I deliberated for some time and looked at a few options before finally booking this oner … and have to say that I expected something more for 230.00 Euros a night!
The convenient central location and funkily decorated entrance and small ground floor bar were the highlights – and first impressions were that everything looked quite nice.
The room was really small – I booked a ‘deluxe’ room – and I’m not quite sure how hotels define ‘deluxe’, but ‘standard’ would have been a more appropriate description . It did have a Nespresso machine and a bath robe – but I don’t see how this can honestly class a room as ‘deluxe’.
On the website, with a few well chosen wide angle shots – it looks much bigger – I can’t believe that I wasn’t a bit more savvy to this old trick! The ‘standard’ rooms I guess must be one size up from a postage stamp!
While the room itself has been refurbished and modernized – dark wood floors, white walls and some quite nice bed linen / throws /cushions … the bathroom definitely hasn’t! It still has the same old moulded plastic speckled pattern basin unit and floor covering that it must have had in the early 1990s – when the property would have still been a hotel but under another name.
The windows were big so a reasonably light and you had a great view right into the office block the other side of the Vijzelstraat. You could almost join them for meetings!
The bed filled the room dwarfing everything else … I could hardly fit all my luggage into the room and the desk area was cramped – although it did have a 13A plug socket as well as a euro-plug option which was good. The lighting was also OK. However no fridge, so no-where to chill soft drinks was a bit of a disappointment!
The first day I asked for a taxi to be called for 8.15 a.m. and arrived downstairs at exactly that time … but it took 30 minutes to show up and I missed my first meeting at the RAI exhibition centre, so that didn’t impress me, although it’s hard to blame the hotel directly for being let down by the taxi company!
The internet was rubbish – it didn’t work the whole time I was there – all of 2 days – and so I resorted to using my 3G dongle which saved my backside and zipped along nicely. When I called up to about the internet, they didn’t seem the slightest bothered and just said that they were waiting for their ISP to sort it out. They said the same thing 2 days later, so clearly the Albus Hotel is not one of the ISP’s propriety clients!
I took my laundry down 45 minutes before the ‘same day return’ deadline of 9 a.m. and left it at reception, but when I returned to my room that evening, it was back there, there, still dirty with a note saying that I had not handed it in in time! I could not figure out how 45 minutes in advance was suddenly too late!
On the second night I got in after the exhibition and decided to try room service. However, they could not get a sandwich sorted … only things from the dinner menu. All I wanted was a sandwich, so in the end … I gave up!
Other than that, the staff were reasonably helpful most of the time.
Originally I planned to spend an extra day in Amsterdam and be in ‘the office’, but I didn’t like being in the room at all, so instead took the train to Brussels and spent the extra day there in a far nicer environment.
So … I would not stay at the Albus again and nor would I recommend it. Amsterdam is a place I visit relatively regularly … but I’m still searching for a reasonably priced and good quality hotel in a central location to which I would happily return!