Hotel Pulitzer

Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1016 GZ

Price from: £118

A bedroom at Hotel Pulitzer

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
3.9
3.9
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Foodies, Art, Design and architecture, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of Hotel Pulitzer

Top-end hotel in a prime spot, spread over many interconnected old canal houses.

Though part of the Starwood group, the Pulitzer doesn't have the feel of a corporate, chain hotel. This is largely due to its historical setting. The 230 bedrooms are ranged around a complex of two dozen 17th- and 18th-century properties that face two canals and the garden in between. That the hotel is filled with lots of art also imbues the property with individuality. 

Location: 

Arguably the best of any of the city's five-star hotels: three minutes' walk from the Anne Frank House, and on the edge of the Nine Streets district of one-of-a-kind shops.

Bedrooms: 

These have a modern look, with boarded floors and leather armchairs setting the tone in most. Some ground-floor rooms open on to the garden, so may be worth asking for if you're staying in summer. Original paintings appear in all rooms.

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Public areas: 

An iconoclastic version of a Frans Hals painting, with subjects smoking cigarettes and drinking cans of Heineken, has pride of place in the informal restaurant. The bar, with its black leather armchairs, has a clubby feel. In fine weather, you can have drinks, and meals, outside in the extensive, and attractive, courtyard garden. The garden, by the way, is bisected by a glass walkway which serves as a gallery of seasonally changing contemporary works - cows in various guises were on display when I stayed recently.

Eating and drinking: 

Buffet breakfasts are excellent. The restaurant becomes a grill in the evening - there are better dining options in the vicinity.

Leisure facilities: 

The hotel offers daily, 75-minute canal cruises on its own Art Nouveau vessel for 38 euros per person - a unique selling point. There's a small gym.

Service: 

Good - I've found the concierges very helpful, and restaurant staff perky.

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Who stays there: 

A mix of people on business and holiday, with a relatively high proportion of Americans, who presumably like the reassurance of the brand.

Price advice: 

Breakfasts cost from 24 euros per person extra.

Pros: 
Great location
Historic canal houses
Big garden
Cons: 
Less intimate and personal than some of its five-star rivals

More information on Hotel Pulitzer:

Price from:
£118
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1016 GZ
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service

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Community comments (1)

We managed to get a good deal and spent three nights at the Pulitzer last week.
Helpful and friendly staff. Room very clean - though bathroom a bit dated.
Breakfast was superb but now 29 Euros so we were glad it was included in our deal.

Hotel is well situated, being within easy walking distance of many attractions and within a few minutes walk from the tram stop.

We'd certainly be happy to stay here again if we got a good deal.