The Dylan Hotel, Amsterdam
‘Forty Reasons to stay the night… Summed up in one!’
I was recently fortunate enough to stay at The Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam. After being recommended by a client, I decided to take the opportunity to view for myself the beautiful interiors. Situated just off the heart of Amsterdam’s Nine Streets along the canal, The Dylan is ideally located.
This luxurious family run hotel is seeped in rich history, evident from its 17th century façade. In the 17th century it was a Church, then in the 18th century the building housed the first theatre in Amsterdam. The classical composer Vivaldi once conducted his orchestra there. Some 100 years later, the building became an orphanage and soup kitchen run by the Catholic Church. The original ovens can be found in the 'Vinkeles' Michelin starred restaurant, which served as a bakery for the Catholic Poor Peoples Office.
The Hotel has a broad design pallet yet still feels cohesive. Originally designed by the iconic Anoska Hempel in 1998, 'The Dylan' now takes on a collaborative form, where no singular interior designer is famed but rather a signature 'Dylan Style' is created. This unique perspective ensures that the hotel is constantly evolving whilst still staying true to the classic characteristics of Dutch canal houses: wide planked wooden floors, exposed beams, labyrinth corridors & tight staircases. 'The Dylan' perfectly blends the old world of Amsterdam with the new.
Although each room and suite is unique 'The Dylan' offers five overarching styles:
In January 2014 'The Dylan' in partnership with Remy Meijers completely renovated 16 rooms including two signature suites. A selection of his projects is collected in the monograph Shades of Grey that was published in 2011 and a copy can be found in each of the 16 rooms. Warm shades of brown and grey, sleek Wenge joinery and polished concrete fireplaces creates a modern, masculine and contemporary feel. The generous space and furniture arrangement highlight the opulent windows to reflect the 'Serene' vision for these rooms.
The Loxura rooms are situated around the hotel’s secluded courtyard garden and are based on the copper-coloured Loxura butterfly. The warm colour palette from the garden is echoed through the bronze mirrors and rich natural textiles of the floor coverings and pearl shell accents. For me, this is the most homely look of the hotel.
Lacquered timber accents and four-poster beds form these eclectic Asian inspired bedrooms. The elephant grey beams soften the look to create a romantic atmosphere and attention to detail has not been overlooked, the gorgeous window treatment have been carefully designed with pearl shell buttons to create a sophisticated look.
My favourite of all the looks and most reminiscent of old Amsterdam, the loft style is characterised by exposed natural beams. White floorboards and walls are juxtaposed against dark minimalistic furniture and slatted limed oak joinery. Bathrooms are spacious and crema marfil stone aids the spacious clean look.
The Kimono style is most reminiscent of the original Anoska Hempel touch with black and midnight blue colour schemes. The Oriental influences are strong with prominent lines, crisp window treatments and smooth surfaces. Bearing these features in mind, The Dylan still retains warmth in these rooms with soft lighting, comfortable flooring and in some rooms, original beams.
Beyond the interiors, the sublime service of the staff, the welcoming environment and soothing aesthetic create the perfect opportunity to relax. The interiors embrace guests and make them feel as if they are in ‘the know’ about something special. This is most prominent in the lounge, where original golden gesso walls and velvet lampshades partner with the dark open fireplaces to create the most intimate and elegant atmospheres.
Since returning to the UK, one thing I have been reminded of is the rich oversized statement artwork found in the Brasserie Occo by Gerard Prent, my only task now is to find a project that would house such beautiful dramatic pieces.
The Hotel’s tag line is ‘forty reasons to stay the night’, explicating the unique diversity of each room. However, for us there is just one reason to stay; you are guaranteed to have a beautiful and luxurious experience. We couldn’t recommend a stay at ‘The Dylan’ more highly.