Amsterdam’s exquisite Hempel-designed boutique hotel
The Dylan Amsterdam is located in a quaint 17th-century townhouse at Keizergracht Canal, but the interior, designed by Anouska Hempel, is a sophisticated modernist fantasy, blending both European and Oriental touches. Bold color schemes, Asian-inspired furniture and elegant potted orchids make the 41 guest rooms individual and memorable. Four-poster beds, exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling drapes as well as the most up-to-date digital amenities grace most rooms.
The Bakery Restaurant is an ancient bakery retaining its original ovens and exposed brick. The cuisine is international with Asian, French and Italian notes. In summer, the restaurant extends into the garden, a tree-lined haven. The Chinese Room is an avante-garde lounge which serves drinks well into the night.
And in one of the most unusual amenities offered by deluxe hotels, the hotel offers bicycles for guests’ use in getting to nearby museums, cafes and shopping districts.
The Dylan Amsterdam
Location: Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GB; Schiphol Airport is 25 minutes by car; 41 guestrooms.
Luxury style: There is a trend of Asian/Zen inspired boutique hotel design that has run rampant lately, but the Dylan Amsterdam goes one step beyond the usual. The interesting touches that harken back to the Dutch colonial past gives this iteration of the style an authenticity that is sometimes lacking in the genre.
What we’ve heard: The Dylan, besides its five-star credentials, also has an enviable location for sightseeing; it’s a stone’s throw from the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh museum.