LAST UPDATED: 18th September 2014 at 10:28am

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.


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.


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


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 ( flies from £49 one way.