is very narrow and very high,” Lissoni says. “In the duplexes, there is a studio with a bathroom, desk and sofa on the first floor, and a bed and another bathroom on the second floor. In each room I put in different colors, some are dark gray, some are a special reds, special browns, and blues. We are working with a different coat of colors inside each room plus classical Italian travertine stone.”