As you dwell the streets of Amsterdam, enjoying one of Europe’s most vibrant city, you start unveiling its little secrets. Getting away from the main streets and going along the canals, you might find some treasures not many people have the luck to discover. It becomes apparent due to the beautiful facade that lets you know you are about to enter in a historic building. The entrance is discrete, before you actually enter, you pass through a little pattio that helps setting apart the movement of the city and the relaxed environment of the space.
Coveted Edition had the pleasure to visit the Dylan Hotel, in Amsterdam, which is located in the Keizersgracht, one of Amsterdam’s most famous canals, right in the trendy neighborhood De Negen Straatjes, where you cant find little shops, boutiques, bars and art galleries.
The Dylan is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, so we can only expect the best. The hotel itsself is in a building full of history, history that begun in 1618, when a wooden theater was build by the recently opened fifth canal, the Keizersgraght, this theater was called teh “Duytsch Academie”. As the church authorities disproved the immoral character of the theater, it was decided to donate most of its profits tho the city´s orphanages. By 1632, architect Jacob Van Campen was commissioned to build a stone theater. Many famous plays were performed on stage, from Shakespeare to Molière, Voltaire and Corneille.
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In 1737, the 100th anniversary of the theater, it was no other than Antonio Vivaldi who conducted the orchestra to an audience of notorious guests. But in 1772, during a performance the building caught on fire and was completely destroyed, except for the Van Campen’s door away, today’s main entrance. Entering in the Dylan is welcoming and and personal, no big lobbies with big front desks, you are entering a place that is designed to make you feel at home. The lounge room is right in the front of the check-in room and it could not be nicer, wooden floors, furniture with clean lines and a beautiful fireplace, it´s in this room you can enjoy a warming capuccino or a refreshing drink before heading out to town or, having dinner at the fantastic Restaurant Vinkeles.
The Michelin Star awarded restaurant sits in a sunken dining room that preserves all the original elements from the time it served as bakery for the Catholic Poor People’s Office, from the brick walls to the 18th century ovens and with views to the inner garden, all these pieces combined set an amazing ambiance that perfectly blends authentic old Amsterdam with a refined style of today. Here you your senses are taken in a journey, as you taste the wonderful gastronomic art created by Chef Dennis Kuipers, using only the freshest ingredients, all is dedication goes to purity of flavor and presentation, and if you are curious to know what goes on in a awarded kitchen, there is also a Chef’s table available to make the experience even more unique.
The Dylan is composed by forty rooms divided in five styles , Serendipity, Luxura, Klassbol, Loft and Kimono. You can see that a lot of attention was paid in designing these spaces, they combine modern lines with the historic legacy of the building perfectly. Always wanting to surprise its guests, the hotel commissioned famous dutch interior designer Remy Meijers who, with his clean design and attention to detail, created a home away from home. Shades of brown and grey, copper-coloured Loxura butterfly, bronze mirrors and elegant leather headboards with luxury pearl shell detail, raspberry red & elephant grey, bright white walls combined with beige accents, minimalist furniture and black and midnight blue colour scheme, painted pottery are just some examples of elements used by Meijers to create a sense of harmony and peace, even the cabinet that serves as mini-bar was designed by Meijers himself exclusively for the hotel.
If you are not a guest at the Dylan, you can still enjoy many of its fantastic offerings, like the Brasserie OCCO that, just like the Vinkeles, is dirived from The Dylan’s unique history, Lucas Pompejus Occo was one of the regents when the Roman Catholic Church housed an old and poor people’s office in the building. combining the history of the hotel with a cosmopolitan feel it is the living room of Amsterdam, more relaxed, in OCCO you can enjoy straightforward, unpretentious food like a Ceaser Salad, delicious pasta or an hamburger.
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“HIGH WINE” is the concept for this space, high quality, recognizable dishes, inspiring interiors, great wines and personal service. There is also a very beautiful and peaceful interior garden, that is adaptable from the glamorous sunset cocktail party to a wedding. Inside, were plays were performed. is know the ballroom, called the Arina Room, in honor of the first actress in The Netherlands, she made her debut in this very room in 1655. The Ariana Room has a clear ceiling and its wall has a very interesting waving effect, topped off by two beautiful suspension lamps made of ceramics.
So, whenever you’re in Amsterdam and want a place to stay that makes you feel at home but whit all the commodities of a top level hotel, make sure you stay at The Dylan, you will not be disappointed.