Amsterdam Sights

The Dylan Hotel *****

Amsterdam's most stylish and intimate hotel

The Dylan is housed in a historic 17th century building on the Keizersgracht, one of the city's most famous canals, and in the heart of The 9 Streets shopping district.

Dylan Amsterdam has recently been choosen to one of the twenty 'Best and trendiest hotels' in the world. Each of the hotel's 41 rooms and suites are individually designed by Anouska Hempel, the renowned London designer of Blakes London and The Hempel. The rooms and suites are daring and dramatic, offering style, elegance and a sensational service.


The site of The Dylan is one of the most historic locations in Amsterdam and over the centuries many famous names have visited and indeed continue to visit today.

The site where the hotel now stands has a history that reaches back to 1612. Doctor Samuel Coster bought a piece of land here and erected a wooden building. As a man of letters, Doctor Coster was greatly interested in Dutch plays and poetry and founded a theatre called the "Duytsche Academie" in the building.

The architect, Jacob van Campen, was commissioned to build a stone theatre in 1632 and he took inspiration from classical Italian architecture. The play "Gijsbrecht van Aemstel" was performed during the opening ceremony in January 1637. This play was written by Holland's greatest poet, Joost van den Vondel and continues to be performed in Amsterdam every January.

The celebrities and crowned heads that visited the theatre over the years include the Prince of Orange, the King of Poland, the Tsar of Russia, the Elector of Brandenburg and Cosimo de Medici. Painters such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen could also have visited the theatre.

Sadly on Monday 11 May 1772 the theatre burned down completely. Only the present-day doorway (also known as Van Campen's doorway) and the hall where the landlord lived, where guests now check in, where largely spared.

The site was sold in 1773 to the Regents of the Roman Catholic Old and Poor People's Office, which was the most important Catholic charity in those days. This foundation was to remain the owner of the complex until 1998.


The Dylan Hotel is a favorite hotel for honeymoon in the Netherlands. Newly-wed couples prefer to spend their wedding night here.

Voted as the Netherlands' Leading Hotel (2015) by the World Travel Awards .


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Vinkeles, the restaurant

Vinkeles is housed in the old bakery; which was set up in 1787 by the Regents, who then owned the building. The bakery flourished until 1811 and guests still can see the original ovens, which were discovered intact during restoration work.

Bar Brasserie OCCO

For a meeting, lunch or a red wine at the fireplace, Bar & Brasserie OCCO is a delightful place in a chic living room style setting.

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The Dylan Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 384
Amsterdam (Canal Belt)

+31 20 5302010

41 rooms

Rates from: €455
Standard Double Room, excl. breakfast and 5% city tax

official website


nearby Attractions

Anne Frank House  
Bijbels Museum   biblical museum
Felix Meritis   centre for arts and science
Flower Market   daily market with floating shops
Hofjes   almshouses
Jordaan   cosy neighborhood with many cafés, restaurants, galleries and small shops
Spui   cultural books square
The 9 Streets   small interesting individual shops
Westerkerk   17th century protestant church in which Rembrandt was burried

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