Two adults two children (9 + 12), we chose the Pulitzer on the availability of a family room (ie separate sleeping area for the children), which seem rare in cities (please contact us if you can recommend any, anywhere in the world), and the other good reviews on tripadvisor / the hotel’s website.
The staff were all friendly and helpful. The Location is excellent – you can walk to all the major tourist sights. Room comfort was very good; the children liked their separate beds on the separate level in our room in the attic. Room size was fine with a desk and chairs so plenty of room to also do a bit of work when required. Breakfast – better during the week than the weekend; the staff were more attentive and the food refreshed more frequently – but perhaps that’s just the weekend – overall it was fine.
The view over the Canals’, one on each side of the buildings from our room and from the from restaurant were lovely.
The Gym is not the most well equipped but to be fair it rarely gets used, so again it was fine.
The hotel is a charming historical set of buildings with plenty of interesting twists and turns and a few steep staircases so if you prefer your hotels to be the same box in every city of the world along identical corridors then you won’t like this hotel. We came across a couple struggling with their cases on one set of steep stairs, so we lent a hand. Personally for a 5 star hotel in my opinion all guests luggage should be delivered and collected to / from rooms without the need to be asked. The Art Gallery corridor was a great touch.
Concierge were very good and took care of all our requests.
We are not known for being fashion victims so we did get a few up and down looks from other quests but they were in the minority. The Dutch guests were by far the friendliest, then the Americans.
We booked direct through the hotel website. Payment was deducted on the day of arrival with a €50 per person per night payment on account added. Our final bill was less than the original amount charged, the refund was credited back two days after returning.
There is a church clock locally that chimes all through the night, so if you are a very light sleeper - mention this when booking.
Overall would we come back again? –Yes without hesitation.
we booked a taxi from the airport to the Hotel with Suntransfers – very efficient €74.26 return.
Schiphol Airport very efficient – for the first time at a major international airport our luggage arrived on the carousel before we got there.
All the main tourist sites / trips are worth a visit – do book online in advance though if at all possible as it will save you queuing. The Anne Frank House was well done – take time to absorb what is around you – don’t rush through as the impact will be lost – all current world leaders would do well to visit before making certain decisions! Many Canal boats to choose from, the all seemed much of a muchness.
Beware of bicycles; around the heart of the city along with trams they have the priority – look in all directors before crossing a path – we saw a few crashes and we were only there a few days. The locals must find us tourists rather annoying.
I think I have finally come under the bracket as being prudish – an adult shop, with many of its products in the windows, situated next to a McDonalds! (Nowhere near the Red Light District I might add) The Dutch are well known for being liberal and commendable for it – but this seems a step too far for me. I am not a fan of smoking in public places either so choosing a café was easier said than done.
Amsterdam is a great place and well worth a visit, the Hotel Pulitzer was a good choice for us – both highly recommended destinations.
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- Charming Downtown Hotel comprising 24 restored 17th- & 18th-century canal houses. ... more less
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