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As you dwell the streets of Amsterdam, enjoying one of Europe’s most vibrant city, you start unveiling its little secrets. Getting away from the main streets and going along the canals, you might find some treasures not many people have the luck to discover. Today, Best Design Projects invites you to meet this Top Amsterdam’s Luxury Hotel: The Dylan. Check out!

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It becomes apparent due to the beautiful facade that lets you know you are about to enter in a historic building. The entrance is discrete, before you actually enter, you pass through a little patio that helps setting apart the movement of the city and the relaxed environment of the space.

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The Dylan Hotel, in Amsterdam, is located in the Keizersgracht, one of Amsterdam’s most famous canals, right in the trendy neighborhood De Negen Straatjes, where you can find little shops, boutiques, bars and art galleries.

The Dylan is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, so we can only expect the best. The hotel itself is in a building full of history, history that begun in 1618, when a wooden theater was build by the recently opened fifth canal, the Keizersgraght, this theater was called the “Duytsch Academie”. By 1632, architect Jacob Van Campen was commissioned to build a stone theater. Many famous plays were performed on stage, from Shakespeare to Molière, Voltaire and Corneille.

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In 1737, the 100th anniversary of the theater, it was no other than Antonio Vivaldi who conducted the orchestra to an audience of notorious guests. But in 1772, during a performance the building caught on fire and was completely destroyed, except for the Van Campen’s door away, today’s main entrance.

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The Michelin Star awarded restaurant sits in a sunken dining room that preserves all the original elements from the time it served as bakery for the Catholic Poor People’s Office, from the brick walls to the 18th century ovens and with views to the inner garden, all these pieces combined set an amazing ambiance that perfectly blends authentic old Amsterdam with a refined style of today.

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The Dylan is composed by forty rooms divided in five styles , Serendipity, Luxury, Klassbol, Loft and Kimono. You can see that a lot of attention was paid in designing these spaces, they combine modern lines with the historic legacy of the building perfectly. Always wishing to surprise its guests, the hotel commissioned famous dutch interior designer Remy Meijers who, with his clean design and attention to detail, created a home away from home. Shades of brown and grey, copper-coloured Loxura butterfly, bronze mirrors and elegant leather headboards with luxury pearl shell detail, raspberry red & elephant grey, bright white walls combined with beige accents, minimalist furniture, black and midnight blue colour scheme, painted pottery are just some examples of elements used by Meijers to create a sense of harmony and peace. Even the cabinet that serves as mini-bar was designed by Meijers himself exclusively for the hotel.

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If you are not a guest at the Dylan, you can still enjoy many of its fantastic offerings, like the Brasserie OCCO that, just like the Vinkeles, is derived from The Dylan’s unique history. Lucas Pompejus Occo was one of the regents when the Roman Catholic Church housed an old and poor people’s office in the building. By combining the history of the hotel with a cosmopolitan feel OCCO is the living room of Amsterdam. More relaxed, in OCCO you can enjoy straightforward, unpretentious food like a Ceaser Salad, delicious pasta or a hamburger.

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Source: CovetED magazine

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