Discover Benelux | Amsterdam | Amstel, Rembrandtplein & Canal District Highlights
Where Amsterdam’s eclectic history comes to life TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: PULITZER AMSTERDAM
The labyrinth of connected, historic canal houses of Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam uncovers the history of the Dutch capital. The stylish and luxurious hotel turns each guest into an urban explorer who goes on an adventure into the city’s intriguing past. The eclectic and elegant design combines antiques with modern pieces for an authentic atmosphere. After a major refurbishment, every room was carefully redesigned to reveal elements of workshops, storerooms and gentleman’s quarters of foregone days, a reference to those who lived and worked in the 17th and 18th century canal houses. “We have framed a story for each of our 225 rooms, telling guests about its past,” explains general manager Alex van Gastel. “We have exposed features such as 400-year-old wall tiling or wooden roof structures, to show the character and beauty of the original rooms. We aim to be the most authentic Amsterdam hotel, 44 | Issue 43 | July 2017
and invite people to roam the hotel and discover more.” Opened by American businessman Peter Pulitzer in 1970 (great-grandchild of famous journalist Joseph Pulitzer), it is located between the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht. The hotel grew from just ten, to the currently 25 intricately linked canal houses with a large courtyard garden in the middle. “The garden is a tranquil oasis at the heart of the hotel and surprisingly spacious for our central location,” says Van Gastel. “Here you’ll find café Pause, which is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We serve homemade patisseries or can arrange an afternoon tea whilst guests enjoy the views of the nearby Westerkerk.” For an even more extraordinary visit, Pulitzer Amsterdam has several suites, including four ‘Collector’s suites’. Van Gastel: “The decor of these suites is in-
spired by four fictional characters who could have lived here, a collector of art, books, antiques and music. Aside from their striking design, they each have their own front door, so you have a private entrance during your stay.” The hotel also invites guests to Pulitzer’s Bar, featuring the same rich, eclectic style as the hotel, and restaurant Jansz, which offers a menu of classic dishes with a modern twist. It is named after the first owner of the building, craftsman Volkert Jansz. “The restaurant opened in February last year, and it is a place of discerning taste and style, just like its original owner.” Van Gastel concludes: “And of course we offer exceptional personal hotel service. Our staff are highly experienced, at least a third of the team have worked with us for a decade or even more.” For more information, please visit: www.pulitzeramsterdam.com
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