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
From the moment you step out the car , you feel special . Warm welcomes from all staff and a incredibly sweet and helpful concierge.
The hotel is beautiful decorated from the entrance hall to the Lou he and to the dining area .
The moment you enter the main entrance you are enveloped in the most incredible fragrance.
The bedrooms are neat and elegant yet warm . The bathrooms is luxurious with a separate shower and toilet and a bath . There are loads of big fluffy towels , gowns and slippers. There is complimentary coffee and tea and very evening you receive a small treat. - cake, biscuit, sweets.
The location is smack bang in the middle of everything so it was perfect for us .
I stayed the first time in the Dylan as I normally stay at the Hoxton when in Amsterdam but I must say this will be my new home in Amsterdam. Great location, quiet rooms and super nice staff. The bathrooms are cool but still cozy and the beds are terrific.
First of all - Hotel is beautiful, service is ok, everyone is polite. I would recommend it. But there is but.
- in small luxury hotel you expect personal touch, special service, thats why you would stay there. Even everyone is polite noone really cares if you enjoy.
- I booked 2 suites and 1 deluxe room. But the room on the picture was absolutely different from what i saw on site. Receptionist says that since I asked to have room in the same building they change the room without notifying me. And I decided to stay in that hotel only because of that particular room.
- It took me 3 days to insist on finding through concierge a boat after 11 pm with food. I dont want to say that concierge team is bad, but again - from small luxury hotels you expect concierge to be able to open the doors that are not opening easy. Also I asked to book the table in club and the price that concierge proposed for table was 3 times higher than I requested their personally. I also tried to have private dining in hotel - but that was also not possible, and usually if you are hotel guest you can get a table/dining easily.
- in the room in the morning I was looking for water and saw glass bottle, opened it and made a sip and while that realized that it wad vodka!!! The bottle looks really the same! My friends in their rooms almost did the same. I said to receptionist if may be they can deduct it counting that for 2 night I spent in the hotel with boat at least 8 000 euro - but no result.
- the lady in the reception twice blocked the amount on the card, without my confirmation. This is really disappointing when in expensive hotels you find this.
Itself hotel is beautiful, the people are nice but I didnt feel welcome there, no personal touch. May be it is mentality of Amsterdam, I dont know. Hope that my notes will be heard by hotel management.
Fantastic service at this beautiful boutique hotel, perfectly placed for all the sights yet still quiet and serene. Beautiful bar and lounge, and as I said, amazing staff who provide five star service.
We had a really good check in and check out, the rooms are spacious and comfortable and the hotel is a 25 minute walk to Amsterdam Centraal station (a 12 minute drive), a 10 minute walk to Red light district, 20 minute walk to the Anne Frank museum, 30 minute walk to the Rijksmuseum, a 15 minute walk to the shopping centres (De Bijenkof) etc so ok-ish located.
I had 2 issues with the hotel, which was the reason for my rating:
1. I felt heavily profiled when walking into the hotel and at the bar. Judging from the people that were at the hotel when we stayed, we were relatively younger than the other guests. On more that one occasion when walking into the hotel, I was asked: “Where would you like to go sir”... Not how can I assist, which is completely different. Service was extremely slow at the bar, we had a disinterested bar lady who brought the wine by the glass menu and we needed to ask for an extended wine list, which made me feel as though the extended list was out of our price range.
2. The walls and windows are extremely thin, which results in you hearing everything outside and everyone else outside your door. That woke us up quite a bit.
I would stay at the hotel again, but be specific on the location of our room.