It’s one of the gateways to the one which is nicknamed the Quartier latin of Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan De Pijp district. For a long time, it was the place to stay of the workers and the migrants. It’s now the land of the bohos, one of the landmarks of the artists, the students, and the homosexual community.
The district gathers 1 % of all the cafés and restaurants of the Netherlands and gives itself some airs of the Red Light District when the night falls on the south part of the Ruysdaelkade…
The four-star Sir Albert is located at the crossroads of all these ways and is well served by the tram line No. 16 and 24 which take you to the city-center, until the Rokin for example. It is one of the newest boutique hotel in the Dutch capital. It doesn’t like to talk about himself, as it said on its website, but it describes itself as « embodying the modern aristocrat attitude ». A bold gamble, but certainly successful.
To the Sir Albert of Amsterdam, things are quite simple as soon as you enter: on the left, the reception, on the right, the breakfast room and the Japanese restaurant Izakaya (of which we will very soon speak), straight on, the elevator which serves the 90 rooms of the establishment. The decoration is hip, and keeps an elegant balance between cosy and off the wall.
A young, dynamic and – needless to say – polyglot team welcomes you as if you came back home after a long journey. The distances sometimes intimidating between the guest and its professional host is over here in favor of an immediately cordial closeness: hospitality. They offer us a glass of Prosecco; later, some free cocktails at the Izakaya. The Sir Albert knows how to receive.
You are not alone with your luggage at the foot of the elevator; someone will show you the way, take care of your luggage and show your room from A to Z (courtesy tray, minibar, light control, free WI-FI access to renew every 24 hours « because modern aristocrats need to stay sharp and connected » as the website of the hotel says).
The Sir Deluxe rooms, intermediate category between the standard Sir Boutique rooms et the suites, are a pretty good size, according to the usual standards of the European capitals, and have a typical view on Amsterdam between the canal of the Ruysdaelkade street and the Albert Cuypstraat. The industrial style is quite elegant, despite some touched up paint on the closet doors. The Sir Albert offers all the comfort worthy of its category, from the courtesy tray (kettle, coffee machine…) restocked everyday to the ironing board and its iron for the modern aristocrats attached to a irreproachable appearance. The cleanliness is perfect.
Only drawback, the open-space bathroom sink, the shower and the WC as two closets into the wall limit the privacy when you’re not stay in a couple, for example. Besides, the WC doesn’t close, it’s a swing door.
Breakfast are served between 07:00 and 10:00 AM on weekdays and between 07:00 and 10:30 on weekend, at the Izakaya. The cold buffet offers an healthy tone to the first meal of the day: loose teas, fruit juice « energy booster », excellent whole wheat bread, selection of seeds and dried fruits, soja milk, butter available on request. Assorment of local cheeses and charcuterie, smoked salmon on salted side. The menu allows you to order to the chef your favorite eggs. Hot meals are in extra, 21€50 each.
To summarize, the Sir Albert is a hype place to stay, which, thanks to its location in Amsterdam, will get you off the beaten track. It’s very close to the museum quarter, which is a little far from the city center (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum…). The amazing Izakaya restaurant deserves in itself that you stay at the Sir Albert. However, be careful if you book on weekend: the restaurant hosts a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights and your sleep could be lighter… !