Am­s­ter­dam’s boom­ing ho­tel scene continues to turn heads. Here are three new­com­ers that Nether­lands-bound trav­el­ers will want to check in to


—CON­SER­VA­TO­RIUM HO­TEL Oc­cu­py­ing a 19th-century bank turned mu­sic con­ser­va­tory in Am­s­ter­dam’s mu­seum quar­ter, the 129room Con­ser­va­to­rium hits all the right notes. A strik­ing two-year ren­o­va­tion by Mi­lanese de­signer Piero Lis­soni has re­stored the neoGothic land­mark’s orig­i­nal teak­wood floors, Art Deco til­ing, and brick­work, while adding a soar­ing glass-en­closed court­yard that houses the city’s most en­tic­ing lobby lounge and an at­tached brasserie. Guest quar­ters come in 14 dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions—many are dou­ble-height du­plexes—and of­fer a de­mure, min­i­mal­ist coun­ter­point to the fin de siè­cle ar­chi­tec­ture: walls of latte-colored glass; Zen-like bath­rooms clad in creamy traver­tine; de­signer fur­nish­ings and hand­picked ob­jets that range from African masks to Delft porce­lain. One at­tic-space suite comes with a spi­ral stair­case that leads up to a rooftop ter­race with wrap­around views of the Oud Zuid district. There’s a sexy sub­ter­ranean spa and gym with ham­mam rooms, a watsu pool, and a swim­ming pool drenched in lu­mi­nous blue light, as well as an ex­cel­lent din­ing room, Tunes, helmed by ac­claimed Dutch chef Schilo van Co­evorde. The lo­ca­tion is also a plus for cul­ture buffs and se­ri­ous shop­pers: P.C. Hooft­straat, a stretch of high-end bou­tiques (Her­mès, Gucci, Louis Vuit­ton, et al.), is just a short stroll away, as are three of the city’s top art in­sti­tu­tions—the St­edelijk Mu­seum, the

Van Gogh Mu­seum, and the re­cently ren­o­vated Ri­jksmu­seum ( 27 Van Baer­lestraat; 3120/670-1811; con­ser­va­to­ri­umho­; dou­bles from US$ 378). —SIR AL­BERT A tram ride to the south­east in the bo­hemian De Pijp neigh­bor­hood, Sir Al­bert is an­other his­tor­i­cal con­ver­sion, in this case of an1895 di­a­mond fac­tory that cut its last gem­stone in the 1990s. Now a de­sign-driven four-star ho­tel de­signed by Tel Aviv firm BK Ar­chi­tec­ture, the red-brick build­ing has 90 sub­dued rooms fit­ted with tall brown cur­tains, cowhide chairs, and dis­tressed Egyp­tian car­pets over black-stained wooden floors, with Molton Brown toi­letries in the glass­walled bath­rooms. Ser­vice is a point of pride here: ask, and the concierge staff will ar­range a con­cert ticket, park your car, lend you an iPad, or pick you up a hefty An­gus beef burger from The Butcher burger bar down the street, which also leads to the bustling Al­bert Cuyp­markt, Am­s­ter­dam’s largest out­door mar­ket (fear not, Sir Al­bert’s rooms are well sound­proofed). But who wants room ser­vice when you have a sublime canal-side Ja­panese grill restau­rant at your doorstep? Iza­kaya, headed up by for­mer Nobu chef Hariprasad Shetty, brings a hint of South Amer­ica to its menu of exquisitely plated ro­bata and sushi dishes: stand­outs (and there are many) in­clude a pan-fried scal­lop dressed with yuzu and truf- fle oil, Dover sole in a red-shisho salsa, and grilled unagi with foie gras and finely diced ap­ple in bal­samic ( 2–6 Al­bert Cuyp­straat; 3120/305-3020; sir­al­bertho­; dou­bles from US$ 273). —AN­DAZ AM­S­TER­DAM PRIN­SEN­GRACHT Hy­att en­trusted vi­sion­ary Dutch de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders with the fit­ting out of the lat­est ad­di­tion to its stylish An­daz brand, and the re­sults are un­like any­thing else in the city. There is, for starters, no for­mal re­cep­tion desk: guests are greeted by iPad-tot­ing hosts un­der a fab­u­lously mu­raled light well, of­fered a drink in the buzzy lounge, and then es­corted to their room for check-in. De­spite the build­ing’s orig­i­nal use (as a pub­lic li­brary) and the Golden Age splen­dor of its set­ting on Prin­sen­gracht canal, in­side, it’s all eye-pop­ping and out­landish, with cu­rios­ity cab­i­nets, video in­stal­la­tions, lip­stick-red tulip chairs, gi­ant bell-shaped chan­de­liers, and an “Alice in Am­s­ter­dam” feel that car­ries out to a back gar­den dot­ted with whim­si­cal top­i­ary and sculp­tures. All 122 rooms fea­ture nau­ti­cal mo­tifs and fish prints that pay cheeky homage to Hol­land’s hey­day as a mar­itime power, as well as wash­basins hand-painted in Wan­ders’ sig­na­ture “One-Minute Delft Blue” style. Blue­spoon, the sole restau­rant, is al­most low-key by com­par­i­son, with the em­pha­sis in­stead on sea­sonal farm-to-ta­ble food—a braised veal cheek is served with crispy sweet­breads, while caramelized red onions and rata­touille ac­ces­sorize a dry-aged tom­a­hawk steak ( 587 Prin­sen­gracht 587; 31-20/523-1234; am­s­ter­dam .prin­sen­­daz.hy­; dou­bles from US$ 400).

THE REST IS HIS­TORY A room at the Con­ser­va­to­rium Ho­tel. Right: The ho­tel’s glass-en­closed court­yard.

DUTCH BY DE­SIGN Clock­wise from top left: The An­daz Am­s­ter­dam’s sky­lighted atrium fea­tures a con­stel­la­tion of light fix­tures meant to evoke the night sky; a suite bath­room at the same ho­tel; pan-fried scal­lop with yuzu-and-truf­fle dress­ing at Sir Al­bert’s Isakaya restau­rant; a com­mu­nal ta­ble at Isakaya.

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