THE DYLAN, AMSTERDAM

The Dylan Amsterdam has been on my hit list of places to visit for a LONG time. It’s well known as one of Amsterdam’s most chic and stylish hotels and is also a member of the reputable Small Luxury Hotels of the World. I’ve stayed in plenty of SLH hotels and always feel confident when booking that it’s somewhere I’m going to love if they’ve given it their stamp of approval.

STYLE & AMBIENCE

A mix of period charm and contemporary style greet you as you arrive at The Dylan. You enter through a 17th-century arch and gateway, into a courtyard, where the hotel bikes are ready and waiting to be whisked around the city. The hotel has a discreet and exclusive atmosphere without being over the top or pretentious. Once inside you’re met with marble floors and wood-panelled walls and the smell of the burning wood from the fireplace which always seems to be lit. It’s this perfect juxtaposition of old and new which sets the tone that you’re staying somewhere rather special.

 

LOCATION

The location is very centrally located on one of Amsterdam’s main canals, at the prestigious Keizersgracht. In the midst of the shopping quarter and just 15 minutes walk from the cities major museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, the Hermitage, the Anne Frank House, and the world’s only floating Flower Market.  Yet despite its central location it remains intimate and detached from the bustle of the city.

 

ROOMS

The rooms at The Dylan are all individually designed with 5 different themes in mind, such as ‘Loxura’ and ‘Serendipity’. This is one of the things that I love most about this hotel. I love the idea that you could keep returning and stay in completely different rooms each time. The accommodation is spread through two adjacent buildings and all vary in size and shape, with some being duplex rooms and other loft suites. We were completely wowed by ours. We stayed in a suite which had views out onto the front courtyard and the canal beyond. We couldn’t have asked for more. We had gorgeous floor to ceiling windows and plenty of space. We even had our friends over for a few drinks before we headed out to dinner. It felt like we were entertaining in our own home! (If only my actual home looked like the Dylan).

 

FOOD & DRINK

The Dylan has two restaurants. The first, Vinkeles restaurant where chef Dennis Kuipers’ Michelin star lends itself to the fancy dishes such as Cardinal prawn, with Atlantic cod and veal tongue, and ingredients I had to Google such as Umeboshi (similar to a pickled plum). And the second more casual, Occo Brasserie, which has an adjoining courtyard garden which is quite simply, stunning. We ate at the latter for breakfast and was treated to all the usual breakfast buffet suspects as well as dishes like Egg Alaska (heavenly) Miso soup and coconut porridge.

 

www.dylanamsterdam.com 

 

Highlights

  • Stylish black bikes available to rent to explore the city
  • Ask the concierge to organise a canal tour aboard a stylish salon boat (where you can also enjoy lunch or dinner)
  • Winter ice skating along the frozen canals

Need To Know

  • All rooms come with top-of-the-range espresso machine, docking station and flat-screen TV
  • Brilliant location, close to all major museums as well as a variety of shopping and café districts
  • There is a small gym on site

No. of Rooms & Suites: 40

Rate Per Night: From £255

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