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Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam 1016 GZ, The Netherlands   |  
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“A Unique Hotel in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This was our second visit to the Pulitzer as we enjoyed it so much the first time. It is a unique luxury hotel built from 25 original Dutch merchant houses in the 9 Streets area only 10 minutes walk from the city centre. We stayed in an executive room on the top floor with a canal view which was really nice. The vaulted ceiling with beams gave it great character. Very clean and as always with Starwood a comfy bed. The only minor niggle is the relatively small bathroom. A special mention should be made about the staff who were always very friendly, welcoming and efficient. The food was excellent with an extensive breakfast and great choices in the evening. We often ate in the bar area which has a great atmosphere and you could order the same food as the main restaurant. We will definitely return whenever we are back in Amsterdam.

Room Tip: Canal view rooms face west so get afternoon sun. Rooms 301/401/501 are quieter
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Dear Ian L,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience on Hotel Pulitzer. I am delighted to read you enjoyed your first stay in Hotel Pulitzer. Indeed Hotel Pulitzer consists of 25 Authentic Canal House all dated from the 17th and 18th century, which really offers a wonderful canal view experience. Hotel Pulitzer has around 165 ambassadors who are passionate to give all our guests the best possible service in the industry. I am glad to read you enjoyed their interactions. I truly hope we may welcome you again in Hotel Pulitzer in the near future.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Hotel Pulitzer is a very welcome respite from the eclectic mass of this very interesting city. Rooms were very comfortable, staff very polite and accommodating. Hotel Restaurant was fabulous. Location was great for us - safe distance away from all of the craziness, but still close enough to feel connected to Central Amsterdam. Trams 1 block away if feeling lazy.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Dear Patti M,

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful comments on Hotel Pulitzer. The location of Hotel Pulitzer is indeed ideal to discover the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Right in the heart of the city center, with all major sightseeing sites within walking distance, however still in a quiet and charming quarter. I am delighted to read you enjoyed one of our 230 comfortable rooms located in 25 historic canal houses, all dating back to the 17th and 18th century. We truly hope to be able to welcome you back again in the near future.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The pleasure of your experience at the Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam will start as soon as you step away from your cab and into the welcoming, very knowing smile of an elderly doorman, decked discreetly in a black tunic, his head cocked slightly, the index and thumb of his right hand, pinched at the abbreviated bill of a squat, black Fiddler’s cap. His greeting, while seeming universal, transmits uniqueness, as his left hand, ever graciously, sweeps toward the large circular door, already in motion giving entrance to the foyer. His smile is steeped in experience, yet it is neither insincere, nor contrived; certainly, anyone can smile, yet it takes character to smile from the heart.

The foyer and reception exhibit a certain lightness, despite the wainscoting, the generous and open light from the gardens render a subdued quality. Staffed by four or five individuals, plus the Concierge, the Reception ensures you will be checked in promptly with a smile. This all rings a front desk bell in the back of your mind, you reminisce about Brown’s in Mayfair for afternoon tea, or the Algonquin when the white Hamlet ruled the Round Table in the late 1960s. Inwardly, you sense a nice emerald here, a unique boutique hotel.

But let me bring you up to speed on some inherent architectural aspects. The Hotel Pulitzer was not just constructed as an entire entity around the time of the Jamestown settlement (1607), rather, it morphed into its present day form through many evolutionary steps along the way. Guests new to the hotel sometimes question the necessity of mini-stairways or various ramps encountered in hallways on the same floor. But this is just one of the facets in the cornerstone of the hotel’s rich history.

Those carpeted hallways actually represent tie-ins among various properties once under separate ownership, but which now constitute the hotel in its present form (indeed, you may experience a maze both in the horizontal and vertical). If you have reason to book the Saxenburgerzall Ballroom, for a small gathering or cocktail, remember that the premises were once (in the 1640s) independently owned by the family who rented Rembrandt his modest abode on the Rozengracht, after the bank foreclosed on his rather princely estate (the year was 1656, let’s not forget) over on Jodenbreestraat. You won’t need a history book to know that he was definitely not a happy camper during this period (or a variety of other ones as well).

If tulips could have thorns…, yes, there are a few, albeit minor caveats.

There is the matter of internet access in the room. For a hotel, with free internet access available in its public areas, a EUR 19.00 surcharge for in-room internet access, is something management should rethink. Guests stay in their rooms - not in the lobby - and should have internet in the privacy of their rooms without this needless, day-to-day nickel and diming.

If you book a double room online, the hotel might/will email back a few days later offering an upgrade to a Canal View Room (for an additional EUR 50.00 per night). This surcharge may give rise to pause. If you have never been to Amsterdam before, and the thrust of this sojourn with a significant other is to have fun or impress, fine. But, heed the difference, for there are canal view rooms and there are canal view rooms. Those on the second floor, tend to be quite literally kissing the street and canal action. As the car is to LA, the bicycle is to Amsterdam. Given the latter modus vivendi, you would expect silence, more or less, but the street along the Prinzengracht, gets more than its fair share of other traffic (taxis and some motorcycles literally shot out of Fellini’s Amacord). I was indeed lucky enough upon arrival to switch my assigned room on the second floor room to one on the fourth. With me, times have changed. Gone are the nights when I required tape recordings of the cacophony of Manhattan traffic to serenade me to sleep while I was on location in the Arctic, camped in an igloo. Hence, you would do well to book a fourth floor room, if so inclined.

I was certainly not disappointed with the room change. When the bellhop’s key opened the door to the new room, I was uplifted by the sight; indeed, very well appointed and in the rafters with a very steep gable. To be sure, the canal view rooms overlooking the Kaizersgracht may not offer the same degree of marine hilarity wildly zig-zagging the Prinzengracht, but the cachet of the room on the fourth floor offered a very relaxing and endearing stay. And a very restful night’s sleep - like being nestled on the backs of a flotilla of swans in snowy slumber.

All in all, a moving and memorable Logis in the capital city of a nation which had a significant hand in launching world trade, indeed, a milestone established in historic annals as iCloud-shaking as our internet.

And, locally? Amsterdam obviously offers numerous surprises, it seems like one of the few cities around which would consider itself a college town, yet one that never seems to have graduated from spring break.

You’ll see.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Dear Saizen,

It was truly a pleasure to read your beautiful review on Hotel Pulitzer. We could not have described the feelings and experiences we want to provide to our guests any better. I am delighted to read our ambassadors gave you a welcomed and appreciated feeling during your stay. Hotel Pulitzer and in particular the old canal house all dating back to the 17th and 18th century located among the two canals the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht are just a few details which gives the hotel a rich and unique history. I am sorry to read that you were uncomfortable to pay for the Wi-Fi. Please be informed that we provide free Wi-Fi in the lobby and on the two computers near the lobby. Unfortunately it is not up to us as an hotel to provide the Wi-Fi for free, this decision was made by our Head Offices. We hope to welcome you back as a highly valued guest.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel
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Boston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

It's a beautiful hotel, the location, on the Princecanal is fantastic.
Also the staff is nothing but friendly and helpful. My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 day stay here after coming from a river cruise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Excellent original and typical dutch houses hotel very well located in the heart of Amsterdam everything is at walking distance.
Excellent BBQ in the garden in summer!Excellent Bar, Excellent breakfast a real Dutch jewel!
Highly recommended for original hotels aficionados

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
Dear Frenchbiztraveler,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on Hotel Pulitzer. Hotel Pulitzer consist out of 25 canal houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century. This makes it indeed a unique hotel. Our restaurant Keizergracht 238 certainly offers a wonderful breakfast experience, and in the summer months excellent BBQ events in the most beautiful gardens of Amsterdam. I am happy that you all enjoyed it so much. The Pulitzer team looks forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I stayed here on business in 2011 and I simply loved the quirkiness and authenticity of this property. I travel a great deal with my work and I really get sick and tired of the same ol' same ol' you experience worldwide, even in higher end hotels. Everything was as you would expect from a 5* stay, the building itself, and the location were an added bonus.

This is my hotel of choice in Amsterdam

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Dear mcglough,

Thank you very much for sharing your comments with us on TripAdvisor. It is delighted to read you enjoyed the quirkiness and charm of the hotel, something we are very proud of. We hope we may welcome you again to Hotel Pulitzer, when your travels take you to Amsterdam.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

The hotel building is really old and narrow which makes the rooms very small. The rooms are clean but not spacious. The location is perfect !! It's located in the 9 little streets which has all the little Amsterdam boutiques and Dam square which is the center of Amsterdam is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The hotels breakfast is reasonably good and the staff are very friendly. The hotel is located in front of the canal which makes transportation extremely easy as their are many ways of getting around in Amsterdam .

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AlexanderVanGastel, General Manager at Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Dear sara11111111,

Thank you very much for rating and reviewing your recent stay in Hotel Pulitzer. Indeed, the Hotel is situated in 25 Canal Houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Consequently, all rooms are unique in size and shape. Thank you for sharing your experience with our ambassadors, we strive to provide all our guests with a friendly and warm service.
We hope to welcome you again in Hotel Pulitzer.

With warm regards,

Alex van Gastel
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Address: Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam 1016 GZ, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#35 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#35 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#36 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Pulitzer, a Luxury Collection Hotel 5*
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