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 hotel is, truly, a home away from home and one of my favorite hotels in all of Europe.
Located in the Canal Ring, the hotel is walking distance from everything - great shopping, restaurants, etc. but out of the way a bit from museum row. The hotel itself is unbelievably charming - all of the rooms are different and each one I've stayed in is also beautiful.
If you are a member of the Small Luxury Hotel group, breakfast (which is incredible) is included in your stay. The orange and grapefruit juices are especially fantastic!
In my most recent stay, I arrived after 10 days of traveling very sick. Traveling alone for work and sick with pneumonia, the hotel dr and staff were extremely helpful and thoughtful. Between checking on me throughout the day to bringing me fresh water and juice, they made being sick away from home a much more manageable experience.
I was also here during a heatwave (95 degrees!) and the Dylan is one of the few hotels that has Air Con. So, I was in bed, cool and looked after for days.
I cannot thank them enough for their hospitality and thoughtfulness and cannot wait to come back healthy!
Lastly, the restaurant is incredible - make sure to make a reservation. It's truly something special.
Needed to find a nice hotel in Amsterdam at short notice where I would feel safe and be looked after as I was staying as a single lady, hence didn’t want to go out alone to eat at night. The hotel was perfectly positioned for gentle browsing of shops and coffee houses around the popular canal region, and easily accessible by tram from the central rail station. The Michelin star restaurant was amazing! Food and service was absolutely perfect and the bar was buzzing! The staff were attentive and accommodating in every way possible. The room was quirky but luxurious and clean and comfortable with nothing left out. I will be returning to sample for a second time the next time I need to visit Amsterdam.
We (family of 4 adults, 2 rooms) just stayed at The Dylan, and it gets our highest recommendation, without any reservation. The service was terrific, the location just great (in Old Town), the rooms spacious and comfortable, and the attention to detail over-the-top. We will definitely stay here again and highly recommend others to do likewise.
Beautifully decorated hotel with gorgeous rooms, atmospheric restaurant and bar areas. Top level service, good food. Not cheap but worth every cent. Very elegant.
Walking distance to some restaurants, not far from centre, lovely water views as on a canal.
We stayed for two nights following a Rhine River Cruise. Will definitely return. Truly lovely hotel on a major canal but upscale quieter neighborhood. Easily walkable to all major sites. The staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating. Dinner at Vinkeles was excellent. Breakfast plentiful and delicious. In a beautifully restored historic building.