Checking In: The Pulitzer Hotel Amsterdam

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I knew it would be a fairytale evening the moment I walked through the impressive glass doors of the Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam. On previous visits to the city I had kept my accommodation low key and more towards the budget side, so I was eager to check in to this ultra luxe hotel in the canals district of Amsterdam, for a night I will surely never forget.

Amsterdam is a romantic city in every sense of the word. While it doesn’t compare to Paris, this city built on canals has a complete magic of its own. I arrived in Amsterdam in the late morning, catching the train to the city for convenience. From there I made my way to the Pulitzer Hotel; my home for the evening.

While I knew it would be too early to check in, I dropped my bags with the porter and pledged to return later in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time to freshen up before my later afternoon boat ride on the hotels’ house boat aptly named The Tourist.

My first impressions were that I should have booked a second night, for this would be one hotel stay I would never dream of forgetting. The Pulitzer is the quintessential experience one imagines when arriving in Amsterdam: looking out over the canals at dusk, sipping a glass of whatever is on offer, opening the window and soaking in the atmosphere of one of Europe’s finest cities.

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The Room

The minute I checked in to my room I had flashbacks of some of my favourite hotel experiences the world over. Grungy like downtown Manhattan, the hotel has an effortless appeal with playful splashes of mustard and deep purples, giving it an art deco feel. My room was located at the back of the hotel, giving me an absolutely perfect view of the canals out my window (which open 1/3 of the way).

The bedding is plush, cozy, and allowed me to kick jetlag in one night of uninterrupted sleep. All of the mod cons are featured – cable television, light control from the bed, and everything one would expect from such a swish establishment. On arrival I was greeted by stroopwaffles (a packet of which is replenished throughout your stay!!!) and some macarons (salted caramel, no less!)

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Dining at The Pulitzer

As the hotel occupies a huge number of canal houses (all interconnected), I made it my business to explore the hotel at great length. For a fancy evening meal the hotel has Jansz, which is also where you can enjoy breakfast. As someone who likes to keep it casual when travelling (unless its a special occasion), I grabbed a light bite from Pause, the hotel’s casual restaurant that is mostly popular during the day time when many locals frequent the hotel’s public spaces.

The Pulitzer breakfast was a force to be reckoned with. From croissants as good as those to be found in Paris through to fancy eggs on brioche (yummmm), there was no way I would be needing lunch that day.

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The House Boat

Before flying out for Europe I made it my business to research each and every inch of what the hotel has to offer. After all, this was a once in a lifetime kind of deal! I was excited to read that the hotel offered boat tours on the canals of Amsterdam, all from the comfort of their beautiful house boat. It didn’t take more than two photos to convince me I must make this a part of my stay, so I booked my magical afternoon for the day I arrived in the city.

The house boat tour takes place on “The Tourist” and lasts around 75 minutes. From the iconic canal houses you will make your way out to the outskirts of Amsterdam, all the while being given a detailed account of the city and its history. If it weren’t for this boat and our captain, I wouldn’t have learned fun facts like the canal house “hooks”, used to lift furniture in to the higher levels of the houses.

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Overall: Would I Recommend?

If you’re reading about it here on my blog, you know its good! The Pulitzer was a once-in-a-lifetime kinda hotel stay. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who has an appreciation for interior design, who feels like they should have been born in New York during the art deco age, or who just loves a good canal house view to wake up to. This was an absolutely faultless stay and if you’re looking for a night of modern luxury, this is where to find it in Amsterdam!



A huge thank you to the Pulitzer Hotel for welcoming me to Amsterdam! All photos + opinions of my stay are my own.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

May 15, 2017




    Bella WW

    May 27, 2017

    Wow, this hotel looks gorgeous! Just look at the dining room, it’s beautiful!!! I will definitely consider it when visiting Amsterdam 🙂


    Om Prakash

    May 24, 2017

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.


    Vandana Verma

    May 18, 2017

    Its really amazing blog with very much helpful information, thank you so much for writing this great blog here for us.


    Ticket for Adventure

    May 18, 2017

    Oh my gosh, the decor is just too awesome. Love the plush green dining chairs, the plush blue bed end chair (what are they called?) and the stand-alone bath-tub. I’d love to stay here!



    May 18, 2017

    such a fine place to stay in amsterdam, thanks for reviewing!


    Laura Lou

    May 17, 2017



    the adventurer

    May 17, 2017

    what a place to have stayed in! So beautiful!


    the cape on the corner

    May 17, 2017

    all you can eat stroopwaffels! i’d stay just for that, lol.


    Laura Yackel

    May 17, 2017

    Maybe you’ve already done a post on this, but how do you afford all of your travels? I am saving all the money I can to be able to travel, but so far it is a very small amount. XD



    May 16, 2017

    This looks soo gorgeous! I love the decor and the bathtub right next to the bed looks so perfect



    May 16, 2017

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m definitely going to keep this hotel in mind, as I am visiting Amsterdam in August! Thanks for the article!



    May 16, 2017

    I bet you had a great hotel stay. Everything looks perfect.

  13. Brooke Saward

    May 16, 2017

    Isn’t it everything! Somewhere between Art deco and modern glamour – I was in paradise! xx

  14. Brooke Saward

    May 16, 2017

    It was pretty chilly but still plenty of sunshine – perfect for exploring I think! 🙂 You will LOVE The Pulitzer – such a gorgeous hotel! xx


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    May 16, 2017

    You must have really enjoyed the time in Amsterdam. Everything looks so great!


    Juliette | Namastay Traveling

    May 16, 2017

    Wow, sign me up! This looks like the perfect getaway..though I’m afraid I would spend my entire time in the luscious hotel room rather than out sightseeing! No guilt in that.



    May 16, 2017

    It looks like an anazing experience. Just wondering, is the boat your complimentary to hotel guests?



    May 16, 2017

    I was in Amsterdam in March with Accor hotels and didn’t even know this place existed! This hotel sounds absolutely dreamy! I might have to check it out next time we are there! Hoping to return in late spring/early summer next time. How did you like the weather when you went?


    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses

    May 16, 2017

    Wow what a gorgeous hotel! It looks absolutely amazing!

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday!



    May 16, 2017

    This hotel looks absolutely beautiful! The decor looks amazing. Emily x

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