Pulitzer Amsterdam is a hotel set within twenty-five interlinked 17th and 18th century canal houses and reopened after an extensive renovation of 1,5 years in 2016. Founder Peter Pulitzer, bought the first twelve canal houses in 1968. By 1970, he had collected twenty-five houses, interlinked them together and created Pulitzer Amsterdam which opened in October 1970. The houses are restored 17th and 18th century canal houses that once set the scene for business deals between trade merchants and played home to the decadent and flamboyant lives of Dutch aristocrats. With more than 400 years of history and part of the UNESCO heritage site, the buildings played a major part of the city’s history before functioning as a hotel. The restyling started in April 2015, with a final output of 145 rooms, hotel lobby, lobby café and inner gardens and a renewed hotel’s entrance. The hotel reopened officially in August 2016 as the new Pulitzer Amsterdam.
Jacu Strauss, Creative Director of Pulitzer Amsterdam, is responsible for the renovation and re-design of the hotel. He lived in Amsterdam for four years and immersed himself completely in the city. He would take every bit as an inspiration whether it would be a masters painting in the Rijksmuseum, a detail on a canal house or a boat trip through the canals. He was inspired by the history of the houses and the ones who may have occupied them over the past hundreds of years from the Golden Age on. It has inspired the character of the hotel inviting guests to explore and discover, and he started from these passions and curiosities to shape the hotel’s structure.
The twenty-five historic interlinked canal houses create a labyrinth. Each houses holds its own story, brought back to life thanks to the renovation. With an opportunity of creating four Amsterdam apartments within a hotel, with their own private front door entrances on the Keizersgracht, the hotel offers an Art, a Book, an Antique and a Music Collector’s apartment. From this, each building follows then its own theme, sometimes with a twist like with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling archway of books in the Book Collector’s Suite, a wall of trumpets in the Music Collector’s Quirky features and a large painting depicting a modern scenario of The Last Supper in the Art Collector’s Suite.
Pause is a lobby bar and is exposed when walking through the lobby, as there is an element of discovery in every part of the hotel that encourages you to explore. With an additional lounge seating overlooking the tranquil inner garden to feel like a park which is open to everyone. A treat to the urban life in Amsterdam. Restaurant Jansz follows, with an entrance that as been moved to what historically used to be a pharmacy on the Reestraat, one of the Nine Streets of Amsterdam. The historic and protected panelling and architectural details have been restored and brought back to life giving a visitor a generous arrival experience. This monumental building is a hidden gem that is not well-known, creating a beautiful arrival. It gives the connection that the restaurant is part of the Nine Streets with a shop entrance on that side. To finish off with the Pulitzer’s bar, a much loved establishment in the neighbourhood. The new finishes and design elements complement the architecture resulting an authentic and warm social space. The Pulitzer’s Bar has the accessible elegance of classic hotel bars.
Pulitzer Amsterdam offers also 9 unique meetings & event spaces including a Garden Room, renovated so that is has a much more garden feel and a better connection to the garden. It has become the greenhouse of the hotel and the boundaries between this room and the garden have been blurred. Following a Saxenburg House including 3 meetings spaces with a palatial feel to it with its proportions and details. Thirdly, The Merchant Rooms, located in some historic parts of the hotel on the Keizersgracht Canal. These private lounges can cater for numerous events and meetings in an elegant and comfortable setting. The interior of Merchant Room reflects that of a domestic Amsterdam home with a rich color scheme, an eclectic mix of furniture and art, and a hint of historic grandeur. Finally the Copper Rooms including the Copper Attic, Chamber and Study which have become a seamless part of the restaurant that can be used for meetings and conferences.These rooms have views of the Reestraat and Keizersgracht canal.
At Pulitzer’s every room and every corner portray hints of the past. They reflect Amsterdam’s rich past and contemporary present in an eclectic mix of finishes, designs and elements in a way that embodies Dutch elegance. No two rooms are the same in this hotel. Every stay should give a unique experience in a different space, portraying s a homely residential feeling in a real Amsterdam apartment with its historical heritage in modern comfort. It is as if the interior was left behind from different era’s over the years and just re-adjusted to modernity, welcome to the Pulitzer’s experience.
Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ