Sir Albert Hotel in Amsterdam

by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 27, 2018

Review of Sir Albert Hotel in Amsterdam.

Sir Albert – Hip, contemporary hotel near the Albert Cuyp Market in De Pijp.

This converted diamond factory has been turned into a hip 4-star hotel. The welcoming lobby is all clean lines and modern style, with contemporary artworks and comfortable leather armchairs. The library comes with a fireplace – a good spot to nurse a whisky on the rocks while perusing books on the city’s art and architecture. The 90 rooms are bright and spacious, with white walls, pink and purple upholstery, and large windows letting in plenty of natural light. All come with espresso makers and iPod docks; some standard rooms have open-plan bathrooms. Sir Suites and Residence are equipped with rain showers and complimentary Dead Clean toiletries. The onsite restaurant, Izakaya, is a local foodie hot spot, and service is professional, with a personal touch.

Sir Albert – Location

  • Address: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam.
  • Nearest Tram: Ruysdaelstraat.
  • Area: On a busy intersection on the western edge of the hip De Pijp neighborhood, next to the Boerenweteren canal, and 1 minute’s walk from the nearest tram stop. Most of De Pijp’s restaurants, bars, and independent boutiques are a short walk away, as is the Albert Cuyp Market. The Museum Quarter is 10 minutes on foot, or a short tram ride away, while the historic canal belt is 15 minutes’ walk.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then the tram #16 or #24 to Ruysdaelstraat stop. Sir Albert is a 1-minute walk away.
  • Handy to: Albert Cuyp Market, Museum Quarter, De Pijp cafes, and boutiques.

Sir Albert – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests tend to be either couples on a romantic city break, or business travelers. Children are welcome, but there are no special facilities.
  • View: There are large windows in all the rooms, but neighborhood views are better from the higher-up Sir Suites and Sir Residence.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No pools/jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Extras: There are insider specialists available, such as an art curator, stylist, and DJ who can (for a fee) put together extremely personalized tours of the city for you, depending on your interests. Glass of Prosecco on arrival, plus complimentary champagne if you’re on your honeymoon. Onsite guest-only study has extensive books on Amsterdam’s art and architecture. There are 10 bicycles for hire (€13.50/€17.50 for half/full day).
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 or 4 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-305-3020
  • Email[email protected]
  • Website: https://www.sirhotels.com/en/albert/

Sir Albert – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No onsite spa, but the hotel has ties to the nearby City Street Spa, and can arrange all types of treatments on request.
  • Fitness Center: Guests get to use a well-equipped fitness center steps away in a different building at no extra charge from 7am to 10pm.
  • For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
  • For Families: Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Sir Albert – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Hip Izakaya (7am-11pm) serves imaginative, Japanese-inspired tapas-style dishes, ideal for sharing. There are also more conventional sashimi, hibachi, and tempura dishes, as well as offerings prepared on a traditional robata grill. Stylish decor, smart-casual dress; reservations required. • $$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Izakaya’s attached bar serves original cocktails. Open daily until midnight.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Extensive continental breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order available from 8am-11am; €21 per person.
  • Room Service: Available from Izakaya Restaurant.

Sir Albert – Rooms

  • Room Types: Sir Boutique • Sir Deluxe • Sir Suite • Sir Residence
  • Smoking Rooms: Sir Albert is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Sir Residence features 2 bathrooms – one with a rain shower, and the other with a free-standing Philippe Starke tub – and the best city views from its large windows.
  • For Families: There are 5 interconnecting rooms available.

Sir Albert – Local Transport

  • Walking: Albert Cuyp Market is just 5 minutes’ walk, the Heineken Experience is 8 minutes away, and numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, and independent boutiques are within a 10-minute radius of the hotel. Walkable to the Concertgebouw, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Vondelpark, and the historic canal ring.
  • Tram: From the nearby Ruysdaelstraat stop, trams #16 and #24 run north to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre, and west to Museumplein.
  • Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.

Sir Albert – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Ajax Bike – 3-hour cycling tours of De Pijp, central Amsterdam, and the countryside. Customized tours possible, and bicycles available for rent. Start location: 8-minute walk.

Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes

  • Warung Spang Makandra – Diminutive Surinamese and Indonesian place, serving inexpensive beef rendang, sate, rice dishes, and filled roties to a lively student crowd. Takeaway available. 3-minute walk.
  • Thrill Grill – Gourmet burgers grilled to your specifications. Supporting cast of chicken wings, BBQ mussels, sweet potato fries, and more. Kids’ menu. 5-minute walk.
  • La Mian – Asian street food in an intimate setting. Bao with crispy duck, dan dan noodles, and spicy dumplings are particularly good. 5-minute walk.
  • Bakers & Roasters – Brazilian-Kiwi café serving elaborate brunches, fiery Bloody Marys, and excellent coffee. 6-minute walk.
  • CT Coffee & Coconuts – Triple-level former art deco cinema turned popular brunch spot. Light, globally-inspired dishes the rest of the day. 6-minute walk.
  • Par Hasard – Arguably the best Belgian fries in the city, along with a supporting case of ribs, steaks, and burgers. 6-minute walk.
  • La Falote – Wallet-friendly, home-style Dutch dishes such as meatballs, calf’s liver, and stewed fish. 7-minute walk.
  • Scandianavian Embassy – Minimalist surroundings, coffee sourced from Scandinavian micro-roasteries, plus Scandinavian snacks. 8-minute walk.
  • SLA – Flagship branch of Amsterdam’s wildly popular hipster salad bar. Organic wines and smoothies too. 8-minute walk.
  • Surya – One of the most consistent Indian restaurants in town, with a good mix of Madras and vindaloo curries, tandoori dishes, and plenty of vegetarian options. 8-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Café Binnen Buiten – Cozy, wood-paneled bar, lots of seasonal and draft beers to choose from, and an idyllic canal-side terrace for sunny afternoons. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Gollem – Dedicated craft beer bar, serving numerous local brews, as well as over 200 bottled beers from around the world. Special tastings often held with participation of local brewers. 4-minute walk.
  • Kingfisher Cafe – Popular after-work hangout with a good selection of local craft beers, classic cocktails, wine, and bar snacks. 5-minute walk.
  • Café Berkhout – Classic brown café with dark-wood interior, mirrors, and chandeliers creating an old-world ambience. Limited drinks menu, but really good pub food. 7-minute walk.
  • Brouwerij Troost – Superb craft brewery with a dozen own beers, brewed in copper vats here. Excellent bar food. 9-minute walk.
  • Glou Glou – Jovial wine bar with over 40 French wines by the glass, as well as numerous organic wines. 10-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Blond – Fun and colorful plates, mugs, and other kitchenware, with fun designs (beach scenes, cakes, blondes) courtesy of the shop’s blond owners. 4-minute walk.
  • Brick Lane Amsterdam – Relaxed boutique specializing in individual, London-inspired designs. 4-minute walk.
  • Charlie + Mary – Sustainable, environmentally-friendly clothing design by Charlie + Mary, and brands such as Qnoop, Dedicated, People Tree, and Nulla Nomen. 4-minute walk.
  • Record Mania – Old-school vinyl shop with records embedded in the floor, and numerous rare recordings by the likes of the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton. 5-minute walk.
  • Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. 5-minute walk.
  • The Girl Can’t Help It – Stylish, 50’s-inspired ladies’ fashion from dresses and trench coats to tops and skirts. 5-minute walk.
  • Tiller Gallerie – Art gallery stocking aerial photography of Amsterdam by Robbert Hagens, surreal skyscapes by George Heidweiller, prints by Herman Brood, and more. 5-minute walk.
  • Cottoncake – Women’s apparel, from vintage biker boots and Sita Murt knits to handcrafted Monocrafft jewelry and Samsoe jackets. In-store café serves great espresso and all-day breakfasts. 6-minute walk.
  • O My Bag – Stylish leather bags and accessories for men and women, from purses and clutch bags to satchels, wallets, laptop covers, and travel bags. 7-minute walk.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Albert Cuyp Market – 3 blocks of street stalls, including numerous stalls selling fresh produce, inexpensive streetwear, and furry clogs, and a few specializing in traditional Dutch edibles, such as raw herring and stroopwafel. 5-minute walk.

Sir Albert – The Hotel

The gym is well-equipped, and is located right next door.

The gym is located steps away from the hotel building, and comes equipped with kettle bells, cardio machines, and other fitness equipment. Open daily 7am to 10pm.

The cozy hotel study has a small library and a fireplace.

On the ground floor, the study is a cozy space to curl up by the fire with a book on art or architecture.

The hotel Studio can be used for private events.

The ground floor Studio is a multi-purpose space that can be used for private events.

In-house Izakaya is a high-end Japanese restaurant.

Stylish, industrial-style Izakaya (7am-11pm) serves imaginative, Japanese-inspired tapas-style dishes, as well as sashimi, tempura, and offerings prepared on a traditional robata grill. Reservations are a good idea.

Sir Boutique rooms are compact but very well-furnished.

Compact Sir Boutique rooms come with signature Sir Albert bedding, plenty of natural light, and Illy espresso makers.

Sir Deluxe rooms are comfortable, and most offer street views.

Sir Deluxe rooms feature street views, custom-designed furnishings and comfortable working areas, and power showers in the bathrooms.

The west-facing Sir Deluxe Rooms have good canal views.

City view from one of the Sir Deluxe rooms; it’s worth requesting a room on the west side of the hotel for canal views.

Sir Residence offers views of the Boereinwetering canal.

Views from Sir Residence include a glimpse of the Boereinwetering canal.

Sir Residence is spacious and comfortable for longer stays.

The spacious Sir Residence is ideal for longer stays; it’s equipped with a Philippe Starck soak tub, comfortable working area, and separate living area.

The bathroom of Sir Residence suite has a large rain shower.

Sir Residence bathroom comes with an oversized rain shower.

Sir Residence has an in-room sink.

City view from the in-room sink, Sir Residence.

Spacious Sir Suites have comfortable work areas.

Spacious Sir Suites overlook the trendy De Pijp streets and roofs, and are equipped with oversized sinks and comfy working areas.

Sir Suite bathrooms boast of Philippe Starck tubs.

Philippe Starck soaking tubs are a feature of all Sir Suite bathrooms.

Café Binnen Buiten is popular with beer aficionados.

Across the street from the hotel, Café Binnen Buiten is a beer aficionado favorite, with lots of seasonal brews and draft beers; choose between the wood-paneled interior or the canal-side outdoor terrace.

La Falote serves inexpensive home-style Dutch dishes.

If you follow the tram tracks west across the canal, you shortly reach La Falote, a neighborhood favorite specializing in inexpensive home-style Dutch dishes.

Tiller Galerie stocks skyscapes, aerial photography, and more.

If you take the canal-side path north from Binnen Buiten, a short walk brings you to the Tiller Galerie, an art gallery stocking aerial photography of Amsterdam by Robbert Hagens, surreal skyscapes by George Heidweiller, prints by Herman Brood, and more.

Bakers & Roasters is an extremely popular cafe serving elaborate brunches.

East along Jacob van Campenstraat, Bakers & Roasters is a Brazilian-Kiwi café serving elaborate brunches, fiery Bloody Marys, and excellent coffee. It’s super popular and doesn’t take reservations, so you may have to wait.

Bakers & Roasters' brunch includes delicious Mexican-style eggs.

Brunch specials at Bakers & Roasters include Mexican-style eggs.

Café Berkhout is a classic brown cafe that serves really good pub food.

A block north along busy Ferdinand Bolstraat, Café Berkhout is a classic brown café with dark-wood interior, mirrors, and chandeliers, creating an old-world ambience. Limited drinks menu, but really good pub food.

Heineken Experience offers a fun, multi-sensory tour, and is popular with stag parties.

Just across the street is the touristy but fun Heineken Experience – a multi-sensory tour that introduces you to Holland’s ubiquitous lager. Stag party favorite rather than a must-see for beer lovers.

Kingfisher Café is a popular after-work hangout.

Back south along Ferdinand Bolstraat, the Kingfisher Café is a popular after-work hangout with a good selection of local craft beers, classic cocktails, wine, and bar snacks.

Record Mania sells old-school, rare, and classic vinyl records.

Nearby, Record Mania is an old-school vinyl shop with records embedded in the floor, and numerous rare recordings by the likes of the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton.

Café Gollem serves locally-brewed as well as 200 international beers.

If you carry on back towards the hotel, you’ll pass Café Gollem, one of the neighborhood’s many bars. It’s terrific for locally brewed craft beers, with over 200 bottled brews from around the world as well.

Warung Spang Makandra is a popular Surinamese and Indonesia restaurant.

Warung Spang Makandra – a diminutive Surinamese and Indonesian place, serving inexpensive beef rendang, sate, rice dishes, and filled roties to a lively student crowd. Takeaway available.

Blond sells fun, blond-themed kitchenware.

Alternatively, you can head east along Gerard Doustraat, the popular little shopping street lined with independent boutiques. Local favourites include Blond, cute kitchenware with fun, blond-themed designs that makes a great gift.

Charlie + Mary sells sustainable, environment-friendly clothing.

A little further east is Charlie + Mary, sustainable, environment-friendly clothing design.

Anna + Nina sells international range of clothing, jewelry and homeware.

Also nearby is a branch of Anna + Nina, with clothing, homeware, and jewelry reflecting the global travels of the designers.

Brick Lane sells London-inspired designer clothes.

A few doors down, Brick Lane is all about London-inspired designs.

The Girl Can’t Help It sells 50's-inspired ladies' fashion.

Another hip boutique is The Girl Can’t Help It – 50’s-inspired ladies’ fashion.

Thrill Grill serves exceleent gourmet burgers.

Nearby is Thrill Grill, considered one of the best gourmet burger joints in town.

Albert Cuyp Market is a popular street market nearby.

A block south of Gerard Doustraat is Albert Cuyp Market, an outdoor street market where you can buy anything from furry clogs and knock-off designer gear to fresh fruit.

The herring stall nearby sells the very popular Dutch snack.

It’s worth stopping by the herring stall to sample the very Dutch snack of raw herring with pickles.

Raw herring with pickles is a very popular Dutch snack.

Raw herring with pickles.

The stroopwafel stall nearby serves a deliciously sweet snack.

If you have a sweet tooth, it’s also worth visiting the stroopwafel stall.

Stroopwafels are eaten plain, or with chocolate.

You can choose from stroopwafel with or without chocolate. Prepare to make a mess.

La Mian serves stylish and delicious Asian food.

Just off Albert Cuypstraat, La Mian recreates Asian street food in a stylish setting. Bao with crispy duck, dan dan noodles, and spicy dumplings are particularly recommendable.

Cottoncake is a popular boutique that sells women's apparel, jewelry, and espresso.

Just south, Cottoncake is one of many independent boutiques in the neighborhood. It sells handpicked women’s apparel and jewelry, and you can grab an espresso here as well.

Scandinavian Embassy is one of the best coffee shops around.

Opposite Sarphatipark is the Scandinavian Embassy, one of the neighborhood’s best coffee shops (and there’s quite some competition), with beans sourced from Scandinavian micro-roasteries. Limited seating.

Glou Glou is a popular wine bar with over 40 wines.

If you head south once you reach the southwest corner of Sarphatipark, you come across Glou Glou, a buzzy little wine bar with over 40 French wines by the glass; get here early on weekends to grab a seat.

SLA serve organic salads and wines.

If instead head west along Ceintuurbaan, you pass SLA, a very popular but pricey hipster salad bar that serves organic wines to boot.

Surya Indian restaurant has been around for years.

Nearby is Surya, a reliable Indian restaurant that’s been a neighborhood fixture for years.

Cafe Par Hasard sells some of the best Belgian fries.

A couple of doors down is Par Hasard; many Amsterdammers swear by their Belgian fries.

O My Bag sells high-end leather goods.

Nearby is O My Bag, a high-end leather goods boutique.

CT Coffee & Coconuts is a popular brunch spot.

On the corner of Ceintuurbaan and Ferdinand Bolstraat is CT Coffee & Coconuts, another of several terrific brunch spots in De Pijp.

Brouwerij Troost serves beers brewed onsite in copper vats.

If you’re a beer lover, it’s worth making a detour south to the Brouwerij Troost, one of Amsterdam’s most celebrated craft breweries, with the beers brewed onsite in copper vats.

Read More

Hotel and Travel Guides

Paris, Santorini, Mykonos, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Bali, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Tokyo, NYC, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Cancun, Tulum

Get free travel guides as they’re updated