Am­s­ter­dam, The Nether­lands

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The low­down A neo-amer­i­can out­post in old Am­s­ter­dam. Best for Sight­seers and shop­pers who en­joy city strolling. As you thumb through a copy of The New York Times af­ter a break­fast of beef brisket hash, you’d be for­given for think­ing you’d wo­ken up in Man­hat­tan rather than the home of Rem­brandt and Anne Frank. But the De Witt is the first ma­jor out­post of the US ho­tel chain Kimp­ton in Europe and its Yan­kee take on all things Dutch makes for an in­trigu­ing combo. And once you’ve added in some UK de­sign – lead­ing ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice Michaelis Boyd worked with Kimp­ton’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Ave Bradley to re­fur­bish the place – then in­trigu­ing turns into some­thing ex­cep­tional. It helps if you have some 17th-cen­tury build­ings to use as a start­ing point, but the bulk of the ho­tel dates from the Eight­ies, and it’s here where the vi­sion of golden age Am­s­ter­dam re­worked in mod­ern fash­ion re­ally takes shape. So, for ex­am­ple, you might walk across graphic blue and white en­caus­tic floor tiles, in­spired by trad Delft de­signs, see sleek, in­dus­trial-style light fit­tings teamed with play­ful Pols Pot­ten ce­ram­ics or spot a neon art­work on a liv­ing green wall. With its cen­tral lo­ca­tion within easy ac­cess to ev­ery­thing the Dutch cap­i­tal has to of­fer, this place is hard to beat. Book it Dou­ble rooms from ap­prox £250 (kimp­ton­de­wit­tho­

FROM TOP Con­tem­po­rary blue and white floor tiles hint at tra­di­tional in­flu­ences in the Kimp­ton De Witt lobby; the sixth-floor Pent­house ter­race; and Dutch art and fresh, mod­ern lines in one of the luxe bed­rooms

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