Pulitzer – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The very stylish and sprawling Pulitzer occupies no fewer than twenty five artfully restored 17th and 18th century canal-fronting townhouses. Eclectic inside and out, it’s a maze of passageways, elegant rooms and narrow stairs – brimming with original features and Dutch history. Modern design is mixed with traditional canalhouse architecture with equally quirky furnishings, finished off with an impressive private art collection.
Set between the historic Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, it is right in the fashionable shopping district of the Negen Straatjes and within walking distance of the museums and sights of Amsterdam. And if you want to see the city in style, the Pulitzer has its very own salon boat.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its town house feel & excellent location.
Style:Traditional Dutch meets contemporary design.
Location:In the centre of Amsterdam, in the city’s canal belt, near major attractions
Rooms:225 individually styled rooms & suites.
Children:Very welcome here!
Accessibility:There is one adapted room for those with limited mobility.
Open From:All year round.
Price:From €580 per room, per night.
The attention to detail in the rooms and suites in this labyrinthine hotel is something else. Each one has its own unique charm and character, furnished in beautifully rich fabrics, with a seamless mix of antique and modern furniture. Many rooms have floor to ceiling windows looking out over two of the city’s historic canals, or the central gardens and courtyard, and others have the original parquet flooring and beams. The split level Family Room makes for a memorable city break.
Amsterdam has been undergoing a culinary renaissance over the past few years, and the Pulitzer is recognised for its modern Dutch cuisine. Elegantly arranged throughout a collection of rooms, it has a convivial atmosphere and an innovative, tasty menu. The Pulitzer Garden is a quiet spot for breakfast, a light lunch or a casual dinner in the conservatory, or outside if the weather is good. And make sure you have a drink in the atmospheric Pulitzer Bar, one of the best in the city.
There are more bikes than people in Amsterdam, and if you want to explore it like a local, then you’ll need two wheels. The Pulitzer has a whole fleet. This part of the city is characterised by the larger main canals, with tiny streets in between, and around which there is plenty to see. It’s a very eclectic shopping district with antiques to art and clothes, with lots of little bars for the occasional pit stop.
The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum are within easy walking (or cycling) distance, as are many of the old churches that are well worth a visit, and. Anne Frank’s house is just a short walk away. To get a real feel for the city, take a canal tour – the hotel’s salon boat is surely the most sophisticated.
Amsterdam is a great city to visit with children, with so much to do and see. The Pulitzer is exceptionally family friendly, welcoming all ages. Children receive a welcome gift and there’s even a treasure hunt (with prizes) around all twenty five of the canal houses. The family rooms are spacious and well-designed, and children under twelve eat for half price in the restaurant. There’s also a play area in the courtyard garden. And for parents who’d like to go out in the evening, there’s a babysitting service.
In the centre of Amsterdam, on the Prinsengracht – a few stops on the tram from Centraal Station, or a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport.