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This is how Amsterdam celebrated its 'floral vandalism'

Suchayan Mandal | Jun 16, 2017, 03.39PM IST


Floral vandalization! Yeah that's what happened in Amsterdam recently. The happy cyclists on the streets were surprised to find their bike baskets filled with heap of flowers. Hundreds of bikes across Dam Square, Central Station and Museumplein, wore a floral look.


Amsterdam as a city is one of the most developed with high level of happiness index. Crisscrossed by innumerable canals, the small bridges in between are hanging gardens with flowers all around. Taking a cue from that dreamy ambience of the city, Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam - Kimpton's first hotel in Europe has got the in-hotel florist together with team members have taken to the streets to 'vandalise' bikes with beautiful flower arrangements.


Nature and botanicals are key themes for Kimpton De Witt, from the living wall at the entrance and a local Dutch florist 'Frank' on site to theindoor courtyard, bird-shaped bedside lights and Pols Potten porcelain gold-dipped parrot statues.


Along with flowers, the Kimpton De Witt team had placed printed notes by Amsterdam-based illustrator Hyshil Sander on each bicycle that encouraged people to post a picture to Instagram along with #dewittamsterdam.


A part of IHG hotels, Kimpton De Witt opened in Amsterdam on 22 May. Set within two original buildings from the Dutch Golden Age in the Palace Quarter neighbourhood, steps away from Amsterdam's Centraal Station, Kimpton De Witt has 274 guest rooms, including 9 signature suites — many of which have private terraces with a bird's-eye view of the city. The hotel features Kimpton's much-loved unique and personal touches with a local slant: guests can pedal away and explore the city on complimentary VanMoof bikes; share an evening drink with the team at the nightly hosted 'Social Hour'; and feel pampered with luxurious in-room toiletries from Amsterdam-based natural skin care brand Marie-Stella-Maris.

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