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ISBN 978-9059721418 - 492 pages


When Only the Best Hotel Will Do

If you want an absolutely classy hotel – smack-dab in the center of Amsterdam flanked by not one but two of the main, picturesque canals (Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht) – and oozing with historical charm, then check out the Hotel Pulitzer, part of the ‘Luxury Collection’ of worldwide hotels. Yes, you’ll need more than a few stray euros to stay at this oh-so-characteristic hotel with the ‘best of the best’ of everything but, trust me, it can’t be beat.*

No less than 25 historic, 17th- and 18th-century Amsterdam canal houses have been completely restored and joined together to form the magnificent Pulitzer – located just down the street from the Anne Frank House. The Pulitzer combines the best of traditional Dutch atmosphere with luxury. No two rooms are the same, and they all have delightful views of either a canal, the courtyard or the gardens.

Five-star details include all the amenities you would expect (including air conditioning), PLUS their own luxury, antique tour boat, ‘The Tourist’, moored at the front door and decked out in teak wood, polished copper, traditional carpets, leather and glass. Sir Winston Churchill himself stayed at the Pulitzer in 1946 and cruised the Amsterdam canals on this very boat.

The Pulitzer even has its own art gallery, and a stunning courtyard café where you can have a cappuccino or cup of tea, enjoy lunch or ‘Afternoon Tea’ (British-style), or even the occasional barbeque in pleasant weather. A wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, just outside your door.

If you happen to be there during the third week in August and have been wise enough to reserve your room at the Pulitzer far enough in advance, you’ll find yourself front and center stage for the annual ‘concert on the canals’ – the Prinsengrachtconcert – part of which takes place on a floating pontoon just in front of the hotel (including the opening and closing of the festival).

It doesn’t get much better than this. Central, historic, beautiful, luxurious and classy. If you can swing it, this should be your Amsterdam address.

*Rates run upwards of approximately 250 euros, with canal views being more expensive, but prices vary greatly, depending on season. Be sure to ask about special offers, as there are many.

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