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“Awful, Dismal - avoid!”
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Albert Hotel
Ranked #16 of 21 Hotels in Gloucester
Jazzer4
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Awful, Dismal - avoid!”
Reviewed 16 August 2010

I stayed at the Albert Hotel as a last minute thing - big mistake! The place is a throwback to the old 70s B&Bs - full of house rules, shoddily furnished rooms, badly maintained and giving the guest a sense of being there on the sufferance of the management.

The room I was in had no bathroom, (that was two floors below), two thin and totally inadequate towels, and not even a bar of soap was provided in the room. It was a twin bedded room yet there was only one very small bedside lamp between the two beds. The furniture - what little of it there was - was cheap and mismatched. The mattress was cheap and lumpy, the bedclothes cheap and nasty.

And then there was the miserable service - breakfast was only served 'between 8 and 9am' (a whole hour - wow!), and then you had to vacate the premises by 10am or, you were warned, you would be charged for another night's stay! The place is plastered with signs from the management - everywhere you look there are signs telling you to do, or not to do, various things. The whole atmosphere of the place is unwelcoming and even adversarial.

Which wouldn't be so bad if they were providing a great service, or nice accommodation. But they're not. It's awful, substandard, and totally inadequate to meet the needs of the contemporary traveller. And to add insult to injury they £40 for the privilege of staying in this shabby room! Incredible really that such a place is still in operation in this day and age.

Avoid at all costs................

Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Brighton
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2008

BE WARNED if you are tempted to reserve a room at this hotel. We had to cancel our booking due to illness more than a week before we were due to stay. The proprieter then decided that there was a 15 DAY CANCELLATION CHARGE of the full price of the room even though these terms are not on his website and were not communicated to us when we made the booking. We were never sent a confirmation so there was nothing in writing either. When my partner disputed this with the proprieter he became aggressive and abusive. I have stayed in hotels all over the world and NEVER encountered a 15 day cancellation charge.
I was upset and completely shaken by my experience of this proprieter - a very unpleasant individual and not at all friendly as procalimed on their website.

Stayed August 2008
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5 Thank KittyBrighton
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Shropshire
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55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2008

Fine and functional. Stayed here on a one night stay in August 2008. It's essentially a British B&B experience - didn't even realise it was a hotel till we ventured downstairs to find a bar near the breakfast room.

Nearly gassed by the plug-in air fresheners at reception - they've got to be the worst welcome to an accommodation site - just what scents are they trying to hide?

Was lucky enough to secure room 14 which means a convoluted climb to the obviously recently refurbished attic. This room certainly wouldn't be accessible by young children, the elderly or disabled as the stairs here were nearly vertical.

Car park behind hotel is pretty tight, but probably a mercy. The road up to Kingsholm Rugby Ground is fairly rough. Didn't sleep well at night (was a Saturday admittedly) listening to a street fight at 1am.

Breakfast of Full English was nicely done, not too much, not too little.

  • Liked — Central location
  • Disliked — Feeling a bit on edge with slightly run down area
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2008

Stayed one night. Our group used two rooms. The bathroom in the smaller was quite small and not particularly up-to-date. Staff was very helpful but there are few places nearby to eat at night. It is very close to the city centre and walking to the Cathedral and the docks was very pleasant.

  • Liked — Centrally located
  • Disliked — Bathroom equipment outdated
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Brighton
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2007

Brighton, England.
An adequate small hotel for my short visit. Large comfortable bedroom (but with lots of loose timber pieces in and on the clothes wardrobe and under bed, plus a dusty ancient TV set in second wardrobe). Good shower facility. TV set in use too high on wall unless sitting in bed opposite. Good breakfast. Sole member of staff helpful, if asked, but no other conversation. Saw no-one else in charge. Pity the room-folder information did not start with words of welcome instead of warning that use of credit card or cheque would incur £3 surcharge and that said card would also be used to pay for any damage to hotel, or the 'fines' for annoying other guests. Rather forbidding, I thought!
The hotel occupies a good position for sightseeing but lacks atmosphere inside.

  • Liked — Walking distance of all amenities
  • Disliked — The bare essentials good. Warm welcome poor.
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled on business
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3 Thank BrightonAustin
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Merthyr Tydfil
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2007

Lovely place to stay just outside the town centre. We ate in a fantastic value Chinese restaurant a few yards away from the hotel.
Thers are lots of stairs at the hotel which weren't a problem to us but could be to others. There were 6 of us on a biking trip and our bikes were stored no problem and the owner organised a taxi for our bags. We all slept well and had a good breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2007
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Atlanta, GA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2007

I have been staying at this hotel for the past 6 years. I have business that brings me to Gloucester 4 times a year for a week at a time. I would not consider staying anywhere else in Gloucester. The Hotel is clean, centrally located in Gloucester, serves a full cooked to order breakfast (not a continental breakfast as was reported elsewhere) every morning, has an onsite cozy little bar with a nice pub feel to it and is run by some of the best people I have ever met.

I have just returned from a stay at the Albert and I was fortunate enough to be the first person to stay in one their newly refinished rooms and it was delightful. I understand the Hotel is currently undertaking an expansion project and each room will be refinished as part of that project. Doing so will only make a great hotel better! This expansion did not interrupt my stay whatsoever. I look forward to seeing my friends at the Albert again in 3 months time!

Stayed March 2007
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Additional Information about Albert Hotel

Property: Albert Hotel
Address: 56-60 Worcester Street, Gloucester GL1 3AG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Gloucester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 21 Hotels in Gloucester
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Albert HotelFamily run Bed and BreakfastCity Cenre LocationFree Car ParkFree Wi-Fi ... more   less 
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Albert Hotel Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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