Pulitzer Hotel, Amsterdam
When we made our way to the capital of the Netherlands, we immediately knew we wanted to stay somewhere right along the belt of the Amsterdam canals. Luckily enough, we were able to tick this off our list at an UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the Nine Streets neighbourhood – the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam.
The view right outside our King Canal Room at the Pulitzer Amsterdam
The Pulitzer Amsterdam is incredibly unique. The hotel itself is made up of twenty-five historic canal houses from the 17th and 18th century. These canal houses used to be the opulent residences for the influential upper class community of Amsterdam until they were restored in the 60’s and became Amsterdam’s first five star hotel.
The King Canal Room
The upper level of the King Canal Room at the Pulitzer Amsterdam
The Room Layout
The King Canal Room is a generous split level room located close to the main entrance of the hotel with ceiling-high windows showcasing the beautiful canals of the City. The view was romantic, the room was spacious, internet connection was always available and lightening fast, the location was close to all the main attractions of the City and the breakfast buffet was ah-mazing… needless to say, it was exactly what we were looking for!
The bottom level of the King Canal Room was where we spent our lazy afternoons watching the river boats pass us by while we comforted our bellies full of Stroopwaffels and the top level was where our luxe King Bed was waiting for us after a long day.
The bottom level of the King Canal Room at the Pulitzer Amsterdam
My jaw dropped when I saw the bathroom stocked up with Le Labo toiletries – not only were they Le Labo – by complete coincidence, all toiletries were from the Santal 33 range – my absolute FAVOURITE scent of the entire Le Labo collection. Santal 33 was introduced to me by a colleague when I worked at a cosmetics company a few years back and it brought back fond memories and a sense of home. I also couldn’t wait to hop into the marble clad shower – especially after recently returning from a tiny little hostel!
Exploring the Surrounds
When we first landed in Amsterdam, we almost took out a few cyclists as we casually walked across the red bicycle paths thinking that we were footpaths. We quickly realised how bicycle-friendly Amsterdam actually is. Unlike Sydney, driving a car is discouraged and many streets are closed to cars so if there’s one way to explore this City properly, it would be on two wheels instead of four.
Right outside our King Canal Room was a row of cute Pulitzer Bicycles each dorned with a little basket and bike bell which you could conveniently rent and use to explore the streets. If cycling isn’t your thing, everything is easily accessible by foot or public transport and we had absolutely no issues navigating our way along the streets.
Sitting on our balcony outside the Pulitzer Amsterdam next to the rental bicycles
The Pulitzer offers a convenient shuttle to-and-from the airport and the hotel itself is smack-bang right in the heart of the City and closely located to the following main attractions:
- Anne Frank House
- Dam Square
- The Nine Streets
- Flower Market
- Royal Palace
- Red Light District
- Stedelijk Museum
- Oude Kerk
- Van Gogh Museum
- Vondel Park
Unfortunately we came across a few drizzly days in Amsterdam which gave us the opportunity to explore the other rooms of the hotel. We loved the fact that we were never short of comfy corners to unwind and I particularly fell in love with this little book nook filled with reading lamps, books, card games and board games which we took full advantage of on our rainy days.
Relaxing in one of the corners of the Pulitzer Amsterdam
Breakfast Buffet at Jansz
Buffet Breakfast at Jansz inside the Pulitzer Amsterdam
Not too far from our King Canal Room was an all-day dining restaurant known as Jansz. One of the luxuries of travelling is waking up to a beautiful buffet breakfast and Jansz served up a breakfast treat made with fine quality ingredients and the coffee got me off to a good start (and you know, we loooovveeee our coffee!)
Selections of bread at the Breakfast Buffet at Jansz inside the Pulitzer Amsterdam
I swear we must have tried every single type of bread and spread you could get in Amsterdam at Jansz followed by a made-to-order serving of pancakes and omelettes. Yup, our bellies had quite a treat in that’s for sure!
Pause Dining Room
Pause Dining Room inside the Pulitzer Amsterdam
The other breakfast option was located right around the corner at the Pause Dining Room. This hidden gem is bustling during the morning and afternoon and we really had to sneak an early shot here to share the beautiful gold and jade decor – this is just one of the examples of the beautiful modern twist that each of the rooms in the Pulitzer has to offer.
Pause was a great place for a light meal and casual drinks and there were doors here that opened up to a relaxing garden with benches and swings for you to relax and unwind.
Hanging Chair Swings at the Pulitzer Amsterdam
Overall, we had an incredible stay at the Pulitzer. The staff were extremely friendly and always willing to help us with all of our questions and requests and even offered a late check-out the next day. We never ran out of things to do and we owe it to the Pulitzer for our wonderful time in Amsterdam!