Q: What is it? A: A quite luxurious hotel of the smaller kind, located in central Amsterdam.
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.
1016 GB Amsterdam,
+31 20 5302010