Situated canalside in the heart of Amsterdam, the Dylan is a 40-room boutique property that feels more like the flawlessly designed home of a jet-setting friend. On the outside, it evokes the Dutch golden age, but the interior takes on a swank, modern bent, with splashy art, cool mirrors, and sculptural furniture.
The public spaces nail it on all counts: the check-in desk is calm, the terrace garden is lovely on sunny days, and the lounge is warm and welcoming. Instead of the sometimes stuffy High Tea ritual, there is daily High Wine service, where a voguish crowd enjoys a selection of wine and nibbles on tapas-style bites. Vinkeles, the signature French restaurant, is Michelin-starred but has a relaxed design anchored by elements of the bakery that once inhabited the space—like 18th-century bricks, ovens, and wood floors.
Last year, the hotel revealed the Serendipity Collection, a redesign of 16 rooms and suites by Dutch designer Remy Meijers. They have a sleeker, more neutral palette, compared to the eclectic style of the original rooms. The quirky and historic details throughout the hotel make the Dylan feel very specific to easygoing Amsterdam.
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At the Dylan, it’s all about the Nine Streets, or De 9 Straatjes, a small grid just outside its doors divided by canals and packed with specialty shops, cafés, and galleries. The cobblestones and rambling homes impart a distinct old-European glow, making this one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighborhoods. It’s very easy to walk to most of the city’s cultural sights, like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The Anne Frank House is a must-visit, and just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. But make sure you book your tickets online to skip the long wait outside.
Need to Know
Rooms: 40 rooms; ranging from $406 for a double, up to $1,045–$2,032 for signature suites. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers heads up the hotel’s dining program, which includes the French restaurant Vinkeles (awarded one Michelin star in 2009) and the more casual Brasserie Occo. Chef Kuipers is also the creator of the High Wine menu. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or pool, but there is a small gym.
Who it's best for: The hotel attracts a well-traveled crowd, where the whir of conversation might be about gallery openings, restaurant awards, or new museum exhibits. It’s for entrepreneurs who just sold their first (or fifth) company, design enthusiasts, location snobs, and couples wanting a romantic urban hideaway. Our favorite rooms: Rooms 31 and 32 are the Jacob van Campen suites. The famous 17th-century architect designed the original stone gate at the Dylan’s entrance. The light-filled suites named for him have high ceilings, a signature chandelier, and clean, sleek lines. The Dylan Thomas suite (the Welsh poet is also the namesake of the hotel) is vibrant, with colorful pieces of furniture and artwork, and imposing antique closets. Shopping made easy: The hotel recently launched a Room Shopping Service, where guests can shop the Nine Streets directly from their TVs, and have items delivered in under an hour.