Gautam Balasundar

Pulitzer Amsterdam

  • Where:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Why:Quick stop after London
  • When:February 2018
  • Who:Me
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There are little pops of color that give the historic building more of a modern vibe

There were a bunch of little treats - notebooks and pens, stroopwafels, Le Labo products, and even a portable bike repair kit. I would call it 'stealable stuff' if it wasn't all complimentary

A little flower shop at the entrance. Couldn't be more charming.

The lobby cafe was always busy. Marius, behind the counter, is from Romania and he had traveled to India to study meditation before landing in Amsterdam. The staff were all interesting people worth getting to know.

Peeking through the window in the bathroom

Everything surrounding the Pulitzer is exactly what you picture when thinking of Amsterdam.

This small apothecary-like room used to be a bar, but now it's just part of the decor.

Literally welcomed with open arms (courtesy of Luke).

The hotel is actually comprised of 25 Canal houses, with a courtyard & garden in the center.

The stylish Pulitzer Bar by day. At night it fills up quickly, with most people occupying the library-like room off to the side.

Just outside the Pulitzer Bar. There are plenty of design touches in the space, especially Dutch paintings. These photos cover only a small portion of the entire hotel.

There's a little reading corner in the lobby with a selection of books.

The hotel from across the street, with its own boat ready to take people around the canals.

Highs & Lows

  • The Pulitzer feels like it has its own vibrant neighborhood within itself. You'll want to get lost wandering the hallways of the 25 connecting Canal Houses (with stops at the restaurant and bar, of course).

  • One of the most friendly and welcoming staff I've met at a hotel, which elevated the whole experience. I still remember a bunch of people I met there: Julie, Marius, Britt...

  • ...Salena, Felipe, Nils, aka the wonderful team at the Pulitzer Bar, quite possibly the best cocktail bar in Amsterdam. Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar, they're lovely.

  • Not sure I can stay anywhere else in Amsterdam now.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Modernized historic boutique hotel

  • Vibe

    Bright and elegant; modern with an old-world touch

  • Location

    Jordaan, which is very central and lively

  • Rooms

    225

  • Music

    Upbeat but relaxing in the lobby, nothing that distracts

  • Year Opened

    1960; renovated in 2016

  • Designed By

    Jacu Strauss (for the 2016 renovation)

  • Pool/Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurant

    Jansz, the upscale restaurant tucked away in the back, and Pause, the more casual lobby cafe surrounded by the garden and courtyard.

  • Bar

    The Pulitzer Bar - you won't have to leave the hotel to find an exceptional cocktail

  • Minibar

    Standard

  • Children

    Yes, seems like a great hotel for kids with all the color and little nooks to explore (plus there are also 'family rooms' available to book)

  • Price

    Luxury boutique

This church doubles as an art space with major installations. Jeff Koons' 'Gazing Ball' was on view during my visit, but the church regularly rotates exhibits.

Die Nieuwe Kerk

De Nieuwe Kerk, Gravenstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This church doubles as an art space with major installations. Jeff Koons' 'Gazing Ball' was on view during my visit, but the church regularly rotates exhibits.

This modern restaurant right down the block from the Pulitzer has dark, stylish decor and serves up a series of intricate and tasty dishes.

Envy Amsterdam

Envy, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This modern restaurant right down the block from the Pulitzer has dark, stylish decor and serves up a series of intricate and tasty dishes.

It's a little...extravagant, but it's hard not to be lured in by the wall of maneki neko statues, and it makes for a good wild night right by the hotel.

Chin Chin Club

Chin Chin Club, Rozengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

It's a little...extravagant, but it's hard not to be lured in by the wall of maneki neko statues, and it makes for a good wild night right by the hotel.

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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