The Dylan Hotel – Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

 

Full of personality and stylish sophistication, The Dylan Amsterdam is arguably the most elegant hotel in town. From its superb setting on Keizersgracht, one of Amsterdam’s main canals, to its immaculately decorated rooms, charming courtyard garden and Michelin-starred restaurant, this is the place to check-in to for serious comfort.

The Dylan Hotel’s historic site is right in the heart of Amsterdam’s chic shopping district, the Negen Straatjes. Hire a bike from the hotel and discover unique boutiques and a host of museums. Alternatively, take a private boat tour of the canals and return to dine in Restaurant Vinkeles for contemporary French cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers. For a more casual tasty treat, head to the hotel’s stylish Bar Brasserie OCCO for living room style setting and a delectable all-day menu.

 Accommodation
The hotel rooms are a clever mix of glamour and simplicity, ranging from a succinctly minimalist feel in the classic Loft and Red or White Zensation rooms to the copper tones of the Loxura style rooms to the rich and natural colors in signature suite The Dylan Thomas Suite.
The design of the hotel building is an architectural makeover that respects the past and embraces the future. Each of the hotel’s 40 rooms and suites is individually designed to provide the ideal blend of colour, texture and atmosphere. Renovated in 2014, The Dylan presents 16 rooms in the Serendipity Collection style, designed by Remy Meijers, a well known Dutch designer. Daring and dramatic, offering style, elegance, efficiency and sensational service. The Dylan offers a haven, protecting the privacy of its guests.
Dining

Restaurant Vinkeles is a destination unto itself. Awarded a Michelin star in November 2009, the delicate French cuisine offers an excellent mixture between classic and contemporary styles. Set in a sunken dining room surrounded by original 18th century ovens and with views overlooking the garden, the restaurant offers an intimate and elegant setting.

Executive Chef Kuipers uses only the freshest ingredients for his seasonal menu, which showcases his strict dedication to purity of flavor and presentation. Described by the guests as “exciting, modest, and refined”, Restaurant Vinkeles and Executive Chef Kuipers are an element to the Dylan that must not be missed.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam’s treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative design, drinking and dining scenes.

Feel Gezellig

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here-and-now that leaves your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. The easiest place to encounter this feeling is a brown cafe (traditional Dutch pub). Named for their wood panelling and walls once stained by smoke, bruin cafés have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, along with good beer. You can also feel gezellig lingering after dinner in snug restaurants while the candles burn low.

Admiring Art

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And for blockbuster displays, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum sifts through its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibitions.

Bike & Boat Travel

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop, and meet a date for dinner. Abundant bike rental shops make it easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be on the water. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop aboard a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station, or rent your own for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Urban Explorations

Amsterdam’s canal-woven core is laced by atmospheric narrow lanes. You never know what you’ll find: a tiny hidden garden; a boutique selling witty, stylised Dutch-designed homewares and fashion; a jewel box-like jenever (Dutch gin) distillery; a flower stall filled with tulips in a rainbow of hues; an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue; an ultra-niche restaurant such as an avocado or strawberry specialist or one reinventing age-old Dutch classics. Fringing the centre, post-industrial buildings in up-and-coming neighbourhoods now house creative enterprises, from art galleries to craft breweries and cutting-edge tech start-ups, as well as some of Europe’s hottest clubs.

The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit caféscoexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.

Landscapes

Geography plays a key role in the Netherlands’ iconic landscapes. More than half the pancake-flat country is below sea level, and 20% has been reclaimed from the sea, making rows of polders (areas of drained land) omnipresent. Uninterrupted North Sea winds have powered windmills since the 13th century, pumping water over the dykes, and milling flour and more. Some two-thirds of the surface is devoted to agriculture, including fields of tulips.

Art & Architecture

The legacies of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Hieronymus Bosch, Piet Mondrian and MC Escher hang on the walls of the Netherlands’ world-renowned museums, along with contemporary Dutch works.

The Dutch influence on construction spans more than a millennia, from Romanesque and Gothic medieval magnum opuses to Dutch Renaissance creations, revolutionary, Golden Age gabled houses and engineering endeavours including canals, neoclassicism, Berlage and the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, modernism, structuralism, neorationalism, postmodernism and neomodernism, with trailblazing structures making their mark on the cityscapes.

Cycling

The flat, fabulously scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure (headwinds not withstanding). Cycling is an integral part of life and locals live on their fiets (bicycle): more than a quarter of all journeys countrywide are by bike, rising to more than a third in big cities.

Experiencing the wind-in-your-hair freedom of cycling is a breeze. Bike-rental outlets are ubiquitous, and the country is criss-crossed with some 32,000km of cycling paths, including the Dutch ‘motorways’ of cycling, the long-distance LF routes. Grab some wheels and start exploring.

Café Culture

When the Dutch say café they mean a pub, and there are thousands of them. In a country that values socialising and conversation more than drinking, cafés are places for contemplation and camaraderie. Many cafés have outdoor terraces, which are glorious in summer and sometimes covered and heated in winter. Most serve food, from bar snacks to fabulous meals. The most atmospheric is a bruin café (brown café), named for the nicotine stains of centuries past – the ultimate place to experience the Dutch state of gezelligheid (conviviality, cosiness).

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

 

An exceptional retreat in the heart of a storied and remarkable destination. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is a collection of six 17th century canal palaces on the Herengracht in Amsterdam.

Discover Dutch heritage at its finest. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam combines legendary service and timeless elegance for an unforgettable experience.

A short walk from luxury shops, museums and theaters, this architectural masterpiece boasts breathtaking views of the canal or the courtyard garden from its guest rooms, suites and lofts. Delight your senses with world-class dining at the two-star Michelin restaurant, Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam.

The team at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam takes pride every day in delivering the legendary and bespoke True Waldorf Service to all of its guests, demonstrating Dutch hospitality at its best.

Accommodation

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has the privilege of being hosted by six historic canal houses. As a consequence, each and every room, loft and suite are unique and present singular characteristics reflecting the original architecture of the buildings.

All rooms and suites are unique and luxuriously decorated using only the finest fabrics, fittings and furniture. All of them feature a vast range of high-standard amenities, including a 42-inch flat-screen TV, contemporary entertainment system, complimentary WiFi, a desk, bathroom TV, Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom amenities and an espresso machine. Guests will enjoy the luxury of space with room sizes ranging between 28 sq. m. and 123 sq. m.

The Spa

First in the Benelux, the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam opens its doors daily to both hotel guests and locals. The legendary World of Guerlain envelops the peaceful spa with an overwhelming sense of beauty, care and excellence. The very essence of the Guerlain experience relies on bestowing a customized beauty treatment specific upon each individual guest.

The alchemy between therapeutic know-how and beauty expertise is at the heart of every treatment, which is specially created according to Guerlain’s heritage and extensive competencies. In this sense, the World of Guerlain and the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam deliver a unique and personal experience to every single guest.

Be pampered by the flawless service of highly trained therapists in a stunning environment brushed with calming tones, elegant décor and peaceful views over the lavish private garden.

Dining

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Led by Executive Chef Sidney Schutte, all dining venues are bounded by an inherent dedication to culinary excellence. All venues will take you on a memorable journey, may it be a Michelin starred seven-course dinner at Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam, bountiful lunch at Goldfinch Brasserie, Afternoon Tea at the Peacock Alley or a Waldorf Astoria signature cocktail in the Vault Bar

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam’s treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative design, drinking and dining scenes.

Admiring Art

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And for blockbuster displays, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum sifts through its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibitions.

Bike & Boat Travel

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop, and meet a date for dinner. Abundant bike rental shops make it easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be on the water. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop aboard a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station, or rent your own for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Urban Explorations

Amsterdam’s canal-woven core is laced by atmospheric narrow lanes. You never know what you’ll find: a tiny hidden garden; a boutique selling witty, stylised Dutch-designed homewares and fashion; a jewel box-like jenever (Dutch gin) distillery; a flower stall filled with tulips in a rainbow of hues; an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue; an ultra-niche restaurant such as an avocado or strawberry specialist or one reinventing age-old Dutch classics. Fringing the centre, post-industrial buildings in up-and-coming neighbourhoods now house creative enterprises, from art galleries to craft breweries and cutting-edge tech start-ups, as well as some of Europe’s hottest clubs.

Feel Gezellig

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here-and-now that leaves your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. The easiest place to encounter this feeling is a traditional bruin café (brown cafe, aka pub). Named for their wood panelling and walls once stained by smoke, brown cafes have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, along with good beer. You can also feel gezellig lingering after dinner in snug restaurants while the candles burn low.

The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit caféscoexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.

Landscapes

Geography plays a key role in the Netherlands’ iconic landscapes. More than half the pancake-flat country is below sea level, and 20% has been reclaimed from the sea, making rows of polders (areas of drained land) omnipresent. Uninterrupted North Sea winds have powered windmills since the 13th century, pumping water over the dykes, and milling flour and more. Some two-thirds of the surface is devoted to agriculture, including fields of tulips.

Art & Architecture

The legacies of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Hieronymus Bosch, Piet Mondrian and MC Escher hang on the walls of the Netherlands’ world-renowned museums, along with contemporary Dutch works.

The Dutch influence on construction spans more than a millennia, from Romanesque and Gothic medieval magnum opuses to Dutch Renaissance creations, revolutionary, Golden Age gabled houses and engineering endeavours including canals, neoclassicism, Berlage and the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, modernism, structuralism, neorationalism, postmodernism and neomodernism, with trailblazing structures making their mark on the cityscapes.

Cycling

The flat, fabulously scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure (headwinds not withstanding). Cycling is an integral part of life and locals live on their fiets (bicycle): more than a quarter of all journeys countrywide are by bike, rising to more than a third in big cities.

Experiencing the wind-in-your-hair freedom of cycling is a breeze. Bike-rental outlets are ubiquitous, and the country is criss-crossed with some 32,000km of cycling paths, including the Dutch ‘motorways’ of cycling, the long-distance LF routes. Grab some wheels and start exploring.

Café Culture

When the Dutch say café they mean a pub, and there are thousands of them. In a country that values socialising and conversation more than drinking, cafés are places for contemplation and camaraderie. Many cafés have outdoor terraces, which are glorious in summer and sometimes covered and heated in winter. Most serve food, from bar snacks to fabulous meals. The most atmospheric is a bruin café (brown café), named for the nicotine stains of centuries past – the ultimate place to experience the Dutch state of gezelligheid (conviviality, cosiness).

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Conservatorium Hotel – Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

 

This luxury hotel in Amsterdam has repeatedly been crowned the number one luxury hotel in the Netherlands. Located in the Museum Square district, the true heart of the city, the Conservatorium is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with graceful, contemporary design. Guests enjoy a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge and the 1,000 sq m Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. In this vibrant and elegant setting, the city’s crown jewels – the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark  and Amsterdam’s most indulgent shopping – are literally at your doorstep.
For culture and for business, it’s a location like no other.

Design and Architecture

One of the most beautifully designed hotels in Amsterdam, the Conservatorium is on the site formerly occupied by the city’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium. Originally built as the Rijkspostspaar bank at the end of the 19th century, the building was conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel. It heralded the regeneration of the Museumplein, an area previously derelict.

Known for his austere lines, demure fabrics and shades of grey with occasional bright accents, Lissoni is considered one of the most prominent and exciting contemporary Italian designers and architects. His clean designs are a hybrid of modernist and contemporary chic and contrast playfully with natural daylight throughout the building’s spaces. Furniture from leading Italian manufactures such as Living Divani, Kartell and Cassina sit prominently in all communal spaces while accent pieces such as vintage Asian rugs provide a sense of familiar comfort and cement the Conservatorium as one of the best designed hotels in Amsterdam.

The Spa

The Dutch language prizes accuracy, which is why some guests don’t refer to Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre as a spa. After all, as one of the finest spa hotels in Amsterdam – offering 1,000 square metres of luxury, it’s so much more than that. This is a spacious and tranquil urban retreat, where visitors can enjoy a dazzling pool, a private Hammam, and the best equipped gym of any hotel in Amsterdam. Specialists offer indulgent therapies, treatments and training offered nowhere else – from nutrition to meditation, and Reiki to Watsu. In fact, it has been voted The Netherlands’ number one luxury spa.

Dining

Hotel restaurants in Amsterdam are epitomised at the Conservatorium, where the chefs at Taiko are constantly searching for the finest Hida beef, the only true wasabi grown in Europe, and vintages offered nowhere else. Their sake sommelier even trains new ones – the only person in The Netherlands certified to do so. In a hotel this focused on food and drink, there’s no such thing as a humble ingredient. At the Brasserie, the cooks aren’t just attuned to the right season for each fruit or vegetable, but the specific weeks when they’re at their peak. That is the true secret ingredient: The award-winning culinary team behind each Brasserie recipe, Taiko menu and Tunes gin and tonic.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Seventeenth-century buildings. Joint-smoking alien sculptures. Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Admire Art

You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeers, Rembrandts and other Golden Age treasures fill the glorious Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his etching-packed studio, while the Stedelijk Museum counts Matisses and Mondrians among its modern stock. And when the urge strikes for something blockbuster, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum picks from its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibits.

Bike & Boat

Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop and meet a date for dinner. With all the bike rental shops around, it’s easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be in a boat. With its canals and massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop in a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Feel Gezellig

Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates roughly as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown café. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafés practically have gezelligheid (cosiness) on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel gezellig at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.

Wander into the Past

Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery-turned-classical-music-venue. Wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a café. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.

The Netherlands 🇳🇱

Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit caféscoexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.

Landscapes

Geography plays a key role in the Netherlands’ iconic landscapes. More than half the pancake-flat country is below sea level, and 20% has been reclaimed from the sea, making rows of polders (areas of drained land) omnipresent. Uninterrupted North Sea winds have powered windmills since the 13th century, pumping water over the dykes, and milling flour and more. Some two-thirds of the surface is devoted to agriculture, including fields of tulips.

Art & Architecture

The legacies of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Hieronymus Bosch, Piet Mondrian and MC Escher hang on the walls of the Netherlands’ world-renowned museums, along with contemporary Dutch works.

The Dutch influence on construction spans more than a millennia, from Romanesque and Gothic medieval magnum opuses to Dutch Renaissance creations, revolutionary, Golden Age gabled houses and engineering endeavours including canals, neoclassicism, Berlage and the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, modernism, structuralism, neorationalism, postmodernism and neomodernism, with trailblazing structures making their mark on the cityscapes.

Cycling

The flat, fabulously scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure (headwinds not withstanding). Cycling is an integral part of life and locals live on their fiets (bicycle): more than a quarter of all journeys countrywide are by bike, rising to more than a third in big cities.

Experiencing the wind-in-your-hair freedom of cycling is a breeze. Bike-rental outlets are ubiquitous, and the country is criss-crossed with some 32,000km of cycling paths, including the Dutch ‘motorways’ of cycling, the long-distance LF routes. Grab some wheels and start exploring.

Café Culture

When the Dutch say café they mean a pub, and there are thousands of them. In a country that values socialising and conversation more than drinking, cafés are places for contemplation and camaraderie. Many cafés have outdoor terraces, which are glorious in summer and sometimes covered and heated in winter. Most serve food, from bar snacks to fabulous meals. The most atmospheric is a bruin café (brown café), named for the nicotine stains of centuries past – the ultimate place to experience the Dutch state of gezelligheid (conviviality, cosiness).

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http://www.conservatoriumhotel.com

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