“Don’t mind if I do.”
Guests who arrive at the Sir Albert are not only treated to a fine glass of bubbles, you’ll receive the warmest and kindest reception ever. And this starts by little details such as a personalized email welcoming you to the hotel even before your arrival.
Sir Albert is a luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel is housed in a former diamond factory. The building has high ceilings and large windows that enable lots of natural light to flow in (a feature not entirely redundant for diamond cutters).
Artworks hang in and around the lobby (and even in the rooms) and the interior is a mix of contemporary and classic design from the hands of BK Architecture. Next to the lobby is Sir Albert’s Study – a stylish living room space with a well-stocked library.
Sir Albert is located in De Pijp district. Within minutes, you’ll find yourself at Museumplein and the Royal Concertgebouw. Don’t fancy hanging out as a tourist all day? Visit the Albert Cuyp market for the freshest produce Amsterdam has to offer. As Amsterdam locals and non-tourists, we didn’t need any sightseeing. We did however fancy a good bath. We were set up in the Sir Albert Suite, which features a gorgeous Philippe Starck bathtub. When you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders (hey, blogging is hard!), a bath is always a welcome surprise.
Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant Izakaya. Go for the breakfast buffet or choose a dish from the a la carte menu. We recommend going for the avocado and poached egg toast – it was divine!
We did have a slight disappointment with that morning’s host / restaurant manager, who did not welcome us when we entered, nor greet us when we left, despite him standing by the door and seeing him greet others. I don’t make a point of things like this normally, but he stood so close to the door to not see us come in or leave. This came across as a selective hospitality, which we regretted. But we chose to brush this off as a minor faulty of a person who perhaps, was not having his day. We did after all enjoy a pleasant breakfast and stay at the Sir Albert and the rest of the staff had been nothing but kind to us.
Until we meet again, Sir Albert.