After taking two trains from Oldenburg, Germany to Amsterdam, my husband and I took a taxi to the Conservatorium Hotel. Upon arrival, the door man greeted us and carried our bags to the reception desk. While checking in, he offered beverages, hot towels and was extremely friendly/hospitable. The receptionist was kind and noted that we had requested a feather free room in our reservation. The concierge escorted us to our room (Grand Deluxe Duplex), he was friendly and informative. He asked if we preferred fahrenheit or celsius and set the thermostat to accommodate us. He explained the television and gave us a tour of the two level room. He reminded us that the second bathroom is upstairs and that it had been overlooked in the past, almost like a secret door.
The room was beautiful, great view of the busy street. Two curtains (daytime sheer curtain and a heavy drape for night). All functioned electronically.
As mentioned above, the receptionist noted we requested a feather free room. The pillows and comforter were beautiful but were not feather free. With a severe allergy to Down, I request a feather free room every time I visit a hotel. When I brought this up to the concierge, they referred me to the reception desk... they apologized and said they would take care of it right away. Upon our return to our room (a few hours later after checking out the town), the bedding had been replaced.
There is a mirror in front of the stairwell, very elegant looking.... however, I wasn't expecting to see myself in the mirror when walking down the stairs and scared myself wondering who was in the room :) My husband did the same thing and we laughed.
The second floor shower was nice but a bit smaller than the first floor shower. The first floor shower was nice , but both of the shower heads could be cleaned a little better. The water shot out in various directions instead of straight down (both were rainfall shower heads). There were a few small pieces of debris on the bathroom floors when we arrived, nothing offensive.
The bathroom mirror had a built in stereo type deal with a remote to change channels. To change the channel, the remote had to be pointed directly at the small receiver at the bottom of the screen. After figuring this out, it was a little easier to use... could definitely use some improvement however it was a very cool and new-age type option.
The hallway was extremely hot (5th floor). It was also very beautiful, quite an elegant look.
We were very impressed with the hotel ... aside from the feathered bed, small debris on the floor and the shower heads, the hotel room was amazing. Very trendy and cool.... would definitely stay again if we visit Amsterdam again.
The bike rentals were more expensive at the hotel than offsite... I believe the hotel was $25 per bike per day and the offsite rentals were around $10. I am not entirely sure of the hours, time, etc... but it was definitely less expensive offsite.
The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We did not eat at the hotel restaurant. We stopped by the bar but felt slightly underdressed in denim and dress shirt / blouse. The women were wearing tight. shorter dresses and the men were wearing casual business slacks/ties. Looked beautiful but we went to the Aran Pub instead (also friendly staff, good service). The hotel said it also had a second floor smoking section in the bar area.
Overall, the hotel was very nice and has a beautiful ambiance. Friendly and helpful staff and quick response times to any requests.
- 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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