Amsterdam has changed hugely in the past few years when it comes to hotels. The iconic Amstel and De L’Europe have been pushed aside with the openings of new, better, glitzier or more contemporary hotels like the Waldorf Astoria (stunning all round), the W (I love the bar here) and the Hoxton (great for brunch).
The Pulitzer Amsterdam has been around for years, but shut for a massive refurbishment. It re-opened in August 2016 and wow, it’s a stunner. I’d never been to it before the renovation, so I don’t have much to compare it to. But I was impressed not only with the look and feel of the place (a little Soho House-esque in terms of design and quirky touches) but also by how despite the hotel having 225 rooms, it still feels like a boutique hotel.
It looks small(ish) from the outside too, but it’s actually 25 (!) canal houses put together, and connected by wonderful gardens and terraces, which will, I’m sure, be very popular in the summer. The lobby stands out upon entering, with lots of colour and art. And I love their cafe Pause, where we had tea and a delicious banana cake.
While we only saw one room, I loved the look of it, under the beams, which is so quintessentially Dutch. And it’s this mixture of classic Dutch design and a touch of the eclectic (and eccentric) which works so well here. Some of the suites look amazing too.
My favourite part of the hotel was the Pulitzer Bar, so slick and beautiful and inviting and of course open to locals too. I will be returning their for one of their signature cocktails. Their restaurant Jansz also looks great, and can be accessed from the Reestraat (one of the nine ‘little streets’ / Negen Straatjes).
In short, all the Amsterdam old-timer hotels and even the new kids on the block need to watch out, as the Pulitzer provides a more affordable five star option, which will especially attract a younger, trendier crowd.
1016 GZ Amsterdam
Rooms from EUR 275 a night
Photo credit: Pulitzer Hotel (apart from the photo of the bar)