Amsterdam’s reputation as a party town isn’t exactly new. It’s long been the go-to capital for a hedonistic weekend whirling in and out of the clubs and bars hidden within the city’s canal-woven core, but more recently the Dutch party scene has grown up. Luxury hotels such as The Dylan are now offering high end party packages, specially designed for the well heeled club-goer, and the opening of the US boutique chain, Kimpton de Witt’s first European hotel in Amsterdam is testament to the growing demand for a more modern kind of luxury. Charlotte Davies joins the likes of Winnie Harlow, Vanessa White and Mary Charteris for a sophisticated soirée at the city’s newest boutique residence.
Known for its design-centric hotels, it’s unsurprising that Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants chose to launch it’s first European outpost in Amsterdam, but whilst other trendy boutiques have been opening their doors along the leafy streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood or the well-trodden canal ring, Kimpton De Witt is conveniently located in the city centre district, just a stone’s throw away from the central station positioning it as the perfect weekend stop-over. Indeed many of this evening’s glamorous guests have flown in just for the night.
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We join supermodel Winnie Harlow, DJ Chelsea Leyland and singer Vanessa White at a luggage tag making workshop with Heaps and Stacks in the hotel’s industrial-chic bar and restaurant, whilst DJ and singer Mary Charteris’s cheekbones are painted with glitter by make-up artists Shine Shack. Other guests nod along to the atmospheric beats mixed by Amsterdam-based DJ Emanuelle Vos, sipping gin cocktails, and nibbling on lobster rolls in sultry corners.