It’s the first Kimpton property in Europe.

By Christopher Tkaczyk
May 20, 2017
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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is opening its first property in Europe on Monday in Amsterdam’s busy Palace Quarter neighborhood in the city center. Located in a former Crowne Plaza property, the Kimpton De Witt has been renovated and is part of three original houses that were built during the Dutch Golden Age, just steps from Centraal Station.

A city with more bicycles than people, Amsterdam is a perfect next location for Kimpton, long known for offering free bike rentals to guests at most of its locations. Visitors statying at the De Witt can explore the city on VanMoof bikes, as well as indulge in free happy hour wine pours every day at 5 p.m.

One special feature of the Kimpton De Witt is its “house within a hotel.” The De Witt’s Little House is a three-story suite with three king-size rooms and a lounge and is located in a 15th century building that was once owned by the playwright P.C. Hooft. The Little House is designed for events, such as weddings, group dinners, and parties. Guests also have an option to stay in a sixth floor apartment that features a fireplace, spiral staircase, and a 323-sqare foot terrace.

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The hotel’s 274 guest rooms were designed by Kimpton’s creative director Ave Bradley with an homage to the neighborhood’s Renaissance architecture. In-room amenity kits have natural skin care products from local brand Marie-Stella-Maris. There’s also an on-site flower shop, a café serving made-to-order beignets, and an open-air garden to offer a relaxing oasis from the busy streets outside.

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The De Witt is also bringing American comfort food to Amsterdam, albeit with a local flair. The Wyers Bar and Restaurant’s menu includes wood-fired options and local craft beers. The House Bar has a long list of local gins and genevers.

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Last year, Kimpton opened its first hotel outside of the U.S. with the Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman. More new openings in Europe are on the horizon, including a Kimpton hotel in Paris scheduled to open by 2020.