I discovered the Sir Albert on Secret Escapes. Browsing their sales is a bit of an addiction of mine, but it was the first time I took the plunge and actually booked – and I’m so glad I did! We had a fantastic stay in Amsterdam, and this hotel was a huge part of that. If you’re after somewhere that’s got all the facilities you need, in an ideal location with plenty of style thrown in, the Sir Albert is for you.
Achingly cool and stylish. This is without a doubt the trendiest hotel I’ve stayed in, and you can tell it’s good from the moment you step through the front door. We arrived late in the evening and the hotel’s Japanese restaurant was already buzzing, the well-heeled of Amsterdam filling the space, and we were offered a glass of prosecco as we checked in. I’m already sold.
The reception area was chic and modern, and the rest of the hotel easily lives up to the initial impression. Such as the lounge area (known as the Study, complete with bookshelves, metal trunks as tables and a glass fireplace), the sculptural wall art, and feature lighting in the stairwells. Not to mention the dog. Stylish features were everywhere.
Small but stylish, the rooms have everything you need for a relaxing stay – with some added extras thrown in. You’ll find Illy espresso makers, iPod docking stations, Dead Source toiletries and a rainfall shower, and if you opt for the deluxe room (which we did) you can also enjoy free mineral water and complimentary bathrobes and slippers.
The high ceilings make the small space feel light and airy, and the little touches are fab. You’ll find books as decorations (which I very much approve of), and the Sir Albert ‘goodies’ box is perhaps the most unusual mini bar I’ve come across. It includes everything from the usual snacks and drinks to phone chargers and even sex toys – you can tell you’re in Amsterdam – and the philosophical pun on the room key is sure to make you chuckle.
And did I mention the bed? Hands down the best bed I’ve ever slept in! Their ‘signature bedding’ is divine and the bed is the comfiest you can imagine – we even dug down to find the make of the mattress and topper. That’s the sign of a good bed.
Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar, the hotel’s restaurant, serves refined Japanese cuisine and stunning cocktails. Take a seat at the brushed steel bar, or perhaps ask for a table overlooking the canal. We opted for a snack of wagyu and fois gras gyoza and were blown away – rich yet delicate, we had to order a glass of red wine before we took our last bites (beef that good deserves a decent red to accompany it!). Pricey but worth it.
The restaurant transforms into a stylish breakfast space in the morning, which was just as spectacular. It’s self-service but offers everything you could want, from cereals and continental pastries to a full English and international specialities, together with about five different juices and prosecco. Any hotel that offers prosecco at breakfast is a winner for me. We had breakfast included in our package price, but it’ll cost around 20euros per person otherwise.
The hotel offers room service as well, which we indulged in on two occasions. You could order select items from Izakaya or could go for something a little different and order from the surprisingly reasonably priced burger menu (which, strangely, also included fish and chips). They were touted as being the best burgers in Amsterdam, and while they were the only burgers I ate over there, they were certainly good!
In the hip De Pijp district. Known as Amsterdam’s Latin quarter, it’s bursting with cafes, restaurants, antique shops and designer stores, all a stone’s throw away from the hotel. You’ll find the Sir Albert right next to a canal, on the same street as the Albert Cuypmarkt, one of the biggest street markets in Amsterdam; it has everything from fresh poffertjes and stroopwafels to clothes and pottery, and is well worth a wander.
It’s a seven-minute walk from the museum quarter and a stroll of around half an hour to the centre of Amsterdam (there are bus and tram stops a short walk away if you don’t fancy being on your feet all day). It’s far enough away from the bustle of the city to be quieter, but still has that Amsterdam buzz, and I actually preferred it to the centre of town.
No question about it – this is easily one of my favourite hotels of all time. Sir Albert delivered in spades, on just about every criteria you can imagine. We were lucky enough to get a reduced rate through Secret Escapes and I can definitely recommend keeping an eye out for it to be available again, but if you don’t mind splashing out a bit it’d be worth going direct to the hotel as well. They’ve got several other properties in the chain – another one in Amsterdam, two in Germany and even one in Ibiza – which I’m definitely keen to explore in the future. A fantastic hotel.