Staying in a Charming Amsterdam Townhouse at the Pulitzer Hotel


Amsterdam is a city of many charms, from its iconic canals to the bicycles that pass over them. It seems appropriate when visiting the Venice of the North to stay in a hotel that’s equally charming. The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam definitely fits the bill, being a collection of twenty five 17th and 18th century townhouses located around a lovely courtyard garden. The hotel takes its name from Peter Pulitzer, the grandson of Pulitzer Prize founder Joseph Pulitzer, who purchased 12 houses and created the first five star hotel in Amsterdam. In keeping with the literary connection, books are dotted around the communal areas and guest rooms. Many of the bedrooms and suites have canal views and they all have oodles of style thanks to a recent refurbishment.

First Impressions of The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

Walking into the lobby, you’re immediately struck by the sense of space and quirky decor. The entrance is in a new building designed to blend perfectly with the Pulitzer’s existing historic townhouses. There’s a grand piano suspended from the ceiling and colourful seating dotted around.
I had been invited to Amsterdam to speak at eTravel Europe about working with influencers and a calm haven like The Pulitzer was the perfect place in which to prepare.

The lobby of Hotel Pulitzer, AmsterdamAccommodation

Our spacious canal-side room had very colorful decor and every amenity you could wish for. No wonder it’s considered to be one of the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam.

One of the lovely canal side bedrooms in The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam, Netherlands
From high speed WiFi to complimentary fresh berries and mint water as well as a welcome card, it felt like a real home from home. The vintage style phone and other decorative touches like the multi-coloured pencils give the place a lot of character. Despite being in the heart of Amsterdam, it was incredibly quiet and we got a great night’s sleep.

Review of Hotel Pulitzer, one of the best Amsterdam luxury hotels
We loved the quirky keyhole window giving natural daylight to the bathroom. The toiletries were by upscale New York brand, Le Labo.

A bathroom at Hotel Pulitzer, one of the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam
Fans of art or any lovers of beautiful decor will be impressed with the Art Collector’s Suite. It has its own separate entrance on the canal, as well as the jewel in the Pulitzer’s art collection: Hals Brunch, by Thierry Bruet. Measuring 6 foot in length, it was created for the Pulitzer and is styled upon The Last Supper by Frans Hals, however if you get close you’ll spot a laptop, hamburgers and beer cans!

The Art Collector's Suite at Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amenities

One of the best features of The Pulitzer Amsterdam is their huge courtyard garden with swing chairs and ample seating.

The swing chairs in the lovely Amsterdam garden at Hotel Pulitzer

It was originally a collection of several gardens and when the town houses were purchased it was made into one interconnecting space.

The huge courtyard garden at Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands - read our full review at Luxurycolumnist.com
There’s a flower seller in the lobby and a library with every winning novel of the Pulitzer prize.

The flower stall at the Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands - the first ever five star hotel in Amsterdam
Hotel Pulitzer has a lovely collection of paintings and sculptures. From a distance this looks like an Old Master still life painting of flowers but look closer and you’ll see that it’s actually a photograph of flowers made from plastic spoons! Created by Richard Kuiper, it’s a contemporary take on a classic and sums up the hotel’s philosophy well. Guests also have access to a handy business area where you can print boarding passes.

An unusual artwork by Richard Kuiper in the lobby of Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands - read more at luxurycolumnist.com - a luxury lifestyle blogSurrounding Area

The Pulitzer has one of the best locations in Amsterdam, on Prinsengracht in De Negen Straatjes. The 9 Streets, as they’re known in English, is a very hip Amsterdam area with lots of cool shops and restaurants. They’re actually three streets that cross the Herengracht and Keizersgracht canals.

Dining

There are several good dining options in the Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam. Jansz restaurant has a relaxed vibe but don’t let this fool you…the food is among the best in Amsterdam. Sipping a glass of sparkling wine from our table overlooking the canal, we tucked into an array of delicacies. Duck terrine and hand-dived scallops were both beautifully presented starters with a delicate flavour. Our main dishes of a miso-glazed cod with dashi broth and Vadouvan chicken had a pleasing umami taste. We hadn’t tried vadouvan before, but it’s a blend of Indian spices such as cumin seeds, mustard seeds, onion and garlic which are dried before being rubbed into meat dishes.

Jansz restaurant - one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam - read our review at luxury travel blog Luxurycolumnist.com
We had saved a little bit of room for this mouthwatering chocolate cake dessert with yoghurt ice cream. The acidity of the kumquat fruit balanced the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly.

Dessert at Jansz Restaurant in the 7 Streets, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pause Café has great views of the courtyard garden with floor to ceiling windows. Its open to non residents and is beautifully decorated with green velvet chairs and gold accents. They serve bar snacks and light meals and hotel guests can take breakfast here or in Jansz.

Pause Cafe in Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pulitzer’s Bar is considered one of the best in Amsterdam for cocktails and has a selection of drinks inspired by The Great Gatsby, such as the Dashing Daisy. With canal views and low lighting, it’s an intimate place to meet friends and family.

Pulitzer's bar, one of the best bars in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Experiences

One of the highlights of our stay at Hotel Pulitzer was a canal tour on their own boat. It dates from 1909 and Winston Churchill took a tour in it in 1946. There’s a bar if you wish to buy drinks, and a cosy indoor area although we braved the October weather to get photos from the outdoor deck. The boat departs daily from 5 pm and from Thursday to Sunday there’s also an 11 am cruise. The tour costs €39 per person and lasts for 75 minutes. If you wish to push the boat our (pardon the pun 😉 why not book a private tour. Our captain pointed out all the sights, including the 7 bridges which you can only really see from the water’s edge. We sailed past the Hermitage Museum and close to NEMO Science Museum with its distinctive boat-shaped architecture.

A boat ride on the historic Hotel Pulitzer boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands

It was a great way to end our stay at The Pulitzer, one of the most unique hotels in Amsterdam and a delight from start to finish.

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  • I always can’t deal with your food photos so tempting! and that hotel looks fab!! x

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

    • Suze

      Ha ha, sorry it’s so tempting! Now I need to up my exercise with all that lovely food. The hotel itself is a great place to stay

  • I love the interior design here!

    • Suze

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it! Definitely recommend it if you’re visiting Amsterdam any time soon

  • Lucy

    What a beautiful hotel I love 17th century architecture. The rooms look exquisite and the food in Jansz yes please looks really well put together. I hope the talk went well Lucy x

    • Suze

      I enjoyed giving the talk though it was a bit nerve wracking at the start!

  • Tamara Wilcox

    Ahh…I could really enjoy the Hotel Pulitzer! I love how they think of all the details, like garden swings and mint water. That garden court is very beautiful, too. And to take a ride on the canals in their own boat — so much fun !

    • Suze

      It’s pretty cool that they have their own boat, and it’s moored right outside the hotel!

  • What a beautiful room! And that tub looks amazing. They seem to have thought of everything. The Hotel Pulitzer definitely looks like a place to be pampered.

    • Suze

      You’re right, Tonya, it’s great for a pampering stay

  • Lara Dunning

    What a beautiful hotel. I love the decor and the food looks amazing. I love that they have their own very classy tour boat for that is a must in Amsterdam.

    • Suze

      The boat trip was such good fun, a bit chilly so I’d go back when it’s warmer and do it again!

  • I have to stay in this hotel next time I visit Amsterdam. It has everything I love about a hotel; a bit of history, cool furniture but with a luxurious touch and fabulous amenities. It’s also in one of my favourite areas of the city The Nine Streets.

    • Suze

      Yes we really enjoyed exploring the Nine Streets! Have a great weekend

  • I’ve heard many great things about this hotel, and it looks truly wonderful from your photos – what a fab stay!

    • Suze

      I reckon you’d love it, Becky – we tried to do it justice with our photos!

  • Melody Pittman

    What a jewel you’ve discovered! I love the fun and funky vibe of this townhouse. The curved bench at the foot of the bed is my fave! Great food, lovely decor, what’s not to love?

    • Suze

      We had such a lovely stay here, my only regret is not staying longer!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Ahhhh I’ve been looking into this hotel! I’m hoping to take Ben to Amsterdam for his Christmas present and I’ve always seen so many amazing snaps of this beautiful townhouse – it looks lovely, going to book it for his present! 🙂

    Hayley xo
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  • This looks like such an incredible hotel. And that bathroom!!!

  • The Pulitzer Hotel looks like a fabulous place to stay in Amsterdam! Nice to have canal-side accommodation. And that chocolate cake dessert with kumquat fruit looks quite divine :-). We bet the courtyard is a popular place to hang out when it’s warm and sunny in summer…