Guests who step into the luminous open-plan lobby at Conservatorium Hotel, a retouched neo-Gothic edifice next to Amsterdam’s Museum Square, will often find Isabelle Post, head of the hotel’s Host Program, perched at the shimmery white round table. She’s most likely accommodating a range of complex requests spanning the gamut from orchestrating a rooftop-wedding proposal and drawing milk baths to coordinating a private after-hours visit to the world-renowned Rijksmuseum. “We’ve had some guests refer to us as the hotel’s very own ‘Genius Bar’,” she laughs.
Isabelle, who was born in the tech and design hub Eindhoven in the south of Holland, was treated to a peripatetic childhood (her father worked for the multinational technology company, Philips), with stops in Pakistan and Spain before returning to the Netherlands at the age of 19. “I’ve lived here for sixteen years now, and what I love about Amsterdam is its vibrancy and the fact that it opens its doors for everyone. But at the same time, it’s like a village, full of hidden treasures only locals can show you.”