Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
The Conservatorium Hotel, as its name attests, stands on the site of the former conservatoire. As a result both its bar and restaurant have a musical theme. The hotel itself has rapidly established itself as one of Amsterdam’s most stylish hotels: the décor is luxurious and elegant throughout and the hotel bar, Tunes, has become a bit of a destination in its own right. This chic, contemporary space is all sleek black leather and acres of glass. The huge windows flood the place with light and the bars contemporary edges are somewhat softened by the occasional burst of greenery, which is good as it might otherwise feel a bit clinical. It’s a great place to go for a drink before dinner or to take someone you’re out to impress. They serve very well-made cocktails alongside superior tapas-style dishes. As you’d expect from such a venue, the prices are pretty stiff, very much in line with hotel bar prices, but the cocktails are worth it, and we like the chic-chilled ambience of the place. From a creative, well thought through drinks list, the citrus scented Grapevine is worth a try, ditto the summery, fresh-tasting Green Cobbler. The service is as slick as you’d expect from a place like this but not without warmth which only adds to its appeal.