Sir Albert – Hip, contemporary hotel near the Albert Cuyp Market in De Pijp.
This converted diamond factory has been turned into a hip four-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 ninety 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; 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
- 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 (100m) 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 (750m), or a short tram ride away, while the historic canal belt is 15 minutes’ walk.
- Address: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6.
- Nearest Tram: Bus & Tram – Ruysdaelstraat (100m), Metro – De Pijp (500m).
- 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 (100m) away.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €50 from Schiphol Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- 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: +31-(0)20-305-3020
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: sirhotels.com/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 • List of all Rooms
- 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 (400m), the Heineken Experience is 8 minutes away (600m), 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 Center, 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: 700m.
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. (250m).
- Thrill Grill – Gourmet burgers grilled to your specifications. Supporting cast of chicken wings, BBQ mussels, sweet potato fries, and more. Kids’ menu. (400m).
- Bakers & Roasters – Brazilian-Kiwi café serving elaborate brunches, fiery Bloody Marys, and excellent coffee. (600m).
- CT Coffee & Coconuts – Triple-level former art deco cinema turned popular brunch spot. Light, globally-inspired dishes the rest of the day. (500m).
- Par Hasard – Arguably the best Belgian fries in the city, along with a supporting case of ribs, steaks, and burgers. (500m).
- Scandianavian Embassy – Minimalist surroundings, coffee sourced from Scandinavian micro-roasteries, plus Scandinavian snacks. (700m).
- SLA – Flagship branch of Amsterdam’s wildly popular hipster salad bar. Organic wines and smoothies too. (700m).
- 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. (700m).
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. (50m).
- 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. (400m).
- Kingfisher Cafe – Popular after-work hangout with a good selection of local craft beers, classic cocktails, wine, and bar snacks. (400m).
- 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. (600m).
- Brouwerij Troost – Superb craft brewery with a dozen own beers, brewed in copper vats here. Excellent bar food. (700m).
- Glou Glou – Jovial wine bar with over 40 French wines by the glass, as well as numerous organic wines. (750m).
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. (300m).
- Brick Lane Amsterdam – Relaxed boutique specializing in individual, London-inspired designs. (400m).
- Charlie + Mary – Sustainable, environmentally-friendly clothing design by Charlie + Mary, and brands such as Qnoop, Dedicated, People Tree, and Nulla Nomen. (400m).
- 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. (400m).
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. (400m).
- The Girl Can’t Help It – Stylish, 50’s-inspired ladies’ fashion from dresses and trench coats to tops and skirts. (400m).
- Tiller Gallerie – Art gallery stocking aerial photography of Amsterdam by Robbert Hagens, surreal skyscapes by George Heidweiller, prints by Herman Brood, and more. (400m).
- 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. (500m).
- 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. (600m).
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. (400m).
Sir Albert – The Hotel
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