We stayed at the Hotel Orlando for 4 nights, our last night was New Years Eve- a great time to experience Amsterdam. We loved the ambience of the area and New Years Eve with the fireworks everywhere and the people out revelling really made us feel we'd experienced a bit of Amsterdam life.
One couldn't ask for a better location. Hotel Orlando is a 17th century house on Prinsengracht Canal near the river Amstel and a perfect spot from which to walk everywhere. We easily filled 4 days and found many restaurants and attractions. We particularly liked that it wasn't in the fast food/touristy area.
Like all the tall 17c houses on the canals, the stairs between floors are steep- Paul helped with our luggage, but this would not be a place to stay for someone who isn't fully mobile.
An ample breakfast was included each morning- very good fresh orange juice, yogurt, assorted breads, jam, ham, cheese and a boiled egg if you wanted it. Fruits and cereals were also available and coffee was good for this coffee addict. The breakfast tables were already set up for each guest and we were served at our table, which was nice- this is the time to get information too-as that is when our host Paul is around to answer questions
The rooms are large and airy and our family of 4 had a front room overlooking the canal and a back room overlooking the garden across the hall from each other. Price would be good for a couple, although renting two rooms for our family makes it a bit more pricey for us. If they had a fold out bed or roll away, would certainly have room to put one child in with the adults in those large rooms. Each room has a large desk, a wardrobe, two single beds (pushed together to make a double) and a sofa. Lighting was good for reading. We'd have preferred a double bed but it was comfortable- if you don't mind a soft mattress. There is a minibar with reasonably priced drinks and there is a bit of extra room in the mini fridge to store something- so if you need any other drinks there is a convenience store within less than 5 minute walk.
The bathroom is within each room and is spacious and water pressure and temperature are good. Toilet, sink, bathtub with shower hose attachment as well a shower-that is basically a drain and shower curtain in the corner, separated from the main floor tiles by only a few millimetres dip-so although it drained well, you had to be careful not to flood the bathroom-I think that if the owner updated the bathroom a bit with a modern shower stall and had a more elegant bed and options of a 3rd bed, this would raise the level of the hotel from my 4 out of 5 to 5 out of 5, but these are minor quibbles and overall we really enjoyed our stay, loved the location and were very comfortable.
- Also Known As:
- Orlando Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel Orlando Amsterdam