Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
What We Love
- Of the five buildings it occupies are three historic 1640s homes
- The bar's expertly crafted cocktails that riff on Amsterdam's gin history
- Free-to-use VanMoof bicycles for exploring town
What To Know
- The hotel is within a 10-minute walk of the central train station
- On-site restaurant and beignet stand make a case for modern American comfort food abroad
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Located off a bustling Amsterdam sidewalk, De Witt’s stark exterior belies its warm, boutique feel. Although technically part of Kimpton, the design team worked hard to make the hotel (housed in five adjoining townhouses, three of which date back to the Renaissance) feel like part of the city’s fabric: a 17th-century poet’s apartment has been transformed into a three-story suite, the bar is lined with historic wallpaper, seating areas are decorated with local gallery art, and you’ll even find modern takes on traditional Delft tiles in guest room showers. This isn’t to say that the San Francisco-based brand resisted adding touches of Americana into the grand scheme. There’s a cute beignet and coffee window serving piping-hot pastries, while the onsite restaurant, Wyers, is all about modern takes on American comfort food. Whatever you do, don’t skip cocktails at the bar: the bartenders are experts at their craft and well-versed in the city’s long and storied history of gin production.
In the Area
You can’t get more central—or closer to onward transit—than this property. Amsterdam Centraal is about 10 minutes away on foot, while the hotel’s fleet of bicycles puts the rest of the city within easy reach. From the hotel, it’s just 10 minutes by bike to major sights like the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, a 13-minute walk to the Anne Frank House, and less than 20 minutes on foot to Jordaan, an chic neighborhood great for shopping. For those who enjoy a brisk jog, the hotel’s general manager leads morning runs.
How to Get There
I stayed in the hotel with my mother for 1 night in July 2019. Location is perfect, 5 minutes from Dam Square and from Amsterdam Centraal. Rooms were comfortable, cosy and stylish. Staff were very friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed wine hour from 5-6pm. Fresh water and tea was also readily available. We even got stroopwafels on check out.
We arrived early in the morning and the room was available. Super! Friendly staff, chic public areas. Above average room quality and style. Super convenient location walkable to everything.
I would come again.
We stayed at the Kimpton for 2 days in July 2019 with our kids. The Kimpton arranged interconnecting deluxe rooms for us which was a huge bonus as it’s not always easy to get connecting rooms in Europe.
The hotel has a cool chic vibe and they have really nailed the social areas around the lobby including quirky bar and solid restaurant Wyld. We loved the free wine hour between 5 and 6pm. Everything about the decor is very on trend circa 2018/19.
Check in was a breeze late at night but during the day our check out was chaotic and the reception area really isn’t big enough to comfortably accommodate the hordes that are frequently checking in and out during the peak day hours. Some more formal organization of the queues would be welcome by all guests.
We enjoyed the breakfast, yes it’s basic but that’s what you get pretty much everywhere else in Europe. The smoked salmon in particular is fantastic. Some more fruit options are badly needed. Apparently there is a small a la carte breakfast menu but it wasn’t offered to us or anyone else. They will do eggs on demand. Dinner at Wyld was good and very reasonably priced.
The rooms are nice without being spectacular. They have gone for a quirky and sophisticated but fairly restrained palette which works well. The bathrooms are a little pokey especially the one person only showers and given the rooms are not tiny they should have made the bathrooms a bit bigger in the recent conversion from Crowne Plaza to Kimpton.
Our deluxe rooms had a view of the residential building next door despite requesting a room with a view. Yes I could have asked to change but when you check in late at night after a long day of traveling with kids sometimes you just can’t be bothered. The hot water in our room was tepid in the mornings but the kids room had great hot water.
The location is good particular for first time Amsterdam visitors although I think for kids it’s just a little bit seedy (although not dangerous) with all the sex shops and marijuana coffee shops and retailers in extremely close proximity. Everything is central to the hotel and can pretty much be accessed on foot.
I liked the hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a base for a short stay in Amsterdam.
Love everything about this hotel
Quirky and friendly
Nothing is too much trouble
It was my husbands 50th and they put champagne and chocolates in the room which was a Lovely surprise.
Absolutely love Amsterdam and this hotel is a great place to stay
An excellent location for everything.
Can’t wait to return
The accomodation is very central and clean. The rooms a re a decent size and service is also good.
My only negative comment is that we arrived about 5pm and our room was not ready. After a 22 hour flight all we wanted was a shower and to relax. Not all was lost we walked around for a couple of hours but overall nice place to stay and can recommend.