FEEL PERSONALLY WELCOME and you are even more likely to become a loyalist, says Girlahead. Take THE CONSERVATORIUM, AMSTERDAM. You may even receive a hand-made card, drawn and coloured by the GM, Roy Tomassen. This is certainly an art hotel, so close to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Right now, the hotel has art photographer Bastiaan Woudt as its ‘artist in residence’ with unmistakable black and white photography, displayed in the Bastiaan Woudt Suite, a 81sq m Royal Duplex Suite. (The 129-room hotel is a brilliant Piero Livoni conversion of the 1901-vintage Rijkspostspaarbank Building, and Girlahead suggests the Isle of Amsterdam Suite, #804, which allows you, after climbing 21 spiral cast-iron stairs to a rooftop offering 360° views.) The Conservatorium is a Set hotel – hear the group’s Executive Director Jean-Luc Naret, below.
People of the calibre of Naret, those who truly understand luxury, are, sadly, few and far between. When it comes to PR companies it is great to see that such companies as FINN Partners and Hawkins International PR will, by consolidating, BOOST AWARENESS OF LUXURY. Although the name of Hawkins International PR will gradually disappear, its Founding CEO Jennifer Hawkins will join FINN as Managing Partner, Luxury Travel and become part of the agency’s Global Travel Practice. Her new colleagues include the equally-luxury-centric Debbie Flynn.
In London, there are often happenings at BROWN’S HOTEL, a Rocco Forte property. Its GM Stuart Johnson, working with creative animators Black Rabbit Projects, plans three Nutcracker evenings (28 November, 5 December, 19 December). The three-course meal, at 5.30 or 8.30, will intersperse with actors, magicians, and dancers narrating the story of Clara and the Nutcracker, to the sound of Tchaikovsky.