Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... and got back on the bus, listening to the commentary which told us (in a very strange accent!) all about the city. We got off to find the Icebar, which was a massive disappointment as we had imagined a bar made from ice, and in fact it was just a bar! But nice to see the giant polar bears outside! We then headed for the I amsterdam sign, where we took photos to prove we'd been to the city and watched a street dance group who suddenly appeared. They were brilliant, ...
... a fever, feed a cold" applies well when you get free breakfast.
Tonight there are two French girls taking me to splurge on dinner downstairs. Lasagne €7.50.
Aug 18. Kept my promise and relaxed all day except for a quick foray into the park to watch some classical music, much better than the jazz.
This cold is attacking my throat so far. I filled up this morning & I'm flushing it out with water.
Train tomorrow to Bruges, here's hoping it works ...
... we missed the never-ending tour group lines! While there, I noticed a gentleman wearing an Aggie Ring. Ramsey confirmed after my whisper. Although, as much as I wanted to finally connect with anyone familiar with Texas A&M (and not tu), we agreed that the current setting and grave mood was not the appropriate time or place to out our affiliation. The Anne Frank House was fascinating, and somber, as predicted. I learned things that I was unaware of; the reason ...
... school. Yet we got caught up in lots of school, and had time to go to some places! The first place we went to was the Anne Frank Museum.
As we walked through the museum, I tried to visualize Anne. I walked across the floors gingerly, just as Anne must have done. I lightly traced my fingers across the walls, wondering if Anne had touched them in the same place. I could imagine her; walking across the floor quietly, trusty diary tucked under arm. Going up to the ...
... finishing the cleaning so we got settled, did some washing and then headed back out to explore.
The apartment is lovely in a residential area with no tourists around, children playing in the street and locals going about their business.
Our only booking for the day was a free walking tour, this was the first time I had booked a Sandeman's tour the concept is the tour is free and the guide is paid in tips...if you think the tour is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Albus Amsterdam
Poor Breakfast buffet
Very clean and staff very helpful. Had a room at the front of the hotel and very noisy at night.
No shower curtain so bathroom floor soaked every day.
Extremely poof buffet breakfast.
Would not recommend hotel
Not good in summer
Stayed 2 nights in this hotel. It is in a very good location and is quite nicely decorated with decent sized rooms. The problem is it has no air conditioning in the rooms and Amsterdam can be pretty warm in summer. This means you have to leave the windows open and as mentioned in the other reviews there are lots of mosquitoes. Might go back in winter but never in summer again.
Stayed in this hotel in May 2004 with my Mum and had a terrible experiance. We woke up in the morning to find our room had been robbed, they took everything, money, phone, passport, perfume, camera, etc etc.....
They had actually got in while we slept which was absoloutly terrifying. There were 2 'strangers' caught on cctv entering the hotel at 5am.
Its a shame because the hotel itself was lovely, we got a lovely room and it is in a great position, I work in a Travel Agents and have booked this hotel numerous times for customers but will definately not be ever again.
I cant understand how a 3star hotel can let 2 strangers wonder in at 5 in the morning when there was a night watchman on?
I know that this can happen anywhere but I cant help feeling really let down by this hotel.
I cant unders
Great Location but beware of Mosquitos!!!!!
I stayed at the Albus Grand for 4 nights in June 2004. I woke up after the first night covered in mosquito bites and discovered that it must have been a normal issue as the wall was covered in blood where people had been squashing them! Yeuk!! However, I was moved to another room and that was perfectly adequate and fine. I was lucky enough to get a great deal so I found it to be a very good value hotel with a great location and friendly staff. It always amazes me how much hotels can vary on their rates, so shop around!!! I have seen rooms advertised online at twice the rate I paid !
Nice hotel but not overly nice. As other review stated, a little difficult to find the first time, but well located to everything with nice restaurants and shopping close by. The rooms are standard size and comfortable. Not crazy about the "shower room" - that is, the bathroom does not have a tub or shower stall, rather a drain on the floor in the corner with a shower curtain around the corner (I have never seen this before). This is not an upscale hotel, as it lacks many ammenities such as room service or a real restaurant in the hotel. Nice staff (granted the smoke detector did not go off in my non-smoking room with the window open, and you could smell pot in the hallway from other guests).
I would defenitely consider staying here again if my Internet-travel-site's search shows this to be one of the better deals.
The Albus Grand Hotel was fine!
The reviews below worried me a little but we have just spent one night at the Albus. We found it to be quite central, a short walk from Rembrandt square at the end of the Kalverstraat shopping area. It was a little diificult to find so take the exact address for the cab driver or get off the tram at Rembrandt!We found the staff to be very helpful, our room was very clean and the bed very comfortable.As a party of eight the dining room staff re-arranged the tables and provided refills without prompting.The breakfast could be better, I'd recommend eating when it's busy so that the food is being replenished, that way it's fresher and not too greasy.It's not the best place in town but for UK?75 I thought it represented good value for money in a convenient location. I'd stay there again.
We have just spent 3 nights on holiday at the Albus Grand and feel that the criticism given by other reviewers is unfounded.
Our experience was of a clean, well-presented modern hotel with friendly and helpful staff. The room was of a reasonable size for Amsterdam and the breakfast was generous and of a good standard and variety. There is a lift and staff were happy to store our luggage on the final day.
The location is within an easy walk of many attractions in Amsterdam and near to tram routes for those further afield. We would happily stay there again.
Albus never again Hotel!
Terrible hotel, I was mislead by the name. This hotel is definately not as GRAND as they claim to be. Housekeeping staff is very rude and does not clean well. My room on the 6th floor only had one very small window. No ventilation in the room.In my bed I found hair of the prior guest. Never seen such a poor breakfast buffet. Definately not worth the Euro 175,00 I paid!!!Even Euro 25,00 would have been too much!Pascalle
The Albus Grand Hotel, a very good hotel
It is always good when hotel management take action on guests who wants to risk other peoples life by sabotage the smoke detector. Very good Hotel with friendly staff and it's very safe.
Good price, bad service, don't party there
Great Room, Great Price
If your going to Amsterdam to enjoy the freedom of the herb, Don't stay here, They threatened to call the police because we set off the smoke detector, and we even had a smoking room, they were rude to us there after. In a very liberal country these people were not very tolerant, they are Russian owned and not very helpful. I would recommend the "Rho Hotel" it is a great place to stay, with much better service and cool people, always go dutch when going to amsterdam