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“Quirky excellence” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Orlando
Prinsengracht 1099, 1017 JH Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)   |  
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Ranked #55 of 343 hotels in Amsterdam
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“Quirky excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is situated within handy strolling distance to all main attractions. To get from Schipol you get a train from the airport - 4 euros 20 min journey approximately. Then take tram 4 from amsterdam central 2/3 euros 5/10 min journey. Very easy and plenty of room on both sets of transport. Most trains have two decks. Stayed in basement room 112 with its own entrance. Quirky room with very comfortable bed and lovely bathroom. Breakfast is served by Rose - lovely helpful girl. Consists of freshly squeezed orange juice, cereal, yoghurt, bread, cheese, ham and boiled eggs - very filling. Paul the owner is friendly and joins guests for a coffee each morning. Would definitely return. Thank you!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Williamstown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I was a guest at the Hotel Orlando over the recent New Year’s holiday and could not have been happier with my choice. The location is perfect as it is in a quiet residential area but within easy walking distance to the tourist spots (Rembrandtplein, Skinny Bridge, Museumplein, and Leidseplein), a tram stop, and the “Restaurant Row” of Utrechtsestraat.

I stayed in Room 115, which was on the ground floor facing the canal (can’t ask for a better view than that). The room was spacious and clean with comfortable furnishings. If you are a light sleeper I would recommend reserving a room with a garden view as there is outside foot traffic throughout the night. Also the stairs are very steep and narrow as you would expect in a classic Amsterdam home, so if that might be an issue request a ground floor. I did hear the guests above me walking around, as mentioned by other reviewers, but as an apartment dweller that’s something I’m used to so it wasn’t a deal breaker.

From the moment I checked in to my checkout Paul and his wonderful assistant Rose really made me feel welcome. They were so helpful and were glad to answer any questions about things to do and see.

Breakfast was the typical light European fare of cold cereal, yogurt, rolls, ham, cheese, etc., just enough to keep you going as you ventured out for the morning. However there are mini fridges in each room so it’s easy to pick up a few snacks and drinks from any of the nearby grocery stores (good bets are Albert Heijn and Marqt).

Overall I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Orlando and highly recommend it.

A few Amsterdam tips:
*Instead of paying around 50 euro for a taxi from/to the airport, take a high-speed train that runs from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal Station and then catch a taxi to the hotel. The trip each way costs about 20 euros.

*If you plan on using the tram regularly definitely buy a pass instead of paying individual fares, it’s much cheaper. You can get them at kiosks at Centraal Station or from an attendant at the ticket office located directly across the street. That said, it is so easy to get around Amsterdam on foot that you may not use it much.

*There is an amazing selection of restaurants on Utrechtsestraat with all kinds of cuisines, but most of the dining rooms are quite small with seating for about 20 people maximum. Needless to say it only takes a couple of large groups to come in to fill a restaurant to capacity. This usually happens between 6:00-9:00 p.m. so the best way around it is to make reservations or go before or after the dinner rush.

*Bicycles have the same right of way in traffic as cars so take the same care when crossing the street. It will save you possible injury and almost certain dirty looks.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We spent 4 nights in Amsterdam and chose this hotel because of it's location.

Having read previous reviews we asked for room 117. The room is on the second floor and we had to manoeuvre the narrow spiral staircase to get to the room. Boy, is it worth it! The room is huge! We had a million dollar view of the canal and plenty of sun to brighten the room. There was some street noise, it ended at reasonable times and didn't bother us.

The breakfast room is lovely. it is the original kitchen and faces the large private garden.

My only negatives ......the beds were not the best and the wifi was intermittent.

The location is 10 out of 10, you can walk to most museums, lots of restaurants around the corner. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johor bahru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Location : Took a taxi from Amsterdam Train Centraal station, costs Euro 16 (14 from our hotel to station). Walking distance to tram station. Tried nearby western and Thai restaurant, price is reasonable and food is good. Very quiet area.
Room : we stayed in the basement room, 112, big enough for 4. But 2nd bed is a bit too small for 2 adult. Room is clean, comfortable. No kettle is provided in the room.
Breakfast : 8:30am, Rose serve us tea/coffee, fresh orange juice, yogurt, egg, bread, with jam, bacon and cheese, cornflake with milk. You can see the green garden with music while having breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

I would give five stars if not for a couple of issues, 1) poor lighting in room and 2) insufficient sound insulation.

To be clear, I would stay here again and highly recommend it. I only mention the issues that kept me from giving the highest rating in case it helps someone else.

The hotel has a fantastic location, and is generally quiet yet very close to RemBrandt square.

We stayed four nights in room 114, very conveniently located on the ground floor, so we did not have stairs within the building. The room itself is very large for European standards. The room has high ceilings, well decorated, very clean. The bathroom is also large and well lit.

The lighting issues may not impact everyone. The switch for the bathroom light is outside of the bathroom, so using it during the night risks waking a light sleeper in the room. There is not a good outlet in the bathroom, and I do not like using hotel provided hair dryers, so I had to dry my hair in the main room. While there is a very large window overlooking the garden, the sun does not provide enough lighting. We found the room too dim for some tasks.

Second, the person above use on the next floor had heavy footsteps and woke us up each morning. But we are light sleepers, so this may it impact every person.

The hotel manager and especially Rose are friendly. They called for a taxi for us and provided good suggestions.

The breakfast is very good. You serve yourself cereal and fruit, but arose typically serves a plate of meats and cheeses, offers coffee or tea, offers boiled eggs. There is a variety of tea on the table as well as yogurt. This is all well presented and pleasant, which enhanced our stay.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We were a group of four women staying in the two rooms located in the basement (half basement, with windows). The tempo of this small hotel was just perfect for us and the staff at the hotel were very helpful and reliable. The hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk to the van Gogh museum, or going in the other direction, the Nine Streets shopping district. It is at the far end of Prinsengracht so it is a bit quieter. The hotel did not get full marks because of a certain amount of noise from footsteps from the rooms above, it is an old renovated house and I suspect there is only so much that can be done to soundproof. But generally I was quite charmed and the hotel felt very relaxed and homey - it will be my hotel of choice on all future trips to Amsterdam.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper avoid the two basement rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I recently stayed in Hotel Orlando. It is beautifully positioned beside a canal and is surrounded by lovely shops , restaurants and cafés.
From our room we had a superb view of boats going by on the canal.
Tram no 4 brings you to central station or one could take a leisurely 30 min stroke into the centre.
Paul and Rose made us very welcome.

Room Tip: Room 117 was really lovely
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Orlando

Address: Prinsengracht 1099, 1017 JH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Rembrandtplein
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
#62 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#63 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Orlando Hotel Amsterdam
Hotel Orlando Amsterdam

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