Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sir Albert

Rates from (ex tax)$182.37

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR179.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Diamond geezer

Setting

Happening, hip De Pijp

The host of Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam might be fictitious, but you'll definitely feel his thoughtful presence during your stay at this discreet former diamond factory. His genteel touch is everywhere, from the refined Japanese food in Izakaya to the atmospheric interiors and the impressive selection of books in the study.

Smith Extra

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A glass of prosecco each

Facilities

Photos Sir Albert facilities

Need to know

Rooms

90, including six suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $182.14 (€169), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 5% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR179.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates are room only; a Continental breakfast buffet in Izakaya costs from €21.50 a person.

Also

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.

Packing tips

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).

Also

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

Sir Albert's not especially geared to kids. Children are allowed in the restaurant, though.

Food and Drink

Photos Sir Albert food and drink

Top Table

Sit beside the open kitchen to admire the chefs’ flame-flinging theatrics, or choose a snug spot by the window if you want privacy. If you’re feeling companionable, take a seat at the long communal table in the middle of the room.

Dress Code

Izakaya attracts both special-occasion couples and the after-work crowd, so evening dresses sit comfortably alongside jeans and heels.

Hotel restaurant

The excellent Izakaya serves exquisite Japanese food – and no wonder: it's helmed by Hariprasad Shetty, who sharpened his Santoku at Nobu London – with a few South American influences. Expect to feast on an array of small plates, including soft-shell crab harumaki, scallop and truffle sui mai or Alaskan king crab temaki, as well as flame-cooked specialities straight off the Robata charcoal grill. 

Hotel bar

Izakaya's bar has an impressive stock of house-infused variations of Japanese spirit shochu, made using raw ingredients such as barley, buckwheat and sweet potato – and many of these make their way into the unique cocktails available. There’s also a cellar stocking more than 300 international wines. A DJ keeps patrons partying on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays till late. 

 

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 7am to 10am (a lazier 10.30am on weekends); lunch is served from 12 noon to 2.30pm during the week (3pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday); and dinner's between 6pm and 11pm. The bar serves until 1am (2am on weekends).

Room service

In-room dining can be ordered from 12 noon until 11pm – take your pick from bespoke Izakaya bento boxes and butcher burgers.

Location

Photos Sir Albert location
Address
Sir Albert
2-6 Albert Cuypstraat
1072 CT
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Planes

Schipol Airport is about 15 kilometres away (www.schiphol.nl) and there’s a taxi rank right outside – the journey takes around 20 minutes. Plenty of major international carriers fly direct from cities across the UK, Europe and further afield; British Airways (www.ba.com) flies direct from London Heathrow.

Trains

Centraal Station is a 10-minute drive. Jump in a cab at the station, or take tram 16 or 24 and get off at Ruysdaelstraat, then turn right, cross the bridge over the canal and Sir Albert will be on your right. From London, guests can travel to Amsterdam with a change at Brussels-Midi with Eurostar (www.eurostar.com).

Automobiles

Valet parking costs €30 for the first 24 hours and €25 every 24 hours thereafter. Driving in the city centre is not recommended.

Worth getting out of bed for

Sir Albert is in the De Pijp district, home to the famous Albert Cuypmarkt, one of the country’s most renowned markets (and the longest in Europe), and close to many shops, restaurants and bars. Make your way shop by shop down PC Hoofstraat, or take a picnic along to Vondelpark. Spend a day exploring Museumplein’s trinity of museums (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk), before a concert at the Royal Concertgebouw (+31 (0)20 573 0573).

Local restaurants

A stamping ground of Dutch shakers and sushi lovers, Momo on Hobbemastraat serves impeccable Asian-inspired cuisine in a contemporary, chrome-favouring setting. Line the bar or settle on a patterned sofa to choose your selection of ceviche, sashimi or dim sum small plates.(+31 (0)20 671 7474). As the name suggests, Le Garage on Ruysdaelstraat used to be a garage. Today, it continues on a similar theme by welcoming guests to come in for a rest and repair. Leave after a banquet of restorative French bistro staples: steak tartare, snails, foie gras and fruits de mer (+31 (0)20 679 7176). Enjoy the noteworthy burgers on offer at The Butcher just down the street from Sir Albert and voted Amsterdam’s best burger bar by the city’s edition of Time Out. Those in the know will also be frequenting this haunt for its cool, cocktail-serving speakeasy out back. Be sure to make a reservation, then go to the far side of the room, press the buzzer and give the password…(+31 (0)20 470 7875). On the same road, opulent Bazar provides the city with an authentic Turkish experience. Sit up on the mezzanine level and feast on juicy kebabs as you admire your ornate surroundings from above (+31 (0)20 675 0544).




 

Local cafés

Head over to Gollem Biercafé on Raamsteeg to enjoy the atmosphere of this typical Dutch ‘bruin cafe’ (so-called because of the tobacco-stained wallpaper), as well as more than 200 weird and wonderful beers (+31 (0)62 323 4851).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

‘Lady Smith’. She rolled the words around her mouth like an especially succulent sherry. ‘LADY Smith.’ Mrs Smith – or ‘Lady’, as she was now styling herself – had placed herself within the so-called ‘study’ area of Amsterdam’s lively and smart new hotel, the Sir Albert, and she was lolling on a sofa, drink in hand and aristocratic attitude newly acquired. I quaked, slightly, but soon recovered myself enough to remember my consort duties.

We had arrived not five minutes before, bedraggled and weary from the evening rain and a missed tram stop. A welcome glass of reviving prosecco and the truest sense of noblesse oblige we’d ever encountered had revived Lady Smith, who was now looking around her with a sense of rapture, and just a soupçon (or Verdenking in local parlance) of entitlement. We’d been impressed by a sign on the side of the building which bears the enormous Disraeli quote: ‘Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and I remember more than I have seen.’ Our aim was to see much, and remember more.

Thankfully, Sir Albert gave us plenty to cherish. Opened in 2012 in the fashionable De Pijp area of town, and situated in what used to be a diamond factory, it’s a rhapsody in comfort, luxury and space, treating every customer as as though they were to the manor born. A walk around its stylish, black-painted corridors threw up stylish curiosities, such as a case of medical implements; the overall effect makes you feel as though you are staying with a wealthy and flamboyantly eccentric uncle. Other buildings might rattle when trams pass, but not Sir Albert – to avoid costly mistakes by the factory workers as they cut gems, the building was fully fortified. It's intimate inside and you'll never guess there are 90 bedrooms. Nor that it's a hotel, thanks to the deliberately discreet reception area. Sir Albert wants you to feel like an aristocrat in his fine city; you'll want to share a cigar or two with this fine gentleman. It might have taken us a few minutes to discover the sophisticated lighting system, but once we’d mastered the intricacies of inserting electronic room keys in just the right slot, we were away. In our deluxe room we were free to discover the comforts of the enormous, palatial bed – one fit for a king and queen, not just their courtiers.

After an excellent breakfast in the stylish, Japanese Izakaya restaurant the next day, Lady Smith, an Amsterdam virgin, demanded a tour of the city’s cultural highlights. I was happy to oblige. The sun having deigned to emerge, we sauntered in lordly fashion along the obligatory canal for a few moments until we found ourselves at the Rijksmuseum, newly reopened after a decade-long refurbishment. The Museum of the Netherlands boasts a formidable assembly of world-class art, most notably Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. But being simple creatures, Lady Smith and I particularly enjoyed the display of 17th-century Dutch drinking horns. They all promised a combination of temporary joy and lasting hangovers. Many of the paintings around showed the effect of these drinking horns; whether intended as a cautionary tale or an ode to joy, those in them seemed to be having the most tremendous time. I saw a smile creep across Lady Smith’s lips. A glass would be had tonight, it seemed.

All this art admiration is thirsty work, and so we made Lion Noir on hip Reguliersdwarsstraatwe our next stop. There we had a sumptuous dinner that disproved that the old adage about Dutch cuisine being tired and consisting mainly of potatoes. My main course of excellent beef fillet did contain a small Jersey Royal, but I got the impression that this was intended as an ironic reference to the country’s unimpressive cooking in the past.

A stroll round the canals afterwards and occasional views of ladies of the night disporting themselves in briefs in their windows for the Amsterdam first-timer. And thence to Sir Albert via a pit stop at the nearby Café Gollem on Raamsteeg. I’d been looking forward to this. Boasting a stellar range of beers at (relatively) low prices, this superb bar also has a reputation for friendliness and unpretentiousness, so much so that, within an hour or so, we’d made friends with the bar staff, who professed an admiration for English cider, and were getting pleasantly relaxed on a fine Belgian beer called Kwak: an homage to the craic inspires?

When one of Café Gollem’s staff broke off to tend to a dark-haired woman in the corner. She was clearly a known quantity – a regular, perhaps? The bartender returned, grinning. ‘Are you familiar with Carice van Houten in England?’ Lady Smith and I both nodded. Game Of Thrones has long been a topic of conversation in our house. ‘Oh, she’s just up there in that corner. Comes in all the time.’ Little sums up the difference between England and Amsterdam better. Should Britain’s most famous actress come into the average bar, they would be bothered until they had to flee. In Amsterdam, it’s a fact barely worth remarking on. It’s this civilised, egalitarian and open-minded way of life that reminded us, as we took our eventual leave, that everyone here’s an aristocrat, not just the denizens of Sir Albert. Everyone, that is, apart from the bearded and stoned man who took a liking to Lady Smith. But that’s a story for another day…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sir Albert’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Reception Staff, bed linen and music system.

Don’t expect

Room in the toilet and shower areas, or great service at breakfast.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

Really funky hotel. Service was impeccable and very friendly/ helpful staff in booking restaurants, taxis etc. We couldn't check in right away as there was a book signing going on in the lobby but the manager was more than helpful checking our things in for us and even charging my phone by the time we got back later. The hotel bar was really fun on Fri night with great DJ. The bed was insanely comfortable. There was a fantastic bakery across the road, the best almond croissant I have ever had! Great walking distance to the museums, too. 

Don’t expect

Large rooms or much storage. Quite a quirky room arrangement in general.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

The decor, the staff, the atmosphere. Also the noise dampening is incredible – the music in Izakaya was pretty loud, but we couldn't hear it from our room.

Don’t expect

Too much space – it's fine for a city break though, when you're not spending a lot of time in the hotel. If I had one gripe it was the hairdryer - the coiled cord was too short and the dryer itself very heavy – so pulling it to the mirror and holding it up was really hard work.

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2016

We loved

The service from all the staff we spoke with was excellent. Especially the front desk service, where we were able to book museum tickets, received dinner recommendations and assistance booking.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

The decor, friendly staff and quiet rooms Was great having a fun and lively bar and restaurant on your doorstep.

Don’t expect

Bathroom was small and one morning we had no hot water, which the hotel kindly sorted and we were given a complimentary late check out.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

The bed was the best we have slept in. Staff were lovely too!

Don’t expect

Large rooms.

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Stayed on 25 Jan 2016

We loved

The great service and advice to traditional local restaurants. The view of the canal from our bedroom window and the beautiful welcome note on the mirror.

Don’t expect

Large open rooms with lots of area to put your luggage.

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Stayed on 19 Jan 2016

We loved

The little personal touches of the hotel!

Don’t expect

Big spaces.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Dec 2015

We loved

Service and staff was gracious and attentive, from the moment we arrived until check-out. Really exceptional. The bed was comfortable and cozy, and the room was quiet. We also had a great meal at the Izikaya restaurant downstairs.

Don’t expect

Rooms are modestly sized, and the toilet/shower were more like cubicles within the room (not a dedicated/separate room). This is not necessarily a downside, just not something you see often.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Dec 2015

We loved

The little things: after getting to our suite, the fictional 'Sir Albert' curiously slipped a welcome note under the door! The bathtub in the bedroom of the suite was a real romantic touch. Being referred to as Sir surname and Sir Surname. The free prosecco over and above the Mr & Mrs Smith welcome glass (we had an extra free bottle!). The amazing Japanese fusion restaurant in the hotel. EVERYTHING!

Don’t expect

Expect everything and you'll still be blown away. Sir Albert and his team will leave you wanting nothing.

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Stayed on 10 Dec 2015

We loved

The staff and reception!

Don’t expect

Big rooms or Japanese as you know it.

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Stayed on 17 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything.

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

Friendly accommodating staff. Out of the hotel, turn left and there is a very very nice meat restaurant down the road on the corner.

Don’t expect

A lie in if you are located in a room on the ground floor: service staff seemed to be in and out of supply cupboards, doors slamming, chatting…

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2015

We loved

Decor, great location and well appointed rooms and elegant cost lobby

Don’t expect

Large reception area this is a boutique hotel for the more discerning.

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

The people that work there are very gentle

Don’t expect

The room was very small and noisy

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Stayed on 12 Aug 2015

We loved

The staff was amazing, very helpful! The lobby and rooms are very well appointed and the bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept it, plus the rain shower is an added bonus.

Don’t expect

The wait time to check in can be quite long, but you be well taken care of with generous amounts of complimentary prosecco.

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Stayed on 12 Jul 2015

We loved

The shower! The decor of the whole place was great, the bed was incredibly comfortable, and the shower was like a trip to the spa. It was a great place to spend our last night of vacation. We also ate at the restaurant downstairs which was delicious and had great staff.

Don’t expect

A totally quiet night's rest. We were on floor 1 and had an early flight the next morning so we had to go to bed fairly early. The music from the restaurant downstairs was bumping, but luckily I was tired enough that I fell asleep anyway.

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Stayed on 5 Jul 2015

We loved

The fantastic service and the proximity to the museums. The Japanese restaurant was amazing too. We really liked this hotel.

Don’t expect

Stag parties, Irish bars or red lights - you're a little way from the busiest tourist areas (hooray!).

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Stayed on 4 Jul 2015

We loved

Super stylish, beautiful room and some of the most helpful staff I've ever experienced - nothing was too much trouble for them!

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2015

We loved

The light filled bedrooms rooms, over looking the canal, the ease of getting around Amsterdam on bikes at the hotel, but I would recommend that you book onto a bike tour to familiarise your self with how the locals bike first otherwise it can be a bit hair raising. We ate at the hotel for breakfast, the avocado and poached eggs were delicious as was the evening meal, if you are wanting to eat at the hotels lively and buzzing restaurant I strongly recommend that you book in advance or in the morning as we tried to eat on bank holiday Sunday evening and it was full as it was a last minute decision.

Don’t expect

Too many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel as good as the hotels restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Apr 2015

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