This unpretentious and extremely friendly hotel (the staff are topnotch) occupies two nearly identical sandstone row houses in a convenient and leafy district of the West End. Just one block away is the subway and nearby are a number of excellent mom-and-pop cafes and stores (a nice change from the usual chains). The Albion's high-ceilinged units have modern furniture and shower-only bathrooms. In addition to standard hotel rooms, the Albion rents several complete apartments, perfect for those planning a longer stay or traveling with children.