“Ultra-stylish haven in the heart of Amsterdam, where contemporary design blends successfully with Dutch colonial influences”
The Dylan has 40 rooms, some up to 75 sq.m in size, and most with views of the canal or the stately interior courtyard. Room categories range from Luxury Single and Double to duplex rooms split over 2 floors. There are also several vast suites with four-poster beds and freestanding marble bathtubs.
Each category is available in various styles. The 17th-century main house, with its handcrafted beams, herringbone brick floors, classical porticoes and Dutch gables, is luxurious and opulent. The ‘Klassbol’ rooms here are predominantly raspberry red, with ginger and elephant grey accents. Their rich silks, mahogany screens and lacquered Chinese trunks are designed to recapture the feel of old-world travel to the Dutch East Indies. Similarly warm and elegant are the ‘Loxura’ rooms (including the huge signature Dylan Thomas Suite), whose copper tones reflect the colour of the Loxura butterfly after which they're named.
The ‘Serendipity’ rooms are the most recently created, bringing together simple luxury and traditional Dutch heritage; these include the 2 Jacob Van Campen signature suites. ‘Kimono’ rooms, as the name suggests, are influenced by Asian design and have black beds, navy murals and white walls. If you'd prefer classic Amsterdam style choose one of the ‘Loft’ rooms, which come in cream, beige or white, with wooden beams and city/canal views.
All rooms have satellite/internet-enabled TVs, phones, air-conditioning, desks, minibars and Bose sound systems with iPod docks; the suites also come with DVD players. Bathrooms are made of white Italian marble or limestone, and reflect the style of the room. Most have a separate bathtub and shower, and fluffy Frette bathrobes and slippers are provided. A minimalist fruit arrangement of 3 apples adds the finishing touch to each room.
The Dylan's buffet breakfast of cold cuts and cheese is served with a selection of beautifully presented rolls and pastries in the main dining room: it’s pricey but you get an absolute feast. You can also order extras, including American pancakes, poached eggs and minute steak with fried eggs and roti.
On a fine summer’s day you can have breakfast, afternoon tea or drinks out in the lovely courtyard garden. The dramatic monochrome Long Gallery lounge and Bar Barbou are perfect for an early evening aperitif.
Dylan's Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles, is so popular amongst the locals that there's usually a 1-2 week waiting list. However, a few tables are kept aside for hotel guests so if you're planning a meal here, book a table as soon as you have a room reservation. Echoing the décor of the hotel, chef Dennis Kuipers’ menu combines the traditional and the modern, with an emphasis on contemporary French cuisine. His signature dishes include roast Anjou pigeon with 5 spices, mousse of bitter caraibe chocolate, coffee couscous with marinated mango, and a delicious mascarpone sorbet. There’s also an excellent selection of vegetarian fare, including a goats cheese ravioli and a pearl barley risotto with truffles, roasted peppers and fennel.
If you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun) you can book Vinkeles on the Water and enjoy a private dinner on the hotel's 19th-century wooden salon boat while cruising Amsterdam's canals. Available for up to 4 people, for lunch or dinner, exclusively to Dylan guests with advance notice only (see rates).
A newer addition is the Brasserie OCCO. It’s more relaxed and affordable than Vinkeles, but don’t worry, high culinary standards have been maintained. We enjoyed a tapas-like ‘lunch plate’ which included shrimp Caesar salad, a beef Carpaccio wrap and a creamy panna cotta. Those seeking a little more indulgence will love their ‘High Wine’. It's a selection of 4 different wines which match up with 4 individual amuse style bites - like high tea but boozy.
The restaurant is closed for dinner on Sundays, but there's no shortage of great little restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Let the concierge know what you fancy and he'll come up with a list of suggestions - and make a reservation for you if necessary.
Children are welcome and the staff will go out of their way to accommodate them. However, this is a designer hotel and some of the other guests might not appreciate noisy or boisterous children running around.
An extra roll-out bed or a cot can be added to most rooms for an additional charge. Eight rooms can interconnect, creating a total of 4 family rooms (Junior Suite - Canal View and Luxury Suites only).
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots, high chairs and small toys are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Smaller portions of the existing menu can be served on request.