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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.

Cheers!

Pulitzer’s Bar

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Pulitzer’s Bar

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!

Jansz. Amsterdam

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Jansz. Amsterdam

Jacu Strauss

Photo: Emily Andrews

Jacu Strauss is responsible for the re-design of Pulitzer Amsterdam and many other design hotels such as the iconic Sea Containers London and recently opened Riggs Washington DC.

Jacu lived in Amsterdam for four years and completely immersed himself in the city; the place he now calls his second home. Use his inspiration and let the designer emerge within yourself. Dream now, discover later.

“I want to share my favorite places with you – where I shop, wander around and gather inspiration as a designer.”

Interior & inspiration

1. Anouk Beerents – Since 1987, Anouk Beerents has specialized in the import and export of antique mirrors. Most of the authentic quality mirrors have a French or Italian origin with gilded gold or silver leaves. The amazing studio of Anouk Beerents is a real hidden gem in the nine streets.

“It’s one of my favorite places in the world. We have a few of her mirrors in Pulitzer’s Bar, lobby, -and Collector’s Suites among others.” – Prinsengracht 467, anoukbeerents.nl

2. MENDO – MENDO is a candy store for book lovers. They specialize in the specific categories of fashion, photography, interior, traveling, food and graphic design.

“A stunning bookshop. It’s just done really well and they have an amazing collection of books. You can’t help but spend some time in there.”- Berenstraat 11, mendo.nl

Get dressed

3. Bij Ons Vintage – A large collection of original vintages for men and women with new arrivals every day. Check out their Facebook page to stay on top of the special offers every week.

“One of the things I love most about Amsterdam is it has really amazing vintage shops.”- Reestraat 13, bijons-vintage.nl

4.PRJCT AMS – A multi-brand store for men, selling an on-going mixture of casual chic clothing and garments, with a strong focus on ‘the perfect basic’. Innovative brands and upcoming designers who value quality, can be bought at PRJCT AMS.

“A small nicely designed store with a good collection of clothing that’s clean and simple.” – Gasthuismolensteeg 18, prjctams.com

The finishing touches

5.Marie Stella Maris – A beautiful shop offering luxurious, natural care products and a fine selection of home fragrances for a unique experience at home. The Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand donates a fixed amount towards clean drinking projects for each product you purchase.

“The store is great, the toiletries are dazzling, and the packaging is absolutely brilliant.” – Keizersgracht 357, marie-stella-maris.com

6.Le Labo at Skins Cosmetics – In every bathroom of Pulitzer Amsterdam, you will find a selection of Le Labo Fragrances. From a solid soap kit, to a body lotion, to a conditioner, Le Labo will pleasantly surprise you.

“This is a brand that I’ve always loved and I was thrilled that we were able to offer it in the hotel. One of my favorite perfumes is actually a Le Labo one.” – Runstraat 11, skins.nl

 

Pulitzer Amsterdam

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Bootyclub

Photo: Booty Club

Your weekly gym routine might not be the same due to all the gyms being temporarily closed. There’s no need to stress about that because many sport clubs and fitness instructors have got you covered with creative alternatives for you to stay fit, while staying at home.

Find our favorite Amsterdam fitness picks below.

  1. @bootyclub.nl
    A combination of (high-intensity) exercises that focus on the glute muscles make this workout a unique blend of activity which will make you sweat and give you a peach-shaped bum. If you’re lucky, June and her trainers might also add some exercises that work the abs for the ultimate burn. No equipment necessary. If you happen to have a resistance band, do use it to get the glutes fired up.

    When?
    Three days per week. Usually Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

    Where?
    Live Insta story and IGTV.

  2. @rowenaida
    Expect a great variety between strength, cardio, and stability training. With different focusses on the upper body, lower body, and glutes. She’ll also throw in a guided meditation every now and then. Rowen’s enthusiasm and motivational lines make sure you sweat, burn and most of all enjoy all her classes. Every next-day schedule is released the evening prior. She does classes every day of the week; a true fitness inspiration.

    When?
    Varies every day and every week. Just check out Rowen’s Instagram for her latest timetable.

    Where?
    Live Insta story.

  3. PLTS
    PLTS is a household name in Amsterdam. This workout, loved by models, tones and sculpts your body by using a special Pilates machine. This is not something you have at home, so the boutique studio has created home workouts where all you need is your body and a towel. Sliders (or cardboard) and low-weight dumbbells (or water bottle) are optional. The workouts leave you just as fulfilled as your normal PLTS class would do.

    When?
    Daily new workouts released at 10AM CET.

    Where?
    IGTV

  4. High Studios
    This high-intensity interval training makes you sweaty and strong. The normal workout takes place in one of High Studios’ boutique gyms and makes use of a treadmill, box, and weights. Their training on YouTube and Spotify are adjusted so you can feel the same high without training in the studios. Different trainers will take you through various strength and cardio exercises. Muscle strain is guaranteed the next day.

    When?
    Always available online.

    Where?
    YouTube (home workouts)
    Spotify (outside workouts, do keep your distance)

  5. Saints & Stars
    Luxury gym Saints & Stars has come up with alternative ways to stay fit while being quarantined. You can expect uplifting music paired with killer workout moves. The enthusiasm of the trainers will make sure you complete each set; it almost feels like they’re in your living room coaching you through the session. Sweat, burn and fun is what you’ll go through.

    When?
    Every day at 10AM CET.

    Where?
    Live Insta story and IGTV.

  6. Equal Yoga
    Equal Yoga enables you to take your practice home. The studio known for their classes in hot temperatures, enables you to practice the same strength and flexibility movements without equipment. The teachers will guide you through the sequence with ques on breathwork as well, movements are suitable for beginner and advanced yogis.

    When?
    Every day at 10AM CET.

    Where?
    Live Insta story

Rijksmuseum Nachtwachtzaal

Travelling all the way to Amsterdam to see your favorite museums has to wait. No worries! You can now admire Amsterdam’s finest art from the comfort of your own home, digitally. Why is this even better, you may wonder? No lines in front of the museums, all the art just for yourself and you can enjoy the art with a snack for a change. 😉

Let us guide you through four of Amsterdam’s well-known museums.

  1. Anne Frank Museum

On a stone’s throw distance of Pulitzer Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House is situated. Now, the Anne Frank Museum is close to you too – on your phone, tablet or computer to be exact. Learn more about the Jewish girl that hid in 1942 from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands, her diary and the Secret Annex with the virtual tour of the Anne Frank Museum.

  1. Van Gogh Museum

The virtual Van Gogh Museum offers something for everyone! There’s a lot to (digitally) do for children, art lovers and the curious. Get to know not only Vincent his art work, but also read about personal stories, and his relationship with friends and family. It is a fun, interactive and educational way to get to know the post-Impressionist painter whose work was notable for its beauty, emotion and color.

  1. Moco Museum

Pink, funky and modern art with a wink is what can describe Moco best. This boutique museum showcases inspiring modern and contemporary art. Virtually wander around pieces of the mysterious Banksy, contemporary Andy Warhol or colorful Jean-Michel Busquiat. The Moco Museum shared a video for you to enjoy their exhibitions at home!

  1. Rijksmuseum

This museum shows worldwide known master pieces from Amsterdam’s Golden Age to recent artistic innovations. Digitally stroll through the Rijksmuseum along The Milkmaid, Marten en Oopjen or The Night’s Watch. Take all the time you want to indulge in 80 galleries with 8,000 objects that tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

This year’s February is full of celebrations and enjoying the best that life can give – love, family and food. Imagine yourself in sunny Italy, taste as much chocolate as you can during the Chocolate Festival or enjoy delicious Jansz. dishes on Valentine’s Day. Let us inspire you for a visit in February:

Valentine’s Day
If celebrating Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world, is not a reason enough to book your flight to Amsterdam immediately – we don’t know what is! Spend this special day with your beloved one while cruising the canals, stroll through the characteristic streets that the city has to offer and end your day with a romantic dinner.

Speaking about a romantic dinner; during Valentine’s Day romance makes way for a flirt during Sjansz. Poetry, catchy one-liners and delicious Jansz. dishes is what you can expect during Sjansz. with Jansz. on Valentine’s Day. The dimmed lights and unbeatable views on the Keizersgracht Canal and Reestraat will be the setting for the flirtiest night of the year. For reservations please visit the Jansz. website.

When: February 14
Where: Jansz.

Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. This event, also know as the Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar; a special occasion that is nearly always marked by family gatherings, food rituals and the color red. Including this event, a unique Dragon Show will be presented at Dam Square, finding its way to the Nieuwmarkt neighborhood. If you are looking for a more intimate place to celebrate; visit Fo Guang Shan He Hua – a real Buddhist temple in the heart of Amsterdam.

When: February 5
Where: Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt neighborhood

Little Italy Taste & Travel
The first weekend of February stands for all the good that Italy has to offer! Get inspired for your next holiday, taste the most delicious products and discover Italy for the first time… or all over again. Relax at an aperitif bar after attending workshops and lectures. An event that suits all guests with the same interest: Italy! For more information and tickets, please visit: http://littleitaly-event.nl/

When: February 1 – 3
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Chocolate Festival
Do you love chocolate as much as we do? Then the Chocolate Festival is definitely something for you! On Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of February the Beurs van Berlage will turn into a chocolate paradise. Cocoa farmers, traders and chocolatiers from all over the world come together to inspired each other. Besides that you can participate in a variety of workshops and demonstrations, this festival is all about tasting! Find out more on: https://www.chocoa.nl/festival/

When: February 23 – 24
Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam