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“Cheaper but not worth a few euros of savings”

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Guesthouse Albergo Alberga
Ranked #13 of 36 Paramaribo B&B and Inns
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1 review
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“Cheaper but not worth a few euros of savings”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

At this guesthouse I saw a staff telling a guest to keep the door of their room closed or the mouse therein would get out in the hall. The staff concluded "problem solved" when the mouse ran into the linen closet. It's probably good that the mouse moved into the linen closet because maybe it will eat the linens and they will buy new ones. The linens are worn out and thin and look about 30-40 years old. Same with the towels. The two-person beds have one-person blankets (if you can call that thin old dirty thing a blanket), turned sidewise to make them look like two-person blankets folded down. They replaced the entry floor carpet, but once you get past the reception floor, you see that the old carpet is still crusted over with years of spill and sick.

This place is cheap on the surface but finds little ways to charge you more. They tell you they have to put you temporarily in a room with an air conditioner until your (cheaper) room with a fan is free, then they charge you for the air conditioner. "Oh you look hot; have a bottle of water," they say, and then your bill comes for the bottle of water.

The rooms vary. In one room, the door to the toilet (just a door, not a full wall to the ceiling; the toilet is IN the room) is so close to the front of the toilet (a few cm) that you physically cannot close the door when you sit on the toilet. In some rooms, you can feel the hard springs in the mattress.

Also, the "pool" in the back is barely twice the length of an adult human body.

Pay just a few euros more. Go somewhere else.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paramaribo, Suriname
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Average for Paramaribo where more and more guesthouses are popping up. Be sure to get an AC room because even with a fan the rooms are stuff and hot. The beds are old, shaky and noisy like Guesthouse Twenty24. But its centrally located in a nice charming colonial home.

Breakfast can be better, its basic and expensive.

Room Tip: The better beds are in the AC rooms on the first floor; shame that the crappy beds are all in the r...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Friendly staff, handy map of city when i asked for info, can walk nearby to everywhere, safe, good cheap breakfast, good Internet, good price, great location. Not much atmosphere, but I think that's just paramaribo. Recommended for a short trip for sure.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2013

First the good: The staff here are really friendly and the location is good. The balcony is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the breeze. The cleanliness problems aren't because of the cleaning staff, they're because money is not being spent on maintenance other than paint.

Now the problems: This place really feels like it's owned by someone very stingy who takes shortcuts whenever possible and won't spend any money on repairs other than paint. It shows. I'm happy with any place to stay that has clean and simple rooms in a good location with good wifi (if I have to work), but this place falls short. Details:

- The carpet is bad everywhere, but it's worst on the top floor, where it is covered in huge stains and has a crusty texture, with filth accumulated over years of use no matter how much they vacuum. It makes my skin crawl to walk barefoot on it. And the whole hotel is carpeted. In places the carpet is even held together with staples. If this owner cared about the property, he'd put in wood or tile floors, even cheap ones, which are much easier to keep clean. Who but a miser keeps carpet in the rainforest/tropics??? And this carpet looks many decades old. I found a dead roach on it one night. It looks like the carpet has been flooded, thrown up on, dust-ridden, mold-ridden, etc for years.

- Many things are broken, and left broken to collect dust. In our room, there is a giant ceiling fan that is broken, and it's covered with so much dust it's actually furry. (The room also has a portable fan, which is also pretty filthy.) The soap dish is broken off the wall of the shower, the doorknob to the room is coming loose, etc. Also there's only one outlet in the room, so good luck deciding whether to keep the fan on or charge your phone at night.

- The owner also doesn't want to spend any money on new sheets and towels, because the ones here are extremely old and battered. The towels (you may get a hand towel instead of a bath towel) are ragged and the sheets are mismatched and old. Today's sheets (room is cleaned every few days) arrived with a blood stain.

- The balcony is a lovely place to sit, but it feels unstable. It's high off the ground (second floor), and some of the boards are creaky or missing. Compare to the other houses on the street from below, and it seems very unstable.

- Security feels iffy, because many of the rooms have little toy-looking skeleton keys (except the hotel's closets, for which someone invested in real keys).

- The wifi is sometimes okay, mostly weak. (It

- The "swimming pool" is one of those round portable types that's been dug into the ground. It's more a big bathtub than something you could actually swim in, size-wise.

- Be warned that the rooms with bathrooms in them *literally* have toilets and shower stalls in them in them, in that the toilet is just blocked off by a short plywood door and the shower is see-through right into the sleeping area.

- And finally, if you have any kind of mobility issues (I don't, thankfully) ask for a room on the main floor because the spiral staircase going up is unusually steep and precarious.

Basically, if you're just looking for a cheap place to fall asleep in a good location with nice staff, and you don't care about cleanliness, this place is okay. And if the owner were less stingy, this place could be really great. As is, it's a little gross, and that coat of peach-colored paint isn't going to fix it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The guesthouse is centrally located which has you close to the main streets in downtown Parbo. I stayed for 4 nights and chose the cheapest room (17 Euro p/n, and you can pay in USD or SRD too). While it was on the small side, I found it neat and tidy for the price. I stayed in a room both downstairs and upstairs. Both were smallish, but neat and clean. The room upstairs had the toilet and shower in the same cubicle. After a shower, even though it had shower curtain to separate them both, it got a bit messy at times.
The breakfast is on the pricey side, so I opted to walk the streets of Parbo - there's plenty of options around.
Whilst I was there the walls both downstairs and upstairs were being given a fresh coat of paint and the contractors were doing other bits of work around the hotel. This gave the hotel a fresh new appearance with respect to the interior to the common areas.
Agree with other reviewers that the staff could do with some customer service training - they are not rude by any means, just not very approachable nor will they go out of their way to help you with directions and general information. Having said that, there is a lady called Ana who is extremely helpful! She's originally Colombian, but has lived in Holland for many years and speaks fluent Dutch and a bit of English. She's very helpful! But I think she'll only be there a short time (til July 2013 I think...).
Parbo isn't cheap, but it's not that expensive as what people make it out to be. I found more cheaper places to eat than in Georgetown - you just have to walk around, get to know the place to find them.
Guesthouse Albergo Alberga is a great place to stay when you're on a budget and want to stay in the CBD where the action is.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We really enjoyed staying at this guesthouse. We were very well looked after by the staff, who helped us find our way, and arranged lots of taxis and buses for us. It's simple, clean, you have all you need and it is not expensive. We loved the small pool at the back, so refreshing after a long day!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2012

This place is wonderful. very cheap with a nice breakfast. It is very central so you dont need a car as you can walk everywhere. Dont expect luxuary but for the rest a pleasant place. Nice to enjoy the view from the balcony. Staff is very friendly and always in for a talk.Great for the budget traveller.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Guesthouse Albergo Alberga
Address: Lim A Po Straat 13, Paramaribo, Suriname
Location: Suriname > Paramaribo District > Paramaribo
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Ranked #13 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Paramaribo
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Hotel Class:2 star — Guesthouse Albergo Alberga 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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