Wednesday Wanderlust

Feeling that mid-week slump right about now and it’s making me want to travel the world some more. I spent a weekend in Amsterdam in 2015 when I was abroad, but two days just wasn’t enough time for me in this incredible city. House Hunters International sparked my desire to go back ASAP.

This particular hotel is one I’m adding to my bucket list. The Dylan is located within the “grachtengordel”, the city’s central canal-belt, as well as in Amsterdam’s chic shopping district, “The Nine Streets” (“De Negen straatjes”) and it’s in the perfect centralized location to get out and explore the whole city. It was built in 1632 as a theatre, but caught fire in the 1770s, and eventually found its home as a boutique hotel in the 1990s.

Check out the hotel’s digital magazine for more juicy info on the property and the city.

The hotel is home to a restaurant,  Vinkeles , and a bar/brasserie,  Occo .

The hotel is home to a restaurant, Vinkeles, and a bar/brasserie, Occo.


“An exclusive choice of room types and styles provide every imaginable comfort for the discerning traveller. Every room is refined and distinctly unique, just like our guests.” - The Dylan

Loxura: “The style of these rooms is based on the copper-coloured Loxura butterfly. The natural colours of the butterfly can be found in the bronze mirrors and elegant leather headboards with luxury pearl shell detail. The refined fabrics and furniture provide a warm and elegant ambience; the rooms are all situated around our tranquil garden and are enriched with an intimate and warm colour palette.”


Serendipity: “The natural warming shades of brown and grey, create an impeccable balance between the authenticity of the building and the contemporary design. The rooms bring together the best of both these worlds; with the use of luxurious fabrics and the generously appointed layout. The welcoming calm and comfort of the rooms is reflected partially in the room name, pointing to the captivating serenity discoverable in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities!”


Amber:" “Inspired by the precious gemstone itself-which has been appreciated for its healing properties since Neolithic times- the stylish new rooms which overlook the hotel’s secluded garden feature a warming palette of amber tones present throughout the soft furnishings. The stylish interior seamlessly blends the ‘old and the new’ and hosts a number of custom-made contemporary pieces crafted from a variety of luxurious materials including marble, wood and antique brass, all with a distinct retro feel.”

Loft: “Discover the authentic Amsterdam style in one of our loft rooms. While entering the room it will take you just a few stairs to see the bright white walls combined with beige accents, the minimalistic furniture, but most importantly the original wooden beams.”

Photos and room descriptions by .

Photos and room descriptions by

Hungry for more? Here are a few good restaurants in Amsterdam:

  • La Rive - high end French Mediterranean dining experience. Their Instagram feed is swoon-worthy (or spoon-worthy?).

  • H/eart.h Amsterdam - a casual, health-conscious hot spot for artists and creatives to hang out and express their talents in a welcoming environment. They focus on sustainability and a plant-based diet.

  • Restaurant Guts - it doesn’t sound appealing, but apparently it’s one of the hottest restaurants in Amsterdam right now. They’ve gotten famous for their single-cuisine approach called a “chapter,” which alternates every month.

  • G’s - the ideal brunch spot, whose website reads, “an eclectic hot mess of love, lust, hunger, and thirst.” Don’t pass that up!

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