The 66-year-old porter Carlos Geraldes started his Pulitzer career 47 years ago as a part-timer in Housekeeping. At the end of May this year he will say goodbye to his beautiful job, leaving his second home behind with a backpack full of memories. We asked him to share his Pulitzer journey.

Where it all began
When he was a child, Carlos wanted to become a professional football player. Unfortunately, that did not work out. Another hobby back then, was watching movies or series set in a hotel on a black and white television at his parents’ house. He thought that the work of a porter was interesting, and he admired this profession.

The friendly colleagues made Carlos love the Pulitzer the most. He was welcomed with open arms when he started in Housekeeping. Carlos worked in the Housekeeping department until he was 21 years old and then became a porter. From 1990 to 2016 he was Head Porter. Throughout the years, he has seen the hotel change completely. Being a piece of the history of Pulitzer Amsterdam, he is proud to have experienced it all.

Fabulous experience in Pulitzer
The 5-year anniversary of the hotel was one of the days Carlos would always remember. They celebrated the lustrum at the home of the former Pulitzer Hotel Manager in 1978. He will never forget this; it was quite an experience for him. Furthermore, Carlos met many special people through his profession, such as: Tina Turner, Michael Jakson, Mick Jagger, Herman Brood, and Nina Hagen. These famous guests all came to stay.

Favorite spot
Carlos’ favorite spot in the hotel is the lobby. As a porter, he has the first and last contact with the guests in this area of the hotel. It is important for him that guests are welcomed with open arms and leave the hotel with a smile.

Supremely proud
Carlos is proud of what contributed to Pulitzer Amsterdam. For example, the parking lists. He is a perfectionist and was always working on new ideas to make it a better workplace for the porter team. All in all, Carlos is proud of the fact that he was able to make the parking list a workable one that is still in use today.

Second home
Carlos did not yet think about what he will do when he retires. The first thing the 65-year-old porter thought of was ‘’sleeping in”. It is not that he lacks sleep, but the idea that you can decide for yourself when you can get up, is a wonderful one. His working days were Monday to Friday, starting at 07.00 in the morning until 15.00 in the afternoon. Daily, he would get up at 5.00 AM.

All in all, Carlos is going to miss the guests the most. Being a storyteller at heart, he loves the chats with the guests every day at the front door or in the lobby. “The guests are the ones who appreciate you when they do not even know you” he told. Pulitzer does feel like a second home.

Most of us define a night in a five-star hotel bed as the ultimate sleep experience. A bed so comfy, you do not want to get out of it. So, what is the secret? The truth is, it is not just the sheets or the mattress. Each layer of these hotel beds is bigger, softer, and more memorable. If you want to create this magical night of sleep at home, keep on reading.

Oversize the bed
The first thing that stands out in luxury hotel rooms is the bed. Poof, there it is, a super king-size bed with an extra thick mattress of 30 cm or even more. On top of these mattresses, you will find a super-soft featherbed as an extra layer of cushioning comfort. The duvet is extra wide and to complete the experience there is an astounding number of pillows for an ultra-sumptuous result.

Curious on the Pulitzer Bed? Take a look at Pulitzer’s Online Shop and get yourself the entire Pulitzer Bed by DOUXE for the ultimate experience (or just a few items to complete a good night of sleep).

Why sleep when you can float
Did you ever hear someone say, “this bed is too fluffy”? A high-quality mattress in your hotel room is essential for a good night of sleep, but even the best mattresses can be upgraded. To make your sleeping experience even more memorable, a featherbed can be added as the cherry on top of a dessert and will create the authentic hotel bed experience.

Heavenly white crispy sheets
Nothing feels more like a hotel room than freshly washed cotton sheets, made up by housekeeping with perfection, leaving you a little turn-down sweet. This is so easy to re-create in your own bedroom. Treat yourself with 100% cotton sheets with a percale weave and high thread count which create the crispy, soft, and subtle feel.

If you aim for the moon, go for the heavenly white Pulitzer Egyptian Cotton sheets by DOUXE. The satin weave creates a silky-smooth feel that oozes five-star luxury.

Fluffy down
For that ultra-plush, truly heavenly hotel bed feel, it is all about an extra fluffy down duvet. 100% down duvets are airy and light but keep you comfortably warm. Look for an insert that is 2 inches wider and longer than your duvet cover for an ultra-luxurious result.

The Pillow Menu please
Less is more, but not for pillows. Your hotel bed will be equipped with two to four down pillows, two fiber pillows, and two body or reading pillows for plenty of options. But it doesn’t stop there. Hotel pillows are wider, with 90cm or even 100cm being the standard. These pillows do not only look better, they are more luxurious as they cover the entire width of the bed.

Finish off in style and choose for the eclectic yellow Pulitzer plaid, the beautiful scented Le Labo 33 candle, or the fluffy Pulitzer slippers.

DOUXE Hotel Luxury is the place where everyone can re-create that five-star hotel luxury at home with genuine care and personalized advice for the ultimate comfort and night of sleep.



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Now that the premiere of the new James Bond movie has been postponed and you have to wait until the next blockbuster of the 007-series is on show, Pulitzer’s Bar shares unique “James Bond” inspired cocktail creations to make at home.

No one ever questioned James Bond his sophisticated drinking style. The bartenders of Pulitzer’s Bar will share matching cocktails by the Bond books, so mix, shake and step back in time.

The Americano holds the distinction of being the very first drink James Bond ordered. In the first book of the series, Casino Royale from 1953, Bond orders Americanos on his journey. Later, in A View to a Kill (1985) Bond said he would always order an Americano in a bar.

Opt for the Pulitzer’s Bar twist on an Americano; a refreshing, slightly bitter and fruity cocktail.


  • Cocchi Torino                   35ML
  • Campari                             35ML
  • Fever-Tree Soda               120ML
  • Orange Zest

Build all ingredients in a long drink glass with ice cubes and top off with Fever-Tree Soda. Stir a little and garnish with the orange zest.

When Bond momentarily forgets the tradition of drinking ‘locally’ in Live and Let Die (1954), CIA-agent Felix Leiter tells Bond to enjoy the official drink of The Big Easy: ‘Where is your sense of adventure? This is New Orleans. Relax!’

The Sazerac is a local New Orleans variation of a whiskey or cognac cocktail. The Sazerac of Pulitzer’s Bar is a delicious drink that can be defined as slightly sweet with spicy and nutty notes.


  • VSOP Cognac                             35ML
  • Bulleit Rye Whiskey                   35ML
  • Peychaud’s Bitters                     3 dashes
  • Sugar Syrup                                7,5ML
  • Saline Solution                            1 dash
  • Absinth Spray
  • Lemon Zest

Fill a tumbler glass with ice and a cocktail shaker for about ¾ with ice. Pour the Cognac, Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and sugar syrup one by one into the shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Remove the ice from the glass and spray the absinth into the glass. Then use a strainer to pour the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a slice of lemon zest.

Rum Collins
A variation of the Tom Collins, Bond is served one of these by his host, Emilio Largo. Refreshing, it is the ideal afternoon cocktail in the Bahamas.

Fancy a refreshing cocktail with the perfect balance of sour and sweet flavors? Then choose the Rum Collins of Pulitzer’s Bar.


  • Rum (Bacardi Carta Blanca or William George)      50ML
  • Lime Juice                                                                   25ML
  • Sugar Syrup                                                                  15ML
  • Fever-Tree Soda                                                          60ML
  • Lime Wedge

Build all ingredients in a Collins glass with ice cubes and top off with Fever-Tree Soda. Stir a little and garnish with the lime wedge.


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Amsterdam Houses

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Our Concierge team loves nothing more than bringing you a little closer to the Amsterdam they love. Make the most out of their knowledge; they have the best insider tips to help you discover the Amsterdam that most guests miss. Sitting at home and not sharing their knowledge isn’t their favorite thing to do, so we gave them a platform.

First up, Dominique! Oh boy, how she loves facts, insides, and details. During the Pulitzer History Tour, she satisfies your appetite with all the goods and glory from the Golden Age till now.

History lover or not, Dominique has shared some facts that are an interesting read for everyone.

Did you know that:

1. A few famous paintings used to hang in an art gallery of the owner of the Saxenburg House in our garden in the year 1798?

Pieter van Winter, successful businessman and art collector, built an art gallery in his garden to both entertain and impress his guests. He possessed around 180 paintings of which a few of them you might know: Rembrandt’s Marten & Oopjen and Het Straatje by Vermeer. Both can now be admired at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

2. You can easily spot the difference between a private residence and a warehouse in the Golden Age?

Residential homes had large windows on the first floor so the owner ‘s wealth would be on display for all to see and admire whereas warehouses had much smaller windows with wooden shutters to protect the goods from the weather.

In addition, residences always had steps leading up to the front door and warehouses normally had a large wide door for their horse-carriages which they used for transferring their merchandise.

Now it is your turn! Can you point out which of the 25 canal houses of Pulitzer Amsterdam are warehouses and which ones are residential houses?

3. There are still two wooden houses left in Amsterdam?

Houses in Amsterdam used to be made from wood. After the great fires in 1421 and 1452, the city required that all houses should be built with bricks. Luckily for us, there are two wooden houses left to admire: at the Begijnhof and Zeedijk.

4. There used to be a small flowing water-fountain near the Garden Room?

When the hotel built the Garden Room in the eighties, all in art deco style, they added a beautiful flowing water fountain by the entrance-door.

Unfortunately, they received a lot of complaints from the people who held their meetings there. Apparently, the sound of dripping water caused too many toilet-breaks… ; )

5. A few very rich and, in their time, famous people owned the Saxenburg House? And that they had a few famous visitors?

Walk in the footsteps of John Adams, the second president of the USA, William Lee, American diplomat during the Revolutionary War and Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous Dutch painter.

If you are getting hungry for more, do not forget to drop by when Pulitzer opens again to say hi to Dominique… or join the tour!

Concierge Tours
How many bridges there are in Amsterdam? How many nationalities live in Amsterdam? How many small hidden courtyards there are in Amsterdam? How orange became the Dutch national color? What is the story behind the Jordaan neighborhood?

All the answers to these questions and more are shared on two tours that the Concierge team have put together for our guests: Concierge Walking Tour and Pulitzer History Tour.

Pulitzer's Bar Cocktail The Conductor

A visit to your favorite hotel bar has to wait, but who thought shaking and stirring a drink in your own kitchen almost lives up to it? Take the stage as a Pulitzer’s Bar bartender tonight and make one of the signature cocktails at home.

The current menu is inspired on Agatha Christie’s best-known crime novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Each drink carries the name of one of the characters and the ingredients and taste notes reflect the characteristics from the novel in the drink.

One of the suspects on the menu is The Conductor, crispy with bitter tones. Master this aromatic drink with the following recipe: an easy way to impress your partner in crime.

Ingredients The Conductor

  • Hendrick’s Gin Orbium                 30ML
  • Campari                                          15ML
  • Extra Dry Vermouth                       15ML
  • Muyu Chinotto Nero                      10ML
  • Orange Bitters                                1 dash

Let’s get started!

Build all ingredients in a short glass with ice cubes. Stir a little and garnish with citrus zest.


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Movie Night

Watching movies is one of our favorite things to do! It is a great way to escape, laugh, cry, dance or be scared. And on top of that, movie nights are a great way to snuggle up with your family or hang out with your “quarantine” buddy.

Movie night is more than sitting still and staring at a screen, it creates new memories. We are sharing 7 ways to make your movie night extra special.

Let’s start organizing!

1. Choose your movie wisely: Are you watching with kids? Disney Plus is your channel. Are you watching with your housemates? Comedy will do the trick. Or are you excited to scare a little? Thriller movies can satisfy your appetite.

2. Get comfy: Throw a lot of pillows, stuffed animals and blankets on your couch, wear your favorite lounge wear and relax.

3. Create the mood: Turn down the lights, light up the candles.

4. Pop the popcorn: A movie night is not complete without popcorn. Are you team salty or team sweet? Or would you like to step out of your comfort zone to try something new! Find the recipes below of The Marshmallow Peanut butter or The Rosemary & Lemon Popcorn.

5. Snacks and drinks for the whole evening: ‘We have too many snacks’ – said no one ever. Prepare yourself with nachos, pizza, candy bars, cookies, toasties, sodas in various flavors or a create your own cocktail.

6. Home alone? Download ‘Netflix Party’: The new way to digitally watch Netflix with a group. Chat with your movie buddies to share opinions, jokes and facts about the movie.

7. Movie & games: Make movie night playful, challenge everybody with the Pulitzer Movie Bingo! Who will be the first to yell ‘BINGO’?

The Rosemary & Lemon Popcorn:


  • 1/3 cups Popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave or what method you will be using
  2. When the Popcorn is ready, stir it with the melted butter and sprinkle the chopped Rosemary and the lemon zest over the Popcorn

The Marshmallow Peanut Butter Popcorn:


  • 1/3 cups Popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1,5 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ¼ tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • Marshmallows, how much you prefer.
  1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave or what method you will be using
  2. Put all the ingredients mentioned above in a pan and heat on middle high fire until it is melting so you can stir it together and take it off the fire.
  3. When the Popcorn is ready, stir it within the mix and let it cool down for 5 minutes.


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Photography – @Valentinavos
Assistent photography – @Annenoa
Styling – @Isaageeratz
Illustration &C – @jessedonker
Make-up – @monique_brinkhorstbeeld &C
Set producer – @annefloor_roosterman
Model – @Milavanderhorst (@michamodels)


It’s time for game night. Play with your partner, flatmates or family you live with. Some games can also be played via Houseparty or another video-calling app with friends who you’re not with right now. Prepare for some good old fun. Tactics, speed or knowledge? Every game has its own traits and you decide what type of game you’re in.

We listed our favorite board and card games below.

1. Dixit

This game is made for daydreamers and fantasizing-fanatics. It includes a board, cards and bunny-pawns. The stories you tell about the beautiful and sometimes a bit odd cards stimulate the creative mind.

2. Set!

Nerve-wrecking, intense and fun. Set! is a card game you’ll be able to master the more times you play it. You can play alone or start a game with a maximum of eight people. It seems easy; just collect the right combinations, but don’t let your brain fool you.

3. Black Stories

When you ask the right questions, you can solve the spooky riddles. The game includes 50 stories, 31 crimes, 49 dead bodies, 11 murders, 12 suicides and a deadly meal. Your job is to find out how all of this could happen. Black Stories includes morbid, fiddly and mysterious riddles for adults.

4. Catan (Settlers of Catan)

A very popular board game where strategy is key. In this game, you take on the role of a settler and grow your settlement with trading and acquiring resources. The game is typically played with three to four players, add an extension pack and you can double the fun.

5. Ligretto

An extremely fast-paced game. Speed, the right combination and a quick response are essential for this card-game. Almost unexplainable on paper, so we advise you to just buy the game and discover yourself where all the Ligretto fun comes from.

6. Monopoly – Amsterdam edition

Does this classic board game still need an introduction? We don’t think so. Just make sure to opt for the Amsterdam edition and you might come across your favorite hotel in Amsterdam. Did we say too much?

7. What do you meme?

Do you always reply in memes instead of a normal sentence? Then this game is for you. If you are familiar with Cards of Humanity, you’ll know how to play this game. Lots of fun and laughter is guaranteed.

8. Ganzenbord (Game of the Goose)

Many think this is a traditional Dutch board game. Think again. It’s actually a typical European game. The game originates from the 16th century and has been around ever since. Roll the dice and let’s hope your wooden goose is the winning one.

9. 30 Seconds

This game brightens up everyone’s evening. Knowledge and a clear explanation are the key to success. When you already know all the cards by heart, it’s time to add an extension pack. Need to safe a penny? Just download the 30 seconds app in the app store for free!

Jansz. Family Sundays

The perfect setting to dine with family.

The early dinner in Jansz. is all about kids and their parents, speedy service, an extensive children’s menu and carefree blissful times. Since you can’t enjoy Jansz. Family Sundays these months, we thought we would give you some pointers on how to recreate the Jansz. Family Sundays experience at home.

1. Cooking with kids

Kids are easily entertained, and cooking is a good way to do so. To make the cooking experience even better, we shared a recipe that your little ones will love: the Jansz. spaghetti with meatballs. Your children will become real chefs.

2. Ready… Set… Color

Children want to run, race, play, climb and scramble. For entertainment around the table, kids can entertain themselves with the Pulitzer coloring book (also for adults)!

3. Decorate the table

Before the early dinner can start, set the table with pink floral arrangements and let the kids decorate the garden, the balcony or the house with flowers, garlands and ribbons. Put on your favorite outfit for a special and unique Jansz. Family Sundays dinner at home.


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Jansz. Marinara Meatballs

You are the Marinara Meatball of my life.

A Jansz. iconic, if we may say so. The Marinara Meatballs have been on the menu since the opening of our restaurant and ready for you to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. Yummy!

Ingredients Meatballs (4 persons main dish, 8 persons bite)

  • Minced Veal                            500gr
  • Minced Beef                           500gr
  • Ground Pork                           500gr
  • Bacon                                      300gr
  • Parmesan Cheese                  30gr
  • Bread                                       120gr
  • Salt                                           42gr
  • Sour Cream                             120gr
  • Fresh Garlic                             30gr
  • Frying Oil

Method of preparation – Meatballs: 

Mix all the ingredients, except the frying oil, in a large bowl. Use your hands to ensure the mixture has been mixed well and create small balls. Heat a frying pan with the oil and bake the meatballs slowly, on middle-high heat until golden brown.

Ingredients Sauce

  • Carrots                                        200gr
  • Celery                                          200gr
  • Salt                                               16gr
  • Red Wine                                    100ml
  • Garlic                                           50gr
  • Basil                                             16gr
  • Peeled Tomatoes (canned)      400gr
  • Onions                                         200gr
  • Oregano                                       8gr

Method of preparation – Sauce:

Chop the carrots, celery, garlic, tomatoes, and onions. Add it all to a heated saucepan and bake shortly. Add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook slowly for 20 minutes. Mash and sieve the mixture.

Serve the meatballs together with the sauce and top it off with parmesan cheese and lemon zest.

Bon appétit!

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