PULITZER & JANSZ AMSTERDAM
The Pulitzer consists of no less than 25 (!) canal houses, a section along the Prinsengracht and a section on the Keizersgracht. After 46 successful years on this central location, it was time for an upgrade of the somewhat old-fashioned decor. They asked Jacu Strauss, an interior architect and as a former senior designer for Tom Dixon already responsible for The Mondrian in London among others, to help them with it. He managed to connect the history of the building seamlessly with warm, modern interior items. A medieval portrait now mixes perfectly with the Bead Mirror of Sjoerd Vroonland. I was especially touched by the reception desk made out of old tiles, a design by Strauss himself. The rooms of the Pulitzer are all different and magnetize not only by the view of the canal, but also by the tasteful interior, thick blankets and the smell of luxury bath products of Le Labo (for sale at We Are Labels on the Raadhuysstraat, just a few metres down the canal). However, the hotel isn’t there for guests only. As a local you can visit The Pulitzer Bar where the award-winning bartender makes the most amazing cocktails. Also Jansz restaurant, named after the coppersmith who lived here in the 17th century, is highly recommended. The entrance is already impressive because it once was a former pharmacy and they still kept the details in tact, but the dishes even more. New York based chef Cassidy Hallman, known for his work at Momofuku among others, makes the most delicious, slightly spicy meatballs. The tuna tartare, the super soft Bavette steak with artichoke and for dessert the chocolate cake are also delicious. The service is good and friendly, without being stiff. And with the view of the 9 Streets or the Keizersgracht it can hardly be more Amsterdam.
Check out: www.pulitzeramsterdam.com