CON­SER­VA­TO­RIUM

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Van Baer­lestraat 27, Am­s­ter­dam ho­tel.qan­tas.com.au/ con­ser­va­to­ri­umho­tel

For­merly a bank then a mu­sic academy, this ma­jes­tic 19th­cen­tury Neo- Gothic build­ing was given an over­haul by The Set ho­tel group, emerg­ing in 2011 as the 129-room Con­ser­va­to­rium, a fi­five-star de­sign ho­tel. Re­stored fea­tures such as tiled walls and mo­saic flfloors punc­tu­ate ev­ery level but the mod­ern, open, light-fi­filled glass lobby is the star at­trac­tion. Stan­dard rooms are min­i­mal­ist yet cosy, while many suites offf­fer fun mez­za­nine sleep­ing decks. The ho­tel is lo­cated be­tween Mu­se­umplein, Von­del­park and the city’s canals and chic shop­ping dis­trict. ↓

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties Six meet­ing rooms are housed in a gi­ant glass box above the lobby. The busi­ness cor­ner has a com­puter and printer. Wi-fi Fast and com­pli­men­tary.

Food and wine Taiko is a fine-din­ing restau­rant (din­ner only) serv­ing a fresh, con­tem­po­rary Asian menu of in­ven­tive sushi and dim sum and hearty fare such as en­trecôte Wagyu beef. The Brasserie & Lounge is bril­liant for break­fast, all-day din­ing and ca­sual drinks, while Tunes Bar is one of the coolest in Am­s­ter­dam, of­fer­ing al­most 40 dif­fer­ent gins and a refuge for smok­ers in­side a sealed mez­za­ninelevel glass cube above the bar.

Fit­ness and well­be­ing Akasha spa has the city’s largest in­door ho­tel pool and a ham­mam. The com­pli­men­tary gym (6.30am to 10pm) is like a nor­mal gym with pump­ing mu­sic and out­side guests.

Run route For a 4.5-kilo­me­tre run around Von­del­park, turn right onto Van Baer­lestraat then left at Pi­eter Cor­nelisz Hooft­straat. En­ter the park and do a loop of its perime­ter. Cut through the cen­tre to exit at Ja­cob Obrecht­straat and re­turn to the ho­tel via Van Eeghen­straat.

Cof­fee nearby Brand­meester’s (Van Baer­lestraat 13) serves rich cof­fee from its own small-batch roast­ery. It’s open from 8.30am on week­days, 9am on Satur­day and noon on Sun­day.

Wal­dorf As­to­ria’s clus­ter of Golden Age canal houses (op­po­site) and op­u­lent lobby (be­low); ask for a Rooftftop Suite at Con­ser­va­to­rium (above)

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