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”The first woman on the Dutch stage” – Ariana Nozeman

The architect, Jacob van Campen, was commissioned to build a stone theatre in 1632.

Van Campen was inspired by classical Italian architecture, as was later shown when Amsterdam Town Hall (the current Royal Palace on the Dam) was built. He must have been mainly influenced by the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, a building by the hand of his great mentor and presumed teacher, Andrea Palladio. The theatre was already too small within thirty years, though it was possible to appreciably expand the complex by the purchase of several neighbouring buildings.

The play “Gijsbrecht van Aemstel” was performed during the opening ceremony in January 1637. This play was written by Holland’s greatest poet, Joost van den Vondel. Its success was enormous and formed the basis of a tradition that has come down to us in the present century. “Gijsbrecht van Aemstel” has been performed in Amsterdam every January since then. Many national and international companies have performed it over the years. Many Dutch plays were performed, and also ones written by Shakespeare, Molière, Voltaire and Corneille.

It is of particular note that Ariana Nozeman was to make her debut here in 1655 as the first woman on the Dutch stage. She made her debut in 1655 in the drama ”Incomparable Ariana”. Men used to play all the female roles before this time. She is credited as the first ballet dancer in The Netherlands. She was often seen on stage together with her husband Gillis Nozeman either as a couple or as antagonists. Their daughter Maria Nozeman (born 1652) followed in her mother’s footsteps; she entered the stage at the age of six years.

The Nozemans supplemented their theatre incomes by running an inn called The Camel on one of the Amsterdam canals.

 

 

 

Jouke’s Choice: Cheese

It is time for ‘’cheese’’ in this new issue of The Dylan Mag. And the honor is mine to tell you about it.

My name is Jouke. I have been working in Restaurant Vinkeles and Bar Brasserie OCCO since 2011 and since a couple of years I am the one who is responsible for all the different kinds of cheeses we serve in our Restaurant and Brasserie. I took this responsibility just because I am crazy about cheese. You can wake me up for every kind of cheese actually.

Cheese is a beautiful product, available in different kind of milks and countless varieties: fresh cheeses, young and old cheeses, blue cheese, with an ashy layer, creamy and soft, sharpness, you name it. Even the craziest cheese you can imagen is being made in the most fantastic way. The most familiar milks which cheese is being made from are of the cow, the goat and the sheep. But there are also examples of the ones from the buffalo, horses, donkeys, camels, reindeers and yak milk.

Cheeses are being made all over the world. Why do we limit us in Vinkeles to only Dutch cheeses? The answer is simple; everywhere across the world you can consume French or Italian cheeses. Dutch cheese, except for a few Gouda’s or Edammers, aren’t available in other countries. With great pleasure we want to share the knowledge about our pearls of the Dutch cheeses, something we are proud of.

For example think about the goat cheeses of Hanneke Kuppens from Zevenhuizen. She is involved from the beginning until the end and that is something you taste. We will always serve a piece from Hanneke’s creations. Just as the Remeker cheeses of Jan Dirk van de Voort from Lunteren. This farm produces on a biodynamic way since 2004 and I think this is the way that the most beautiful, hard cheeses of our country are made.

The last year I have become familiar with the cheeses of farmhouse the Oudwijker in Lopikerkapel. They make a lot of cheeses from among cow- and buffalo milk. All the cheeses are remarkable, piece by piece. Come and enjoy of the Colosso or the Fiore! These names doesn’t sound Dutch, because they learned the technique in Italy. Although they make it on their Utrechtse farm and on their own way.

There are many more and we like to get inspired. We work closely together with the Kaaskamer, a cheese store on the corner next to the hotel. The two owners are really enthusiastic who will let me taste all new cheeses. This in combination with the different seasons gives us a nice regularly change on our plateau.

The cheeses are presented on two large shelves in the size of the table. The wow-effect that the guest have when I show them our plateau is such a great feeling. Guests don’t have to be modest, they can choose as much as they want and we’ll come back with their favorite cheese just to enjoy one last piece. It’s served on marble of different sizes. Also the confiture and types of bread are served on these marble plates. The table is full and that looks so good, for a perfect photo moment.

With great pleasure I welcome you in Restaurant Vinkeles and I hope you will agree that a piece of cheese is a must after the main course…

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In dit nieuwe item van The Dylan Mag is het tijd om ‘’kaas’’ eens in het licht te zetten. En aan mij de eer om dit te doen.

Mijn naam is Jouke. Ik ben vanaf 2011 werkzaam in Restaurant Vinkeles en Bar Brasserie OCCO en sinds een aantal jaar mag ik de zorg en verantwoordelijkheid dragen over de kazen die we in het restaurant en brasserie serveren. Ik ben dit gaan doen simpelweg omdat ik hartstikke ‘’kaasgek’’ ben. Je kan mij er s’ nachts voor wakker maken, voor alle soorten kaas eigenlijk.

Kaas is een prachtig product, verkrijgbaar in verschillende melksoorten en ontelbare variëteiten: verse kazen, jonge en oude kazen, kazen met schimmels of bacteriën, met een as laagje, romig en zacht, scherp van smaak etc. Je kunt het zo gek niet verzinnen of het wordt gemaakt en allemaal op een fantastische ambachtelijke manier. De meest bekende melksoorten waarvan kaas wordt gemaakt zijn van de koe, de geit en het schaap. Maar ook zijn er voorbeelden van kaas van buffel, paarden, ezels, kamelen, rendieren en jak melk.

Kazen worden overal ter wereld gemaakt. Waarom beperken wij ons in Vinkeles tot alleen Hollandse kazen? Het antwoord is simpel; overal ter wereld kun je Franse of Italiaanse kazen eten. Nederlands kaas, op een enkele Gouda of Edammer na, is niet te krijgen. Dat kan alleen hier. Graag laten we de gasten kennis maken met de pareltjes onder de Hollandse kaas, iets waar we vooral trots op mogen zijn.

Denk bijvoorbeeld aan de geitenkaasjes van Hanneke Kuppens uit Zevenhuizen. Van begin tot eind is ze overal zelf bij betrokken en dat proef je. Er ligt er altijd wel een van Hanneke bij ons op het plateau. Net als de Remeker kazen van Jan Dirk van de Voort uit Lunteren. Sinds 2004 wordt er op deze boerderij op een biodynamische manier gewerkt en op deze manier worden er na mijn mening al jarenlang de mooiste harde kazen van ons land gemaakt.

Het laatste jaar ben ik bekend geworden met de kazen van boerderij de Oudwijker in Lopikerkapel. Hier worden een flink aantal kazen gemaakt van onder andere koe- en buffelmelk. Alle kazen zijn stuk voor stuk van een wonderlijke schoonheid. Kom eens genieten van een stukje van de Colosso of de Fiore! Erg Nederlands klinken deze kazen niet, dit komt omdat ze het kaasmaken hebben geleerd in Italië en de kazen ook op Italiaanse wijze maken. Maar dan wel op een Utrechtse boerderij en op hun eigen manier.

Er is natuurlijk veel meer en we laten ons graag inspireren. Wij werken nauw samen met de Kaaskamer, een kaaswinkel op de hoek van het hotel met twee enthousiaste eigenaren die mij steeds nieuwe dingen laten proeven. Dit in combinatie met de verschillende seizoenen draagt bij in een regelmatige wissel op ons plateau.

De kazen worden gepresenteerd op 2 grote planken die de grote hebben van de tafel. Het is super gaaf om met deze planken aan te komen en ze op tafel te schuiven. Hét wow-effect waarbij altijd wel de camera tevoorschijn komt. Gasten hoeven ook niet bescheiden te zijn, ze kunnen zoveel kiezen als ze willen en graag komen we later nog eens terug om van hun favoriete kaas nog een stukje af te snijden. Het word geserveerd op sleetjes van marmer en in verschillende grootte. Ook de confituren en verschillende broodsoorten komen op deze sleetjes, waardoor de tafel vol komt te staan wat er erg leuk en speels uit ziet.

Graag heet ik u van harte welkom in restaurant Vinkeles en hoop ik dat u het met mij eens bent dat een stukje kaas na het hoofdgerecht nooit mag ontbreken…

 

 

Concierge’s Choice August: Meet The Dylan’s Culinary Partner Stooker Specialty Coffee

With our unbeatable location on the prominent Keizersgracht, surrounded by the charm of the 9 Straatjes, The Dylan Amsterdam lives and breathes the Amsterdam spirit. That’s why we collaborate with local powerhouses to bring you the most authentic experience during your stay.

For this month’s Concierge’s Choice, we are introducing you to one of our culinary partners: Stooker Specialty Coffee. Our collaboration runs deep: You can encounter Stooker at several touch points at The Dylan. Read on below to discover what makes our collaborateurs an Amsterdam hotspot and why our cooperation is so unique.

 

Introducing: Stooker Specialty Coffee

Sweet, young, collaborative: This is the specialty coffee scene in Amsterdam. And no one captures the experience better than Stooker. The name comes from a building on Kastanjeplein, in which alcoholic beverages used to be stoked and where the Stooker HQ now sits. The same attention to craft and the desire to bring people together still remains.

Founded by coffee lovers and entrepreneurs Onno van Zanten and Florian Hessel, Stooker roasts and brews a wide selection of specialty coffees. They help entrepreneurs to serve specialty coffee and support them throughout the entire process, crossing all T’s and dotting all I’s: paying farmers proper prices, supplying cafe partners with consistent machines, training all baristas in their SCA certified academy and so much more.

“Everything we do is custom,” says Florian Hessel, “but it’s always with the same goal: To make sure the served cup of coffee is as good as it can possibly be.”

 

The best cup of coffee at The Dylan Hotel Amsterdam

Florian and Onno work with our Director of Operations Roel Ruijs and our Food & Beverage Manager Sam Hilkens to uphold that promise at Bar Brasserie OCCO and Restaurant Vinkeles, both located in The Dylan hotel.

“The coffee served at OCCO and Vinkeles at the moment is a single origin Brazilian coffee from the Minas Gerais region,” explains Florian. “We picked this one together with Roel and Sam, because it has loads of chocolate flavors and a full body. It’s a feel good coffee that works great with milk and is super consistent for the baristas to brew.”

This special Stooker brew is the perfect companion to the traditional Dutch custom of having a cookie alongside a coffee. And when visiting OCCO, this tradition is extra special: The cookie that is served with an espresso or cappuccino will elevate your coffee experience to the next level. “Sip on that cup, take a bite of the cookie and focus on the flavors for a second,” suggests Florian.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised!”

Quality coffee in a cosy Amsterdam hotspot

Though simple for some, coffee can also be a complex and highly versatile product. And that is what excites the teams at Stooker as well as at The Dylan. Ever the innovators, Florian and Onno believe that there is still lots to discover and to show and tell the guests at OCCO and Vinkeles.

“It’s a treat to be able to work together with people like Roel and Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers, who understand the diversity of the flavors that can be found in coffee and who are not afraid to try out different things,” enthuses Florian. “The whole hotel breathes quality, and that’s why we’re very proud to be a partner of The Dylan.”

Sample a delicious cup of Stooker Specialty Coffee during your breakfast, afternoon break or as an after-dinner treat while staying at The Dylan or dining at OCCO or Vinkeles. And visit their location at Kastanjeplein 2 in Amsterdam’s east end to pick up a bag of beans.



Portrait by Roel Ruijs.
Images of the roasters by Onno van Zanten.
Image of the Stooker Academy/HQ by Marten van Wijk.

 

 

Concierge’s Choice July: The Great Outdoors

Restaurateurs are sweeping their terraces, the parks have turned into a sea of green. Time to pack a picnic, dig out your swimsuit and soak up the warmth and joys of the great outdoors. In Amsterdam, that means lounging in the soft grass of a city park, going for a swim in the Amstel or people-watching on one of the countless terraces. See our July recommendations for all these activities below.

City parks for a (distanced) picnic
Various locations

Amsterdam is one of the greenest cities in Europe, thanks to its large variety of parks and grounds. No matter where in the city you currently find yourself, there’s a luscious speck of green nearby. Take a trip to the west and discover the beautiful Rembrandt Park, with its number of ponds, playgrounds and picnic spots, as well as De Uylenburg, Amsterdam’s oldest petting zoo. If you’re exploring the east, why not take a peek at the Oosterpark and its impressive sculpture garden and charming pavilion.

De Hortus Botanical Garden
Plantage Middenlaan 2a

For a more curated nature experience, we recommend visiting the De Hortus botanical garden near Amsterdam city centre. Currently they are offering an interesting exhibition titled ‘Brilliant Plants’, which examines how exactly plants eat, sleep, communicate and reproduce. You can also stroll through the greenhouses, including one filled with hundreds of tropical butterflies. Be sure to book your visiting time online in advance.

ARTIS Zoo
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40

Lions, tigers, bears – but also giraffes, ostriches, zebras and countless botanic treasures are waiting for you at the ARTIS Royal Zoo in Amsterdam’s centre. The planet’s natural diversity is represented here, from the forest to the savannah, from the aquarium to the planetarium. Whatever lifeform you’re curious about, you can book a timeframe online in advance and look forward to a colourful day of monkeying around.

Charming outdoor terraces
Various locations

For a different kind of zoo, we recommend sitting on one of the many gorgeous outdoor terraces in Amsterdam and doing some people-watching. Observe a parade of interesting passersby from the Brouwerij Troost in Westerpark or the terrace of cafe Brandstof in the Jordaan neighborhood. For a quiet drink, visit Bar Brasserie OCCO at The Dylan, which has a private secluded inner garden for ultimate relaxation after a long day of sightseeing.

Go for a swim

Various locations

Dip your toes or take a full dive into the cooling waterways of Amsterdam. If you’re keen on going for a swim in the city this July, your options are practically endless. Though you could head to the beach in Zandvoort, we recommend getting your hair wet like a true Amsterdammer: in the ponds. There are many spots along the Amstel, like at the Martin Luther King Park, where you can jump from the pier and splash around in the mighty river. Or visit the popular man-made beach area in Sloterplas in Amsterdam’s Nieuw West for a tropical time without leaving the city.

 

 

Front of Hotel The Dylan Amsterdam

Where the Locals Go: Discover The Dylan’s Immediate Surroundings

Who says you can only discover a city when you’re a tourist? Sometimes a staycation is all you need to see your home with fresh eyes. With The Dylan’s unbeatable location on the charming Keizersgracht, you will be close to all the sights, shops and attractions that make Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Culture & Museums

The Dylan is walking distance from a variety of museums that document both Dutch and world history. The Anne Frank House, where diarist Anne Frank was hiding during World War II, is located close by on the Prinsengracht. Huis Marseille, the first photography museum of the Netherlands, is practically next door and the Museum Het Grachtenhuis, dedicated to the history of Amsterdam’s famous canals, is also just around the corner.

Food & Drink

There’s no denying it: Dutch cheese is simply the best. And the best selection of cheeses, meats and wines is available at De Kaaskamer, which is located a few metres from The Dylan. Enjoy other nearby delicacies, like pralines from Chocolaterie Pompadour or have a drink at the quintessentially Dutch Café de Doffer. Whatever you’re in the mood to snack or sip on, Amsterdam’s best restaurants and cafes are just a short, picturesque stroll away.

Shopping & Lifestyle

Locals know to go to “De 9 Straatjes” when they’re in the mood to shop. Whatever your heart desires, you will find it one of the nine delightful streets densely packed with boutiques, restaurants, cafes, galleries and flagships of international brands. You can, for instance, discover luxury vintage fashion at L’etoile de Saint Honoré Vintage or pick up a new pair of frames from Dutch eyewear brand Ace & Tate. In the need of a shave and some art? Visit Artshop de Salon for both. With its seat on the Keizersgracht, The Dylan is conveniently situated right in the heart of the 9 Streets.

 

 

The Dylan & J.P. Audio Visual

To make our events extra special we work together with our partner J.P. Audio Visual.
The people behind J.P. know exactly how to provide the right equipment for any event.

We are very glad with their professionality and flexibility and that is why we dedicate an article to them in our Dylan Mag.

 

Who are J.P. Audio Visual?

J.P Audio Visual is a loyal and excellent service-oriented company with enthusiastic colleagues.
We rent out, sell, install and maintain all required footage and sound equipment. Think about desired light sources, Domotica applications and more, where and whenever you want. Temporary, mobile or in a permanent place. In a conference room, music temple, at home or in the office.

How did the collaboration between The Dylan & J.P. start?

Peter Wezenbeek, the owner of J.P. Audio Visual, introduced his company to The Dylan a couple of years ago. From the start we are very happy with our loyal and pleasant collaboration with The Dylan.

What can be the biggest challenge of working with hotels?

We prefer to work with any hotel, small or big, to adjust their wishes and needs so that we can offer customization. For most hotels this means that we have to take over many of their tasks by our excellent back office services, so we can take off the pressure of the employees and that everyone can work effectively. In this way, we make it easier for the hotel, the business guest and us, to achieve the desired goals.

Which memorable events and requests of The Dylan will stay with you?

We have seen beautiful events and party’s pass by, where we could offer our technic expertise. The one that appealed to the imagination the most will be the huge wedding party, where the idyllic character of The Dylan, the beautiful bride and the lightning placed by us came together as one wonderful spectacle.

The Dylan is a special location and we are looking forward being their preferred supplier for the next years.

Om onze evenementen extra speciaal te maken werken wij samen met onze partner J.P. Audio Visueel.
De mensen achter J.P. weten precies hoe ze een evenement moeten voorzien van de juiste apparatuur.

Wij zijn erg blij met hun professionaliteit en flexibiliteit en daarom wijden we graag een item aan J.P. in onze Dylan Mag.

Wie zijn J.P. Audio Visueel?

J.P. Audio Visueel is een loyale en op excellente service gerichte onderneming met enthousiaste collega’s. Wij verhuren, verkopen, installeren en onderhouden alle benodigde beeld- en geluidsapparatuur. In de ruimste zin van het woord: gewenste lichtbronnen, Domotica toepassingen en meer, waar en wanneer u maar wilt. Tijdelijk, mobiel of op een vaste plek. In een vergaderzaal, conferentieruimte, muziektempel, thuis of op de zaak.

Hoe is de samenwerking ontstaan tussen The Dylan & J.P?

Peter Wezenbeek heeft, als eigenaar van J.P. Audio Visueel, zijn bedrijf enige jaren geleden geïntroduceerd aan The Dylan. De samenwerking is vanaf het begin loyaal en prettig en daar zijn wij erg blij mee.

Wat kunnen de grootste uitdagingen zijn aan het samenwerken met hotels?

Wij willen graag met elk hotel, klein of groot, de samenwerking afstemmen op hun wensen en behoeften zodat we maatwerk kunnen bieden. Voor de meeste hotels betekent dit o.a. dat we veel van hun taken over laten nemen door onze excellente backoffice diensten zodat we hun medewerkers ontzorgen en iedereen effectief kan werken. Op deze wijze maken we het voor het hotel, de zakelijke gast en ons als partner veel makkelijker om de gewenste doelen te behalen.

Welke memorabele evenementen en verzoeken vanuit The Dylan blijven jullie bij?

We hebben prachtige events en feesten voorbij zien komen waar we een bijdrage met techniek mochten leveren. Degene die toch wel het meest tot de verbeelding sprak was een enorm bruiloftsfeest waarbij het idyllische karakter van The Dylan, de mooie bruid en de door ons geplaatste verlichting alles tot een prachtig schouwspel maakten.

The Dylan is een bijzondere locatie en we zien er naar uit om nog vele jaren de voorkeursleverancier te mogen zijn.

 

 

 

Concierge’s Choice June: Welcome to Summer

First and foremost, we’d like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our guests and readers of The Dylan Mag. It has been a challenging three months, however we’re happy to be able to once again open our doors and do what we do best: Provide you with an unforgettable stay in the beautiful heart of Amsterdam. Summer is an exciting time here and, although some safety measures are still in place, we have a great list of what to do to get the most out of June in the Dutch capital.

Cinemas in Amsterdam
Various locations

After nearly three months of watching Netflix, how refreshing it is to be able to go out to see a movie! Amsterdam is no stranger to the classic cinema. Think plush red seats, big screens and buttery popcorn. Head to The Movies on Haarlemmerdijk to watch the latest blockbusters as well as independent productions. Or try the student-run Kriterion in the east to see cult films or movies from up-and-comers. For that true old Hollywood feeling, go to Tuschinski in the centre and marvel at the glamorous art nouveau decorations. Tickets for all cinemas must be purchased online in advance.

Shopping in De 9 Straatjes
Amsterdam Canal Belt

Nothing beats strolling along the canals on a sunny afternoon and doing a bit of shopping. The famous 9 Streets – De 9 Straatjes – offer this idyllic experience. Go antiquing in one of the many vintage shops or peruse the latest fashions from local and international designers. Pick up a collection of art prints in one of the galleries or a coffee table book as a gift. Charming and compact, these intersecting streets house the crème de la crème of Amsterdam’s shopping scene – and staying at The Dylan puts you right in the heart of it, so book your room today.

Bar Brasserie OCCO
Keizersgracht 384

There’s only one way to satisfy post-shopping fatigue and it’s with an exquisite lunch or afternoon coffee at Bar Brasserie OCCO. Located in The Dylan and open all day, OCCO is where quality, service and craftsmanship meet to bring you dazzling refreshments, like bespoke cocktails and the one-of-a-kind High Wine service, as well as a delectable menu made up of classic brasserie dishes. Feast on duck breast with king oyster mushrooms or steak tartare while planning which shops to hit next. You can reserve a table here.

Vondelpark
Amsterdam-Zuid
Although it’s always one of the most popular spots in Amsterdam, these days the Vondelpark is the subject of additional appreciation. The park was first opened to the public in 1865 as a horseback riding and strolling park called Nieuwe Park. Renamed after the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel in 1877, Vondelpark comprises a mix of flora, including Dutch red chestnuts, catalpas and a variety of birch trees. Home to all sorts of birds, the park is probably best known for the flock of wild parakeets that can sometimes be spotted in the trees. Stroll or cycle down the tree-lined lanes, discover the handful of sculptures and enjoy the splendour of this grand and green gem of Amsterdam.

 

 

Bartender pouring a cocktail at Artem Bar

Bartender’s Choice: The Negroni

Never before have we witnessed such an extraordinary moment in the hospitality industry such as we do now.

When I arrived at The Dylan in Amsterdam during the Summer of 2019, it was after tending bar and creating seasonal craft cocktails in New York City for many years. Now, almost a year later, I am writing this article for The Dylan Mag, firmly at home and regrettably away from my “office” behind the bar at OCCO. What can I say? It was absolutely prudent to act early in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all from Covid-19. But I must admit that I miss shaking drinks for our guests to sip and enjoy. So I thought it would be wholly appropriate to showcase in this space a classic cocktail recipe, which anyone can make at home—no matter where home may be.

I’ve always been drawn to the Negroni, partly for its eye-catching ruby red glow, and equally because it can be enjoyed before and after dinner. It’s also a bit of a paradox: simple to put together, but shockingly complex in its expression. A classic Negroni calls for equal parts (30ml) of London Dry Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Campari. Stirred over ice until nicely chilled, and garnished with a generous orange twist. But that’s only a starting point. One of my favorite riffs on this classic is to substitute the Gin with an earthy and smokey mezcal that we keep behind the bar, such as Del Maguey. The Negroni can wear many hats—you can substitute Bourbon, Rum, and Cognac for the Gin—and it will work just as well. Every time. A perfect drink for mixing at home when your options might be limited.

Another reason this cocktail is on my mind is because at The Dylan right now there is a wooden barrel behind the bar. In anticipation for Spring, I started experimenting with a Negroni recipe that showcases Holland’s national spirit: Jenever. Taking a traditional product like Boompjes Jonge Jenever, and mixing it with a very fine sweet vermouth such as Carpano Antica Formula, and of course classic Campari, this blend has been aging for weeks in that very barrel. The Wood with the help of Time adds a crucial finishing character, rounding out all the sharp edges of the spirits, and creating a little liquid harmony. It’s easy to forget but sometimes, in the cocktail world, patience is a virtue.

So together we all wait. And while we do, I look forward to seeing that ruby red Barrel-Aged Dutch Negroni in the hands of our guests after this episode is far behind us.

– Artem Derkatch

 

 

Front Courtyard of Hotel The Dylan Amsterdam

Concierge’s Choice April: Explore Amsterdam Virtually

During times like these, when the whole world is unsettled and our usual routines restricted, it’s easy to focus too much on the negative. You might have had a trip planned to Amsterdam, which you now have to postpone for the time being. But don’t despair! We have decided that for this month’s Concierge’s Choice, we will recommend virtual destinations and must-sees in Amsterdam for you to enjoy at home. Let your mind and soul travel with our selection of cultural tips below – and be sure to connect with The Dylan online, where we continue to be available for you!

Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close
Visit the website

Dazzling, masterful and slightly eerie, enter the virtual Rijksmuseum for an up-close-and-personal tour of the paintings displayed in the museum’s popular Gallery of Honour. Rendered in the highest quality and complete with audio and informational details, enjoy a rare frontrow and tranquil viewing of masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch and Asselijn’s The Threatened Swan. While away the hours moving from painting to painting, and fully enjoy one of Amsterdam’s most revered cultural offerings.

Virtual Van Gogh Museum
Visit the website

Pay a visit to one of Amsterdam’s most brilliant artists at his virtual home: Go online to the Van Gogh Museum and discover the fantastic selection of digital collections, fun quizzes and lesson plans for children. Print and colour in Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers, unravel the hidden layers in his paintings on the Van Gogh app and take a ‘private’ virtual tour through the entire museum. To further pass the time, look up one of the many films that were inspired by his enduring art.

Take a 360 Tour through Amsterdam
Google Street View and 360 Stories

Spring is the time to take leisurely strolls through Amsterdam’s quaint streets and over the quintessential canals. Luckily you can still do so during the lockdown: Visit famous Amsterdam attractions like the Anne Frank House through Google Street View. Continue your virtual walk with 360 Stories, where you can transport yourself to Museumplein, Dam Square, Vondelpark and many more of Amsterdam’s best places.

Keukenhof Virtually Open
Visit the website

Closed to visitors until the 2021 season, the Keukenhof flower garden still wants to share the full glory of its blooming flower arrangements and displays with you online. Under the title Keukenhof Virtually Open (#keukenhofvirtuallyopen on social media), you can watch videos of gardeners showcasing the best parts of Keukenhof and introducing rare flower varieties. A little colour is exactly what’s needed right now.

King’s Day

Arguably the most anticipated event on the Dutch calendar, King Willem-Alexander’s birthday on April 27 is the biggest celebration in Amsterdam and all of the Netherlands. Usually, revellers take to the streets or float down the canals on boats, a bright sea of orange shirts and red, white and blue flags waving happily in the air. Although this year we will be celebrating indoors, it doesn’t mean we can’t eat, drink and be merry until the wee hours of the morning.

 

 

An Interview with Sjoerd van der Veen

Maintenance

What do you do at The Dylan and how long have you been here?

I work in the maintenance department at The Dylan. My background and skills are in carpentry and that’s primarily what I do. Many people are surprised that a hotel has a full time carpenter. But in 5-star-hotel like The Dylan, there are always projects for improvement in order to uphold the standard and luxury experience for our guests. A project that I might work on is a new closet for a room or structures for the foyer, for example.

All together I’ve worked at The Dylan for six years, however I left for a while in between in order to gain new experiences and sharpen my skills.

What’s the best part of your job?
Realizing projects in my own workshop. I love when a design or planned change to the hotel is suggested and I can think about the best approach. Watching as it all comes together is such a fantastic experience.

So there is a lot of creativity involved?
Definitely, from both sides, so from management and from my end. Mixing it together and seeing the result is very rewarding.

On an average day, do you collaborate a lot or do you tend to work alone?
It’s a bit of both. The technical service manager could approach me at any time with a project that needs to be handled right away. Then of course we have longer term projects that require constant communication between teams. Next week, for instance, we will be renovating a few showers and after that some rooms are getting new floors. We are never sitting still.

What does a typical day on the maintenance team look like?
On the maintenance team we have altogether five people and we all start our shifts together, which is very nice. We start the day with a coffee and twice a week one of us goes to the bakery to get some gevulde koeken, then we share what we did the evening before, check our emails. Most of the time we know what the day ahead will look like. If there is work in the kitchen, we have to start early because at 11 am the cooks are preparing lunch.

On a normal day, housekeeping might call and report something that needs to be checked out in a room. In a hotel there is always something. But if there is nothing urgent, we focus on our longer term projects. And even then no day is the same.

How do you contribute to the mission of giving guests an unforgettable stay?
We are always upgrading the hotel, in and outside of the rooms. Together the maintenance team ensures that The Dylan looks perfect at all times. I love the building so it’s a real pleasure to uphold it.

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
The most challenging thing is getting a job done in time. Many unexpected things can happen that might delay a project, but we always try to turn it around in time. It’s also important to ensure that everyone is happy with a result, especially keeping the guests in mind.

That’s always challenging with hospitality.
Indeed! I actually never thought I would work in hospitality when I’m older. And The Dylan is the perfect hotel to work at.

What’s your favorite place in Amsterdam to recommend to guests?
That always depends on what they are looking for, but I genuinely enjoy every part of Amsterdam. Just cycling through the city and discovering hidden streets. In Amsterdam there is so much behind every building, every door has a story behind it. You can always find something interesting to discover. I really like this and encourage guests to just explore. The Amsterdam forest is also an enchanting place to visit, so I would certainly recommend going there this Spring.