Arguably the best-known hotel of Amsterdam, the Amstel Hotel is certainly one of the most striking buildings on the banks of the Amstel River. Opened in 1867, the design of this ‘hotel of incomparable splendor’—79 rooms and suites, including a 116sqm (1250sqft) Royal Suite—was inspired by the French Renaissance style of the 16th and 17th centuries. Its initiator, doctor Samuel Sarphati, understood what it took to build a hotel with international allure: “People today want a hotel to offer the same kind of amenities that people are used to at home: space, air, light and also a good view, beautiful surroundings.” Not much has changed since.
Housed in the iconic former music school of Amsterdam, the Conservatorium Hotel offers a unique experience for high-end luxury lovers and art aficionado’s alike. Opened in 2012 and located within 300 meters of three world-class museums—the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum—the Conservatorium Hotel offers its guests (that’d be you) 129 rooms in various degrees of fanciness. From a cozy Superior Guest Room with a large rainfall shower and bathroom LCD mirror TV, to the 90sqm (969sqft) Concerto Suite with a Steinway piano, oval stone bathtub and Museumplein views from the duplex level bedroom.
Already in 1638, an Inn was built on the current location of Hotel de L’Europe in the heart of the city, partly on the foundation of the so-called Rondeel defensive tower that had been there since 1535. The Hotel de L’Europe as we now know it, was built in 1895 and opened its doors a year later. The hotel pays homage to bygone times, surrounding its guests with impressive chandeliers, a colourful décor and replicas of 17th century Dutch Masters. The 111 rooms, all equipped with an iPad, iPod docking station and Bose surround-sound system, range from a cozy Superior Room to the six-bedroom Penthouse Suite, including a private terrace. In 2011, Hotel de L’Europe was the only hotel in the Netherlands to make the Gold List of Condé Nast Traveler.