Kimpton De Witt hotel - Amsterdam, Netherlands
As its devoted fans will tell you, the Kimpton group can usually be relied on to deliver interesting hotels with lively interiors and quirkiness in equal measure. Appropriate then, that the San Francisco-based hotelier makes its European debut in Amsterdam.
A trio of canal houses in the Palace Quarter – including the 16th-century childhood home of Dutch playwright PC Hooft now reimagined as a three-storey suite – have been turned into a slick 274-room modernist folly that in-house creative director Ave Bradley has swathed with Delft-inspired floor tiles, dark stained timber floors bordered with geometric patterned rugs, bright pastel shades in the airy bedrooms, Atelier Areti bird lamps and a veritable aviary of Pols Potten porcelain parrots.
Meanwhile, the two-level penthouse on the sixth floor has the additional allure of a sunlit 30 sq m roof terrace that gives out over the city’s almost toy-like silhouette of rooftops.
The centrepiece of the property is the green entrance wall of florals and botanicals that leads eventually to a leafy flower shop, and a quiet interior garden that, as summer approaches, will be an ideal staging ground for pre-prandial drinks before adjourning to in-house restaurant Wyers for its Brooklyn-born chef Sam DeMarco’s Dutch-inflected American menu of lollipop chicken wings, roast meats and burgers.