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The Dylan • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam’s exquisite Hempel-designed boutique hotel

The Dylan Amsterdam - Exterior

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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 Dylan Amsterdam - Lobby

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 - Guest room

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.

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Hotel Danieli • Venice, Italy

An opulent palazzo along the Grand Canal

Hotel Danieli, Venice - terrace

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Entering the Hotel Danieli takes you back to a time when Venice was the crossroads of the world and princes and potentates built palaces along the canals.  As you enter you will encounter a stunning, the beautiful lobby and lobby bar with its elaborate ceiling,  Murano-glass chandeliers, stained glass windows, a truly glorious public space.  The hotel’s main building is a Venetian Gothic landmark.

The hotel is comprised of three interconnecting palaces, the main palazzo dates from the 14th century and is considered a Venetian gothic landmark.  This ensemble is located near the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are all within 100 meters of the property.

La Terrazza, the hotel’s main dining room, is a rooftop haven with spectacular views of Venice and serves Mediterranean specialties.  Guests can also while away a post-touring afternoon at the Bar Dandolo which is set in the magnificent grand foyer and serves afternoon tea, snack and cocktails.  In warmer weather, there is a terrace with sunset cocktails.

Hotel Danieli Venice - elegant luxury accommodations

Rooms are very individual, but a warm decorating style and liberal use of fine woods and rich textures are a common style.

Hotel Danieli Venice - Guest room

Hotel Danieli
Location: Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196 Venice, Italy; one hour from the international airport via vaporetto.

Luxury style: Venice is one of the top tourist destinations in the entire world and for travelers who enjoy being in the center of things will not be disappointed. Guests can enjoy the history (and the bustle) of St. Mark’s Square but be safely ensconced in the peaceful, pampered environs of Hotel Danieli.

What we’ve heard: Request a room in the main palace for accommodations that are more lavish and spacious.  Other rooms can be smaller, although well-appointed.  Also recommended is a trip on the hotel’s own boat to the Lido for some time walking on the beach.

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Glenlo Abbey Hotel • Galway, Ireland

A special place for special occasions

Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Galway, Ireland

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In a commanding position overlooking Lough Corrib, the Glenlo Abbey Hotel is a convertied 18th century abbey set amidst a sprawling 138-acre estate. The 46 guest rooms, some with lake views, are warmly decorated with rich fabrics and dark wood furnishings. The rooms at this stellar property have every modern amenity including cable television, direct-dial phones, clothes presses and fully equipped marble bathrooms.

The imposing interior has towering ceilings and stained glass walls. There is also a pavilion, private foyer bar and six meeting rooms, all of which can be combined for the perfect function.

Dining is a fascinating experience at the abbey. The Pullman Restaurant is made up of three restored railcars from the original Orient Express. A second restaurant, the River Room, also serves gourmet cuisine including Galway oysters.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Galway, Ireland

 

The estate also has a plethora of activities including a lakeside golf course, driving range, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and boating

Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Location: Bushy Park, Galway, Ireland; 91 kilometers from Shannon Airport; served by taxi (120 euros) or bus (13 euros to Limerick.)

Luxury style: An ideal locale for a wedding, anniversary or family reunion; also perfect for a weekend escape for an idyllic stay in the countryside.

What we’ve heard: Visitors give kudos for warm and friendly service.

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