By Alexandra Taylor

Amsterdam, a city known for its eclectic nightlife and pegged an alluring youth hot spot, is truly a trendy and bustling destination waiting to be explored. With a slew of culturally rich museums and sights to see, posh cafes around every corner, a chic bar and club scene, and canal views perfect for a romantic getaway, Amsterdam is sure to satisfy your diverse travel desires.

Whether you wish to cycle along the picturesque Vondelpark, admire masterpieces at the Van Gogh or Rjksmuseum, or stroll along the canals browsing the central flower market or antique shops, you will spend your day in awe of the culturally rich city.

Begin unwinding at the chic, luxe boutique hotel, The Dylan Amsterdam, situated on the quaint and quiet Keizersgracht canal within minutes of the bustling city center streets. The history of the hotel dates back to the year 1612, when one of the city’s most valuable theatres was constructed. The theatre housed famous plays and talents such as Antonio Vivaldi. The Theatre was burnt down in the 18th century and today the faà§ade doorway remains in preservation.

The Dylan Amsterdam has forty rooms and suites all designed with a merging of the contemporary and classic in eight different styles – from the Manhattan suite, with its warm mahogany floors and lush décor, to the Zensation White luxury suite with bright white walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows, providing ample light and charming views. The rooms range from standard to luxury with canal and garden views, and guests have the option of staying in a duplex or suites, both with spacious lounge areas, gorgeous marble bathrooms (with tubs perfect for a de-stressing bath), and a variety of other luxurious amenities.

Sit and unwind with a cocktail in the hotel bar, lounge, or long gallery, all perfect for meeting with friends – or a tender moment with a loved one sitting near the fireplace. If you want a taste of The Dylan, be sure to indulge at the Michelin-starred French cuisine restaurant, Vinkeles. With a menu prepared by famed executive chef Dennis Kuipers and set in a dining room that once served as an 18th century bakery, the elegant, lauded restaurant blends a refined palette with a dedication to flavor and authenticity. With the utmost service and attention to detail and superb accommodations, the Dylan Amsterdam is a unique and luxury find.

Continue your tour of Amsterdam with a visit to one of the city’s fifty-plus museums along the Museumplein, all culturally stimulating and perfect for children and adults alike. On your way to the museum quarters, stop by one of Amsterdam’s famed markets filled with vibrant tulips, other flowers, and a slew of knickknacks. Stroll through the Dam, the heart of the city center encircled by the Royal Palace, the canal piers for boat trips, and the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Grab a coffee or tea and a slice of a Dutch homemade specialty fruit pie at Puccini near the Town Hall or Café de Jaren.

For a longer stay in Amsterdam, consider a 50-minute train trip to the city of Delft, home to the famous Delft porcelain and the home of the artist Vermeer. An enchanting small city with cobbled stone streets and a center plaza surrounded by friendly cafes and beautiful architecture is the perfect day trip.

The Mauro Mansion in Amsterdam is a nine-room boutique hotel in a 16th century canal mansion. This relaxed and inviting hotel provides luxury accommodations with individual appeal and a sense of hospitality. Each room is elegantly designed with modern amenities and luxury facilities perfect for a delightful stay in Amsterdam. Exposed brick walls and fine wood paneled floors with expansive bathrooms, adds the touch of splendor desired without feeling stuffy or unwelcoming. A delightful staff and a quaint dining room and courtyard add to the pleasant nature of this boutique hotel situated in the medieval city centre looking over the Geldersekade canal.

With passion and a desire to provide the utmost care of its guests, The Mauro Mansion, run by Amsterdam locals Berry & Marcel, stands far above the standardized accommodations of large hotel chains. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the central station and provides easy access to all the main city attractions. Within walking distance of the center Dam square and the shops of Kalverstraat, but far enough away from the traffic and noise of the main city street, Mauro Mansion is well situated and a perfect addition to your Amsterdam holiday.

Originally published November 2010
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