One could argue that the Hotel Pulitzer isn’t actually one hotel. Before 1960, each of its 25 buildings was an individual, 17th- or 18th-century merchant canal house. Painstaking renovations over the years have guaranteed that each room feels distinct, maintaining original architectural details from each house, such as arched windows, exposed beams, and friezes. And, from the outside, each house still looks separate, so that the glamorous, art-filled hotel blends right into its surroundings, seeming to be just another of the neighborhood’s picturesque historic buildings.
The hotel has entrances on and views over two of the historic city center’s main canals—Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht—with a leafy garden in the middle. Currently the hotel is undergoing extensive renovations that will close off each side alternately, in order to minimally disturb guests and unveil an even more elegant and distinctive collection of canal houses in 2016. In the meantime, while the hotel’s bar—long popular with discerning locals and guests alike for its canal views, inventive cocktails, and Old World atmosphere—may be closed for now, its bartenders have temporarily moved over to the art deco–inflected Lobby Lounge, which not only has its own canal views, but also occupies the garden terrace. The acclaimed restaurant, too, has merely moved to a scenic garden location, the ever-luxurious rooms maintain their postcard-worthy views, and the superlative service is as top-notch as ever. Already fantastic, it will be exciting to see how the hotel improves upon itself in 2016.
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Located at the northern end of Amsterdam’s historic central canal district, sandwiched between the scenic Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Hotel Pulitzer has both scenery and location going for it. In the heart of trendy Jordaan, the hotel is not only within walking distance of many of the city’s top shops, restaurants, and bars, but sights like the Anne Frank House and the impressive Westerkerk, the church where Rembrandt is buried, are just up the canal. The annual Grachtenfestival—a classical music festival held on the canals—holds many events in front of the hotel, and the popular Negen Straatjes (or Nine Streets), known for its hip little boutiques, starts just down the block.
Need to Know
Rooms: 225 rooms, 17 suites, three family rooms. From $230. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:A gourmet, fine-dining restaurant with an emphasis on local specialties, Restaurant Keizersgracht 238 serves breakfast and dinner daily to guests and well-heeled locals. While the hotel is undergoing renovations, the restaurant has relocated to the airy Garden Room, with the intention of returning to its renovated original space in 2016. Similarly, the iconic Pulitzers Bar, overlooking the canal, is closed for renovations until 2016. In the interim, the stylized Lobby Lounge, with its checkerboard floors, modern art, and garden terrace, is serving an extended lunch menu and the Pulitzers Bar menu, in addition to its regular all-day drinks and treats. Spa and gym details: The hotel does not have a spa, but it does have a 24-hour gym with a wide range of modern equipment.
Who's it best for: Lovers of boutique luxury with a sense of history. Our favorite rooms:Each room at the Hotel Pulitzer is different in size, layout, and decor, but those with canal views benefit most from the hotel’s scenic location in the historic canal district. Canal view:Every evening at 5 p.m., the hotel’s restored 1920s salon boat, “The Tourist,” offers 75-minute canal tours to guests. Book in advance to guarantee a spot.