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The Albus
Ranked #68 of 364 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Excellent value, fresh decor and great reception staff.”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

This is an excellent choice if you come to Amsterdam - all the main attractions are walkable or a short tram ride away.

The rooms are very comfortable (the bed especially!) and have flat-screen tvs.

The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, they even managed to sort us out with a pizza at 4.30am when everywhere else was closed.

I'd definitely come back here.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

If you like a great contempory hotel in Amsterdam at amazing value for money this is the one for you. We have stayed in many hotels around the world and this is one of our top stays.

Main pro, excellent reception staff.
Main con, no air con' for summer months.

There if fine dining at the hotel again excellent food but service could have been a bit more attentive as staff were also running the hotel bar.

Location is great easy walking to all sights or tram stops on same road for easy travel
Around the city.

Overall. A top stay in a lovely city would recommend.

Room Tip: If window left open can be noisy, but remember your in a city! Or ask for a room off road. If walk...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

I stayed at this hotel with a friend on a leisurely visit to Amsterdam. The hotel appears to be newly refurbished. Rooms are Nice, contemporary, clean but the smart city room is a little on the small side, but that did not bother me. On arrival we checked in as normal. The next day, we were out for the day and on return our room key was blocked. The receptionist then informed us that we have not paid the city tax so the key was blocked. We told the receptionist that we were not aware of any tax. However, they asked for 5 per cent of the room rate so we setteled the bill and we were advised that there would not be any further charges. The next day the same thing happened which was at this point very frustrating!!! We complained That we should have been advised of this on arrival and shouldn't be harassed during our stay! Then to top it up, on the last night of our stay the receptionist called our room at 9:30pm asking for 100 Euros for deposit for the room! At this point I was very angry as we were checking out in the morning and the hotel should have sorted all charges and deposits on arrival not when you are getting ready to leave and have spent your last Euros!!! But overall not a bad stay. I would recommend the hotel but beware of these charges.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Albushotel, Owner at The Albus, responded to this review, 26 February 2012
Thank you very much for recommending The Albus to the visitors of Tripadvisor!

And of course I would like to apoligize to you for what happened to you regarding your deposit. We do require either a €50 cash deposit (per person) or a credit card guarantee for incidentals during your stay. According to the standard procedures we naturally take care of this upon your check in. I am so sorry that we missed out on this one and made the situation rather inconvenient for you!

We hope you still would like to return to The Albus on your next visit to Amsterdam so that we can provide you with a true sense of bliss during your next stay!
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Lovely modern hotel very close to all of the key sites. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. We stayed in a city room overlooking the main street and tram line, despite this we had a great night’s sleep and the noise of the tram was barely an issue. (I didn’t need the earplugs).
I would defiantly stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

"The Albus is a well-kept secret, known only by the more experienced and demanding travellers"
Come on ! Let's say it straight:
- super noisy (the "night kit" we found in our room was a bad sign). If your room is on the street side, you'd betternhave a very strong sleep. The Tram is almost passing by your pillow!
- Internet is not wireless everywhere and is not free of charge. 12eur for 24hrs...is this a joke?
- booking in advance is not giving you the best price. I booked two months in advance, got one lf the worst room and could have paid 15% less if I had booked 4 hours before travelling to Amsterdam
- on that week-end, horrible painting smell on our floor. Reception desk said: "oh really ? Surprising, there was no recent work here. we have to check if anyone is not doing painting in their room" (second joke of the day)
- breakfast certainly does NOT worth 19 euros. We randomly headed to a small charming place for breakfast called "Gartine", that was undoubtedly a better choice than this very standard breakfast buffet that we had the first day at the Albus.

Bottom line, the marketing words are way over estimated. I won't come back.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Albushotel, Owner at The Albus, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear Ggpublic,

It's a pity to hear you did not have a pleasant stay at The Albus!

Last week we have been completely restyling (including painting) our apartments in the building next to The Albus. We were not aware that the smell was so strong that the hotelrooms nextdoor were bothered and I feel very sorry for that!

The noise problem is unfortunately unavoidable in a city centre hotel. We try to anticipate on this by leaving "silent night kits" in the room so our guests still can have sweet dreams. For extremely light sleepers we also offer rooms in the back of the hotel which are nice and quiet.

We are currently working on free wifi internet as we recognize that this is a real must for most travellers these days. Highspeed internet is indeed chargable, all further conditions concerning our internet facilities are clearly explained on our website.

Again, I am sorry to read all your negative comments and I do hope you will have a better time during your next visit to Amsterdam.
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Additional Information about The Albus

Property: The Albus
Address: Vijzelstraat 49, 1017 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Amsterdam
#32 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#47 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#51 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#64 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,789 - ₹ 23,513
Hotel Class:4 star — The Albus 4*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Albus is a, recently renovated, trendy four star Superior design boutique hotel with 75 rooms that is well located within the famous Canal Belt and a short walk from Dam square, Leidse square, Rembrandt square and many well-known museums. Whether you’re in Amsterdam for business or leisure, this hotel is an excellent choice to explore this lively and vibrant city. Experience a service that’s out of the extraordinary and personalized. Provided by the professional yet down-to-earth friendly hotel staff. Each room in the Albus Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is fully equipped with the newest energy-saving air conditioner system, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, an in-room Nespresso machine with complimentary cups, a safe with laptop charger, free wi-fi, heavenly beds lined with high quality cotton bed linen, luxurious mattresses filled with a combinations of rubber/foam, super snug big pillows for optimum comfort and designer chairs so you can emerge yourself in one. You will feel a sense of bliss when stepping into the gorgeous bathroom. Equipped with a 30 cm rain shower, luxurious toiletries, fluffy towels and bathrobe. The sink-module is one of a kind and especially designed for the Albus. This environmentally friendly and Green Key Gold certified hotel provides complimentary, fast and secure wi-fi throughout the hotel to keep your social networks updated or to let you work with no fuss. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet with a variety of local and organic products. From healthy tidbits like cereals and grains, fresh fruit, soya milk, Dutch treats to homemade pancakes and fried eggs. We serve Fairtrade and UTZ-certified coffee and tea. Don’t leave Amsterdam without having tried the tantalizing creations of Restaurant Senses by Lars Bertelsen. A top-notch restaurant that prepares an unconventional and creative tasting menu. Ingredients are chosen carefully. Daily fresh and sustainable products are being used. Choose from the monthly alternating 3 to 6-course tasting menu for lunch or dinner and embark on your own voyage of discovery. The Albus is easily accessible by public transport, taxi or with your own car. Take tram 16 from Central Station to Keizersgracht. Walk 50 meters back over the bridge. On the right hand you will find The Albus. We provide Valet Parking for €35 a day, every consecutive 24 hours it’s €20. ... more   less 
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Albus Grand Amsterdam
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