We have just returned from a three night break in Amsterdam, and stayed at the Conservatorium Hotel. We'd seen reviews and photos but this is my own opinion of my overall experience:
On arrival we were greeted by very efficient check-in staff on reception. Part of our "deal" was a free welcome drink, which turned out to be either apple juice or water! Not much of a welcome to a five star hotel, if you ask me!!?
We were shown to our room by a young guy, who was keen to explain the history of the building and to be fair, it was one of the most impressive hotel buildings I've stayed in, mixing modern with traditional architecture.
We had been put in a deluxe room, which had a coffee machine, mini bar, electric night and day curtains, lots of lights that could switch on and off when they sensed movement and two huge wardrobes that lit when the doors opened one of which contained a safe. We had a fruit bowl, which unlike other places we've stayed in, got replenished every day. We also got water every day too. The guy who introduced us to the room's facilities said he'd get a kettle sent up, but that never materialised, so we asked for one on day two which arrived within a few minutes.
My one criticism of the room, is that it had no mirror near a plug socket that I could plug a hair dryer in to. There was a socket in the bathroom, but it didn't work and nor did the tv in the bathroom, (in the case of the tv no big deal though)
For this reason, I only showered in the swimming pool area's changing rooms, so that I could dry my hair there, which isn't exactly convenient, and even there, the lighting was so dim, you had to train the illuminated magnifying mirror onto your head, so you could see what you were doing!
To the sports facilities: these were excellent, sauna, steam room, small warm water pool for exercises and relaxation, nice jacuzzi, and fantastic swimming pool, which I often didn't have to share! My Husband used the gym, which he found to be excellent.
So far so good!!
Our experience of the breakfast room wasn't quite as good, and on the second morning, we walked out, because we got tired of waiting to be served. You had to order coffee, there was no English Breakfast tea, so I provided my own teabags, which didn't matter, but the coffee scene seemed to dominate, much like in the room.
The food on the cold buffet was general breakfast fayre - pastries, breads/rolls, cereals, yoghurts, cold meats/cheeses/fish/fruit/tomatoes and the like. You could order eggs cooked several ways, and you had to order toast also, which is often where the delays occurred. We couldn't seem to get on with cold food and then order, the waiter seemed keen to get us to order the hot food almost immediately which we didn't want to do before we'd had some cereals or fruit.
There was no shortage of staff in the dining room, it was just a badly organised set up. It let the hotel down somewhat and for anyone not on a b&b deal, for the cold and hot food, it would cost fifty euros, which is very over the top by any standards!!
The hotel is situated near the main museums and not far from the boat trips and airport. The number 197 bus from Schipol stops about a three minute walk from the hotel.
There are enough restaurants nearby too, and the Bols experience is a short distance and is good fun.
Would definitely stay at this hotel again, if we were ever in Amsterdam.
Avoid overlooking the main road at the front of the hotel
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