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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Hotel is a wonderful art deco building. The hallways and bathrooms rather let it down but the location, free wifi and size of rooms more than make up for it. The catering was poor so we ate all meals outside the hotel.
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My husband and I stayed at The Albion for 5 nights in late June 2004. We had a Junior Suite for $129 per night, which considering the dollar/pound exchange rate at the moment, is pretty good. I was disappointed to find I did not have a balcony, but I have to say this did not detract from having a fantastic time. The position of this hotel is great. On the corner of Lincoln Road and only 2 mins away from the beach. Lincoln Road is good for shops but also has some great places to eat. Cafeteria springs to mind - excellent service and food.
I stayed at the Albion in May for 1 week. The location is great. It is within walking distance to the south beach and across the street from CVS and Walmart. The lincoln mall is right there within one block. It also has bus lines right around the hotel so you can get around south beach and along the Collins Ave. I used the room mostly just for sleeping at night. The room is bright and o.k. in size. The fixtures very small and hardly there. No drawer space, tiny night stand, tiny bathroom fixtures, hardly enought space to fit your towels. The bathroom sink had a stain. Bathroom is very small. But everything was clean. Hotel overall is a little dark. Pool has stains but is decent in size; it has topless women sunbathers if you care. I am glad I stayed there for its cleanliness and convenient location. It did offer a small computer with free internet access which was usually available. It is almost a 3 star hotel if you evaluate its amenities and services. I do not think it is a 4 star hotel as advertised on Expedia. It offered shampoo and soap but not conditioner. No Q tips or shower caps.
3 Star it is not
This hotel has a pretty high opinion of itself, considering I was told on Priceline that it was a 3 star hotel, the elevators were dirty, the bathrooms were dinky, and the restaurant was not at all appetizing. Bathroom fixtures, especially the tup and sink had serious wear on them, chips and peeling paint. There was still construction noise going on in June 04. The worst part were the hookers on the corner. The good points: nice, clean linens, nice pool and lounge chairs, a computer for guest use, and a very nice and attentive porter.
Not plush, but has character
I wasn't sure what to expect by some of the other reviews I read, but I chose the Albion because of it's location and price. I found an internet rate of $90 per night, in May. I was right, the location of the Albion is within walking distance to everything South Beach has to offer. The hotel isn't plush, but it is clean. The hotel has alot of character for an older art deco hotel. The halls are dark, but the room was bright and spacious, the bathroom was a little small, but once again clean. There is street noise, but I think you can expect some noise in South Beach. The staff was efficent and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Albion, especially if I could get the same room rate.
Well I got a little nervous when I looked on here and saw all these bad reviews, my friend and I literally held hands in the cab not knowing what kind of place 2 expect and wen we saw the hotel I was like WOW this is a really cute hotel sure itz not the Ritz Carlton but it was very cute very clean and great staff, the lobby and bar are so cute and they even have computers so you can check your email, I heard the pool was kinda grimey, well the pool was great with really comfy sun chairs all around it, and for that person who claimed there was all this construciton going on well i guess there building a restaurant which will be attatched to the hotel but itz kinda around the corner there was no construciton noise at all , overall when I go back ill def stay there again and itz near everything so I say 2 thumbs up
I read some reviews on the net and done some research before staying at this hotel. I found that there was a mixed reaction from people that have stayed at the hotel, although it was probably more bad than good! After staying at the Albion in April 2004 I can understand why there is some bad feedback.
4 Star NOT!
Some sites, like Expedia, claim this hotel to be a 4 Star. Not even close! 1 to 2 maybe. Good location, but I expected a 4 and got a 2 ... disappointed. Cheap furnishings, not a superior room, more like a budget hotel. Honest evaluations by booking sights would be appreciated!
Not for the price...
Went to the Albion for New Year's, 2003; for the price, was expecting something much better than we got. If the fire alarm was not going off, then the water was not working. This is about par for room decor, which maybe "used-to-be" trendy; our room (a Penthouse, they say), had a single, large, brown ulphostered chair - WITH PAINT STAINS ON IT. The "trendy" furniture was from Crate and Barrel (not that there is anything wrong with that). Tiny bathroom. The curtain on the window was an all or nothing proposition; it was either let the sunshine in or cave-time. The bath towels were on their last legs; room did not even have an iron ! The TV was tiny, and, yes - the outside is being renovated (get ready for the noise!). Don't waste your money here....
Great location , pool is fantastic, staff incredible, I was surprised, I had read a few not favorable reviews but on the other hand so many friends recommended it. I trusted them so I decided to spend a weekend relaxing by the pool: I really did and found everything ok. As it was years ago it's still a cool place to stay, full of models... Try it.