The Dylan Hotel

Mimi ON Jan 06, 2013 AT 8:03 pm

Despite being a capital city, Amsterdam feels like a beautiful, quaint little village full of people riding bikes over canals with quirky and stunning architecture, full of lots of independent boutiques and cafes. One of the best places to visit in Amsterdam is the De Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets); a three-block by three-block set of streets that are situated over the canals, this area is brimming with so many places to shop, eat and drink.

The Nine Streets area over looking the canals

The Nine Streets area over looking the canals

Almost hidden amongst these streets is the luxury boutique hotel The Dylan, this contempory but cosy looking building sits behind a gated courtyard, with its own set of bikes lined up ready to explore the city.

Bikes lined up at the hotel entrance

Bikes lined up at the hotel entrance

The site of the Dylan is one of the most historic locations in Amsterdam alongside the fifth canal, the Keizersgracht, boasting over 400 years of distinguished guests and events; including Voltare, the Russian Tsar and Vivaldi even conducted his own orchestra in the stone theatre in 1737. This year Amsterdam celebrates the 400th birthday of its famous canals, and you can see all up and coming special events on The Dylan’s Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/dylanamsterdam?fref=ts

The Dylan opened in 1990 and has recently underwent a refurbishment in 2011, the small hotel feels very intimate, almost like you have been invited into a family home when you wander around the lounge and courtyards. The setting is so private and quiet, it is a real hidden gem in this bustling area and in the perfect place for getting to know the city by foot or by bike.

The Dylan Thomas Suite

The Dylan Thomas Suite

All of the 40 rooms at The Dylan are individually designed, with the style based on the copper coloured Loxura butterfly. Colours rich in metallic greens, mother of pearl and silver leaf. I wanted to take every bit of furniture home with me, it was the perfect combination of plush, comfortable and stylish. We stayed in the Dylan Thomas Suite, room number 10, with its oversized shuttered windows looking into the hotel’s inner garden. There is a very pretty courtyard that we sadly didn’t use being there in November, but it must be lovely to sit out when the weather permits.

Inner Courtyard at The Dylan

Inner Courtyard at The Dylan

We had a stunning mix of velvet chairs, antique closets and a signature drinks cabinet which doubled up as our mini bar. The beige marble bathroom was well designed with a large separate shower, deep bath and a built in make up area complete with ottoman, for when make up just takes a while.

Brasserie Occo

Brasserie Occo

The hotel has two restaurants, Occo Brasserie for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Michelin awarded Vinkles only open for dinner. We ate at Occo and a delicious lunch and great breakfast.

Burger for Lunch at Occo

Burger for Lunch at Occo

Amsterdam has some of the world’s most impressive art, a mix of the Old Masters and modern painters, you cannot go there without going to at least one museum. I was really taken with the fashion over there and loved all the smaller boutiques showcasing local designers, it was so refreshing to see something different and not the usual mix of Zara & Gap you see in every European city. You can still find high street shops and all the designer stores like Chanel and Mulberry are in PC Hooftstraat, but I prefer to look around the local shops and cafes.

The Dylan is situated just 20 minutes from Schiphol airport so grab your cheap flight tickets on fly.co.uk and make it your next long weekend away. It’s the perfect spot for lots of sightseeing, but feeling like you live where the locals do. The hotel staff, stunning decor and the warm atmosphere makes The Dylan a very easy place to fall for, we only stayed for a weekend but felt very welcome and made up our minds we would have to go back.

The Dylan Amsterdam is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, more details here: http://dylanamsterdam.com/

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