Name: Hotel Albus Amsterdam
Price: Starting at $215 | Book It
Best Tip: Don’t miss a dinner at Senses Restaurant - one of the top 15 restaurants in Amsterdam according to Trip Advisor.
Stay here if…you’re a foodie! The much acclaimed Senses restaurant is inside the hotel and is a must eat while in Amsterdam!
Checking in & The Room at Albus Hotel Amsterdam
First off, getting to the Albus Hotel was extremely easy and convenient. Their location is phenomenal, right next to the Bloemenmarkt and tramline 24.
Walking in is a breath of fresh and warm air, from the streets of Amsterdam. The lobby is decorated in shades of silver and pink with huge bouquets adorning every corner. Check in was a breeze and the hotel has an added touch of fixing you coffee, tea or a glass of champagne while you wait for your passport to be scanned and key cards to be activated.
My room was a Smart City room located on the first floor directly off the main lobby. I especially liked the added door in front of my main door to block out any noise from the guests in the lobby or Restaurant Senses. The room itself was spacious with a large sitting area, closet, and desk as you walk in. The king bed and huge modern bathroom were around the half wall partition. This gives the room an additional touch of added privacy and it would be great for couples where one-half may have to get some work done while traveling. The bathroom was fitted with a gorgeous tub and a walk in shower with waterfall showerhead. My only complaint is wishing the vanity were a bit bigger; there was very little counter space to place my makeup and toiletries.
Wi-Fi at Albus Hotel Amsterdam
The Wi-Fi connection at Hotel Albus was fantastic with great connection speeds. I did get slightly annoyed that every new session was marked with the hotel asking me to check into their Facebook page. While that is fine for guests who are visiting the hotel, paying customers should have internet without this added step. There is a button to skip if you don’t want to post on Facebook. Overall, it didn’t bother me greatly, just enough to mention.
Breakfast & Dining at Senses at Albus Hotel Amsterdam
Breakfast each morning is served inside the Restaurant Senses, directly adjacent to their lobby. The buffet is a decent spread with eggs cooked to order, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries and cereals.
The real stunner is their in-house restaurant, Senses. You can choose from a variety of tasting menus and wine parings. The restaurant was very accomodating with my dietary restrictions (pescatarian). I tried the 5 course menu while staying at Albus Hotel and after all of the additional complimentary courses it turns into an 8 course meal. Everything I ate was delicately prepared and cooked to perfection. The entirety of the meal, including bread and sauces are made in house and it truly was a spectacular dinner. Even if you do not stay at the Albus Hotel you should make reservations for dinner at Senses.
Area around Albus Hotel Amsterdam
As I stated before the area around Albus Hotel is a prime location. The hotel is walking distance to all the major sites and trams are easy to access as well. Tram 24 is located right outside the hotel with Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, and 14 a mere block away. You can see the Bloemenmarkt from the front door of the hotel and the popular Leidseplein is a short walk away. I was so impressed with Albus Hotel's location I booked an additional two nights instead of changing hotels.
Onsite extras at Albus Hotel Amsterdam
A small business center makes printing boarding passes a breeze. The main lobby also has a well stocked coffee bar and water station for guest use. My favorite extra was the Nespresso machine in my room – the coffee addict in me loved it!
Final Thoughts for Albus Hotel Amsterdam
I have visited Amsterdam many times and this was easily one of the best hotels I have had the pleasure of staying with. The friendly staff can assist you in any way from simple directions to booking tours and the location makes it a great spot to see all of Amsterdam's sights.