October 15, 2015

Sir Albert Hotel Amsterdam

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For some travelers, where you stay doesn't much matter because you are out exploring and not spending a ton of time in the hotel. Personally, I find that where I'm staying is a huge part of the experience and boutique hotels with a focus on design are my favorite places to stay. We chose the Sir Albert very last minute, so glad they were able to accommodate us!

Here are 7 reasons to stay at the Sir Albert:

1. It used to be a diamond factory. What does that mean? Nothing really but, it's a pretty cool historical fact and maybe you'd find a random stone left over? Ha!

2. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. There was no tight lipped snooty attitude you can usually count on at luxury hotels. Everyone was casual, polite, smiling and seemingly happy to be there.

3. The lobby. Oh, the lobby! It's basically what my future home decor dreams are made of and since our room wasn't ready when we arrived, we spent a little time there relaxing after a long flight and kind of fell asleep (oops!) We woke up to a welcome pot of tea. So nice!

4. Sir Albert is located on one of the smaller canals in the Museum District so while it's very close to the City Center, it's a little off the beaten path of massive amounts of traffic and tourist (ha! totally one of them). If we went out the door to our right there's a huge out door market and tram to the City Center (under 10 minutes). If we went out the door to the left, it's a short walk to all of the museums and lovely residential area.

5. On the same street as the hotel you can find about 10 different restaurants including brick oven pizza, Korean BBQ, the most perfect bakery I've ever seen FILLED with magical carbs, a "coffee shop" - if you're into that sort of thing, a massage pallor - not the shady kind but rather the kind where after walking around for 5 hours you can can an hour long foot massage for 30 Euro! and loads of really cool local boutiques and a concept store.

6. The rooms are minimal and so cool but lush. Incredible bedding, very comfortable bed, large bathroom - especially for Europe and TV channels in English (yes, sometimes before bed a little TV is nice). Our room had a tiny but lovely balcony and a wall of windows. It was great to just open the door and feel like we had an outside space.

7. There's a Michelin Star restaurant called Izakaya right off the lobby serving Japanese fusion and on Sunday they host a champaign party brunch.

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