Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam
Having only welcomed its first guests in May of this year, the Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam is already making waves after receiving an Ahead award nomination. Shortlisted in the Hotel Renovation and Restoration category, the hotel is Kimpton’s first in Europe.
Set within three original Dutch Golden Age-era building’s in the Palace Quarter neighbourhood, the hotel features a bold yet playful Dutch-inspired design. The hotel boasts 274 guest rooms including nine signature suites alongside Wyers Bar & Restaurant and Miss Louisa Coffee & Beignets.
Hagenaver GmBH was the main contractor on Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam. Working with Ave Bradley, Global SVP of Design and Creative Director of Kimpton Hotels, renowned architects Michaelis Boyd led the design of the hotel.
Founding Director Tim Boyd said:
“They wanted the hotel to be related to Amsterdam and didn’t want to appear as outsiders. It needed to fit in with the local aesthetic and the vibe of the city. The brief came more as a visual pack rather than a written one. We worked very closely with Ave Bradley to get the aesthetic right and try to create something dynamic and different within the look of the building.
“We’ve remodelled the entrance so there’s a new mirrored canopy over it and a green wall externally to try and pull people in. Previously the hotel didn’t market itself in the street at all but these new features now lead you into the building.
“When you move into the lobby one of the standout features is the Delft-inspired floor tiles. There are five or six patterns all jumbled up. Each tile was drawn up and individually set out with the contractor laying them out one by one as per our drawing. It was quite an undertaking but it was necessary because there was logic to the pattern.”
The bedrooms incorporate a playful design through surprising yet refined touches including amusing interpretations of classic Dutch art, custom desks, unique Aterlier Areti bird lamps and Pols Potten porcelain gold-dipped parrots.
Kimpton De Witt’s most inventive feature is the three-storey ‘Little House’ located inside the hotel. The house was once the childhood home of the famous Dutch playwright P.C. Hooft and dates back to the 1600s. Little House offers two king-sized rooms, a first floor living area and can be rented by groups interested in a heightened level of privacy.
The food offering is similarly stylish and high in quality. Wyers Bar & restaurant serves delicious American comfort food with Dutch influences. Guests and passers-by alike can grab a hot cup of coffee made with locally roasted coffee beans and fresh sugar-dusted beignets at Miss Louisa Coffee & Beignets walk-up window.
“It’s great to have received industry recognition with the Ahead Awards nomination. A lot of hard work goes into these projects and any recognition is greatly appreciated. It was a great privilege to work on this hotel because Kimpton is a well-respected American brand. To work on this first venture into Europe was fantastic and a joy to do.”
The immediate success of the Kimpton De Witt is a testament to its innovative design and the brand will hope to replicate a similar formula at its second European hotel in Paris when it opens in 2020.