by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 22, 2017
In the Netherlands, the 274-room Kimpton De Witt debuts today in Amsterdam's city center, the first Kimpton hotel to open in Europe. The property has been carved out of three Golden Age-era buildings as well as newer buildings from the 1980s in the Palace Quarter neighborhood near the city's Centraal Station, aiming to combine modern luxury with historical elegance.
"Amsterdam is in many ways a perfect fit for Kimpton's first European hotel," said Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. "The city is effortless in design, highly diverse, light-hearted and known to be a hotbed of creativity, all of which are pillars of the Kimpton brand. We'll be bringing Kimpton to Paris next and have big plans for other cities across the Continent."
A unique offering is the "house within a hotel," the three-story Little House featuring two king guest rooms and a lounge. Perfect for hospitality events, the vintage 1500s home was once the address of playwright P.C. Hooft (1581-1647). The De Witt's sixth-floor suite, with a fireplace, a spiral staircase and a 324-square-foot terrace, overlooks the city.
For dining and snacks, the hotel has opened the Wyers Bar and Restaurant, a rustic restaurant serving wood-fired comfort food and local craft beers, described as American fare with a European twist. Miss Louisa Coffee & Beignets is a streetside window for made-to-order beignets and a selection of coffee drinks. The House Bar features "hyperlocal" gins and jenevers (also known as Dutch gin). Other amenities include complimentary VanMoof bikes for exploring the city, and a hosted social hour every day at 5 p.m.
"We've been busy immersing ourselves in the lively culture of this amazing city and are excited to be part of it," said Mike Robinson, general manager of the Kimpton De Witt. "As with all Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, guests can expect an exceptionally personal approach to service, regionally-inspired design and a truly authentic local feel."