Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam Simple and Functional Environmental Principles

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam Simple and Functional Environmental Principles
May 13, 2015 Bradley Cox

The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam stands on the famous site of Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music. An architectural masterpiece, the hotel combines a magnificent 19th century Neo-Gothic heritage building with sophisticated and elegant contemporary design. The hotel is close to all the capital’s cultural destinations including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk, and the Van Gogh Museum. While bohemian shops, restaurants, cafes and the Vondelpark are also within a short distance.

Green Globe recently re-certified the Conservatorium Hotel for the fourth year in acknowledgement of its continued sustainable best practices. 

Roy Tomassen, General Manager at the Conservatorium Hotel said, “Doing business in an environmentally and socially responsible way is vital for the success of our hotel. As a leading property in Amsterdam we have a responsibility towards our local and international guests, as well as our employees and local community. The designer of the hotel, Piero Lissoni, created various architectural advantages that help our building to be environmental friendly. Our employees also strive to be progressive and are active in the community. We are proud to have Green Globe certification, as it shows the commitment of our team and hotel towards sustainability and we will continue to strive for a year on year improvement.”

Italian designer Piero Lissoni embraced the principles of simplicity and functionality when making use of the natural daylight available throughout the building’s spaces. Paying homage to the building’s original lofty ceilings, almost half of the rooms have been configured into stunning duplex layouts with oversized functional windows and exposed structural beams. Lissoni’s modernist and contemporary chic style, reflected within the hotel’s interior design, has earned the hotel numerous accolades and awards including “Best Hotel Interior” at the 2014 Prix Villegiature Awards.

 As a Green Globe member the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is committed to the creation of a long-term sustainable management scheme. The Conservatorium Hotel has a geothermal heat pump system in place that harnesses naturally occurring heat in the ground to provide highly efficient energy distribution and heating for the hotel building. In addition, double-glazed windows in all rooms provide maximum insulation year round.

As part of its Sustainable Management Plan the Conservatorium Hotel aims to reduce its impact on the environment through a number of green strategies. To conserve water the hotel reuses water from its swimming pool in the sprinkler system. And it aims to lessen waste as much as possible by utilizing reusable eco-friendly items instead of disposable plastic containers. Furthermore, cleaning products are eco-certified reducing the use of toxic chemicals. Guests also play a role by reusing towels thereby decreasing water and energy usage.

Executive chef Schilo Van Coevorden and his staff embrace the pureness of local seasonal and organic ingredients in the creation of unique cuisine. The kitchens also prefer limiting the use of ingredients from endangered species such as Bluefin tuna and eel or unsustainable practices like foie-gras.

Conservatorium Hotel staff regularly participate in numerous social and environmental initiatives. Colleagues are trained to share information with guests that promotes local history and culture thereby stimulating economic development. Finally, staff support environmental causes such as World Water Day which took place in March this year. For every Marie-Stella-Maris bottle of mineral water sold the company donated a percentage of profits to clean water projects worldwide.


Nina van het Spijker

Marketing & Communication Executive

Conservatorium hotel 
Paulus Potterstraat 50

1071 DB Amsterdam


phone +31.20.5700090 |

fax       +31.20.5700057