One hotel, 25 canal houses, 50 years, infinite stories… Pulitzer celebrates its 50th birthday this year! From the former residents of the Golden-Age-era houses to the opening of Hotel Pulitzer in 1970 and the transformation of the hotel in 2016, the history of Pulitzer is as captivating as ever. Of course, will celebrate the festive year with many activities.
The 25 historical canal houses date back to the 17th and 18th century, all with a rich history and its own story to tell. The founder of the hotel, Peter Pulitzer, bought the first ten houses in 1968. “The house of your neighbor is for sale only once” being his motto, resulted in an expansion throughout the years. In 1970, Hotel Pulitzer officially opened its doors for guests and, from this moment on, the hotel welcomed over four million guests from all around the world. Ten years ago, the Amsterdam Canal district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the part where the hotel is located.
Home away from home
From the first guest checking in 50 years ago until now, the main goal of the hotel has remained the same: giving guests that “home away from home” feeling while staying in one of the unique canal houses. In 2015, an intensive renovation and re-styling of the 400-year old canal houses took place and, after 1,5 years, Pulitzer Amsterdam reopened its doors as the independent hotel it is today. The new design reflects the history and characteristics of each canal house individually.
The year 2020 will totally be in the light of the 50th birthday of Pulitzer Amsterdam; from a special edition of the yearly Garden Party to the revelation of the Peter Pulitzer Statue. The theme for the celebration year is “Stories To Stay”, putting the focus on stories from the former residents, visitors, and hotel guests from the past 50 years. Celebrate with us and have a look at the 50 Years website to discover 50 reasons to visit Pulitzer Amsterdam and the exclusive celebration package. Of course, as it’s our birthday, we treat! We give away 50 overnight stays at Pulitzer Amsterdam on Instagram and a cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar for everyone turning 50 in the hotel’s birthday month: October.