We considered the Radisson, Marriot, Hilton, Crowne Plaza etc, but I decided to take a chance with the Albus, an independent hotel. This gamble paid off, as it was a chic and fresh hotel with staff that made you feel very welcome.
Myself and my Fiancé stayed in the Albus for three nights in January and paid 306 euros, as part of their TripAdvisor special. This included things like a free and late check out (14:00). Good to see hotels acknowledging the discerning TA community.
Rooms: we had the City Suite room 505 (at the back of the hotel). This was very spacious and well designed. It consisted of a huge bed, decent bathroom and large sitting area with coffee facilities. You can tell they have just completed a refurbishment.
Location: Literally perfect, 10/10. The Albus is nestled between Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein both of which have a plethora of great shops, bars, eateries, coffee shops and nightclubs. All a million miles away from the tackiness of the red light district. The area has a much more Dutch feel to it.
Staff: The concierge staff were friendly and helpful, they seemed genuinely happy to have a chat to you about the hotel, the local area and life in general. Try finding that in one of the aforementioned chain hotels. The maids and room service were equally professional.
Food: The restaurant looked modern and inviting like the rest of the hotel, but having read the reviews and seen the prices, we opted to eat out every day. So cannot comment on the food quality.
Sleep quality: Perfect again. We slept like logs, better than being at home. The bed was huge, the room was nice and cool (had to open a window one night), it was impressively quiet albeit we were at the back of the hotel.
Issues: Had our welcome drinks taken off of us by an over-zealous bar manager. We ordered two brandies from the friendly barmaid only for her to come over and say that the welcome drink only included wines , beers and soft drinks. Rather than just letting us finish they were taken and poured out and we were subsequently given two glasses of wine. No big deal but bizarre.
WIFI wasn't great, only worked on our tablet, not on our phones.
Anyway, this did not affect our view of the hotel. Not only would we recommend this hotel to friends and family, but we plan to go back and use the Albus as our base again to explore and enjoy Amsterdam.
A real gem, go for it.