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Hotel Check: Pulitzer Amsterdam, Netherlands

HOW MANY ROOMS? 225 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS Discover one of the city’s most famous hotels, which has incorporated 25 canal houses into one. While shedding Luxury Collection membership for Preferred Hotels, the American mainstay audience continues. Its centrality is a hallmark of the strong business here, but repeat travelers, especially, are noticing the interior updates that came with the recent, top-to-bottom renovation.

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $299.

CONTACT Pulitzer Amsterdam, Prinsengracht 315 – 331, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel +31 020-5235235, https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/

VERDICT You might not be able to redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points here anymore, but the iPrefer program of Preferred Hotels & Resorts is a well-known favorite of many visitors offering free upgrades and other bonuses to frequent guests.

BACKGROUND Everyone in Amsterdam (or anyone that knows the city well) knows this famous hotel, and its recent renovation has only served to boost its reputation. The hotel has done a fantastic job to both preserve and educate guests about the building’s history. Guests have access to staff historians that can tour them around the property to explain its rich history. Begin with the photo at the entrance that shows just how many buildings are part of this property.

Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel Exterior

Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel Exterior

WHERE IS IT? The hotel is located between two canals, with a central garden courtyard, on the Prinsengracht. Shopping and dining are all within walking distance, and the hotel even loans out bikes so that guests can explore. For those that want to learn the lay of the land, there is also a canal tour aboard the hotel’s 1920s mahogany boat that guests can book through the concierge. The Royal Palace, Anne Frank house, and Dam Square are all easily walkable.

Pulitzer Hotel Boat

Pulitzer Hotel boat

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Fully renovated in the past couple of years, the warm lobby is compact with plentiful modern Dutch artwork. A small library to one side displays a host of books while further in is a coffee shop and garden courtyards. Since the hotel is an amalgamation of 25 individual houses, the hallways are a network of stairways and ramps up and down so that the buildings can be connected. No two room shapes are the same given the architecture, and some rooms have steps, high ceilings with wooden beams, and a variety of views (just over a third of rooms here have canal views). Modern artwork dots the walls of public areas, hallways, and guest rooms.

ROOM FACILITIES Pay attention to hallway signs so as not to get lost (those with limited mobility should request a room near the elevator). Rooms all offer distinct design, shapes, color palettes, and views. Some have bicycles mounted on pedestals in the air while others are known for subdued artwork and sofas in the corner. Wooden beams run across most ceilings and walls, and desks fold up to reveal mirrors and bike repair kits (more of a whimsical decoration piece than practical tool). Bathrooms offer dual showerheads with exceptional pressure and Le Labo perfumery toiletries made for the hotel. Robes hang behind the doors, and closets contains slippers, umbrellas, and cloth bags that guests are free to take home. Bottled water and stroopwafels (a signature Dutch cookie) are among the welcome amenities. The renovations added power outlets and USB ports bedside, and minibars are located in antique cabinets beneath the flat-screen TVs. Free wireless Internet is available for guests throughout the buildings. French press coffeemakers and hot water kettles with beautiful blue and red china share one side of the desk. Beds are ultra plush with duvets, a quartet of soft pillows, and a pillowtop mattress. You may recognize some of the suites from advertisements and magazine spreads including the Book Collector’s Suite with rows of books and an antique typewriter and the creatively designed Art Collector’s Suite. These have dual entrances including a private door with metal key that leads directly to the street so guests can feel truly local.

Pulitzer Hotel Book Collector Suite

Pulitzer Hotel Book Collector Suite

RESTAURANTS AND BARS The main dining room is Jansz, which serves modern European cuisine three meals a day. It has a separate entrance to the public via a former apothecary shop that once was housed there, and its window-lined dining rooms are a great place to watch Dutch bikers and tourists race to and fro. Seats by the window are favored for views and a fresh breeze.

Pulitzer Hotel Pause

At breakfast, the buffet includes fresh fruit, Dutch and French cheeses, and a smorgasbord of meats and seafood. An a la carte menu of cooked dishes is included in the price. Lunch and dinner continue the menu option, and those in the know like to reserve a table in the al fresco courtyard. That’s also where guests can enjoy more casual fare or just a coffee or afternoon tea. The striking Pulitzer’s Bar offers hand-crafted cocktails in a dim, cozy multi-room lounge. Outdoor seating by the canal is especially popular.

LEISURE FACILITIES While there is no swimming pool here, there is an impressive, dual-level fitness center with modern weight and cardio equipment. The concierge also loans out bikes for guests to use around town.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Several meeting rooms seat conferees boardroom or dining room style, and the hotel is a popular place for social functions or small corporate retreats. Audiovisual equipment and free wireless Internet are readily available.

Photos by Pulutzer Amsterdam, https://www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/

By Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  He travels more than 400,000 miles a year criss-crossing the globe to report on hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, and all things travel.

You can find more from Ramsey at http://www.ramseyq.com/, on Twitter - @dailytraveltips and Instagram - @dailytraveltips

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