March 06 2011
Amsterdam’s paragon of chic boutique style, The Dylan (first picture, www.dylanamsterdam.com; from €315) – an Anouska Hempel-designed masterpiece that opened in 1999 as Blakes – will début totally refurbished rooms later this month. Some will mourn the demise of Hempel’s inimitable Zen-Dutch-colonial interiors, which made this one of the most original places to stay on the Continent; others will be pleased to find the accommodation now reflecting the much more contemporary library, bar and lounge, all reimagined a few years ago. Also new, and at one of Amsterdam’s grander dames, the Hotel De l’Europe, is the all-suite Dutch Masters Wing (www.leurope.nl; from €940).
Whichever you choose, time your visit to catch The Temporary Stedelijk 2 (www.stedelijk.nl), a clever new showing of permanent collections at Amsterdam’s excellent modern-art museum, itself just open and gorgeous again after a seven-year closure for renovation.
And if you’re in Paris at month’s end, and in particular need of a Chareau card table or a Le Corbusier chaise, Christie’s (www.christies.com) is auctioning the Gourdon Collections – a splendid assemblage of early-20th-century furniture and decorative arts, estimated at £40m to £60m – at the Palais de Tokyo (March 29-31).