You know that you’re in the right kind of hotel when you look at the interiors and immediately think of Wes Anderson. There were rose gold pens people! Last weekend I was invited to stay at the newly refurbished Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam and it may have just confirmed my love for this cosy city (the 25-degree weather may have also helped). I like places with a bit of a story and you could quite easily wander past without realising the size (it’s made up of 25 different canal houses joined together) and all of the secrets behind the shuttered windows.
When you start exploring the Pulitzer, you almost wish that it could be replicated all over the shop for the sake of our Insta feeds but in reality, the design is informed by the hotel’s past. Each room has a little plaque giving you the lowdown about the original canal house (mine was built in 1650 and occupied by a yarn twister) and contains a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture. The interiors brand Sé is now on my radar and I apologise in advance if you end up obsessed with their velvet chairs.
It was fascinating to hear from the architect Jacu Strauss himself as he showed us around and explained what it took to make this ambitious project a reality. His research took well over a year and involved staying in each of the hotel’s 225 rooms to get a sense of what furniture would work and whether it needed any extra touches. The result is eclectic yet grown up, with pops of pink throughout, copper detailing and quirky touches like bikes suspended from the ceiling. I managed to fool most of you with this snap and although I didn’t stay in the rather romantic Pulitzer suite, each room has been given the same amount of care, such as Le Labo toiletries and pretty china for your morning cuppa.
Even if you’re not able to stay here, it’s worth popping to Jansz for a coffee or Pulitzer’s bar to see all of the attention to detail first hand. This trip was filled with a few firsts for me, such as experiencing the canals from the hotel’s own boat and attempting to navigate the cobbles by bike. I survived, even though I still can’t really cycle in a straight line and all of my signalling is verbal. Despite the sometimes chaotic streets, I still think that Paris could quite easily be toppled as one of the world’s most prettiest cities, especially if brooding townhouses are more your kind of thing.
Thanks to the Pulitzer Amsterdam for inviting me to your beautiful hotel and the most unforgettable trip!
Make sure you check out my previous posts on Amsterdam if you’re planning a visit!