Hotel Pulitzer

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

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.2

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
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
3.8
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

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