The new kid on the block of competitive upmarket hotels in Amsterdam, the Conservatoriun opened in 2011 and occupies the former neo-Gothic Sweelinck Conservatory of Music. It is owned by bespoke hotel chain The Set and certainly sets a new benchmark for luxury with 12 stylish suites with vaulted ceilings, wooden floors, and sleek marble bathrooms, plus several eating options under the stewardship of super-chef Schilo van Coevorden. It is mere steps away from the Museumplein attractions, although when you spy the gorgeous Akasha Holistic spa, it'll be a toss up between spending the day floating around in there or elbowing your way through the crowds to stand in front of Rembrandt's fabled "The Nightwatch" in the Rijksmuseum.