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The Dylan – Boutique hotel in the heart of the canal ring, with superb dining.
Enter this luxury boutique hotel through a 17th-century stone gate – the sole remains of a Golden Age theatre that was replaced by an almshouse. Inside, The Dylan is all understated elegance and clean lines, its characterful rooms spread across two historic canal-side buildings. The rooms and suites come in four different styles, but all share the same muted cream, gray, and charcoal color palette and a mix of antique, vintage, and contemporary furnishings. There’s excellent casual and Michelin-starred dining onsite, as well as a lively bar, the award-winning service is warm and professional, and the hotel is perfectly located for sightseeing on foot, as well as shopping and dining out.
The Dylan – Location
- Address: Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Spui.
- Area: In the lower reaches of the hip ‘Nine Streets’ neighborhood, dotted with independent boutiques, restaurants, and bars. The hotel sits right on the grand Keizersgracht canal, part of Amsterdam’s historic canal ring. The busy Leidseplein square is 10 minutes on foot, as is the Anne Frank House; the Museum Quarter is 15 minutes’ walk away. The nearest tram stop is Spui, with quick and easy connections to Centraal Station and the Museum Quarter.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram (#1, #2, or #5) to Spui stop. The Dylan is a 6-minute walk away.
- Handy to: Nine Streets shopping, historic canal ring, Anne Frank House, Spui square.
The Dylan – The Basics
- Ages: Most of the guests tend to be couples on a romantic vacation, but children are welcome. No special kids’ menu at the 2 restaurants though.
- View: Of the 40 rooms, Loft rooms overlook either the garden or the beautiful Golden Age courtyard, as do the Loxura rooms. Amber and Serendipity rooms look out either over the garden or the Keizersgracht canal; Serendipity Junior Suites come with canal views only.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: There’s a comfortable lounge with a fireplace for guests to relax in. Guests can rent Johnny Loco cruiser bicycles for €13 per half-day. If money is no object, you can also charter the hotel’s 19th-century saloon boat, Vinkeles on the Water, for Michelin-star dining for you and 3 guests. Intimate private rooms can be reserved for private dining and other events.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-530-2010
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: dylanamsterdam.com
The Dylan – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa, but massages and treatments can be arranged in-room.
- Fitness Center: There’s a small fitness center onsite.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: Rollaway beds available at extra charge; baby cots available on request. Babysitting services can be arranged on request.
The Dylan – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: The stylish Bar Brasserie OCCO (8 am-11 pm) serves light, imaginative dishes such as cod with fennel and radish salad and pumpkin-jalapeno ravioli. A “High Wine” – wine and amuse-bouche tasting is held daily between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm (€40). • $$$ • Inside a former 18th-century bakery, Michelin-starred Vinkeles (7-10 pm, Tuesday to Saturday) is wonderfully atmospheric with exposed brick walls, subtle lighting, and the chef’s elegant take on modern and traditional French dishes. The 8-course tasting menu (€145) is worth it. Reserve well ahead, as there are only 9 tables. • $$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Bar Brasserie OCCO serves excellent coffees and specialty teas during the day, and signature cocktails by night – VirGin and non-VirGin.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Good buffet breakfast available between 8 am and 10.30 am; €28 per person.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service available.
The Dylan – Rooms
- Room Types: Loxura Double • Loxura Luxury Double • Loxura Duplex • • Loxura Superior Duplex • Loxura Luxury Suite • Serendipity Double • Serendipity Luxury Double • Serendipity Duplex • Serendipity Luxury Duplex • Serendipity Junior Suite • Serendipity Luxury Suite • Loft Luxury Double • Loft Superior Suite • Loft Luxury Suite • Amber Double • Amber Luxury Double • Amber Duplex • Amber Luxury Duplex • Amber Superior Suite • Amber Luxury Suite
- Smoking Rooms: The Dylan is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: Serendipity Superior and Serendipity Luxury Suites come either with garden or canal views, as do Amber Superior and Luxury Suites; Serendipity Suites are split-level. Serendipity Junior Suites are guaranteed a canal view. All suites come with luxury tubs and walk-in rain showers.
- For Families: The suites can accommodate an extra rollaway bed and/or baby cot.
The Dylan – Local Transport
- Walking: Busy Leidseplein square, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and clubs, is a 10-minute stroll, as are the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, and the Red Light District. The 3 main art museums are around 15 minutes’ walk away; the Medieval Centre is just 2 minutes on foot.
- Tram: The nearest tram off Spui square, a 6-minute walk, offers quick and easy connections to the Centraal Station and the Museum Quarter.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
The Dylan – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 8-minute walk.
- Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 9-minute walk.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 9-minute walk.
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 10-minute walk.
- Blue Boat Company – Popular canal cruises. Start location: 14-minute walk.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Restaurant De Struisvogel – Basement restaurant specializing in French-inspired dishes. 2-minute walk.
- Bluespoon Restaurant – Farm-to-table restaurant renowned for its creative, beautifully-presented modern Dutch dishes. Splurge on a multi-course menu. Dinner reservations. 3-minute walk.
- Pastini – Great canal-side location, Renaissance interior, antipasto specialties, homemade pastas, and decadent desserts. 4-minute walk.
- Casa Peru – The Netherlands’ first Peruvian restaurant. Come here for ceviche, aji de gallina (chicken in spicy yellow sauce), and pisco cocktails. 4-minute walk.
- Ron Gastrobar Oriental – Asian-inspired tapas-style dishes such as Wagyu steak tartare and dim sum with foie gras. 5-minute walk.
- D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over 5 17th-century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. 5-minute walk.
- Supperclub Amsterdam – Dinner and a show: beds instead of tables, provocative performance art, DJs, and decadent 5-course menus. 5-minute walk.
- Herengracht Restaurant & Bar – Creative modern European dishes served in a leafy courtyard, refined dining room, or canal-side terrace. 6-minute walk.
- The Seafood Bar – Buzzy spot for champagne, oysters, and seafood platters. Walk-ins welcome. 6-minute walk.
- Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 7-minute walk.
- Bistro Bij Ons – Homestyle Dutch dishes such as stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausage and vegetables) and poffertjes (pancakes with butter and sugar). 7-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Doffer – Informal, 70’s-style café and bar, popular with students and artists. Inexpensive beer and food. 1-minute walk.
- Café Hoppe – Centuries-old, wood-paneled brown café attached to a modern pub with terrace. 4-minute walk.
- De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 4-minute walk.
- Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Tiny cocktail bar with award-winning bartenders and killer signature cocktails. Try the Flying Dutchman. 5-minute walk.
- Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails as well as expertly-mixed signature drinks. 5-minute walk.
- De Zotte – Oak-paneled watering hole, with over 130 Belgian and Dutch beers, including Trappist beers, and some rare and unusual brews. The food menu includes the signature Hartige Tart and Flemish steaks; get here early to nab a table. 6-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- The Darling – Quirky, funky, locally-designed clothes and accessories for women. 1-minute walk.
- Marie Stella Maris – Local, sustainable brand of beauty products, with part of the proceeds donated to clean water projects worldwide. 1-minute walk.
- Scotch & Soda – Chic street wear for men and women from the Amsterdam fashion label gone global. Lots of denim. 2-minute walk.
- Zipper Vintage Clothing – Retro gear, from 1940’s zoot suits to dresses, printed shirts, and pork-pie hats. 2-minute walk.
- We Are Labels – Casual street wear, shoes, and accessories for men and women by mbyM, Numph, Global Funk, edited the label, Norr, and more. 2-minute walk.
- Denham the Jeanmaker – Flagship menswear store selling jeans, jackets, and knitwear; the women’s branch is around the corner. 2-minute walk.
- Dutch Accent Gallery – Unique Dutch landscape and Amsterdam cityscape paintings. 2-minute walk.
- Mendo – Books on art, design, photography, and architecture. 2-minute walk.
- Frozen Fountain – Bold, interior design store selling unique homeware and furniture. 4-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Watch Company – Sells exclusive handmade watches by the likes of Christiaan van der Klaauw; old watches restored here. 4-minute walk.
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