by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 27, 2018
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
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.