History and haute meet at The Dylan Amsterdam hotel

Heading to Amsterdam when the hip canal city is awash in psychedelic blooms? The Dylan Amsterdam makes a stylish base. Everyone from the Prince of Orange to Justin Timberlake has bunked in this 17th-century landmark that sits along the Keizersgracht, one of the Netherlands’ capital’s most famous canals. This 40-room hotel — featuring 16 rooms newly refashioned by noted interior designer Remy Meijers — is located in the heart of the trendy shopping district. You could walk to such sites as the Anne Frank House, the Flower Market, the Rijksmuseum, and Vondelpark, but do as Amsterdammers do and cycle; the hotel offers comfy customized bikes from Dutch designer Johnny Loco. (With an estimated 600,000 bicycles in A’dam, you won’t be an anomaly.) Spring for dinner at Vinkeles, The Dylan’s Michelin-starred restaurant, where chef Dennis Kuipers makes such creations as roasted Anjou pigeon with five spices. Or sit for High Wine, his take on high tea, featuring four food and wine pairings highlighting seasonal flavors. You’ll be glad you’re doing that cycling. Rooms from about $366.

THE DYLAN AMSTERDAM Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 011-31-20-530-2010;

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