My best friend from abroad was visiting me in London, and after seeing all the wonderful sights in London, she wanted to explore another European city. Amsterdam has always been on my list of cities to visit and my friend also had relatives in this part of the world, which meant it made for the ideal city getaway.
We packed our bags and headed to Amsterdam, known as the home of bicycles as the main mode of transport, filled with quirky modern and traditional museums and of course, quaint canal houses.
We caught a plane from London to Amsterdam direct, which is approximately a short 1.5 hours in duration. Visitors who prefer land transport can also catch the Eurostar from London straight to Amsterdam which takes a little under 4 hours. Once at the airport, you can either arrange a transfer or catch the train to the city centre which takes less than 20 minutes. If you arrive by train, Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Centraal is located in the city centre which means you can walk to most attractions and of course, your hotel.
We decided to stay at Kimpton De Witt in the heart of Amsterdam. Kimpton, a US brand, opened this hotel as its first outside of North America. The brand is known for its lively interiors and quirky style. Therefore we appreciated the new hotel, which is beautifully designed, with modern lines, clean design and with an eclectic mix of modern, retro and Dutch inspired interiors.
The hotel, located in the Palace Quarter, was formerly a trio of canal houses and once home to Dutch playwright Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, and is located just a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
It boasts a popular restaurant, bar and has 274 rooms with a lavish three storey suite as the pièce de résistance, with two large king bedrooms and a seperate lounge.
There are many open spaces and green areas, filled with floor and hanging plants – creating a very tranquil ambience, which is welcome given the busy nature of the city. Guests are also able to rent bicycles from reception to visit the city and it is by far the best mode of transport given the multiple bicycle lanes.
The living green wall illuminated with a neon sign makes an inviting entrance on arrival, and this aesthetic follows on in the hotel which features Delft-inspired floor tiles in contrast to dark stained timber floors bordered with geometric patterned rugs, and bright pastel hues in the large spacious bedrooms, Atelier Areti bird lamps and a veritable aviary of Pols Potten porcelain parrots could also be found in our room.
…American style comfort food with Dutch influences and ingredients and the service is impeccable.
The restaurant, which we visited for both lunch and also for breakfast each day is known as Wyers. It serves American style comfort food with Dutch influences and ingredients and the service is impeccable.
Further there are plenty of highchairs for children and the staff were very accommodating when it came to my toddler. The lemon infused pancakes served each morning, coupled with a lovely cup of well brewed coffee are a must. If coffee is not your speed, the Amsterdam Blend Tea which is also available complimentary throughout the hotel, is fantastic.
As soon as we walked into our spacious deluxe twin room, we noticed the neutral blue and grey colour scheme, local artworks and Delftware references. Contemporary brushed gold furniture and modern decor set off the tone nicely for our stay.
The room was very well insulated we could not hear any outside noise, ideal when travelling with a toddler. The beds were comfy and the TV was huge. My favourite piece was the occassional chair, with its rich navy floral embroidery coupled with a sleek modern design, captures the essence of the hotel’s interior very well.
The bathroom was well designed with stark contrasting Escher-cube tiles and a large walk in shower. It is important to note that additional toiletries and amenities could be ordered direct from housekeeping, and the list is available in the room. The room also had a well stocked mini bar and coffee machine.
Things to do in Amsterdam
After exploring Amsterdam for the last couple of days, I decided to include some of our favourite things to within walking distance to the hotel.
We loved shopping at De Negen Straatjes or The Nine Streets, cobbled streets filled with smaller independent local boutiques vintage stores. After you’re done shopping, stop for lunch at one of the many cafes.
We visited the numerous museums from the Van Gogh Museum which has over 200 of his paintings, Rijkmuseum filled with Dutch masterworks to the Anne Frank House, a thought provoking sombre museum of one of Amsterdam’s former residents and her life, the diary and the secret annex during WWII.
De Nieuwe Kirk Amsterdam holds exhibitions on art and photography and has a rich religious history too. Official, royal and state ceremonies take place in this Church. And next door you will then find the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, which is open to the public and you can explore its rooms and halls.
Parks & outdoors, there are 30 parks to choose from! Vondelpark has 47 acres and an open air theatre, Westerpark, Sarphatipark and Rembrandtpark, all which have various restaurants, events and other attractions especially during the warmer months.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kimpton De Witt, the hotel combines American hospitality, with modernity, luxury and style in the heart of Amsterdam pushing the envelope when it comes to unique stays in a traditional city. The location was ideal, and in walking distance to most attractions.
Our, spacious twin deluxe room at Kimpton De Witt inclusive of breakfast starts at €260 per night and can be booked online here.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our stay in Amsterdam or at Kimpton De Witt do pop them down below!
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
*This is an honest review of Kimpton De Witt by way of a media stay in August 2019.