Prinsengracht 587; amsterdam. prinsengracht.andaz.com
Around the corner on Keizersgracht canal, the 40-room Dylan hotel is a classy choice. It’s on the site of a 17th-century theatre whose stage was once graced by Vivaldi – a fire in 1772 destroyed all but the stone entrance, after which it was rebuilt to house the Catholic Old and Poor People’s Office, before becoming the Dylan in 1999. A standout feature is the tree-lined inner garden, surrounded by the townhouses that make up the property. It’s a pretty, private venue for gatherings of up to 250 people, and can be covered and heated in winter. In combination with the adjacent indoor Long Gallery, 350 guests can be accommodated (up to 450 if you do an exclusive buyout of the property).
Other options include the skylit Ariana room, which holds 110 theatre-style and can be used with the adjoining Courtyard room, and the 35-capacity Regent’s room.