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 came upon this hotel as part of the excellent Small Luxury Hotels portfolio. Our three days there were memorable. One of the best hotels in which we have ever stayed. Located on one of Amsterdam's canals with a discreet front door some way back from the canal-side street, it is immediately welcoming with spacious and excellently appointed public areas including (when it is not raining!) access to a soothing outdoor patio. The level of service was uniformly first rate. Our spacious room was comfortable and all that we could have wished for. And, then there are the two hotel dining venues - Bar Brasserie OCCO (for breakfast, snacks and lunch during the day and evening meals) and the brilliant Vinkeles with its Michelin star. If we ever return to Amsterdam, this will be our hotel destination.
We have been to Amsterdam many times but this was the first time we stayed at the Dylan and it was wonderful.
The hotel is on one of the canals and is in an historic building but the interior has all of the five star amenities you
could want. The decor, the furnishings, the comfort, all are superb. You are walking distance from many of the important sites and museums. We loved the public spaces and particularly enjoyed our breakfasts and
dinners in the casual restaurant. Vinkeles, the fine dining Michelin restaurant, is as good as any two or three
star Michelin restaurant any place in Europe. We appreciated being able to order a la carte at Vinkeles as we
are not always eager to dine someplace where multiple courses are the only choice. We cannot wait to return and
will certainly only consider the Dylan for the next visit.
We had a fab two night stay at the beautiful Dylan hotel. Such a modern, elegant place to stay and definitely 5 star worthy. From the moment of arrival, the beautiful courtyard entrance behind the grand gates felt very special. The reception was very efficient didn’t feel like a typical hotel reception in style so cool! The rooms were fab, spacious, modern and extremely comfortable. Excellent location in beautiful amsterdam. Expensive to stay but was a lovely birthday treat. Yummy breakfast too.