Concierge.com's insider take:
You will sacrifice a canal view, but the location of this bustling hotel, opened in February 2012 directly across from the Museumplein, more than compensates. So does the obvious expense that went into restoring the 19th-century neogothic landmark, previously the city's premier music conservatory. Designer Piero Lissoni focused on the 129 rooms and suites; some of the large (especially by Amsterdam standards) units flaunt their original loft ceilings and are laid out as duplexes with high windows and exposed structural beams. The same sense of style infuses the glass-covered atrium, the brasserie, and lounge, as well as the Tunes Restaurant and Bar. It's the hotel's Akasaha Holistic Wellbeing Center, though, that may make the biggest splash. The cavernous center is divided into spaces aligned with the four elements, but if you have to choose, forget earth, fire, and air and head for the water spa, which features a watsu pool and hammam treatments.—Raphael Kadushin
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