The Dylan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ****

Q: What is it? A: A quite luxurious hotel of the smaller kind, located in central Amsterdam.

Fact: In Amsterdam, your taxi driver rarely knows where to go (despite his car being equipped with a fully functional GPS). Hence this pic. If it looks like this, tell him to stop!

Fact: In Amsterdam, your taxi driver rarely knows where to go (despite his car being equipped with a fully functional GPS). Hence this pic. If it looks like this, tell him to stop!

Rooms at the Dylan have everything you’d expect to find in an Anouska Hempel hotel. I stayed in a Garden Room where “…the greens of lavender and rosemary create a wonderful atmosphere.”

Rooms at the Dylan have everything you’d expect to find in an Anouska Hempel hotel. I stayed in a Garden Room where “…the greens of lavender and rosemary create a wonderful atmosphere.”

This limestone bathroom is “creating a personal mini spa-area” according to the Dylan website. Well, OK then… It is spacious but also located in the basement. Slightly unpractical in the long run.

This limestone bathroom is “creating a personal mini spa-area” according to the Dylan website. Well, OK then… It is spacious but also located in the basement, (slightly unpractical in the long run).

A dark and wet place in November but I bet it’s just superb for breakfast in July…

A dark and wet place in November but I bet it’s just superb for breakfast in July…

They built it in 1632. It still looks good.
It was built as a theatre. Plays by Shakespeare and Molière were performed and even Vivaldi conducted orchestras here. It is… elegant, sophisticated and competent. It opened in 1999 as a part of the Anouska Hempel empire and there was a brass plate on the door with the Blakes logo, just like its sister hotel in South Kensington. In January 2005 the new owners changed the name to the Dylan. Thankfully the hotel didn’t lose its edge. The good folks at the Dylan are a stunning example what superb service is all about.

The staff is better than most.
They make you feel welcome. They smile, (which is not to be taken for granted anymore), and they make things work. The concierge are world-class. They made my stay in Amsterdam way better by recommending places that weren’t the most obvious, (Indonesian restaurant on the edge of town, anyone?). Front desk, bartenders, waiters… not only did the staff members seem to enjoy their job, but they also seemed to enjoy taking care of their guests. Such an attitude adds good things to a hotel’s atmosphere.

Are you fashionable, dear?
Anouska Hempel turned her Dutch offspring into a little playhouse for the rich and famous. A website claims that Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams are regular guests at the hotel. Knowing this, I wasn’t 100% sure that I’d feel like at home at the Dylan. Sometimes the old saying ”The better the hotel the more boring the guests” has some relevance. But the staff managed to make an advertising schmuck from Sweden feel like a VIP. You should expect the price tag to be tailored to P Diddy, though. This is especially valid for the private canal boat tour, (which starts out at € 250 per hour, food not included). Still I regret that I didn’t book that boat. Yes, the next time I’ll most definitely book it.

The Dylan
Keizersgracht 384
1016 GB Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

+31 20 5302010

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  1. What a great review of a great hotel, one of my ultimate favourites in Amsterdam!

    Though you have stayed in a garden room I’ve stayed in before, those rooms feel very elegant and warm and having to descend the stairs for you spacious wellness center, it’s something you won’t find in a regular hotel. In summer, you should have one of those rooms having the whole terrace right in front of your door! Great to have an aperitif just to have a stroll along the canals (which have been put on the World Heritage list!)

    The Vinkeles restaurant is definitely to be recommended, what a great atmosphere and the food is truly amazing (it has a Michelin star since a year).

    Next time, try one of the duplex rooms or the Manhattan Suite, which are both in the old building around the garden (the authentic one, you must have your room in the old part) and arrange a canal cruise dinner with your starter, main course and dessert coming from different 5* hotels in Amsterdam while you mere there on your evening candle-lit dinner in a truly exceptional setting!

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  2. Nice review. It’s worth noting that if you can’t afford to stay at The Dylan, they do pretty good, and relatively inexpensive, food in the Lounge. Try the club sandwich or eggs benedict (really hard to find in Amsterdam).

    There’s also a ‘High Wine’ (an alcoholic version of the High Tea) – four wines and four nibbles for around 40 euros per person.

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