Kimpton De Witt Hotel in Amsterdam

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 12, 2018

Review of Hotel Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – American-style hospitality in a centrally located historic hotel.

Incorporating two 17th century houses, and a revamped 1980’s building, Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam brings contemporary style and comfort to one of central Amsterdam’s liveliest streets. The decor is all soothing blues and greys, punctuated by splashes of contemporary art and glimpses of original features: heavy wooden beams and stained glass. Rooms are spacious, well-insulated from street noise, and full of thoughtful touches: Nespresso machines, LEFF Bluetooth speakers, large TVs, ultra-comfortable beds, rain showers in bathrooms. On-site dining is USA-meets-Holland, and service is polished and attentive.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – Location

  • Address: Nieuwezijdz Voorburgwal 5, 1012 RE Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk.
  • Area: On a busy street in the Medieval Centre. Numerous attractions, bars, and restaurants right on the doorstep, the historic Canal Belt and the main departure point for canal boat tours are both a couple of minutes’ walk away, and both Dam Square and Centraal Station are less than 9 minutes’ walk. Frequent trams run to the Museum Quarter (18 minutes) from a tram stop that’s 3 minutes away on foot.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then walk for 5 minutes.
  • Handy to: Centraal Station, historic canal ring, Dam Square, Royal Palace.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – The Basics

  • Ages: The hotel has an adult vibe to it, and guests tend to be a mix of sightseers on a city break and business travelers. Children are welcome though.
  • View: The 274 rooms overlook either the busy Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal street or the narrow, medieval streets behind the hotel. The higher-up rooms and suites look out over the rooftops of the historic center.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Parking: There is secure parking onsite for €50 per day.
  • Extras: There is complimentary wine and snacks in the lobby for guests between 5pm and 6pm. All rooms come with Gaiam yoga mats and honor bars stocked with wine, craft beer, and snacks. Complimentary Van Moof bicycles available for guest use on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-620-0500
  • Email[email protected]
  • Website: kimptondewitthotel.com

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa, but massages can be arranged in-room.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped gym onsite.
  • For Disabled Guests: 3 adapted rooms for guests with disabilities, plus elevators with Braille.
  • For Families: There are no special child-friendly facilities besides high chairs in the restaurant. Babysitting services can be arranged on request.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Stylish Wyers Bar & Restaurant (11.30am-2.30pm & 5-10pm; longer opening hours on weekends) specializes in American comfort food prepared with local ingredients, with meats seared on a custom live-fire grill. Dinner reservations recommended. • $$-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Located in a 1645 private residence, the House Bar comes with original features such as beamed ceiling and leather wallpaper, and stocks over 50 Dutch gins and jenevers. It’s known for its classic cocktails, with a few originals thrown in. Open daily until 1am.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. A substantial buffet breakfast (available between 6.30am and 10.30am) with some unusual extras such as chicken with rice and kimchi, and roasted asparagus, costs €21 per person.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service available from Wyers Bar & Restaurant.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – Rooms

  • Room Types: One Bed Standard • Queen Bed • Twin Deluxe • Two Double Bed Deluxe • King Standard • King Deluxe • King Executive • King Junior Suite • King Studio with Terrace • Penthouse De Witt • Little House
  • Smoking Rooms: Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Penthouse De Witt comes with a fireplace, 8-seater private dining room, and a free-standing bath, in addition to the rain shower and excellent city views from the private 7th floor terrace.
  • For Families: The 2-bedroom Little House with a spacious living area is a good option for families.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – Local Transport

  • Walking: The historic canal ring and Dam Square are just a few minutes on foot; walkable to attractions in the Medieval Centre and Red Light District; Museum Quarter is around 18 minutes by tram.
  • Tram: From the nearby Nieuwezijds Kolk stop, trams run north to Centraal Station, and south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter.
  • Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long, small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 3-minute walk.
  • Amsterdam City Tours – Coach tours depart for the Keukenhof flower gardens and Zaanse Schans windmills from the I Amsterdam tourist office. Start location: 3-minute walk.
  • Stromma – Open boat canal tours, hop-on, hop-off boats, and 100 Highlights canal cruise. Start location: 4-minute walk.
  • That Dam Guide – Intimate, small-group, 2-hour tours that provide an excellent all-round view of the sex industry. Guides explain Amsterdam’s laws and working conditions, and point out the good and bad sex shops, peep shops, live theaters, and strip clubs. Start location: 5-minute walk.
  • Prostitution Information Centre – Fascinating information center where you get the answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Amsterdam’s prostitution industry. Hour-long walking tours (€15 per person) depart from here at 5pm on Saturdays. Start location: 7-minute walk.
  • Offbeat Amsterdam: Amsterdam Red Light District Tours – Several options of Red Light District walking tour – with a group, with a private guide, and with exclusive private guides who’ve worked in the sex industry for decades. Start location: 9-minute walk.
  • Rederij Kooij – Private canal tours in a vintage wooden boat. Start location: 15-minute walk.
  • Blue Boat Company – Open-boat cruises, themed kids’ cruises, evening cruises, and Hard Rock burger cruises. Start location: 17-minutes.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • De Silveren Spiegel – Beautifully presented contemporary takes on Dutch dishes in an atmospheric house dating back to 1614. 5 to 8-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Romance your loved one here. 3-minute walk.
  • Ashoka Restaurant – Bright and breezy Indian and Nepalese restaurant with numerous vegetarian options. 4-minute walk.
  • La Zoccola del Pacioccone – Tiny pizzeria, authentic Italian pizzas and beer, and good vibes. 5-minute walk.
  • Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. 5-minute walk.
  • Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. 5-minute walk.
  • De Belhamel – Romantic French restaurant serving the likes of sea bass risotto and sirloin with fondant potatoes. Great canal-side location. 6-minute walk.
  • Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. 7-minute walk.
  • Anna – White tablecloths, imaginative modern Dutch fare, terrific list of global and organic wines, and a fine location overlooking the Oude Kerk. 8-minute walk.
  • Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. 9-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • In de Wildeman – Former distillery turned beer café with an excellent selection of Dutch and Belgian beers, 18 brews on tap, and a quiet ambience: good for conversation. 3-minute walk.
  • In ‘t Aepjen – Atmospheric local watering hole inside one of very few remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam, with vintage jazz on the stereo. 5-minute walk.
  • In de Olofspoort – A jenever tasting house, accessed through the former city gate, with an incredible range of the venerable Dutch spirit. 5-minute walk.
  • De Drie Fleschjes – Characterful 17th century tasting house that specializes in liqueurs and jenevers. The accompanying snack of choice here is meatballs. 6-minute walk.
  • Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barley wines, and other brews on tap. 6-minute walk.
  • ‘t Arendsnest – Dutch beer only: almost 200 bottled brews, and 30 on tap. Choose between the canal-side terrace, or the gorgeous brown café interior, complete with copper jenever boilers. 7-minute walk.
  • Café Belgique – Chilled-out Belgian beer bar, with 8 brews on tap at the carved wooden bar, and many more bottled options. 7-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – The Hotel

Wyers Bar & Restaurant specializes in American comfort food.

Wyers Bar & Restaurant (11.30am-2.30pm & 5-10pm) specializes in American comfort food, with steaks seared on a custom grill. Dinner reservations a good idea.

The House Bar features an excellent range of Dutch gins, jenevers, and cocktails.

The atmospheric House Bar (open till 1am) has an extensive range of Dutch gins and jenevers, and does good classic cocktails.

Deluxe Twins and Doubles are bright, and feature standard amenities.

The roomy Deluxe Twins and Doubles get plenty of natural light, standard amenities, and not much of a view.

Some Deluxe room bathrooms have showers as well as bathtubs.

Some of the Deluxe rooms come with a bath as well as walk-in shower.

King Rooms offer better city views and spacious bathrooms.

The King rooms get a better city view, being on higher floors, plus rain showers in the spacious bathrooms.

Executive King rooms feature original heavy wooden beams as part of the decor.

Some of the Executive King rooms showcase the original features of the historic building they’re in, such as the heavy wooden beams.

The spacious King Junior Suite is located on the top floor.

The atmospheric King Junior Suite is located on the top floor, and has a spacious living area.

All 3 suites feature soaking tubs.

The 3 suites all come with deep soaking tubs.

King Studio with Terrace has its own little rooftop terrace.

The King Studio with Terrace benefits from its own private little rooftop terrace.

The Penthouse Suite features a spacious living area.

The Penthouse Suite has a particularly spacious living area.

The Penthouse Suite's private terrace offers excellent city views.

The best city views in the hotel are from the private terrace of the Penthouse Suite.

Centraal Station is a major hub for trains, trams, and metro.

The hotel sits on the busy Niewezijds Voorburgwal thoroughfare and tramway. Centraal Station, the Netherlands’ main train hub, is 3 blocks north of the hotel, across the Open Havenfront waterway. From in front of the train station, trams run all over the city. There’s also the entrance to the metro.

Chills & Thrills is recommended for top quality magic truffles and weed.

A block north of the hotel, the pedestrian Nieuwendijk lane leads west towards the historic canal ring. This is one of the most tourist-heavy parts of town, but tacky souvenir shops and kebab takeouts aside, here you can pick up quality magic truffles and weed from a number of shops. Chills & Thrills is locally recommended.

De Silveren Spiegel offers fine dining in a 17th century house.

If you take one of the tiny lanes that branch off Nieuwendijk to the south, you find yourself facing De Silveren Spiegel, an early 17th century house turned Dutch fine dining venue. Expect creaky floors, low ceilings, and multi-course tasting menus; reserve ahead.

De Belhamel is known for its quality French menu and canal-side location.

West across the Singel canal and overlooking the picturesque Brouwersgracht canal, De Belhamel stands out for the quality of its French dishes and its pleasant canal-side terrace. It’s one of the few good restaurants at the northern edge of the historic canal ring.

Ashoka offers a good selection of inexpensive Indian and Nepalese dishes.

Branching off from Niewezijds Voorburgwal, and running parallel to it all the way south to Spui square, busy Spuistraat has a number of worthwhile restaurants and shops. Ashoka, a block south of the hotel, is a good bet for vegetarians, with an extensive menu of inexpensive Indian and Nepalese dishes.

Rush Hour Records is popular for its superb vinyl range.

Another block south, Rush Hour Records is a worthwhile stop for music lovers, with a particularly strong house and techno vinyl range.

Torensluis square is by the Singel canal, and leads to the historic canal ring.

A little further south and to the west, the tiny Torensluis square overlooks the Singel canal, and is one of the gateways to the historic canal ring.

Puccini Bomboni specializes in the city's best handmade chocolates.

Facing Torensluis is a branch of Puccini Bomboni, some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates.

Amsterdam Duck Store sells novelty rubber ducks.

A short walk west is the Amsterdam Duck Store; novelty rubber ducks range from Harry Potter and Madonna to Game of Thrones characters.

‘t Arendsnest serves 200+ bottled and 30+ on tap Dutch beers.

A block north along Herengracht canal, ‘t Arendsnest is the perfect haunt for beer lovers: it serves over 200 Dutch bottled beers, over 30 on tap, and has both an atmospheric interior and a wonderful canal-side terrace.

Breda offers imaginative, seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

Just south of Torensluis is Breda, one of the most imaginative restaurants in the city, the higher-end sister to Guts & Glory (off Rembrandtplein), and a great place to bring a date. Reserve well ahead for the seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

Westermarkt tram stop is close to Westerkerk and Anne Frank House.

Around 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel (or a short tram ride) is Westermarkt, with one of the city’s best Belgian fry takeouts beneath the Westerkerk. This is the tram stop you want if you wish to visit the Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank House is one of the city's most popular attractions.

Half a block north of Westermarkt is the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis, and one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions. Book your ticket online to beat the queues.

Nationaal Monument is a major tourist attraction in Dam square.

East of Torensluis is Dam, Central Amsterdam’s busiest square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.

The Royal Palace is a major tourist attraction.

The big attraction here is the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, you can check out the sumptuous rooms.

Nieuwe Kerk is known for its beautiful chancel and temporary exhibitions.

Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel, and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.

Magna Plaza is an upmarket shopping center featuring jewelry and fashion boutiques.

Directly behind the Royal Palace, on the busy Niewezijds Voorburgwal thoroughfare, is the Magna Plaza, a grand, upmarket shopping center filled with jewelry shops and fashion boutiques.

Mark Raven Amsterdam Art sells Amsterdam-inspired memorabilia and t-shirts.

A block north, the central branch of Mark Raven Amsterdam Art sells posters of Amsterdam cityscapes, and t-shirts adorned with Amsterdam scenery.

The Old Amsterdam Cheese Store is the go-to place for Dutch cheeses.

From Dam, the Medieval Centre’s other main thoroughfare, Damrak, runs to Centraal Station. Most shops along Damrak are heavily geared towards tourists. So is the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store, but it’s still an excellent place to pick up a range of Dutch cheeses as souvenirs.

Heinen Delfts Blauw sells Holland's famous blue-and-white ceramics.

Nearby is Heinen Delfts Blauw, the most central branch of the store that sells the famous blue-and-white ceramics that Holland is known for. You can get anything from collectors’ pieces to inexpensive souvenirs here.

Most canal cruise boat companies offer cruises from the dock off Damrak.

Just off Damrak is the dock for most canal cruise boat companies. Have a look at a few, since some offer open-boat and small group tours that can explore the narrow, less well-trodden canals, while others have large boats that may only navigate the main canals.

Sexmuseum Amsterdam is the city's most entertaining erotic museum.

Across the street from the boat dock, Sexmuseum Amsterdam is the most entertaining of the city’s erotic museums, with several floors of the world’s earliest nude photos, X-rated ceramics through the ages, mannequins recreating scenes from the Red Light District, and more. Over-18s only.

Niuewendijk shopping street stretches between the Niewezijds Voorburgwal and Damrak thoroughfares.

Kimpton de Witt sits on the edge of the maze of medieval tiny lanes that stretches between the Niewezijds Voorburgwal and Damrak thoroughfares. They’re dotted with atmospheric bars and bisected by the pedestrian shopping street, Niuewendijk, that runs all the way south to Dam square.

In De Wildeman specializes in Dutch and Belgian beers.

2 blocks south of the hotel, tiny Kolkstraat hides In De Wildeman, a beer cafe that specializes in Dutch and Belgian beers. Numerous brews on tap, and a great little terrace for people-watching.

La Zoccola del Pacioccone is a very popular, tiny, authentic pizzeria.

A couple of blocks further south along Niuewendijk, and west along narrow Nieuwe Nieustraat, La Zoccola del Pacioccone is a tiny, authentic pizzeria that’s popular with locals and visitors alike.

De Drie Fleschjes tasting house is very popular in central Amsterdam.

A block north of Dam square, tiny Zootsteeg lane is home to 2 excellent bars. De Drie Fleschjes, a 17th century tasting house, is the best place in central Amsterdam to sample a wide range of jenevers and other local liqueurs.

Café Belgique has several on tap and bottled Belgian brews.

A little further west, Café Belgique is a local favorite for Belgian beers, with 8 brews on tap, many more bottled ones, and a good little people-watching terrace.

Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies sells a wide range of condoms.

Running parallel to Damrak to the east, and culminating in the popular nightlife hub street Zeedijk near Centraal Station, Warmoesstraat is another popular pedestrian shopping street. Its proximity to the Red Light District mean a plethora of sex-themed shops, the pick of which is Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies, a condom boutique that sells condoms in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

RoB Amsterdam specializes in bondage and dressing-up gear.

Further north is RoB Amsterdam, with its wide range of bondage and dressing-up gear.

Anna serves imaginative, modern Dutch dishes with organic wines.

Just south of RoB, a tiny lane leads east to the square surrounding Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church. The square is home to Anna, an excellent modern Dutch restaurant that pairs imaginative dishes with global and organic wines.

Oudezijdz Voorburgwal is a very picturesque canal.

Just east of the church square is Oudezijdz Voorburgwal, arguably the prettiest canal in the Medieval Centre.

Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution features replica Red Light and dominatrix rooms.

A block east is the heart of the Red Light District. Amidst the live sex show venues, the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution lets you check out a replica Red Light room, play dress-up in the dominatrix room, and learn about the inner workings of Amsterdam’s prostitution industry. Over-18s only.

The Erotic Museum is a quirky and expensive erotic museum.

Nearby, the Erotic Museum offers a quirky look at eroticism through the ages, with nude photo and bondage equipment exhibits. Pricier than Amsterdam’s other sex museums, so you’re better off going to the Sex Museum along Damrak in the Medieval Centre. Over-18s only.

Brouwerij de Prael craft brewery has several brews on tap.

Off Warmoesstraat, down the narrow Oudezijds Armsteeg lane, Brouwerij de Prael is a real treat for beer lovers. The tasting room of the eponymous craft brewery has numerous brews on tap.

Kam Yin is popular for its inexpensive Chinese and Surinamese dishes.

Towards the north end of Warmoesstraat, Kam Yin is a cheap and cheerful place favored by local students, with heaped portions of Chinese and Surinamese dishes, and a canteen-style ambience.

Kokopelli is a smart shop featuring magic truffles, marijuana, knowledgeable staff, and a cool lounge.

Next door, Kokopelli is an excellent smart shop with a wide range of magic truffles and marijuana. Smart shops are a dime a dozen in the Medieval Centre, but this one has both, knowledgeable staff and a cool lounge.

Omelegg specializes in omelettes, shakshuka, and other egg dishes.

Around the corner, tiny Nieuwebrugsteeg lane is home to the central branch of Omelegg. Like the original in De Pijp, it’s all about the egg here: a couple of dozen different omelettes, shakshuka, and other eggy creations served all day.

In De Olofspoort tasting room is locally-renowned for sampling jenevers.

At its north end, Warmoesstraat turns into the tiny Sint Olofspoort lane. In De Olofspoort is a tiny, characterful tasting room that’s very much part of the local scene, compared to the tourist magnet bars in this part of town. A great place to sample jenevers, and occasionally locals will break out in impromptu song.

In ‘t Aepjen bar is located in one of the city's last few wooden buildings.

Directly across Zeedijk street, In ‘t Aepjen is another atmospheric watering hole inside one of the last few remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam. It’s a mellow spot, with vintage jazz on the stereo, and not a stag party in sight.

Dabka is well-known locally for its Lebanese mezze.

The north end of Zeedijk is part of the Medieval Centre’s nightlife scene, with scores of bars, pubs, and largely mediocre eateries. Exceptions include Dabka, a longstanding local favorite for Lebanese mezze, and a great canal-side terrace to boot.

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