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Located among the famous Nine Streets shopping hub, alongside a canal and a 10-minute walk from the Anne Frank Museum, is The Dylan, one of Amsterdam's coolest and most historical hotels.

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Home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, one of the hippest bars in the city, and a stunning garden, the hotel, named after Dylan Thomas, has long been a favourite with celebrities. The room decor varies hugely, from traditional to ultra-modern, but one thing they have in common is urban luxury. The hotel is steeped in history - it was once a house that made bread for the poor - and the original features reflect this; the four crests of the wealthy families who funded it remain in the coving.

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WOW FACTOR The canal views and the newly refurbished bedrooms, combining British and Dutch design and using velvet, shell and copper detail.

GO A Junior Suite Canal View Room costs from £550 www.dylanamsterdam.com

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LAST UPDATED: 17th September 2014 at 4:16pm

Forget the stag weekends; Amsterdam packs a metropolitan punch for those wanting a slice of urban chic, with designer boutiques and über-trendy bars.

The Dylan overlooks one of the city's most elegant canals, and the white orchids in giant vases that adorn the windows are just a taster of the sleek style that awaits you.

There are 41 individually designed rooms, from raspberry-red flamboyance to loft-style minimalism. At times, the discreet service and tranquil vibe trick you into thinking this 17th-century town house is exclusively yours.

When you head to breakfast and the hotel is bathed in candlelight, it's easy to forget there's a world outside waiting to be explored.

WOW FACTOR: The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, with exquisite creations such as sea urchins with a Bloody Mary sherbet, is not to be missed.

GO: Double rooms from £303. British Airways (britishairways.com) flies from £49 one way.