Keizersgracht 304, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1016 GB
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Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Dylan Hotel
Formerly known as Blakes and created by the acclaimed interior designer Anouska Hempel, the Dylan is visually thrilling - a bold, dramatic conversion of a complex of historic buildings that in previous incarnations served as a theatre and offices for a Catholic charity.
Hard to fault: in the lovely western Canal Ring, close to the trendy little shops of the Nine Streets district and the many appealing bars and restaurants of the Jordaan.
The 41 bedrooms vary in look from minimalist white-on-white affairs, to intensely colourful spaces with raspberry ripple stripes. Standard rooms do not stint on style or comfort (most have big four-poster beds), but the more expensive rooms are amazing. I was once fortunate enough to spend a weekend in a giant beige-and-white loft suite with a forest of exposed timbers. I would add, however, that the rooms are so precisely designed that you can feel you're spoiling their look by relaxing too freely in them.
These are furnished with as much flair and perfectionist attention to detail as the bedrooms. There's a chic bar with velvet chairs and open fire, and an elegant, long and beamed gallery lounge, which leads through to a restaurant in the 18th-century bakery (the original bread ovens are still visible). In good weather, you can also eat and drink out in the pristine courtyard.
Vinkeles, the hotel's restaurant, has a Michelin star. The cuisine is contemporary French, and as you might expect meals are expensive - expect to pay upwards of 65 euros a head.
The hotel rents out bikes; there's also a gym and in-room massages are on offer.
Dressed in slick black suits, staff can look a bit intimidatingly trendy, but I've always found service to be friendly and keen.
Fancy suites cost at least double standard rooms, but can be worth it. Breakfasts from 28 euros extra per person.
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