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
A friend and I recently stayed at this property and I can say that it is a lovely space. The room itself was large, comfortable and the air conditioning worked very well during the very warm weather during the time I was visiting Amsterdam.
Unfortunately during my stay a wedding was happening and yes the staff did notify us that it was going to occur before our stay. I appreciated their notice, however the music was very loud well into the night. We even overheard the staff the next morning complaining that it was too loud. When the front desk asked me how my stay was I mentioned the noise to which they replied, "Did we not notify you there would be a wedding?" My response, "Yes, you did but it was still very loud." I guess my overall experience was that the staff just didn't care too much about our experience at the hotel. They seemed overall distracted by the wedding (which looked lovely).
The buffet breakfast is well over-priced and you'd be better off enjoying breakfast elsewhere for much less expense. The staff at the buffet were very attentive.
For the price point of this hotel, I cannot recommend it. I did not feel I received the service I would expect from a 5 star hotel. Perhaps staying when there is not a wedding happening may change the experience because the rooms themselves were lovely.
We had such a lovely stay here, from the first moment to the last. Charming boutique hotel in a stunning location, with an fantastic staff, gorgeous communal spaces, and wonderful food. Our room was on the small side, but so well appointed that we didn't really care; and the bathroom was modern with a fantastic shower and bath products (really cool sound mix coming from the stereo when we came in, too!) Great way to close out our European vacation, and one of my top three hotels I've ever stayed in.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay here! Lovely accommodation, very friendly staff who go above and beyond for guests, wonderful, safe location ideal for our long walks in the area and many restaurants and cafes nearby to enjoy.
There was a wedding happening on our last day, the courtyard was beautifully decorated for the event. We even got to listen to their wonderful singer on our return from dinner that evening.
The Dylan reflects life in Amsterdam. Friendly people, situated on one of the central canals, fresh food and loads of history. Our room was very large and the bed was so comfortable that there was a risk we would not leave the room. The concierge also gave very good tips on restaurants. We would definitely stay here again.
Although our visit at the hotel is only 2 days, we have been impressed with the extraordinary service. The room is both beautiful and comfortable.
The hotel has a wonderful bar and breakfast place. In addition, it is within a short walking distance to the museum district. They helped us with tickets so we didn’t have to wait in line at the Rijksmuseum. We definitely will be back.