Lonely Planet Writer

Paint like Van Gogh: Pulitzer Amsterdam opens immersive art experience

Pulizter Amsterdam is launching an immersive art experience this October, in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum. As well as two night’s accommodation and daily breakfast, the ‘Paint Like Van Gogh’ special includes unlimited access to the museum, an art lesson, a welcome gift and a complimentary cocktail.

Exterior shot of Pulitzer Amsterdam. Image by Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam is a luxury hotel made up of 25 Golden Age canal houses, nestled between two of the city’s most peaceful canals in the trendy Nine Streets district. During their stay here, guests will have unlimited access to the Van Gogh Museum, coming and going as they please during opening hours, where they will find inspiration for their own art. The museum is the second-most visited tourist attraction in the city and houses the world’s most important collection of the celebrated Dutch matser’s works.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Image: Jan-Kees Steenman/Van Gogh Museum

Guests will then enjoy a 75-minute painting lesson with by Mirjam ter Maat, a painter, visual art therapist and owner of the art workshop, Meesterwerken Op Maat. Using Van Gogh’s techniques as the focus of the lesson, budding artists will recreate The Starry Night, Fifteen Sun Flowers or Almond Blossoms. A complimentary cocktail created by Pulitzer Bar’s head bartender, Andrei Talapanescu will follow. In fitting with the Van Gogh theme, the cocktail will be inspired by one of his paintings.

Chef’s table at the hotel’s Jansz restaurant. Image by Pulitzer Amsterdam

For guests who want to fully immerse themselves in art during their stay, they can upgrade their accommodation with the Art Collector’s Suite, pending availability. The room is designed to resemble the canal house of a Dutch 17th-century art collector and is filled with artworks, including Hals Brunch by Thierry Bruet. The painting bears a striking resemblance to Frans Hals’ masterpiece The Last Supper but on closer inspection features modernities such as cans of beer, a laptop and hamburgers.

Art collector’s suite. Image by Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam is close to Dam Square and within easy reach of the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and The Anne Frank House. The fashionable Nine Streets, the quaint shops of Jordaan, the flower market and the Royal Palace are also a short distance away, to explore on foot, by bike or by boat.

The ‘Paint Like Van Gogh’ experience starts at €1000 (US$1150) with a minimum two-night stay between 22 October and 23 December 2018 and can be booked here.