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Pulitzer Hotel, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the jewel in Holland's crown. Liberal, cultured, informal and unconventional, Amsterdam's got history and atmosphere seeping out of every corner, from its world famous museums to the alluring network of old canals that criss-cross the city. A mix of the romantic and the lively, Amsterdam has been charming visitors for years. Make like the locals and rent a bike to traverse the city's many bridges and cobbled streets, including the Damrak, once the site of the Amstel River and today a bustling thoroughfare lined with cafes and shops. It culminates in Dam Square, where the Amstel dam was located - Amsterdam's original namesake. After absorbing the art and architectural treasures that abound in Amsterdam, soak up the city's unique atmosphere at its numerous cosy bars and cafes. Once you've restored your appetite and rested weary feet, head over to the Jordaan district, home to an array of offbeat boutiques, quaint antique shops and art galleries. Easily navigated in a weekend or short break, Amsterdam is a pleasantly compact city - its three main museums, the Van Gogh, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk are all based on the same street.

Conveniently located near Dam Square and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the Sheraton Hotel Pulitzer brings together 25 restored 17thcentury canal houses, all harmoniously integrated to create a truly unique hotel. The exquisite canal houses overlook the picturesque Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, situated near the old city centre of Amsterdam and sights such as Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh museum. The hotel featured on Condé Nast Traveller's 2002 Gold List, and has been applauded for its distinctive guest rooms, which blend period features such as wooden beams with sophisticated, modern touches.

Hotel Information

The recently renovated Pulitzer has spread through 25 old canal houses, giving it frontage on the historic Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. The houses date from the 17th and 18th centuries and adjoin one another, side by side and garden to garden.

You walk between two houses to enter the lobby, or climb the steps of a former merchant's house to enter the ever-crowded and cheerful bar. With the exception of bare beams or brick walls here and there, history stops at the Pulitzer's many thresholds. Rooms are spacious and modern, with wickerwork furnishings. The rooms with the best views look out over either the canals or the hotel garden. Approximately 12 miles from Schipol Airport, in the cultural centre of Amsterdam, the Hotel Pulitzer has a private motor launch and is within minutes of Dam Square, Royal Palace, important museums, shopping centres and Anne Frank's house. Seasonal concerts are held regularly in the courtyard gardens and art-deco garden room with opera concerts starting in October.

The hotel is being refurbished which focuses on increasing comfort and convenience but is also gradually replacing modern furnishings with more appropriate antique styles. Throughout the renovation of the Pulitzer Hotel's 25 historic 17th and 18th Century canal houses, great care was taken to preserve the original Dutch character while adding luxurious and contemporary features.

Room Information

All 230-rooms differ in size and shape, have new bathrooms with hand-painted Dutch tiles and are elegantly furnished and decorated to reflect the character and history of the hotel. Interior colour schemes accentuate the Dutch design and original architectural features, such as the exposed, original wooden beams on the ceilings. The Hotel Pulitzer brims with contemporary Dutch art throughout, with original paintings in each room and sculptures in the courtyard gardens, garden room and art gallery.

Deluxe guest rooms offer the traditional Dutch atmosphere while providing outstanding comfort and conveniences for both the business and leisure traveller. The hotel also has a lot of differences in floor levels and no handicapped rooms which unfortunately makes the Sheraton Hotel Pulitzer "not accessible for disabled."

Deluxe suites, for your honeymoon, special occasion or VIP guest; the comfort and spaciousness of our suites are unequalled by anything else you have ever seen.

Each room contains a mini-bar, trouser press, in-room safe, hairdryer, direct dialling, television, nightly turndown service, data port, dual-line telephone, voicemail and in-room movies.

Dining Experience

'Pulitzers is an absolute must for anyone looking for special culinary experiences in a beautiful stylish and artistic setting. The place to be in Amsterdam. The pleasures of the palate will be seduced by the refined cuisine the chef proposes.

Guests can enjoy a quick coffee in the trendy Lounge Bar, with a view over the delightful gardens. When the weather permits lunch and dinner is served in Hotel Pulitzer's private garden decorated with modern sculptures. Experience the freshest seafood, steaks and local delicacies in Cafe Pulitzer and the elegant setting of the fine dining restaurant De Doudsbloem.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Pulitzer's canal houses enclose a peaceful, private garden decorated with modern sculptures, removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Sheraton Hotel Pultizer is close to a fitness facility, golf courses and world-class shopping. The Pulitzer Art Gallery exhibits paintings from local Dutch artists.

Your wish is their command. Discover all that our hotel has to offer. 24-hour room service, 24-hour front desk, bellstand/porters, valet parking, facilities and concierge desk are standard features of the hotel. Boat trips and bicycle rentals may be arranged from the hotel itself. From here you may hear the hourly chiming of the nearby Westerkerk clock.

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