Discovering the freshness of a really cool hotel in Amsterdam that offers a luxurious stay.
Imagine leaving a gloomy, drizzling Athenian weather and landing at sunny Amsterdam. Not a common occurence at all, n’est-ce pas? I was lucky enough to experience this unexpected but so pleasant transition during the heaviest month of winter, last January! And I was also lucky enough to gaze at the blue sky of the Dutch capital from the cutest attic suite in the city, at Kimpton De Witt, a really cool hotel in Amsterdam. You see Kimpton De Witt is housed in two original Renaissance buildings, in the heart of Amsterdam’s Palace Quarter, a stone’s throw away from the Central Station of Amsterdam, offering an authentic Amsterdammer stay.
What a cool hotel in Amsterdam looks like
I loved the room with the trademark beamed ceiling from the moment I entered. And it kept growing on me. Decorated in a cozy luxurious style inspired by Dutch design, this King Executive room was full of cool surprises for the guest to discover! From sweet macarons and prosecco to an assortment of teas to enjoy in the most adorable china made by Pip Studio, Kimpton De Witt hotel had us at hello. All these lovely details together with stylish mid-century furniture created a cozy ambience. In the room, there was also one of the most photogenic Gubi Beetle chairs I have ever seen, with patterns in vivid blue hues.
Books on the city and photography or artworks inspired by Dutch classic themes completed the homely feel. The fresh tailored design of the hotel included plush king size beds, spa-like bathrooms with rain showers and natural Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries, a yoga mat and Frette bathrobes for a luxe boutique comfort.
Interiors and design at Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
I had a tour to several spectacularly designed rooms that are housed in original 17th century buildings. I started to observe the decorative style of the hotel and loved its kind of warm, unconventional luxury. Refined touches like bird-shaped reading lamps, abstract spins on classic Dutch art and pops of brilliant blues and emerald greens paying homage to historic Delft tiles.
The best way to experience a stay at Kimpton De Witt is The Penthouse or “The Little House”. Penthouse De Witt has two storeys and a 30 square meters rooftop terrace that provides a spectacular panoramic view over Amsterdam’s city centre. The Penthouse features a fireplace, wet bar and dining table suitable for 8 persons. The unique Little House is a special three storey house which happened to be the childhood home of Dutch playwright P.C. Hooft.
The hotel is designed by Michaelis Boyd, a London based interior designer and architect. Apart from mixing traditional and contemporary design in the rooms, Michaelis Boyd reworked the ground floor of the hotel to provide a series of cozy, also immaculately designed lounge spaces.
Full of relaxing areas and unique pieces of furniture, books and modern artworks, Kimpton de Witt’s lobby is one of the most enjoyable and visually appealing for guests to hang out.
Super Lyan at Kimpton de Witt
Super Lyan is the newly opened cocktail bar in the hotel – the first international bar of the award-winning Ryan Chetiyawardana a.k.a. Mr Lyan in London. The all day casual cocktail Bar and Garden offers coffee and (vegan) donuts by day and cocktails and bites late into the night. World-renowned designer Jacu Strauss (Tom Dixon, Sea Containers, Pulitzer Amsterdam) and his team at Lore Studio were responsible for the design that contains distinct shapes and playful, candy-coloured elements that nod to the optimistic fifties. With its optimistic 50’s design, perfectly fine-tuned cocktails and delicious bar bites, Super Lyan is a bustling dedicated cocktail bar with an eclectic living room.