When looking for a pet friendly hotel, I have to admit the Kimpton has one of the best and most consistent pet policies for any hotel chain I’ve stayed at. They pride themselves on welcoming your pet, there’s no size restrictions or fees, and pet amenities like bedding, food and water bowls for your room are just a few of their generous offerings.
With this in mind, we decided to stay at Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam. Described as “a modern approach to luxury through fresh, refined rooms and imaginative spaces inspired by Dutch design,” we found the hotel a pleasure to stay at.
Location wise, we were smack bang in the centre of the city making it easy to explore the surrounding areas. A short walk to the picturesque canals and cobblestone streets where you can get lost wandering around or sit at a local café and people watch.
The rooms were a generous size, with a comfortable bed and complimentary door tags that let other guests or staff know that you have a dog in your room. If you’re the kind of traveler that loves to meet new people on your adventures, the hotel has a nightly reception in the lobby where you can bring your pup and mingle. We decided to skip the get together but it seemed quite popular from what we could see as we left the hotel to get out and amongst the city.
One thing to note about Amsterdam when traveling with your dog is to keep them on a short leash. The sheer volume of bikes whizzing past at any moment could be an easy recipe for an accident if your dog gets scared easily or strays from you. It’s best to understand how your dog will react to the environment before throwing them in the mix so to speak, so if your pup really doesn’t like crowds or bikes, it would be best to leave them at the hotel or at home when visiting Amsterdam.
Europe is relatively easy when it comes to dining out with your dog in too. We discovered a great little pizza place called La Perla and to our surprise they welcomed us to let our dog sit under our table. He had a snooze after a long afternoon exploring. He didn’t make a peep and most people didn’t even know he was there. Not every restaurant or coffee shop welcome animals, but we found Europe to be much more relaxed on this front. We would see people their dogs in various dining venues across Europe, so it makes things a little easier on that front.
Overall we had a great stay at the Kimpton De Witt and would recommend it for any traveler to Amsterdam with or without a four legged friend.