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
This is an excellent hotel from top-to-bottom. From the moment you check-in you realize that you are going to be well taken care of. The hotel itself has some wonderful and very tasteful design elements that bring across the idea that you are at once in both an old building but one that makes every new technology addition to be seamless and a modern luxury hotel. This concept succeeds so effortlessly. The restaurant, the bar - all top notch but what really makes this hotel stand out is the service at every level. In particular, the Concierge Joggi, was excellent and proved to be invaluable to us during out stay. The highest compliment that I can pay to this hotel is that we can't wait to return.
The first impression was really impressive, however there‘re some points, which make me unsure if I’m going to visit The Dylan again. The staffs were really friendly, polite and helpful, but the introduction of the room could have been more detailed, since the controls for electronics were spread everywhere in the suite. It was like a detective game trying to find out the right control for lights and curtain. The suite was quite stylisch and tidy, but there‘re some quality issues: 1.The flat tap faucet looks very fancy, but the blade falls easily off, when I was washing my hands and accidentally knock on the blade.
2. The bathroom was spacious and clean, and I enjoyed the cleaning products they offer. Unfortunately I discovered some mold in the slit between the bathtub and the marble tile above it. And there‘re brown glue below the bathtub handle.
The Dylan is definitely for someone, who enjoys style, who won’t look into details. But for someone who cares about quality and detail, it didn’t quite reach my standard. Also the billing was unpleasant as well, they don’t like to give you details directly. After I found out they’d overcharged me and informed them their mistake, there’s no apology either. The experience was not entirely worthless, I slept well there, but there’re many small flaws that disturbed me. I’m not sure if I want to stay there again.
My husband and I were traveling through Amsterdam to Greece and considering we have never visited, we decided to stay for one evening and experience the beautiful, historical city. I of course did some research via the internet and found The Dylan through a search for a "luxury boutique" hotel. We knew absolutely nothing about the city, best area to stay, etc. From the moment we stepped out of the hotel transport, we were graciously greeted and were made to feel very, very welcome. The hotel exceeding our expectations and was over-the-top beautiful in EVERY way. The lobby and all spaces throughout the hotel maintained a historical feel, with contemporary, but warm touches throughout. The location is perfect and we were able to walk to everything....even in the rain! Our room was very large and had beautiful amenities, including a wonderful window that opened to the canal. There are only 4 rooms per floor, so you are made to feel very special. The breakfast presentation was beautiful and delicious! We will definitely return to The Dylan on our next trip! Thank you to all the staff for a fabulous stay! The Bowman's