A weekend away for my wife and I. A beautiful hotel, I endorse everything said about the lobby and other public area design, truly magnificent and sympathetic conversion of a grand building. The spa is excellent, and aside from some hesitation over whether we could have a table for two at dinner in the restaurant superb service.
The quality of the fittings in the bedroom is also excellent, however whilst the bathrooms are wonderful the room itself is simply too small, around 60% of the room area is bathroom ,toilet and corridor, with about 18 inches, or 45 cm either side of the bed, there is only only one bedside table, possibly because another won't fit. There is no long hanging space for a dress, there is no coat hook although there is a phone in the wc, I know which I use most often. The coffee machine appears to have expired, and whilst it may be that I cannot find the switch, there aren't any instructions.
We ate in the restaurant last night and it was very good, a wonderful room, we had the set menu (bizarrely called set a la carte), langoustine salad, just magnificent, cappuccino foam with lobster or asparagus, not really, clever but a little sickly. Paella and rack of lamb for the main, paella little disappointing, and the lamb with white beans good, but both were just lukewarm which may have affected them. Deserts of panacotta with violet ice cream very good, and what appears to be their signature chocolate olive tree. I wasn't really taken with the chocolate olive tree, cleverly presented, but minced Oreos (the base) don't do it for me, a little too unremittingly chocolate in the end. Some very nice petite fours with coffee. 180 euros, worth it, a definite experience, but not uniformly great, 4 stars I would say.
I have just been to their excellent spa using the gym, pool and sauna it was lovely, I feel guilty writing a less than 5 star review in their magnificent conservatory, but I don't want to go to my claustrophobic room so I am afraid I must. I will come back, but I will pay for a better room, their base level room is not good enough for the rest of the hotel, it isn't good enough for their incredible staircases and corridors!
Great place tiny room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Home in the Heart of Amsterdam The Conservatorium Hotel is Amsterdam's leading luxury lifestyle palace, evoking glamour and elegance for sophisticated, design-literate travellers. Located in Museum Square, the luxury centre and cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with a graceful , contemporary design, offering guests a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge and the 1,000 sq m Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Facility. A destination hotel with a real sense of place, the Conservatorium is known at home and abroad as 'Amsterdam's Living Room'. ... more less
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