Name: The Dylan Hotel
Location: Canal Center; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Never intending for its design to fit into a box, the cheeky hotel's aesthetic gives a playful wink at anyone who stays because each room offers a one-of-a-kind experience. This 5-star hotel tows a wonderful balance of shirking tradition and delivering a funky design model of its own that puts a focus on sharp style and individuality.
While luxury can be found dripping in the tufted leather seats, the exquisite mahogany chairs in the lobby that hosts everyone from business men to the tourists in PUMA high tops (raises hand), the hotel also flirts with an understated modern minimalism.
It's located in the heart of Amsterdam's charming and popular Keizersgracht canal in the city's historic center. Several different Dutch architects and designers were hired to essentially infuse each hotel room with their own aesthetic. No one style persists throughout the multiple rooms offered. One room is adorned in sunlight, wooden beams stretching across the ceiling and cascading down the walls. A spiral staircase leads up to a small portal to the powder room. While another room transports you elsewhere with its eclectic mash-up of pink and purple velvet seating, ornate armoires and mixed-wood furniture and fantastic canal view. No two room layouts are the same.
In Amsterdam, visitors are treated to a line of stylish Dutch bikes that are lined in the front courtyard and are free for guests. If hanging out indoors is more your speed, treat yourself to the beautiful bar and lounge with rich mahogany wood floors and soft camel-colored leather bar stools. Or languish in the courtyard that lives directly down the hall from the main entrance where you're treated to an indoor-outdoor space that's lined with a U-shaped row of white tables and planted trees.