The perfect 48 hours in Amsterdam by Joeki Genet

Day 1

Best thing after waking up is to treat yourself with a coffee in Oud West at “Trakteren”. Stroll through the nine streets in direction of Spui and visit the American book center or Hoogstins Bookstore in the Kinkerstraat. Feeling a bit hungry? Enjoy some sourdough bread at Bakery Levain et le vin or if you prefer bagels, try one at Flo’s Appetizing!

Rent a bike and cycle towards the Noordermarkt. At Saturdays it is worth to visit the Farmers Market for fresh biological products or go around the corner to the Lindengrachtmarkt for your weekend groceries.  On Monday morning the Noordermarkt has flea market for vintage clothing and other unique products.

Have a delicious sandwich at Smallworld or sit on the terrace of Café Thijssen and order a “tosti”.  In the mood for a local beer? Café de Tuin in the Jordaan is perfect to have some drinks with friends before you go to an early concert at Melkweg or Paradiso. Of course an Ajax match at the Johan Cruyff Arena can’t be missed from the list.  Have dinner after at  Kien at Witte the Withplein and end the evening in Cafe ‘t Loosje or Club NL.

 

Day 2

In need of a good coffee to start this day? Take a coffee to go at Lot61 and visit one of the many boutiques in the 9-streets or one of my favourite shops; Fillipa K, Baskets, Sneaker District, Paul Smith. If you would like to take something home for your loved ones, buy some flowers at the Pompon or go to the Logie for a beautiful bottle of wine. Reload during brunch at Wilhelmina and try the Reuben or Floris sandwich! After, take a long walk in the beautiful Vondelpark or just sit on a bench an watch the day go by. Have some “bitterballen” or a Special beer at Brewery ‘t Ij / Blauwe Theehuis. Too early for a beer? They have some delicious hot chocolate as well.

Bar Parry is a perfect bar to start your evening with some good wine and some snacks. For dinner go to the Golden Brown bar which is one of the hottest spots on the Westside of Amsterdam and it’s known for their good Thai food. Or if you are a fan of Ramen, try some at Betsubara or Otemba!

 

The Founding Fathers in The Netherlands

Pilgrim to President
The Pilgrims were originally English Protestants who, fleeing England from the strict rule of the Anglican state church, lived and worked in Leiden from 1609 to 1620. Later the Pilgrims travelled on to North America: the ‘New World’. Thanksgiving Day is still celebrated there every year, in memory of their hardships and ultimate salvation. The influence of the Pilgrims on the later United States has been great. Just take the fact that as many as seven American presidents descended directly from the Leiden Pilgrims!

Leiden, City of Refugees
Leiden is known as the City of Refugees. Throughout history, Leiden has provided shelter to people who were no longer welcome elsewhere. In the seventeenth century the population of Leiden grew from over 20,000 to 70,000 in a short period of time. In the twentieth century as many as three out of four inhabitants of Leiden descended from a refugee. The Pilgrims found a safe haven in Leiden.

Where did the Pilgrims come from?
In the early 17th century the English Calvinists were persecuted by Queen Elisabeth and her successor James I. Especially those who wanted to secede from the Anglican state church, the so-called separatists, had a hard time. Around 1608 a number of them fled to Holland, where relative religious freedom prevailed. They fled by boat from the coast between Grimsby and Hull. The refugees were picked up by a Dutch skipper off shore and ended up in Amsterdam, and from there in Leiden. After a stay of more than eleven years in Holland, some of the refugees emigrated as pilgrims to North America between 1620 and 1643. On the way other English joined them. In America the Pilgrims are now regarded as the Founding Fathers of the United States. As many as 9 American presidents, including Roosevelt, father and son Bush, and Obama are descended directly from them.

The Pilgrims in Leiden
A group of refugees led by John Robinson fled England in 1608, where they were persecuted for not obeying the rules of the Anglican state church. Robinson and about a hundred others submitted a request for settlement to the Leiden city council. Although permission to settle was not required, this request was answered on February 12, 1609, in the following revealing terms:

“No honorable people are free and lybre incompetent to take their place within this city…their place of residence”.

Leiden was the second city of Holland, where also the famous university was located. Robinson and his family bought a plot of land near the Pieterskerk, called the Green Gate. They built 21 houses there, so they also called the English Gate. Later (1683) the Jean Pesijnhofje was built on that spot.

Important Pilgrims were William Brewster and his adopted son William Bradford. Brewster was an elder and the most important person behind the publicity activities of the Pilgrim Press (1617-1619). He lived in a side alley of the Pieterskerkkoorsteeg, now the William Brewstersteeg. Bradford was governor of the Pilgrim Colony in America for many years. His manuscript Of Plimoth Plantation is still for us the most important source about the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims, because they lived, worked, studied and died here, left many traces in the Leiden archives.

Departure to the ‘New World
From 1620 a part of the Pilgrims emigrated from Leiden to North America. There were several reasons for this. In the Netherlands, too, religious freedom was restricted and the threat of war increased, due to the expiration of the Twelve Year Truce with Spain in 1621. Moreover, the economic situation of the Pilgrims was not always favourable and, finally, they were afraid that their children would integrate too much into Dutch life, including the Dutch Church. As far as the latter point was concerned, they were right. More than half of the group stayed behind in Leiden and eventually merged into the local population.

Ships with history
The ships with which the Pilgrims made the crossing have become famous: Mayflower (1620), Fortune (1621), Anne and Little James (1623) and the second Mayflower (1629). After that Leiden Pilgrims still left for North America on an individual basis.

Leiden’ traditions overseas
Once arrived in North America, the Pilgrims wanted to realize their own ideals in freedom. They were looking for the most ideal form of government. In retrospect we can say that the Pilgrims have been an essential link in the formation of American society, both then and now. Their ‘Dutch’ years were one of the starting points. In the modern US, for example, we still find old ‘Leiden’ traditions.

From October 3 to Thanksgiving
After the siege of Leiden in 1574, it is customary to hold an annual service in the Pieterskerk as a thank you for the liberation of the Spaniards and the supply of food. Since then, and still today, herring and white bread are distributed in Leiden on October 3, to remember the ships with food that entered the city after Leidens Ontzetens via the Vliet. It is thought that Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims’ Feast of Thanksgiving, contains not only elements of a harvest festival, but also elements of this celebration.

Civil marriage
Civil marriage is a Dutch invention. At the end of the sixteenth century only a marriage entered into in the state church was valid. Because the Republic had a large Roman Catholic minority one could not deny marriage to almost half of the population. Those who did not belong to the state church could be married by the aldermen, the city councils of that time. The marriage could then be blessed by their own church. Only civil marriage was legally valid. The Pilgrims took the civil marriage with them to America.

Elected board
Leiden was divided into ‘bonnen’ and neighborhoods. A ‘bon’ was a city district under a board of elected councillors. The ‘bon’ took care of fire-fighting and -prevention, combating pollution, collecting special taxes and distributing money among the poor. The neighborhood provided funeral rites and other neighborhood services. The choice of civil administration can be traced back to this system as well as to the choice of ecclesiastical administrators.

Nine times from Pilgrim to President
Since the arrival of the Pilgrims to America, as many as nine of their descendants made it to president. Except for both presidents Adams, they all have a Leiden Pilgrim as an ancestor:

John Adams – 1797 – 1801
His son John Quincy Adams – 1825 – 1829
Zachary Taylor – 1849 – 1850
Ulysses S. Grant – 1869 – 1877
James A. Garfield – 1881 – 1881
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 1933 – 1945
George H.W. Bush – 1989 – 1993
George W. Bush – 2001 – 2009
Barack H. Obama — 2009 – 2017

…and as mayor of New York…
And what about Leiden-born Thomas Willett, who became the first mayor of New York? From this Pilgrim can be admired at Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken a letter he wrote on September 16, 1660 to Hugh Goodyear, the predecessor of the English Reformed congregation in Leiden.

 

Discover more: https://www.mayflower400leiden.com/ 

sources: http://joostbl.nl – https://www.leidenconventionbureau.nl – https://www.universiteitleiden.nl

Delush: The Dylan Fragrance  

Who are you and how did you start the company?

Delùsh is a perfume house that focuses specifically on the development and distribution of interior perfumes. In its current form, Delùsh has been around for about six years now, although our journey started much earlier. As a team, we have always had the intrinsic motivation to let elements found in nature play a meaningful role in man-made environments. This ambition stems from the admiration we have for nature and every animal, plant or phenomenon that occurs on our planet. Also the fascination for the way man is able to shape the world around him plays an important role in what we do.

For us, the challenge is to create scents that complement interiors designed with care and dedication. Each of our fragrances is designed to bring the interior to life. If the interior has the intention to radiate intimacy, or is it just a bombastic decor, it is our job and conviction to create a scent that is an addition to any specific interior.

 

What makes the fragrances of Delùsh different from other fragrances?

We regularly choose ingredients that, due to their complexity in the sourcing and production process, even high-end skin perfumers prefer to avoid. By colleagues in the trade we are often declared crazy. Are we? Maybe a bit, at least for us rule number one, no concessions! When we believe that a certain ingredient is necessary to create a tone in a fragrance, we are obliged to add this ingredient to our stand. Recently we were convinced that given the customer’s background, the precious ingredient saffron could not be missing from the formula.

Not making concessions also means that we take the time to add a final version to our library. Most fragrances are ‘tweaked’ over and over again at least to a version that we as a team fully support.

 

How did the collaboration with The Dylan start?

Delùsh is always looking for partners where we can really add value to their concept. Partners who make an effort to create a specific setting in which they would like to receive their guests.

For us, The Dylan is an exemplary example of a hotel in which everything is right, including the perfect hospitality mix between restaurant and hotel. The attention that has been put into every detail makes The Dylan a desirable partner for us as well. It is therefore extra special that we have developed our own fragrance line in collaboration with The Dylan.

 

Why is scent important to a hotel?

A good hotel is characterized by the fact that neither cost nor effort is spared to offer guests the most comfortable stay possible, which leaves an impression on them. So is The Dylan, where love and attention has been put into every detail perceptible to the guest. The delicate bedding, the tactile experience from the chair in the lounge to the ornamental plasterwork in the ceiling, in everything is focused on providing an extraordinary experience for the guest.

 

When so much attention has been paid to the creation of the interior in which virtually every sense is stimulated, scent is a fairly logical addition. It is important to emphasize here that scent should only be an addition to the characteristics of an interior and never a means in itself. It is a subtle way to underline the values of the hotel or characteristics of the interior.

 

What is your favourite scent from the collection and why?

Let’s start by saying that the scent Green Tea & Fig that is spread in The Dylan is a very beautiful and pleasant scent. The ingredients next to the green tea and fig such as basil, cucumber and jasmine are responsible for the fresh but distinguished fragrance experience. Given the character of the hotel a very fine match.

When new fragrances are added to the library, this creates a lot of enthusiasm for everyone in our team. Last week we added the scent Mastic Tree & Pistacia to our collection. This scent ended up at number 1. Mastic Tree & Pistacia is characterized by the exceptionally green, nutty scent of the rare Greek mastic tree and fresh pine. The spicy notes of ginger and Sichuan pepper give the fragrance a modern character, while the warm tonka bean leaves you in a hint of elegance.

In short, I don’t really have a favourite, but any fragrance that gives an interior its ‘breath’, as far as I’m concerned, over and over again, is my favourite!

Concierge’s Choice November: Some Much Needed Wonder

Grey clouds are knitted together across the November sky and the temperatures have dropped to the single digits. Late autumn can feel a bit miserable at times and it may be difficult to find a silver lining. That’s why this month’s Concierge’s Choice is focussed on all things fun and exciting. From colourful museum experiences to upbeat musical acts to fascinating Amsterdam neighborhoods, here’s a selection of things to add a little splendour to your day.

Wondr Experience, Meeuwenlaan 88

Release your inner child at the Wondr Experience in Amsterdam Noord. Wondr is a candy-coloured, indoor playground experience for the young and the young at heart. Dive into a pool of marshmallows, snap an Instagram-worthy picture inside of a kaleidoscope and draw your own creations on the wall. If you’re looking for a dreamy, glittery escape from reality, then Wondr is the place to go. Corona safety measures are in place – and be sure to book your ticket online before visiting.

Nemo Science Museum, Oosterdok 2

Fascination with the human body has grown exponentially this year. What fortuitous timing that the Nemo Science Museum has finally opened the renovated and updated Humania exhibition. This exhibition takes a deep dive into what makes us, us. Learn about the body, our sociology and psychology with interactive displays and informative art pieces, like the 8.5-metre sculpture ‘A Handstand’ by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. To curb boredom at home, Nemo also offers a great selection of experiments you can conduct in your own living room.

MidWest Radio, Cabralstraat 1

Gloomy November evenings are best spent with friends, sitting in a cosy cafe and listening to a live music act. The organisers at MidWest Amsterdam had exactly the same thought, so for the autumn and winter they’re putting together a weekly – and corona-friendly – live music show called MidWest Radio. Straddling all genres from jazz to electronic to classical, MidWest believes that music and a good atmosphere will continue to get us through these unprecedented times. Book tickets online as they’re not sold at the door.

Zevenlandenhuizen, Roemer Visscherstraat 32II

Sometimes the best sights are hidden down a sidestreet. Such is the case for the Zevenlandenhuizen, the Houses of Seven Countries. Lovers of great architecture should visit this row of 19th century houses in the elegant Zuid neighborhood, just off of the Museumplein. Built by architect Tjeerd Kuipers in 1894, each of the seven houses represents a different European country. See if you can guess which house belongs to which nation (if you get stuck, there’s a plaque on each building to help you out).

 

 

Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Awards: The Dylan Best Hotel In The Netherlands. 

Each year Condé Nast Traveler reaches out the Readers’ Choice Awards. This year over 715,000 travelers have submitted their vote. Since people cannot travel and the vote is based on memories this years’ edition is even more special. Ratings are based on various aspects, like service, food & atmosphere. The Conde Nast Traveler Awards (former Readers’ Travel Awards) started in 1998 in the UK and a year later Readers’ Travel Awards associated with Condé Nast Traveler. It are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of quality within the travel industry.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are divided in different categories. In the category Northern Europe the best 25 hotels are listed, including 9 Dutch hotels. The Dylan Amsterdam has ended in the third place of the category Northern Europe and with that is ranked as the best hotel in The Netherlands.

The Dylan Amsterdam is proud to be ranked best hotel in The Netherlands. René Bornmann, General Manager of The Dylan Amsterdam said, “We are incredibly proud to be recognized as a Top 3 Hotel in Northern Europe, and as best hotel in The Netherlands”. Employees of The Dylan are grateful that their hard work, to make every moment of our guests a memorable moment, has been rewarded. They’re very grateful for the recognition and would like to thank all loyal guests for their votes and support during these unusual times.

 

An Interview with Eddy Bierman

Concierge

What does your role at The Dylan entail and what does your typical day look like?

I am one of three concierges who work at The Dylan. I am there for the guests, to meet their needs and fulfill any wishes they might have, like if they want to book a restaurant or a flight or arrange transportation. Whatever their request, I am there as a concierge to take care of it.

What did your career look like before The Dylan?

I started out as a doorman at the Golden Tulip hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. After a year I became a starting concierge, I was fourth in line of the concierges. I worked myself up as a department head and then worked in that role for seven years. It was quite challenging, I had a department of about ten people. Balancing this responsibility along with those of my personal life became overwhelming, so I decided on my own to reduce my role to be just a concierge and not the head of the team. The hotel manager at the time understood and appreciated my honesty. So I became a concierge again.

Do you prefer this change?

Definitely. I love my role as it is now. After a year or two as a concierge again, my colleague Michael asked me to work at The Dylan. So I was at the Golden Tulip for twenty years and then now twelve years at The Dylan. It’s a big change to work for a hotel with several hundred rooms to one with only forty or so. There is more contact with the guest and you can give great personalised service. That’s difficult in a hotel with two hundred rooms. There it’s like a factory.

You make recommendations to guests – how do you stay informed about things going on in Amsterdam?

The Dylan is one of the most well-known hotels in Amsterdam, so a lot of event organisers come to us and inform or invite us to new experiences, like restaurant openings. On top of that, we are three people in the concierge team, so we keep each other informed. It’s a team effort. Since everyone has their personal interests and different networks, we bring those together.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The people, for sure. I understand people quite well. I can recognise quite quickly what kind of guest I have in front of me and what their needs are, what they want out of their stay. Of course it’s not 100% accurate, but I can definitely read my guests and this helps to tailor their experience.

And what’s the most challenging part?

I always hope that guests enjoy their stay and that they leave satisfied by the entire service throughout the hotel. That’s how we keep our guests coming back. Our service level in every department is incredibly high and we all work together to keep it that way. Everyone wants to do their job well and that’s the challenge every day.

In your opinion, what makes an excellent concierge?

You have to be a listener and truly understand what a guest needs. You must do your best and always try to go above and beyond. It’s important to see the little details that make an entire stay memorable, from the limousine pick-up at the airport to the welcome, the rooms and also the goodbye. The guest can feel if you do things with passion – even if something doesn’t go as expected – so the more fun you have at your job, the better you are at it.

What’s the most fun / interesting / memorable request you’ve ever had?

Over so many years, of course there are many memorable guests and situations. As a concierge, I get a variety of questions or requests. One that stands out is during the release of the new 101 Dalmatians movie, a guest asked where would be the best place in Amsterdam to find a puppy! And then I start researching to find a solution to the request. Of course there are more simple wishes. If a guest tells me a little bit about their expectations and I recommend a certain restaurant, and after they return and tell me it was exactly what they had hoped for, then that’s a great feeling.

What would you recommend to guests to do in Amsterdam?

What I always recommend to guests who are new to Amsterdam – and it doesn’t matter where they’re from – I tell them to first not make any plans. First just walk through the city and explore. I have several good routes they can take. It’s a much different experience of the city, much more purposeful and you can really take in the surroundings and the sights. Then after a first exploration, I recommend renting a bike and then experiencing Amsterdam in that way. There is so much to see and so much variety, and that’s what makes the city so special.

 

 

Concierge’s Choice October: Amsterdam’s Best Interior Design Stores

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that life starts all over again when it becomes crisp in the fall. As the leaves turn into a golden brown and the sun hangs lower in the sky, we wave a slow goodbye to summer and look forward to cosy times spent indoors. Of course we have all seen plenty of our own four walls these last months, so maybe it’s time to freshen things up a bit. Below we suggest the top Amsterdam destinations for interior makeovers: where to shop and be inspired for everything home & living.

Moooi
Westerstraat 187

When visiting Amsterdam, a stop at Moooi is certainly a must, not in the least for its magnificent showroom. Located just a short walk from The Dylan, Moooi sells a perfect mix of decadent yet modern furniture as well as beautiful conversation pieces that give your home an elegant edge. To top it all off, Moooi also offers their own collection of luxury bath products and fashion accessories.

Blom & Blom
Chrysantenstraat 20A

Nothing beats the creative partnership between two brothers: A shared love for industrial artifacts inspired brothers Kamiel Blom & Martijn Blom to work together to recover and restore vintage light fixtures and also to design and develop their own unique creations. Schedule a visit to their showroom in Amsterdam Noord.

Hay House Amsterdam
Spuistraat 281 abc

From our neighbors to the north comes the cheerful Hay House, its Dutch flagship settled happily on Spuistraat in Amsterdam’s center. Quality Danish designs meet affordability with a full range of furnishings, accessories and objects to spruce up every part of the home. Hay strikes the balance between Scandinavian minimalism and much needed whimsy – so make sure to pop in!

The Modern
Jacob Obrechtstraat 26

Any design lover will probably have Charles & Ray Eames on the top of their inspiration list. For the best selection of Eames furniture in Amsterdam, head to The Modern in the museum district. Shop classics like the lounge chair and ottoman as well as a selection of other contemporary brands, like Fredericia, Massimo, or WDSTCK. Their team of interior stylists is also at the ready to help makeover your home project.
The Frozen Fountain
Prinsengracht 645

For nearly 30 years, The Frozen Fountain in De 9 Straatjes has been curating the very best of Dutch design. As a platform for both established and emerging local designers, this shop offers a colorful blend of furniture, lighting, wallpaper and fabrics as well as delightful accents that also make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

 

 

Amsterdam Light Festival: See the city in a different light

Every year from the end of November until mid January, the canals of Amsterdam are illuminated in a most intriguing way. Street lamps and Christmas decorations may also cast a warm glow upon the city, however it’s the installations of the Amsterdam Light Festival that really steal the show. Brightening up the dark days of winter, this must-see event calls upon artists, designers and architects to develop installations that will be displayed in, on, over or next to the waterways of Amsterdam.

How it all began
The history of the Amsterdam Light Festival can be traced back all the way to the 1920s, when light art was popular throughout Europe. Atmospheric lights illuminated the Amsterdam canals up until the 1990s; but it was only with the foundation of the Amsterdam Light Festival by Felix Guttmann, Rogier van der Heide and Raymond Borsboom in 2012 that light art and light installations became an annual tradition. Since then, the festival has enjoyed yearly editions with changing displays, showcasing local and international artists, and drawing large crowds from around the world.

Disrupt!: This year’s open air exhibition
This year’s 8th edition is set up to be another major success. With the theme Disrupt!, twenty artists were challenged to question, test and shake up the city. They used this year’s theme to transform the city’s architecture with lights, creating entirely new surroundings to amaze the public. Apparently one key question to emerge from Disrupt! is that of climate change and how humans disturb the natural environment – and vice versa: how natural events can interrupt the structure of our society. It will be interesting to see how the artists interpret this particular challenge.

Spectators can look forward to a variety of breathtaking light installations from established and up-and-coming designers, like by the lighting architect Har Hollands or by the design duo Tom Biddulph & Barbara Ryan, who created an eerie installation nearfor one of Amsterdam’s iconic canal bridges. Watch artworks with names like “Atlantis” and “Big Bang” come to life as you drift along the canals and let the splendour of this one-of-a-kind event sink in.

Practical Information
Are you coming to Amsterdam to enjoy the Light Festival this year? Then be sure to plan your attendance in advance. Head over to the official website to arrange the specifics and book a tour. The event runs from 28 November 2019 until 19 January 2020 and sells out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot with one of the canal boat companies.

 

 

Concierge’s Choice October: Charmingly Cosy

Now that we have officially bid adieu to summer, it’s time to fully embrace the colder months. Knitted sweaters, a hearty drink and an open fire: Prepare yourself for October and beyond with a visit to these Amsterdam boutiques, shops and bars, selling everything you need for a charmingly cosy autumn.

MENDO
Berenstraat 11
A self-described candy store for book aficionados, MENDO offers the sweetest selection of fashion, photography and art books. These luxury titles also share the shelves with travel, architecture, pop culture and cuisine at their flagship location in Amsterdam city centre. Pick up a coffee table book as a gift for friends back home or discover the “Made by MENDO” prints, produced by their very own publishing company of the same name.

4850
Camperstraat 48-50
Natural wines are all the rage, so why not go where they have the best? 4850 is a hidden gem that lies in the east of Amsterdam, near the magnificent Amstel river. Dine on a fixed or à la carte menu, lovingly prepared by the chef, and pair each course with a glass (or two) of wine from the expertly curated wine list.

Bronté
Herengracht 422
“How a hat makes you feel,” said Philip Treacy, “is what a hat is all about.” And the hats at Bronté will certainly make you feel sophisticated and well equipped for the winter months. Berets, fedoras or a fisherman’s cap: Whatever your personality, there is a hat to match it. Let the knowledgeable staff at the Bronté flagship in Amsterdam’s centre help you find a topper to suit your lifestyle.

Satchmo
Rokin 95
A classic cocktail bar with stunning interiors. Satchmo’s smooth marble walls and plush velvet seats are the perfect setting for a relaxing evening while sipping an old-fashioned or a dry martini. Live jazz adds even more richness to the mood.

Nunc Interieur 
Rosmarijnsteeg 7
When you want that warm and fuzzy autumn feeling, sometimes you must literally acquire something warm and fuzzy. Nunc Interieur in Amsterdam’s city centre has a fine selection of home accessories to add a soft and inviting touch to your own dwelling. Miniature alpacas made with real alpaca wool, art deco champagne coupes and luxurious hammam towels are just a few of the many available pieces that also make great gifts.

 

The Dylan on the water

A recommended “to do” for any guest visiting Amsterdam is a private boat tour with a traditional salon boat from Captain Nico. This knowledgeable captain will guide you along the canals of Amsterdam. We spoke with Nico and asked him about his opinion of the long standing collaboration between him and The Dylan Amsterdam.

In 2004 I started rebuilding and restoring ‘The Kleijn Amsterdam’. The Kleijn Amsterdam is an antique Dutch river launch from 1905, built by the shipyard ‘’Tans en Zonen’’, Rotterdam. In 2005 it was completely renovated, whilst retaining all the original features with present-day comfort and now sails on electric power.

In 2010 I started rebuilding and restoring ‘’The Muze’’ and was completed in 2011. The Muze is an antique Dutch river launch from 1913, built by the shipyard ‘’Rijnstroom’’ of F. Meijer & Co, Leiden. The Muze retained his original features with present-day comfort and since is also powered by electricity.

Having electric engines is good for the environment while it also increases comfort. You do not hear a thing, any vibration of glasses or shaking of the boat. That makes the difference.

The connection between me and The Dylan goes a long way back. I sailed as captain for another 5 star hotel and got to know Mr. Bornmann and Chef Dennis Kuipers very well. When Mr. Bornmann became General Manager of The Dylan and the Executive Chef became Dennis Kuipers, I was the first in line for the private boat tours of the hotel. We have a great relationship and we all know what we want. Quality, craftmanship and the same vision helps us understand each other. Personal relationships are the most valued. Two of my employees had worked at The Dylan before and now they are working at with me as captains and may still enjoy the hospitality that the hotel and we offer our mutual guests.

The classic salon boats are perfect for guests who enjoy privacy. We get a lot of famous people on board. They get noticed everywhere on the streets and would like to be around and have some private time. A great way ‘’out’’! We have got a lot of our own regular guests, but sailing for The Dylan is special, we have a real relationship. We feel at ease, you can count on each other, to fine-tune the wishes of the guests.

Obviously I have a lot of stories to tell of what we have been through with some guests. Once I was with a couple that were visiting Amsterdam. We sailed along The Dylan and they wanted to take a look inside. When they returned to the boat they asked me if I could get their suitcases at the other hotel, because they most definitely rather stay here at The Dylan.

People feel real at ease at the hotel and you can feel that. We give the same feeling to the guests, it fits seamlessly.

My colleague once experienced that the boat was only used as a taxi and storage room. The guests went shopping in the PC Hooftstraat and their staff brought their bought items to the boat. When they wanted to go to another store, they took the boat and went on.

I often get asked ‘’What do you do next to this?’’ as if it’s an on the side job, but this is a real craft.