Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1016 GZ
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Foodies, Art, Design and architecture, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Pulitzer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buffet breakfasts are excellent. The restaurant becomes a grill in the evening - there are better dining options in the vicinity.
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.
Good - I've found the concierges very helpful, and restaurant staff perky.
A mix of people on business and holiday, with a relatively high proportion of Americans, who presumably like the reassurance of the brand.
Breakfasts cost from 24 euros per person extra.
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- Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1016 GZ
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service