Sir Albert hotel - Amsterdam, Netherlands
In many aspects, the Sir Albert is an unlikely hotel experience. Based on an entirely imaginary character, it is laid out as a well-appointed aristocratic home, with hotel guests entering directly into the Study, a library equipped with a fireplace, leather club chairs, a tray of crystal carafes filled with spirits and a life-sized sculpture of man’s best friend. Located in the former Van Moppes diamond factory in De Pijp, a creative neighbourhood that could benefit from a few touches of refinement, the 90-room property is outfitted in monochrome with accents of tobacco brown by Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz of BK Architecture. They’ve incorporated pieces by Castiglioni, Piet Hein Eek and Nica Zupanc into the spaces to give them contemporary heft. The traditional Japanese Robata grill at the Izakaya restaurant, which opened prior to the hotel, is manned by former Nobu chef Hariprasad Shetty.