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“A Dream of a Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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The Dylan
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Canal Ring (Grachtengordel))   |  
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Ranked #23 of 356 Hotels in Amsterdam
Longview, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Dream of a Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

This property is on a canal in a good section of the city. Walking distance to lots of things including the Trams, Anne Frank House, nice restaurants etc. The staff was wonderful...attentive and friendly. We stayed in one of the rooms that had just been remodeled this month and it was wonderful. The restaurant Vinkeles is a Michelin one star. They offered a special Easter evening meal while we were there and it was certainly a hi-lite of our stay. I only wish we could find more "small luxury hotels" like this jewel!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minnesota
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604 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

I stayed at the Dylan for four nights in a standard room. Check in was efficient and a bit unique: you are given individual attention at a desk during the entire process. Luggage was brought up to the hotel as I would expect and I was shown around the room and hotel in the usual fashion.

My room was very modern and clean with no major problems. I few lights were out and the switches were a bit tricky to figure out but overall I can't complain. The usual amenities were present and there were no problems with housekeeping.

The real stand-out here for me was service at the concierge desk: they were able to secure reservations at Ron Blaauw (**) and any other request was taken care of professionally and quickly. These guys really were an efficient team and clearly handed off information from shift to shift about my plans so I didn't have to keep reminding each individual person.

The only small negative is more of a preference than anything: the hotel has more of a modern-chic atmosphere (club/disco music in the casual dining area, decorations in the room, etc.) and this may not appeal to all. I was a bit ambivalent but personally prefer the Old World-style a bit but again this is a personal inclination more than anything.

Overall a great experience and I would definitely stay here again. Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

We checked in to The Dylan after leaving the Amstel intercontinental. This staff wonderful, they were so warm and professional and did everything they could to make our stay special!! I highly reccommend staying at The dylan. . It is a very special boutique Hotel. one of my favorite small hotels, the location is excellent! we will stay there again when we return to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

Checking into the Dylan was a breeze. The driver picked us up at the airport and gave us a great overview of the city and its canal system on our way to the hotel. We were greeted by such a friendly and gracious staff. Our room was even more beautiful and comfortable than we imagined. Great bathtub, super hot water, wonderful view, comfortable bed...everything was perfect. We were so grateful to be allowed to check in early. The concierge was extremely helpful and kind. The location is superb. The lounge and bar area were warm and inviting. Our roomservice was delicious and served very quickly. But what surprised us the most was the fantastic staff. EVERYONE was so friendly and helpful. We were so spoiled that we will never be able to stay anywhere else in Amsterdam!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Dylan whilst visiting a good friend of mine who lives in Amsterdam.
Check in was fine and we were taken up to our room which was at the other end of the hotel on the top floor which was nice as it was quiet. The room was unusual but lovely, long and thin but still spacious. The next morning I jumped in the shower and it was a weak trickle which also couldn't hold the temperature so it would be cold and then go to scorching. It took me nearly 30 minutes compared to my usual 10 and put me in a grumpy mood! We told the front desk on our way out and they said that someone would fix it. We went out sightseeing for the day, returned and asked if the shower had been fixed and they said yes as if they had found a problem and fixed it. However the hower was no better and again we told them on our way out to dinner. The next morning I had the same terrible shower experience. We checked out, told them that it still hadn't been fixed and put it in the comments card but have had no response. What is the point of a comments card if you are not going to respond to feedback?
Nice hotel but unfortunately this left a bad taste in our mouth for the money we were paying and the lack of follow up is terrible service for what is supposed to be a high class hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
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54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

The Dylan is almost too good to be true. It's canal-side location, the little patio, the minimalistic furniture, the wood strip floors throughout the lobby, bar, in fact the entire hotel, the cosy bar with the fireplaces, the small winding staircases leading to the upper floors, the fact that they serve you Egg Benedict even late night at the bar, the Vynkeles Gourmet Restaurant - stay at the Dylan once, and you will never, never want to stay at another Amsterdam hotel again. Only downside is the cost, but we always feel it's worth it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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14 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Very disappointing stay at the Dylan. Service is non existent, staff are borderline rude and the hotel is looking shabby.

When we arrived from the airport there was nobody available to help us bring in our bags from the taxi. The excuse was a meeting!

Ordering breakfast was a joke; it took the staff three separate trips to our room from the kitchen to get it right and this was done with borderline contempt. In fact the girl serving us was rude.

We have stayed several times at the Dylan in the past few years but we think that this is the last visit for us. We pointed out the issues to management but there was literally no remorse or apology, just smugness.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#17 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#19 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#26 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dylan 5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This boutique hotel along the Keizersgracht canal is situated in the heart of Amsterdam. The Dam Square is a short walk away. The Dylan offers rooms and suites with special themes. All have luxurious bathrooms, a bathrobe and slippers. There is free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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