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Pulitzer Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Pulitzer Amsterdam boutique hotel is a reinvented Dutch masterpiece.


Set within 25 linked canal houses dating back to the 17th century, the hotel enriches its historic beamed ceilings, fireplaces and antiques with contemporary art and Dutch design, all set within the Unesco-protected Canal Ring.

Take in the architecture from the canals on the hotel’s vintage boat or prepare for art at Amsterdam’s renowned museums in Pulitzer’s Collectors Suites, which are each decorated with impressive collections of art, antiques, books and music.

Throughout the day, hip Jansz restaurant on the canal offers classic bistro dishes and some of the city’s best people-watching.


Fronting on to two of Amsterdam’s most gracious canals, five minutes’ walk from the Anne Frank House and only two or three more to the Royal Palace on the Dam. It’s in the midst of the Negen Straatjes shopping quarter, and 10 minutes or so from Museumplein by tram.


Back in the 1960s, local businessman Peter Pulitzer had the idea of combining 10 canal houses into a hotel. He was one of the very first to do so. Today, Hotel Pulitzer runs through 25 different 17th- and 18th-century buildings, between two major canals.

A network of inner gardens offers up serene spaces where guests dine alfresco or lounge in cocoon-like basket swings.


Hotel Pulitzer is an absolute delight to a weary traveller.

Small dogs are welcome in all room categories for €50 a night.

Extremely family friendly. There are a number of family rooms, and a Family Program that includes a treasure-hunt through all 25 houses, in-room tipis, travel diaries for teens, colouring-in books and more. An Xbox is available on request.


Laid-back luxury style. The hotel is full of art, history, and endless Instagram opportunities.

It is a delightful warren of passages, stairways, sudden open spaces, with many an original feature intact, but with a fresh, contemporary atmosphere. Prints and paintings from the hotel’s extensive modern art collection decorate the walls.

Clean lines and muted colours predominate, and zany design touches (many referencing Amsterdam and its past) delight at every turn.


Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, with (as ever in historical Amsterdam properties) some being on the ‘cosy’ side, though others marvellously spacious.

Many have fine canal views, and all come with a potted history of whichever canal house you find yourself in. Modern art from the hotel’s collection finds its way into the rooms, too, and colour schemes are muted pastels and golden beige with luscious touches of lime, yellow and purple.

The beds are gloriously comfy thanks to DOUXE Hotel Luxury. And the good thing is that you can actually take these ultra-comfortable Egyptian Cotton bed linen, kingsize pillows & lightweight down duvets at home. Have a look, you won’t regret it.

Bathrooms adequately sized with wickedly flattering mirrors and our most favorite Le Labo Santal 33 toiletries, there’s a minibar and coffee and tea amenities… and a bicycle puncture repair kit.


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, Pulitzer Graden, is an excellent place to recharge between bike rides or take tea on the terrace.

Breakfast at Janz is a magnificent spread of locally sourced products, as well as classic egg dishes, inventive omelettes and pancakes.


Pulitzer Amsterdam is centrally located in the city’s canal belt, near major attractions including the Anne Frank House.

Double rooms from €314 in low season; and from €454 in high.

A total of 225, including 19 suites.

Amsterdam’s most arty hotel; extensive modern art collection decorate the walls.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Jansz serves contemporary bistro fare in a bright space overlooking the canal. Pulitzer Garden offers a casual menu to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam’s inner garden.

Prime location facing two canals, close to the Dam. Gracious service, garden courtyards and good cuisine add to the mix.

“The Art Book” by Phaidon Editors.

Pulitzer Amsterdam
Prinsengracht 315 – 331
1016 GZ ~Amsterdam ~Netherlands
Telephone +31 20 523 5235

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