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The Dylan, formerly a 17th century theatre, is possibly the best luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam, located on Keizersgracht, one of the city’s main canals.
Originally designed by Anoushka Hempel, creator of the Blakes Hotel in London, the heart of the hotel is a classic Golden Age canal townhouse, entered via a cobbled courtyard. The 40 rooms and suites are each individually decorated and 16 have recently been redesigned by acclaimed Dutch designer Remy Meijers as the Serendipity Collection, featuring luxurious fabrics and a contemporary feel but with nods to the rooms' original heritage and including two suites in tribute to 17th century Dutch architect Jacob van Campen with 20ft ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Elsewhere, the Loxura rooms surround the hotel garden and are based on the copper-coloured Loxura butterfly with bronze mirrors, leather headboards and luxury pearl shell details. The Dylan Thomas suite, named after the Welsh poet who inspired the hotel, is part of the Loxura collection and has wooden shutters and a superb view of the garden. The remaining Klassbol rooms are raspberry red & elephant grey and the Kimono rooms have authentic oriental ornaments in reference the Dutch Asian trading heritage.
Restaurant Vinkeles is overseen by Michelin starred chef Dennis Kuipers and specialises in contemporary and classical French dishes. Guests can watch Kuipers in action from the chef's table actually inside the restaurant kitchen. Brasserie OCCO is the Dylan's casual lunch and dining restaurant, ideal for a salad or burger, and with the same menu served on the terrace when the weather permits, and the garden also has heat lamps with guests lounging on animal skins by candlelight at night. Bar Barbou is the slick and sophisticated hotel bar where guests and clued up locals congregate at night, and the supercool Lounge completes the picture.
The Dylan is within easy cycling distance (which you can rent, courtesy of the hotel) of the famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, and the shops of the famous Nine Little Streets are a stone's throw away. Guests also have access to a nearby gym.
Why we love it
The building is steeped in history and Vivaldi once conducted an orchestra here. The hotel got its name from another artistic type of yesteryear - Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, but he never stayed here. The Irish owners just love his poetry!
Tom, Original Traveller