Who is Sir Albert? This issue might perplex the uninitiated, because the hotel and its staff insist that the mysterious aristocrat transformed his private mansion into a collection of sleek and fashionable pieds-à-terre for the international cognoscenti who come to Amsterdam. In reality, the 19th-century red-brick building was once a diamond factory, built to be so sturdy that the trams wouldn’t shake it, and, while that rich history is reflected in some of the angular and clean-lined decor, it’s more fun to imagine that a wealthy eccentric has designed the stylish and spacious rooms and left you in the hands of a staff used to realizing whims before they’re even imagined.
The rooms themselves are indulgent in a minimalist way, with dashes of both Japanese modernism and midcentury Scandinavian design in the black wooden floors, oversized white soaking tubs, and all the latest technology; clearly, Sir Albert is well traveled. He also must have a taste for authentic Japanese cuisine, considering the house restaurant is inspired by traditional Japanese pubs and attracts discerning foodies and hip young locals alike. He clearly travels in trendy circles, considering his house’s location in lively De Pijp; his appreciation for art, too, is evident in the proximity to the Museumplein.
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On the corner of a canal and a major thoroughfare in Amsterdam’s trendy De Pijp neighborhood, the Sir Albert Hotel is surrounded by many of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants, and boutiques. The famous Albert Cuyp Market is just a few blocks in one direction, while the Museumplein—home to the recently reopened Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum—is just a few blocks in the other. The sprawling Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s Central Park, is also within walking (or, because this is Amsterdam, cycling) distance, and the picturesque, historic central canal district is even closer.
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Rooms: 90 rooms, six suites. From $235. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:A hot spot for discerning Amsterdammers, Sir Albert’s Izakaya serves an array of Japanese-inspired small plates paired with house-infused shochu in its industrial-chic dining room. The impressive wine list boasts more than 300 international vintages, which can also be ordered from the guests-only study. Drinks and food are served on the canalside outdoor terrace, while the extensive buffet breakfast (less Japanese-flavored than the regular restaurant menu) is laid out in the restaurant. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a gym nor a spa, but guests are offered free access to a neighborhood gym and can arrange spa treatments at the local City Street Spa. A handful of bicycles are also available to rent, but be sure to reserve in advance.
Who's it best for:Design-conscious travelers and hip couples. Our favorite rooms:The Sir Albert Residence is the ultimate in aristocratic indulgence, with a free bar, two bathrooms, and a freestanding soaking tub, but any room facing the street offers picturesque views of the lively surrounding De Pijp neighborhood and the adjacent canal. Relax and read:The fictional proprietor’s private study doubles as a guests-only living room, with an extensive collection of art tomes and books about Amsterdam, as well as a fireplace, armchairs and overstuffed sofas, and restorative drinks.