Need to know
90, including six suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $124.45 (€110), excluding tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 7% per room per night on check-out.
Rates are room only; a Continental breakfast buffet in Izakaya costs from €21 a person.
If the bar in Izakaya’s a little crowded, retreat to the residents-only study and flick through the fictional Sir Albert’s books about art, Amsterdam and architecture over a decanted whisky by the fireplace. Take to the streets like an Amsterdam native: the hotel has 10 bikes for hire (€17.50 for a full day, €13.50 a half day).
At the hotel
Library, free WiFi throughout, bikes to rent. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod sound system, radio, minibar, Illy coffee machine, a tea tray and a special box of goodies and treats. Guests can borrow iPads on request, too.
Our favourite rooms
Be sure to book a front-facing room to survey all of the busy De Pijp district. We loved Sir Deluxe Room 19 for its huge windows showcasing the streets below, and its daring open-bathroom. If the thought of an open-bathroom sets you blushing, ask for a room with a closed bathroom set-up.
Don’t panic – your genteel host has all potential packing disasters covered in his special goodie box, where you’ll find tasty treats and handy little things that might not have made their way into your suitcase (eye masks, ear plugs, hangover remedies, etc).
The hotel has ties with the nearby City Street Spa on nearby Prinsengracht, and can arrange an array of face and body treatments for Mr or Mrs Smith.
Children of all ages are welcome, although Sir Albert's not especially geared to kids.