Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Rates from (ex tax)$300.04

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR271.15), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Prize-worthy period piece

Setting

Classic canal belt

As inspired as its namesake awards, Pulitzer Amsterdam boutique hotel combines modern and historic touches. Occupying a series of connected 17th-century homes within the historic Canal Ring, the rooms blend original beamed ceilings, fireplaces and antiques with contemporary art, gables-inspired headboards and brass details, reflecting the best of old and new Amsterdam. The four Extraordinary Suites showcase the city’s commitment to creativity, with each dedicated to music, antiques, books or art. Should inspiration strike, the hotel is well situated to explore the world-renowned museums. Take it all in, then retreat to acclaimed Jansz restaurant for bistro fare and prime canal views.

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Facilities

Photos Pulitzer Amsterdam facilities

Need to know

Rooms

225, including 19 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $300.04 (€256), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR271.15), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast (from €28).

Also

Tour the canals in the hotel’s teak salon boat. Built in 1909 and immaculately refurbished, the vessel departs on 75-minute tours at 5pm daily and 11am on Friday and Saturday, for €38 per person.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, free bottled water, Le Labo bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a Canal View Room to take advantage of the spectacular setting. Several suites are devoted to the arts, including books, music and antiques, but the Art Collector’s Suite is a particular treasure, with the walls and floors packed with paintings and sculptures, for a collection to rival one of the city’s exceptional museums.

Packing tips

Bring cycling attire: the city is a haven for cyclists, and Pulitzer provides bike repair kits in every room to ease fear of flat tires.

Also

The hotel offers one wheelchair-accessible room on the ground floor, with wider doorways and an adjustable bed.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs are welcome in all room categories for €50 a night, but are not allowed in the restaurant or other public hotel areas. See more pet-friendly hotels in Amsterdam.

Children

Welcome. Children under three can use a baby cot at no charge, but be warned that the stairs can be difficult to navigate with a pram.

Food and Drink

Photos Pulitzer Amsterdam food and drink

Top Table

Take a table by the big windows overlooking the canal to enjoy breezes and the best people-watching.

Dress Code

Pay tribute to the impeccably stylish namesake Volkert Jansz with minimalist, modern attire. Crisp blouses and skinny pants are perfect.

Hotel restaurant

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jansz serves contemporary bistro fare in a bright space overlooking the canal. Named for a 17-century craftsman respected for his taste and style, the restaurant specialises in seasonal, modern takes on classic dishes, which could include morano-spiced salmon with couscous or roasted lamb with lentils, all prepared in the exhibition-style open kitchen. The Dutch cheese platter is nearly mandatory to round out the meal. With a wall of windows and a menu of light dishes, casual breakfast plates and crisp wines, the more casual restaurant, Pause, is an excellent place to recharge between bike rides or take tea on the terrace.

Hotel bar

The warm, clubby Pulitzer’s Bar channels vintage glamour with leather seats, mood lighting and dark corners for cosying up. The menu includes classic cobblers and tonics using jenever, or Dutch Gin, as well as signatures like the Pulitzer Old Fashioned, made with pineapple syrup.

Last orders

Both Jansz and Pause serve food all day, from 6:30am to 10pm, or 11pm at Jansz on Friday and Saturday. Pulitzer's Bar pours from 3pm until 1am daily.

Room service

Food is available for delivery around the clock, though the hotel switches to a consolidated night menu from 11pm to 7am.

Location

Photos Pulitzer Amsterdam location
Address
Pulitzer Amsterdam
Prinsengracht 315 - 331
Amsterdam
1016 GZ
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Planes

Amsterdam’s hub, Schiphol Airport, is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The airport welcomes flights from major European and American hubs, including direct flights from London Heathrow. Transfers are available for €42.

Trains

Centraal station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and offers high-speed connections to major European cities including Paris, as well as Dutch cities, including Rotterdam, Utrecht and the Hague.

Automobiles

Driving in the city can be very difficult, with limited parking and many cyclists. Those who choose to hire a car can take advantage of valet parking for €55 per day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pulitzer Amsterdam perches above Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Get the lay of the city by water on the hotel’s daily boat tour, which uses a vintage vessel that once ferried Winston Churchill around Amsterdam. Explore the city's crannies on a walking tour hosted by the hotel's fleet of concierges. Each Saturday, the team guides a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour (€25 per person) to show off landmarks and favourite hidden places.

In the centre of Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pulitzer Amsterdam is a prime jumping-off point for exploring the best of the city. The Anne Frank House, where the young diarist hid and wrote, is a four-minute walk from the hotel. The museum shows films about the Holocaust, and lets visitors into the secret annex that concealed the Frank family. A 20-minute walk south, the legendary Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum each hold world-renowned treasures, including Rembrandts, Vermeers and Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers. There’s a reason Amsterdam is famous for tulips and flowers — each spring, the city gardens a riot of blooms. Buy a bouquet or stock up on bulbs at Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market. Open daily and packed with petals, the market dates to the 1860s and holds every flower imaginable.

Local restaurants

In a converted greenhouse on Park Frankendael, De Kas specialises in Mediterranean dishes using ingredients grown from the chef's own gardens. The farm-to-table fare is served in a daily changing prix-fixe menu available at lunch or dinner. While in town, try the distinctly Dutch rijsttafel, which translates to rice table. A spicy survey of Indonesian dishes that date back to colonial days, the spread includes sampler-size bowls of rice, braised meats, fritters, sambals and stews. Long Pura, a five-minute walk from the hotel, prepares a particularly lavish version.

Local cafés

Lighten up at Lavinia Good Food, a casual, sunny cafe that prepares salads, acai bowls, vegan pizzas and baked goods.

Reviews

Photos Pulitzer Amsterdam reviews
Nadja Spiegelman

Anonymous review

Both of us had visited Amsterdam before, but only for a few days and never together. We each had separate memories of the red lights and neon, the jostling crowds of young men on their bachelor retreats, the coffee shops and the smoke that seeped out and into the streets. But this time, as we left the Centraal Station, we avoided the Red-Light District entirely. Instead, Mrs Smith and I turned and walked along one of the city’s many quiet canals, our suitcases ricocheting on the cobblestones. Bikes whizzed past us. We gazed down at the boats moored along the water, imagining our lives aboard them. It was threatening to rain, but Amsterdam looked beautiful in grey: tall open windows invited our gazes into warmly lit, perfectly decorated interiors. As we crossed a bridge along one of the many criss-crossing waterways, we stopped at a herring stand. We ordered a plate each, and the woman slapped them down on the counter adorned with toothpicks. We ate standing up: thick slabs of creamy white fish, topped with pickles and raw onions. ‘I feel so alive,’ I said, as my body flooded with Omega 3s. ‘I feel like a polar bear!’ Smoked fish and onions might not be the ideal thing to consume at the beginning of our anniversary weekend, but Mrs Smith kissed me anyway, in the middle of that bridge. I kissed her back, laughing. It felt wonderful to be in a city where no one blinked. Rainbow flags hung on nearly every street corner.

We wound our way across the canals and found ourselves in the Nine Streets neighborhood, where Hotel Pulitzer is located. Here was an Amsterdam I’d never encountered before, completely unlike the flashing lights and dancing girls of the city centre. The cobblestone streets were lined with plant-filled cafés, minimalist designer shops, vintage stores glittering with sequins, galleries, and organic restaurants each more appealing than the next. The thick scent of pot was here replaced with the smells of coffee beans, freshly baked pastries, the luxurious creams of each all-natural, small-batch beauty shop. We came up short before the hotel’s magnificent entrance, and wandered, jaws dropping, into the lobby.

It was hard to know where to look: each eccentric detail had us nudging each other and pointing. The decor had the lushness and playfulness of a Wes Anderson film. A grand piano was suspended from the ceiling above the doorway. Dutch oil paintings in oval frames hung in the reception, the seriousness broken by one modern portrait of what I took to be Bill and Hillary Clinton. One alcove, by the window, was lined with Pulitzer Prize-winning books (the hotel’s original owner, Peter Pulitzer, is the grandson of legendary newspaper pioneer Joseph Pulitzer). The slate-blue carpet was adorned with baroque velvet chairs in an array of jewel tones: ruby, amethyst and emerald. And yet, though every detail was bold and playful, the whole hung in a precisely calculated, luxurious balance.

With 225 guest rooms, the hotel’s composed of 25 restored and interconnected 17th- and 18th-century houses. And yet it feels cosy, comprised of labyrinthine passageways and carefully chosen details. The hotel first opened in the 1960s, then re-opened in August 2016 following an extensive re-design. The creative director, young South African Jacu Strauss, spent one-and-a-half years on research alone. He steeped himself in the history of the Dutch Golden Age and imagined the decadent lives of the aristocratic elite who once lived within the hotel’s walls. Inspired by those narratives, he created a series of collector’s suites: a music-lover’s room, with a wall strung with trumpets, a book-lover’s room, with a floor-to-ceiling archway made of tomes. No two rooms are identical; and as part of his process, Strauss spent a night sleeping in each. He custom-designed much of the hotel’s furniture to fit their proportions.

We rode the gold-plated elevator to the fifth floor and admired the eye-catching art in the hallway. Our room felt private and intimate. A huge arched window gave out onto a beautiful canal view, and a chair was thoughtfully placed before it. On the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, there was a round portal window as if on a ship. Mrs Smith stood on one side and I on the other, making faces at each other, giggling like school girls, wide-eyed with joy. We bounced on the enormous bed, tore open the free package of caramel waffles, and exclaimed over the neat tin placed thoughtfully on the desk: a complete bicycle repair kit. Our room had exposed brick and dark-wood beams and yet it felt modern and bright. The carpeting and walls were in the muted tones of a Vermeer painting accented with pops of bright pink, yellow and blue. It was eccentric yet luxurious, combining the location’s rich past with Amsterdam’s design-oriented present. A small panel on the wall informed us that we were in ‘the Mustard Jar’ — this building had once contained, in the 1700s, a mustard mill.

In the morning, we requested bicycles from the concierge. ‘With round tires or square?’ he asked, his delivery perfectly straight. ‘With triangular tires,’ I replied, and he beamed at me. ‘You wish to see the Red-Light District? What is that?’ he asked, feigning innocence (until I faux-glared long enough to make him laugh again), and drew us a beautiful sight-seeing loop on the map. In the afternoon, we took our tea in the hotel’s sunny atrium, sitting on dark-green velvet chairs as the light streamed through glass panels. In the building’s inner garden, adult-sized swings and giant rocking-horses awaited warmer weather.

Back up the golden elevators, back down the lavender hallway, back into the cosiness of what had quickly become our room. We fell into each other’s arms in bed, still noticing clever new details: the bright-pink tassels on the armoire, the powder-blue rotary phone. Outside the windows, the canal gleamed, the same as it had been for centuries.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Pulitzer Amsterdam’s Guestbook below.

We loved

A really first class hotel with excellent staff. Bussia, a first class Italian just round the corner.

Don’t expect

A mass of young.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jun 2017

We loved

Pretty much everything, such a perfect stay! If you can time your visit for King's Day, we would highly recommend it. Such a wonderful time of year to enjoy the city and meet it's people. EVERYTHING turns orange for the occasion. So many cute cafes to visit – Pluk is just by the hotel and offers a great breakfast and cute little shop. Keukenhof is a fair bit touristy but, worth it for the tulip lover. De Hallen is also a great food market to visit - has a great atmosphere on a weekend evening.

Don’t expect

To be the only ones that know about this place. The locals come in here to enjoy the bar and restaurant too.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Apr 2017

We loved

Location; room very quiet and well appointed overlooking garden; Amsterdam art galleries.

Don’t expect

Exceptional cuisine – unless you're prepared to pay.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Apr 2017

We loved

The beautiful decor, relaxed atmosphere, excellent location and outstanding service.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Feb 2017

We loved

The hotel has a great location on a beautiful canal, within walking distance of Dam Square and museums. The hotel has its own wonderful boat for a memorable canal trip. The hotel's Jansz restaurant is excellent, with delicious food (for breakfast and dinner) and a lively, non-hotel restaurant atmosphere. The service, including the concierge, was helpful, friendly and of a very high standard.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jan 2017

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