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.