Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... our way we stopped in an area that looked abandoned. The buildings were old and the grass surrounding it was very tall. We walked past the buildings and found a little apartment area and it looked very different then apartment complexes. As we got closer we realized that the apartments were made out of shipping containers. That was the first time I've ever seen that and it ...
...pardon the pun. I'm very tired.
So after a few pain au chocolats and a mini-disaster of Henry temporarily losing his phone and wallet (I know Katie, he's impossible) we headed down to the station in Brussels, hopped on a train, changed at Rotterdam, and now we're in Amsterdam.
We've checked into the "Worst Hostel in the World" as it claims to be, but ...
... stacks with Dutch sausage then meatball and then bacon was very tasty. After our meal we went to have a look around the red light district. This was eye opening, the street was full of windows/doors where wimen were just stood and people could go up to the door. Then there was lots of sex shows, did not expect that at all!! We've got to be up early to go and get the train to ...
... backed up some more photos and had afternoon tea with the Rollos. Later we enjoyed the Captain's Farewell and a final evening meal.
All up we hvae had 2 weeks of relative luxury, interesting days, fine food and good company ( Heard Hugh was out of intensive care and plans being made for his eventual return to Perth).
As we will be with Peter's relatives at their holiday home by Lake Como, we are not likely to have internet acess next week. Catch you from Prague.
... tour to do extra activities. Extra activities meant extra money of course, I knew that before I left, but I promised myself before I left not to have any regrets about missing out on something because of worrying about the cost.
We headed into Amsterdam and you could feel a bit of a buzz through the bus. I had forgotten of that no one else had been there yet of course. Our first activity for the night was a canal ...
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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.....
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).
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