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Want an Authentic Amsterdam Hotel? Hotel Pulitzer Delivers

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1016 GZ
September 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

Hotel Pulitzer is a quirky hotel that's part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection and is comprised of 25 restored canal houses from the 17th-and 18th-century. Being in this hotel is akin to staying in a living maze. For a true workout, at check in say you don’t need help with your bags or in finding your room, and watch the getting-lost antics commence.

One other thing to note: The hotel has a wonderful changing art gallery, so if you get lost while going from your room to the restaurant, you’ll have plenty to see and ponder.

The Hotel Pulitzer is made up of different canal houses that are all joined together so room size may vary greatly even within the same category. Let’s just say that our Deluxe Room was a bit on the bijou side of the scale, at a mere 180 sq ft. This was too small for travelers trekking across the Atlantic for a few days, but rooms in this category do go up in size to approximately 320 sq ft. But they do have lots of character – ours had original wooden ceiling beams and French doors that opened onto the garden (although we did have to move furniture to open both of the doors!)

Although eccentric, and full of Old-World charm, there are some modern shout-outs here. The lobby had a soft reno earlier this year and is an up-to-date vision in black-and-white with plenty of sit and chill-out areas. Right off the lobby there's an Espresso Bar with lattes so foam thick, one is simply not enough. We spent an entire afternoon sipping on them in the attached garden, consisting of separated areas to eat, drink and read.

The hotel is located right on the Prinsengracht (one of the main canals) and the medieval street right in front of the hotel is packed with cyclists, pedestrians and the odd car trying to get in or out. The garden offers a welcome respite when you’re tired of all the madness.

The breakfast on offer has plenty of items to please your palate (don’t skip the best local Gouda ever!), plus there’s morning prosecco ‘cause hey – you’re on vacation.

Dinner at the Wine Salon "de Apotheek" was delicious, with excellent wine recommendations provided by the sommelier/waiter. We had the four-course menu at 47 EUR ($60 US) per person) . The Wine Salon is a former 1800s pharmacy because, back then, it was the pharmacist who provided the wine “for medicinal purposes.”

November rates for a Deluxe room begin at 334 EUR ($427 US), but the more flexible you are, the better the rates available.

For more pics of the hotel, have a look at the image gallery.

[Photos: Janice Tober/HotelChatter]

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