The Dylan Amsterdam
What We Love
- Romantic 17th-century canalfront building with interior garden
- Central location in the city’s Nine Streets area
- Sophisticated, contemporary decor
- Michelin-starred French restaurant on-site
- Bicycles parked outside the hotel for exploring the quiet streets for approximately $16 per bike, per day
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What To Know
- In Duplex Rooms the bathrooms and bedrooms are on different floors; not ideal for families
- Most rooms look onto the leafy courtyard
- Pets are not allowed
- The interior garden is a popular wedding venue
- A city tax of 5 percent per room, per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tucked away on one of Amsterdam’s tiny canalside streets, the Dylan is an atmospheric blend of historic charm and up-to-the-minute design. Behind the 17th-century facade, sharp contemporary decor mixes with more than a hint of Asian design — expect lots of black lacquer, mahogany floors and rich silk fabrics. With magnificent interiors and out-of-sight gardens, Amsterdam’s famous canal houses are, like the city itself, full of hidden treasures. The Dylan comprises several of these historic homes, but in place of the antiques and traditional details you would expect the look is sharp, fresh and modern.
Bed and Bath
Five distinctive designs define the 40 spacious rooms and suites, most of which overlook the leafy interior garden. Klassbol rooms come with romantic bursts of color while the Kimono rooms feature the dramatic black lacquer four-poster beds. Some of the rooms are duplexes (the bathroom and bedroom are on different floors, so be ready to climb up and down the circular staircase) and the best rooms have views of the Keizersgracht canal, one of the main thoroughfares in town.
Foodies can hit Dylan’s Michelin-starred French restaurant, Vinkeles. Set in a sunken dining room, the exposed red brick walls and original 18th-century ovens reveal a former life as the city’s bakery, but today executive chef Dennis Kuipers ensures an entirely modern menu based on seasonal ingredients and his commitment to simple and refined flavors. For something lighter, the popular back-pocket garden serves a brasserie-style menu for lunch and dinner, while the cream-and-caramel Bar Borbou is an elegant choice for a nightcap.
In the Area
You’re within strolling distance of the chic design shops and restaurants of the Nine Streets district (Amsterdam’s version of New York’s Soho), along with such historic sights as the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh museum. To explore the city in proper Amsterdam style, borrow one of the hotel’s classic bicycles or organize a canal tour on the Dylan’s private saloon boat.
How to Get There
We stayed in a suite at the front of the hotel with a room overlooking the canal. Well worth the price to stay in a front larger room, as many reviewers noted how small each floor is. We arrived very early in the morning and had to wait to late afternoon to check into our room, which was tiring after an overnight flight. But we were very happy with the room, very clean and oversized with a large modern bathroom. The hotel is a nice small boutique choice in a beautiful old building with a very comfortable bar - lounge area for anytime of day. We did not eat dinner in the formal restaurant due to the limited menu (me being vegetarian). My only suggestion would be to have a broader menu for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet is expensive if you don't want to eat a huge meal so more items (a la carte) on the menu would be good. The staff are all very nice and helpful and we enjoyed our stay immensely. The hotel is in a good location if you like walking around the city. We look forward to returning!
This hotel does a lovely job - we didn't eat here but so enjoyed hanging out in the bar area and the staff is friendly and accomodating. We paid top dollar because it was Kings day, but the location is lovely and the bed, linens etc very nice.
The Dylan is a nice hotel. It is a reconverted home from centuries ago. The homes in Amsterdam centuries ago were a warren of small rooms, narrow staircases and hallways. Unfortunately, that is what this hotel feels like. Just about everything other than the reception room felt claustrophobic: three people in the elevator was tight, our room, a deluxe double was tiny. We had 3 small suitcases and a computer bag -- there was no place to store our luggage where we wouldn't trip over it. There was no dresser of any kind -- just a drawer in the side table. The bathroom sink was built for one person only at a time with no storage space for toiletries.
While the idea of a retrofitted home has a lot of charm, the reality was that this hotel felt small and cramped. The concierge service was very good, and the champagne and cake left in our room for our anniversary were a lovely touch, but the building and amenities were 4 star at best - and really closer to a 3 star quality.
Unfortunately, would not stay here again -- it is just a matter of taste and style.