We recently stayed at the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel and loved it. Here is a full, in-depth Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel review to help you plan your experience.
Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel Review: A Magical Experience Worth Every Dollar
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With the Fine Hotels & Resorts booking with the Pulitzer hotel, I was able to receive the following incremental benefits for this exquisite hotel:
- Early check-in of 12 pm (this is clutch after an 8.5 hour flight)
- Free daily breakfast: at the Pulitzer Hotel this equaled out to be 32 euros per person each day at both of their restaurants: Pause (a quaint breakfast and lunch spot near the lobby where they served breakfast until 4pm) and Jansz (a phenomenal restaurant with a breakfast buffet until 10am). These are both amazing restaurants.
- $100 restaurant and bar credit that could be used at Pulitzer Bar and Jansz Restaurant
All of these were great benefits that added to our overall experience. Pulitzer Bar has amazing drinks and hard to beat canal views, so these added rewards were definitely taken advantage of.
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Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel Review
Let’s get into our Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel review. We will break down our entire experience to help you make an honest decision on whether you should book the hotel or not.
Some highlights of our time at Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam include:
- The historic hotel as a whole, including lobby experience, service and location
- Hotel room detail
- Dining experience
Let’s get into the good stuff:
Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam Overview
The Pulitzer Hotel was founded by Peter Pulitzer. Our private tour revealed that the Pulitzer family purchased a few canal homes then continued to purchase surrounding homes for the years to come. The theory was, “your neighbor only sells their house once.”
Over time the family acquired 25 canal houses which comprise the hotel today. As you are walking through to your room you can see the wall colors change. This signifies that you are walking into a new canal house.
Each canal house – and guest room – has a story to go with it. With over 400 years of history attached to the houses, each room has a special story and theme based on its history. The hotel offers 225 different rooms, of which 25 are suites.
As far as location the hotel overlooks two of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals, Prinsengracht and Keizergracht.
The hotel is situated just between the main downtown of Damrak and Jordaan, which gives you a combination of quietness and adventure within steps of each other. This hidden neighborhood features intimate guest rooms, quiet inner gardens/terrace, meeting & event spaces, a garden café, a hotel bar and a restaurant that serves beautifully crafted dishes.
Each canal house comes with a unique story that you can read upon check-in. The hotel is kid-friendly which makes it easy to explore and keep them busy during your journey in Amsterdam.
Check out the aerial view of the hotel, which highlights the sheer size of the hotel spanning both canals.
What an outline of canal houses. You simply can’t find that in Amsterdam.
Lobby & Hotel Design
The hotel is a long, windy maze with what feels like thousands of hidden spaces. The decorator used the history of each canal house to make a story. It is easy to get lost here. The hotel design is not confusing, but the sophisticated art and thoughtful design makes anyone want to get lost for a few hours. As you’re busy getting lost through the intricate yet simple design watch the wall colors slightly change. This color change means you’ve just crossed into a new canal house.
In one of the canal houses, the design of the stairwell winds up for what seems like forever. Spoiler alert – it’s only 5 floors. Whoever lived here had a lot of cash. A mirror at the top makes it look like the stairs go on forever. The beautifully carved railing sends you back in time…
As we continued through our tour we soaked up all the art we could. The walls were covered!
There were creative signs in each of the elevator bays. It helps keep things in perspective when you’re heading down for complementary brunch (cava included).
No matter where you explore inside the Pulitzer you are sure to find hidden gems in every corner. We were astounded with the intricacy of design, attention to detail, and most importantly, extremely impressed with the way the designer conserved history with a modern tone.
For guests looking to leave the Pulitzer to experience the city (it’s hard to leave the hotel!), there are a handful of ways to get some new travel experiences by using the offered up services of the hotel. Our favorite experiences were:
- Boat tour: With the boat tour you can ride around in their fabulous cruiser (as seen in the featured image). Here are some other top tours in Amsterdam to consider.
- Walking tour like a local with concierge: Get a behind the scenes look at Amsterdam from a local perspective.
- Black bike rental: Commute like the locals with black bikes that have bells.
You can use this handful of travel experiences to explore Amsterdam or you can use these sites to book tours instead.
We usually opt for “DIY” experiences since we’ve visited a few times. If it’s your first time to Amsterdam take the boat tour. You will learn all about why the houses are painted black and all sorts of fun facts.
Recommended Experience: Each year the Pulitzer Hotel hosts the Prinsengracht concert in front of the hotel. This is held on the 3rd Saturday in August of every year. We were staying at the Pulitzer Hotel during this and witnessed the entire orchestra concert, which included a cocktail party after.
Get a taste of what Prisengracht is like at the Pulitzer below. Staying at the Pulitzer while the concert was underway was a truly wonderful experience. We had a few drinks and met some locals that were attending the concert. Highly recommend trying to book it during this weekend!
This was a great secret that we randomly encountered on our trip. We really lucked out! We knew the Grachten festival was going on but didn’t realize this was right outside the hotel.
Even with all the commotion and concert attendees, the Pulitzer staff did not miss a beat. They continued to be helpful, attentive, and go above and beyond. Here’s a look into how busy it was:
We are absolutely making this trip an annual event!
There are hundreds more activities within walking distance of the Pulitzer. Check out our post for a few hidden gems of Amsterdam to consider during your stay.
We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our hotel room at the Pulitzer. It was nice, spacious, and cozy, with the ultimate shower. This is somewhat hard to come by in Amsterdam given the small spaces inside slim, tall buildings.
Overview of Twin Bed Comfort Room
We stayed in an interior room that featured some very unique design. We booked the twin bed comfort room. The Pulitzer did a great job at converting our twin bed into a king bed so we could be more comfortable. Afterwards we didn’t even notice there were two separate beds!
Here is how the bedroom looked before it was converted to a king-sized bedroom. See the headset for the bed?
Our side of the canal houses were shaped like that. The other side of houses is shaped like a point, so that side has beds with a pointed top. We loved the illumination and shape of our beds.
The beds also has great reading lights that made it easy to read while one of us was sleeping. And the USB ports were very helpful since we only had one converter with us.
Our room looked out to the bike wall:
Here are some features included in our hotel room:
- Heated bathroom floors
- Each night you get complimentary refills on stroopwafels and water (both sparkling and still)… Yes, please!
- Every room has some sort of book shelving attached to it
- Crystal glasses including a decanter for liquor if you so wish to indulge
- Full walk-in showers
- Marble bathroom tiling
- Nightly turndown service (I love this!)
- A plaque detailing the history of your room and canal house.
Fun fact: the hotel designer slept in every single room to pick out furniture and arrange the room in a cozy way that brings out the history and culture of each unique canal house. Look for your unique features when you stay!
Our room was great, but we also checked out the suites. Next time we’re booking the artist suite – read on for details!
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We were fortunate enough to get a thorough tour of the property. We experienced the Art Collector’s Suite and the Standard Comfort Suite. These are some of the suites that you should know in our Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel review.
Art Collector’s Suite
The Art Collector’s Suite was outstanding. The art and design was cozy, unique and comfortable all in one.
Check out this living room of the Art Collector’s Suite at the Pulitzer. Pretty amazing…
We wanted to take home that chair – and all the art!
Walking through the room of the Art Collector’s suite was a nice treat. The living room wasn’t the only amazing part. The walkway into the living room was inspiring. Not just unique.
The suite features art – old and new – with modern twists. If you look closely at the large picture.
It is a modern take on the last supper.
The Pulitzer Hotel also offers suite options for families. We saw a few suites that had cots added in, or two bedrooms, so that families could stay there comfortably. It is a family-friendly hotel – a unique feature in Amsterdam.
Just look at this living room…
The best part? Every suite has its private entrance so that guests can feel like locals.
There are plenty of dining options at the Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam for every taste. All with distinct flavors and dining experiences. Their three restaurants are Pause, Jansz, and Pulitzer Bar.
Pause Restaurant is a casual option for diners and hotel guests. They offer lighter fare with both indoor and outdoor dining options. The sunroom offers a lot of bright light inside to feel like you are dining outside in a quiet, cozy setting.
At Pause, my wife and I opted to have most of our breakfast dining there – they serve breakfast until 4. It was a great setting to wake up and get your day started.
The breakfast consisted of everything you could want possibly want.
The service was excellent and the room was bright enough to help us start planning our day exploring.
The waiting room to Restaurant Jansz. is amazing. It’s styled like an old apothecary with bottles and bays of waiting around you.
Restaurant Jansz. is a dining experience based on the 17th-century craftsmen Volkert Jansz. Mr. Jansz was an excellent craftsman with a keen taste of style and a passion for conversation. He had more of a feminist approach to his lifestyle, which inspired the deep pink drapery and design throughout the restaurant.
We dined in the restaurant our first night in the hotel. We loved the experience. The restaurant has canal-side seating as well as kitchen and dining room experiences.
We started with scallops that were cooked perfectly with excellent flavor.
I had the New York hangar steak, my wife had the salmon with black rice – a recommendation from our server.
Both excellent options, especially paired with Italian wine.
We didn’t have dessert, but we should have!
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A canal view bar with exquisite paintings? Sign me up! When traveling we tend to opt for shorter dining experiences rather than a multi-hour dining experience every night.We were glad to spend some of our food and dining credit at Pulitzer Bar.
We ordered the bitterballen and a couple of drinks to go with it. Our favorite dish in the Netherlands is bitterballen with a Heineken . It is always a good idea. After that, we wanted to experience their Hemingway inspired cocktails.
I was amazed. The bartending staff simply just asked what we usually drink and prefer. From there, they made a drink to my taste and liking.
I don’t like making decisions on vacation, so this was perfect. The design and decor were cozy, yet fun. I felt at home in the Pulitzer Bar. It was a place that I never wanted to leave.
The views of the canal and the bustling crowd made me excited to explore the nightscapes of Amsterdam.
Conclusion on Pulitzer Hotel Review
The Pulitzer Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you simply can’t find in most European cities. Amsterdam is a city that boasts varying culture, experiences and adventures.
Staying in a hotel with this type of class, history, and character can truly enhance your overall travel experience and moments.
We were not hired to write this post or endorse the hotel. We booked it on my own and it ended up being one of the best trips of our lives.
Thank you Pulitzer Hotel. I hope to see you real soon.
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