Kimpton De Witt will open this year as the first Kimpton hotel and restaurant outside of the Americas. The hotel will be situated in the heart of Amsterdam's vibrant city centre and near Amsterdam’s Centraal station. Set within three original Renaissance-era buildings, it will feature 274 guest rooms, including 15 signature rooms and suites (many with terraces), and eight meeting rooms. Wyers Bar & Restaurant, run by executive chef Sam de Marco, will offer American staples with a Dutch twist. Tom Rowntree, vice president, Upscale & Luxury Brands, Europe, IHG, says: “It is perfect that the first Kimpton to open outside of the Americas is within Europe as this is the continent that inspired Bill Kimpton to found the brand. The hotel has merged the features that make staying at a Kimpton so memorable together with the playful side of Amsterdam’s culture and we can’t wait for guests to be able to experience it.” The hotel will also feature a “house within a hotel” – a four storey ‘Little House’ which was once the childhood home of Dutch playwright, P.C. Hooft and dates back to the 1500s. The Little House can be rented privately for groups and offers ground floor meeting space, first floor living space including its own bar. Other features include a flower shop within the hotel and a coffee and beignet walk-up window. Mike Robinson, who has over 12 years of experience within the hospitality industry, ten of those with Kimpton, has been appointed general manager of the property.
In his recent time with Kimpton, Robinson ran the flagship 335 room Kimpton Palomar in Washington DC, and been instrumental in the openings of several Kimpton hotels in the Americas such as the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida. Robinson says: “After ten years with Kimpton in the Americas, it’s an honour to be a part of the story that brings the brand to Europe I am excited to be bringing Kimpton’s personal approach to service to Amsterdam – the spirit of the city and its people fit our brand so well.”