A few months ago, I was whisked away on an unforgettable 2 day trip curtesy of Design Hotels to stay at the Sir Adam Hotel and off the back of that, the lovely folks at the Sir Hotels group generously invited me to stay at their equally hip brother Sir Albert Hotel in the stylish De Pjip district of Amsterdam. An offer I simply could not refuse. Cool, calm and collected, this hotel is unpretentious yet still retains street-cred with it's maxi-modern decor and minimalistic furniture. When I first arrived, I knew this was the location to be in. I had hit the neighbourhood jackpot. Discerning locals pepper the street and actually outnumber the tourists for once- so I knew that I was in the right place. De Pjip boasts photogenic trees and plant lined streets, restaurants cafes and bars as far as the eye can see. Checking in was smooth and the staff were lovely and extremely knowledgeable about the area and they know their guests really well, so they tailor make their recommendations of the coolest hotspots around the city according to what you fancy. I am working on a blog post of where to eat drink and shop within 48 hours, so if you're planning a quick getaway this January, I highly recommend you hot-trotsky it to the city of Amsterdam and check back later on in January.
- I stayed in the deluxe room which boasts incredible city views but if you want no expense spared you could upgrade to the Sir Suite or the Sir Residence rooms.
- Bed: I am a memory foam mattress convert so you can imagine how dreamy this bed is. But beware! You will sink into the sumptuous bedding get lost in the sheets and decide not to leave the hotel at all. There are even anti allergic pillow & duvets available and the 300 thread-count crispy Egyptian cotton linen sheets were much welcome because of my hyper sensitive skin.
- Telephone for room service and in my case (Ordering food from UberEATS) as well as a goodie box and mini bar.
- Rainforest showers are almost as standard in most hotels and this one is no different and the bathroom comes fully equipped with all the essentials including hair dyer and even toothbrush & toothpaste (incase you forgot yours)
- I HAVE to talk about how good the DEAD CLEAN spa body products are. I know what it feels like when you can't carry your own body wash last minute because you don't have a 100ml bottle to squeeze it into and you have to try your chances with the hotel shower brand. Worry no more. You can bet that you will be squeaky clean without excessive dryness as the products are made with elements from the Dead Sea- yes I said the Dead Sea. I discovered this brand in the other hotel and I had to buy some on the way out. it lasts for ages and it immediately transports me back to Amsterdam.
- I can't forget the breakfast buffet, which was never-ending. There was no shortage of pastries and deliciously smooth scrambled eggs and wild smoked salmon which I tried to eat my weight in but sadly failed.
- Located in the latin quarter, the hotel is nestled in Albert Cuypmarket in De Pjip. So feel free to wear your Chloe ankle boots with reckless abandon because most places including the famous Rijksmuseum (located on the museum district) is within walking distance.
My room was so bright that getting a clean crisp shot of the room as a whole meddled with my new Canon G7X Mark II! I was keen to try this camera out because I was excited to explore the new features on this updated classic. I will admit I converted the image from Raw to JPEG just because of how huge the files were and my little laptop could not handle all that detail, but it is there. I hope the other images reflect how understated this boutique-chic feel this hotel has to offer.
No matter where I go, i must carry at least the very minimal of skincare essentials. When travelling around Europe you can forgo the shower gels and the shampoos to save on space, particularly if you know you're making a pitstop at a boutique hotel. However, when it comes to my problematic skin, for me it's a no brainer to chuck these additional items into my carry on:
1. I can't live without my Alpha H Clear Skin Daily Face and Body Wash which contains tea tree- an anti bacterial agent to kill spots before they even arise. The cleanser is a bit spendy at £35 but believe me it's worth every penny- I have sensitive, combination spot prone skin and it's near impossible finding something gentle enough to take care of my concerns.
2. Alpha H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel which keeps the old scars at bay. It's £16 pounds but has lasted such a long time.
3. NUORI Supreme - C Serum Treatment. As vitamin C serums go, this hands down is the best in the market, so much so that it's constantly getting sold out on Content Beauty, my new favourite online skincare boutique. The concentration is higher than most premium brands and you have to follow the 10 day plan to maximise results. I prefer to wear mine at night as it leaves a dewy and sometimes sticky texture on the skin, but you wake up to beautiful clearer skin at the ned of the course. Make sure you finish each bottle!
4. SKINRX Lab MadeCera Cream this is my newest skin saviour, it's an all round cream, ideal as a calming cream after an intense facial treatment or used lightly as a a base to fix your make up onto. A bit like HEAL GEL, the will help calm and smooth the skin without being too heavy. I tend to use it every other day.
5. My travel sized Frédéric Malle fragrance which goes with me absolutely everywhere.
1. Inside the hotels dining area which serves an incredibly impressive breakfast buffet and then doubles up to become Amsterdam's ultimate chic dining destination: IZAKAYA 2. Inside the lobby of the hotel where you can chill and catch up on the latest news or simply people watch (my fav pastime).
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