Your second home in Amsterdam
TEXT: ARNE ADRIAENSSENS | PHOTOS © KIMPTON DE WITT
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, boutique hotel Kimpton De Witt is the ideal hub to explore the city from. With their personal approach and original, modern design, they make you feel at home in no time. At their brand-new neighbourhood restaurant-cocktail bar Super Lyan, you can top off your visit with some gastronomical fireworks.
Although just a 15-minute drive from Amsterdam National Airport, Kimpton De Witt is located within walking distance of hotspots like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Yet, the cosy boutique hotel is more than just another sleeping spot among Amsterdam’s must-sees. “We aim to be a second home to our guests,” says Sarah Post, director of sales and marketing. “By providing an informal, warm service in a modern yet homey setting, guests immediately feel welcome upon arrival. During our daily wine hour in the lobby, we get to know them even better. This way, we discover how they experience their stay and provide them with some personal advice on which hidden pearls to visit.”
In the minimalist yet cosy setting of the hotel, some gentle touches of Dutch folklore stand out. “The tulips on the table, the Dutch masters against the wall and bits of Delft Blue everywhere you look constantly remind you where you are,” says general manager Bart van de Brug. “Unlike many other hotels, Kimpton De Witt is tailor-made for Amsterdam.” That same eye for detail, you can stumble upon at Super Lyan, the neighbourhood restaurant-bar which opened its doors on the premises last month. “Besides great coffees, fresh stroopwafels and surprising dishes, the cocktails of London’s most celebrated cocktail guru Mr Lyan adorn the menu. Therefore, it is not just another hotel bar, but rather the talk of the town. Super Lyan is the place where our guests and Amsterdam’s locals meet over a spectacular cocktail.”
Inspired by the personal hotels he saw in Europe, American Bill Kimpton founded the first Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco in 1981. Today, the successful chain counts no less than 68 charming hotels. With the opening of Kimpton De Witt, the company opened its first branch outside the Americas, quickly followed by many others in the United Kingdom and Asia. Today, Kimpton is founding many more dream destinations in, among other places, Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Rotterdam.