Overall: Average. Good value for your money, clean, simple, excellent location.
Pros: Amazing location, right near the center of it all and a 4 minute walk to the Waterkant (waterfront). Great price (cheap!). Clean. Easy to book, great communication from staff beforehand. Nice veranda to sit on at the top. Excellent wifi (I was on the first floor)
Cons: Super-duper basic. Rooms are more like a stay at the YMCA. Rooms lacked any character or old charm. Old carpet in rooms, instead of the expected hard-wood floors. No hot water (cold showers!). No cable (just broadcast TV) and no telephones in room. Shower literally right next to the bed. Too many mosquitos in room (maybe this is just part of being in Suriname, but surely they can do a better job in controlling the pests inside, no?). The first room I stayed in smelled VERY musty (almost intolerable), but they moved me to a second room that was fine. Very noisy in the morning, depending where your room is.
Notes: My only real disappointment was that this place was not as nice on the inside as it was on the outside. Old cheap carpet was probably the only thing that “stuck out” in a negative way. I mean, here is this beautiful, old, grand house…I expected the rooms to have the classic hard wood floors and a “little” charm from the old days, and it just didn’t. More like a room at the YMCA.
If you book into Algergo Alberga, you have to understand you get what you pay for. This place is super cheap—and it’s clean—so if you’re simply looking for a place to lay your head, and you are on a budget—do it! But if you require any amenities at all, and can’t live without a hot shower, this is not the place for you. Understanding what you’ll get and not get here is a prerequisite.
I did enjoy my stay here overall.
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