A colleague recommended this hotel for a recent convention (at the convention center RAI), and overall it was a great experience. The location is great (basically 2 blocks from the Anne Frank House, 0.7 km from Dam Square), and the hotel itself is full of "charm," being made up of a bunch of old townhouses somehow fused together in a rather Frankenstein kind of way. As such, the rooms are all different (I assume), but have old European character (high ceilings, classic furnishings). Perhaps the biggest downsides of this charm were the somewhat tiny bathroom (need to close the door to access the toilet) and the incredible rat's maze of stairs, elevators, and passageways to access my room. Rooms in my area were clustered in small groups, and there seemed to be countless different ways to access any particular room. I truly felt like a rat learning a maze in trying to remember how to get from reception to my room and back each time. Also not particularly convenient if you're dragging luggage up and down small stairways. While I've heard canal rooms can be noisy, some interior rooms (like mine) have a downside of having the rather large (12 feet tall?) window face a passageway, requiring closed curtains for full privacy.
However, service seemed to make up for the inconvenience. I had urgent paperwork that needed to be faxed/sent back to the US and they found a way for me to get it home when the fax was on the blink, late into the evening.
As others have warned, getting around Amsterdam beyond the immediate area can take some time and money. Cab rides around town tend to be 20 Euro minimum, and the tram ride to the convention center can take 30-40 min at certain times. But that's not really anything to do with this hotel, as the location was well located for what much of central Amsterdam has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Downtown Hotel comprising 24 restored 17th- & 18th-century canal houses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pulitzer a Luxury Collection
- Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam