The Dylan, Amsterdam

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January 12, 2012

Last year I spent two nights at the luxurious Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam, and I'm excited to share my photos of the place. It's located in central Amsterdam, along the Keizersgracht canal, in a cluster of historic buildings that includes part of a 17th century theater; an 18th-century bakery and alms house; and a series of canal houses. There are historic architectural remnants throughout the property, including giant wooden roof beams (in my attic guestroom!), original twisting stone staircases, and yellow bricks that date back to 17th century that line the entrance hall. It opened as a hotel in 1999 and recently underwent a renovation; just last year, the design firm FG stijl redesigned ten rooms in an adjacent historic building. When I was there, they were still under construction, but I recently received photos of the completed spaces, and they're lovely. Take a look!

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  This is the hotel's front entrance, and the property's most historic architectural relic. A stone theater built in 1637 by the architect Jacob van Campen once stood here. It was a famous theater, visited by celebrities and crowned heads of that era. In 1737, Vivaldi conducted a concert there for the theater's 100-year anniversary. But the place burned down in 1772 during a performance by a Flemish operetta company. A tin full of candle wax caught fire and set the side-scenes alight. Only the hotel's present-day doorway (pictured here) and the hall where the landlord lived, where guests now check in, were spared.
    This is the hotel's front entrance, and the property's most historic architectural relic. A stone theater built in 1637 by the architect Jacob van Campen once stood here. It was a famous theater, visited by celebrities and crowned heads of that era. In 1737, Vivaldi conducted a concert there for the theater's 100-year anniversary. But the place burned down in 1772 during a performance by a Flemish operetta company. A tin full of candle wax caught fire and set the side-scenes alight. Only the hotel's present-day doorway (pictured here) and the hall where the landlord lived, where guests now check in, were spared.
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  Here's what the surrounding neighborhood looks like. The hotel overlooks the center canal, the Keizersgracht, and is set within the "grachtengordel," the city's central canal-ring, within walking distance of the charming shops of the Nine Streets district.
    Here's what the surrounding neighborhood looks like. The hotel overlooks the center canal, the Keizersgracht, and is set within the "grachtengordel," the city's central canal-ring, within walking distance of the charming shops of the Nine Streets district.
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  This was my room, set into the upper floor of a historic canal house. A very cozy and appealing spot to land after a long transatlantic flight.
    This was my room, set into the upper floor of a historic canal house. A very cozy and appealing spot to land after a long transatlantic flight.
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  A very steep and narrow flight of stairs led to my favorite part of the room: a big bathroom tucked into the attic, with original wooden beams arching overhead.
    A very steep and narrow flight of stairs led to my favorite part of the room: a big bathroom tucked into the attic, with original wooden beams arching overhead.
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  Even better—a big bathtub with views of the surrounding rooftops.
    Even better—a big bathtub with views of the surrounding rooftops.
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  A window in the bathroom overlooked the surrounding neighborhood, each house with a now-familiar roofline. It was a cool experience to be standing in one of those peaked-roof attics, looking out at a sea of similarly historic structures—experiencing local architecture on a visceral level.
    A window in the bathroom overlooked the surrounding neighborhood, each house with a now-familiar roofline. It was a cool experience to be standing in one of those peaked-roof attics, looking out at a sea of similarly historic structures—experiencing local architecture on a visceral level.
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  Here's another attic suite: a peaceful and minimalist space.  Courtesy of: Roel Ruijs
    Here's another attic suite: a peaceful and minimalist space.

    Courtesy of: Roel Ruijs

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  Throughout the hotel are original historic details, including this steep twisting staircase that led from the main floor of the hotel to the second floor (yes, there is also an elevator!).
    Throughout the hotel are original historic details, including this steep twisting staircase that led from the main floor of the hotel to the second floor (yes, there is also an elevator!).
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  The hotel's elegant Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles, was formerly a bakery, in operation between 1787 to 1811 and run by the "Catholic Old and Poor People's Office." The sunken dining room is surrounded by original 18th century ovens.  Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011
    The hotel's elegant Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles, was formerly a bakery, in operation between 1787 to 1811 and run by the "Catholic Old and Poor People's Office." The sunken dining room is surrounded by original 18th century ovens.

    Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011

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  The breakfast buffet was one of the nicest I've seen—quite a spread.
    The breakfast buffet was one of the nicest I've seen—quite a spread.
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  A special Dutch treat—chocolate sprinkles, best eaten on toasted, buttered bread.
    A special Dutch treat—chocolate sprinkles, best eaten on toasted, buttered bread.
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  This was my favorite single space in the hotel—a lounge with a big marble fireplace, gilt mirror, and weathered wooden floor boards.
    This was my favorite single space in the hotel—a lounge with a big marble fireplace, gilt mirror, and weathered wooden floor boards.
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  While I was staying at the hotel ten rooms were still under renovation, but I stole a peek into one of them—very much still a work in progress...
    While I was staying at the hotel ten rooms were still under renovation, but I stole a peek into one of them—very much still a work in progress...
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  Here's an "after" shot of one of the renovated suites. The designers at FG stijl created this distinctive floor-to-ceiling headboard, upholstered in metallic green leather and shiny gray fabric, with a jade ring in the center and a mother of pearl border. Antique mirrors on either side of the bed reflect light and add a warm glow and sense of dimension to the room.  Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011
    Here's an "after" shot of one of the renovated suites. The designers at FG stijl created this distinctive floor-to-ceiling headboard, upholstered in metallic green leather and shiny gray fabric, with a jade ring in the center and a mother of pearl border. Antique mirrors on either side of the bed reflect light and add a warm glow and sense of dimension to the room.

    Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011

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  Here's room eight, with a custom-made "drinks cabinet" on the left. The inside is lined with silver leaf, with chrome and mother of pearl handles.  Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011
    Here's room eight, with a custom-made "drinks cabinet" on the left. The inside is lined with silver leaf, with chrome and mother of pearl handles.

    Courtesy of: James Stokes 2011

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  And here's one of my favorite photos from my trip: a swan-filled canal in the red light district, illuminated by the glow of crude neon lights emanating from a place called "Sex Palace." So bizarre! So Amsterdam!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    And here's one of my favorite photos from my trip: a swan-filled canal in the red light district, illuminated by the glow of crude neon lights emanating from a place called "Sex Palace." So bizarre! So Amsterdam!

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