KIMPTON De WITT
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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 (kimptondewitthotel.com).
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