Pulitzer Amsterdam, the iconic 45-year-old hotel, has announced that phase one of its extensive restoration project is complete, with the Keizersgracht canal side of the hotel now open to guests. Eighty redesigned guestrooms and suites are available to book and showcase a new design concept that takes inspiration from the history of the labyrinth of 25 interlinked canal properties which house the hotel.
The 400-year-old buildings have been sensitively restored to expose original and historic canal house features that have been combined with modern-day luxury elements. From trade merchants to flamboyant Dutch aristocrats, past inhabitants of the canal houses have inspired the rich character of the hotel to bring through the traditional essence of the Dutch capital and tell a range of stories that will inspire and intrigue guests and visitors.
Leading the team of highly skilled designers is Creative Director, Jacu Strauss, formerly a senior designer at Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio; Strauss has previously led projects including Barbecoa for Jamie Oliver and Mondrian London at Sea Containers. He commented, “It’s incredible to see how our visions for Pulitzer Amsterdam have come to life. I have loved immersing myself in this project to celebrate and enhance the heritage of these Golden Age canal houses, we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and are excited to welcome guests to enjoy the new Pulitzer experience.”
Guests can choose from four distinctive guest room categories and three suite categories, as well as the beautifully romantic Pulitzer Suite. Four exceptional Collector’s Suites with private entrances and stunning views of the canals are inspired by the narrative of elaborate characters who may have lived in the buildings throughout the years; from a compulsive art devotee to an eccentric book lover, a music composer and a grand antique collector.
No two rooms are the same; each balances Amsterdam’s rich past and contemporary present in an eclectic mix of finishes, designs and elements which complement each room’s individual charm. In this home away from home guests can enjoy the use of free Wi-Fi, a vintage telephone, Le Labo amenities and a bike repair set.
Pulitzer Amsterdam’s new restaurant, Jansz, is a quietly elegant neighbourhood restaurant with an easy-going Dutch attitude. Executive Chef Cassidy Hallman has used an old-fashioned, quality-loving approach to create a menu of beautifully crafted modern classics that respect the simplicity of quality produce and ingredients. Dishes include beef tartare with quail egg, Dover sole meunière and Morano spiced salmon.
A timeless cocktail lounge, Pulitzer’s Bar, brings to Amsterdam a classic and chic hotel bar, with sumptuous furnishings and a rich and intimate atmosphere.
The cocktail menu offers drinks that are classic in element and style, but modern in execution. Each follows one consistent recipe: one part of the past, one part of the present, and one part of revolutionary technique. For example, the Pineapple Old Fashioned will be served on a bed of hay to add another layer of aroma to the drink. Further in the menu, the Gin & Tonic has been reinvented; both the gin and the tonic will be carbonated for the best distribution of gin aroma throughout the whole drink.
The second phase of the restoration has now begun and will conclude in the northern autumn 2016 when the hotel will celebrate its grand opening as both the Keizersgracht canal side and the Prinsengracht canal side join. Once complete, the hotel will feature 225 guest rooms and suites. Some of the sumptuous features that will form part of the grand opening launch will include the decadent lobby and the jewel in the Pulitzer crown, the Pulitzer Garden – a serene hideaway.
Pulitzer Amsterdam is located in one of Amsterdam’s chicest neighbourhoods, within easy reach of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Anne Frank House. The fashionable Nine Streets, the quaint shops of Jordaan, the flower market and the Royal Palace are also a short distance away.