The Dylan: A Unique Boutique Hotel Experience in Amsterdam's Exclusive Canal Belt
Natasha L. Hardy
Food & Wine
I visited The Dylan twice in 2023, and each time I am blown away by the warm hospitality and quintessentially Dutch ambiance. The staff at the Dylan are experts at transforming the guest experience into an unforgettable stay. From the gated entrance, to the cozy fireplace, to its uniquely designed rooms, The Dylan is a Dutch dream come true. If you are looking for a traditional stay within Amsterdam's canals, this property would be my top pick.
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A stylish Amsterdam hotel with beautifully appointed suites and a convenient location for exploring the city.
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Nestled in Amsterdam's most exclusive neighborhood along the Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan offers a quintessential Dutch hotel experience steps from the city's top attractions. While the original 17th-century theatre building in which the hotel was built tragically burned down, the iconic entrance gates remain, welcoming guests into the charming boutique property.
Guests can make use of one of the hotel's complimentary bicycles and go for a spin along the scenic canals. Explore Amsterdam's treasures like the Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark and Anne Frank House, located only a few steps away. Wander the streets to discover hidden hofjes, the secret gardens of Amsterdam.
Relax on site and sip fine wines in the cozy lounge by the crackling fireplace during the signature High Wine tasting. The offering, which is available daily between 3-4pm, includes four wines from Bar Brasserie Occo’s private cellar and a selection of amuse bouches. Locals flock to the lounge to mingle over cocktails and savor European fare on the patio or indoors. A daily breakfast of fresh fruits, juices, pastries, and much more is also served here.
Foodies have even more temptations at The Dylan, which boasts two excellent culinary experiences:
Having received its second Michelin star in 2023 (on my first visit it ‘only’ had one star), this restaurant impresses with artful dishes featuring Wagyu beef and Imperial caviar in an intimate setting. During the renovation of the hotel, the architects made a surprising discovery upon removing a wall - a set of brick ovens that had been hidden from view. Unbeknownst to the designers, these historic ovens had remained perfectly preserved behind the wall. Now incorporated into the décor of the restaurant, they form a unique focal point, seamlessly blending contemporary style with these traditional relics uncovered in the renovation process.
For an ultra-exclusive culinary delight, reserve a spot at this chef's table experience where up to 6 guests can enjoy a multi-course tasting menu. Crafted by Chef Filip Hanlo (who trained at the world-renowned Noma), the experience combines French sophistication, Japanese umami, and Mexican zest. Adding to the allure of this culinary adventure, guests will be ushered in through a secret door, which usually goes unnoticed by passersby.
The Dylan’s contemporary yet character-filled rooms are designed in four distinct styles: Amber, Loxura (after the Loxura butterfly), Loft or Serendipity.
All rooms feature the following premium amenities:
Bang & Olufsen sound system with Bluetooth connection.
Illy espresso maker.
Aesop bath amenities.
Guests can choose from three room categories and two suite categories:
Single Room: Cozy room with queen-size bed, shower or bathtub.
Double Room & Luxury Double Room: Large queen-size bed and Garden/Atrium view.
Duplex Room: Large queen-size bed and Garden view, two floors.
Superior Suite Garden View: Luxury bath, Bright ambiance with ceiling windows, plenty of room.
Luxury Suite: Luxury bath & separate shower, Garden view or Canal View, two floors.
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The Dylan is a perfect property for those looking for a relaxing stay in one of Amsterdam’s most traditional and exclusive neighbourhoods. Its proximity to some of the city’s best museums makes it ideal for history/art buffs. I would argue this is not a hotel for families traveling with small children, but rather for couples looking to relax in an authentic Dutch ambiance and to indulge in exquisite dining.
This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Amsterdam. In need of further inspiration? Check out Natasha Hardy’s guide, The Best of Amsterdam: Guide to Canals, Museums & More.
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