Our family of three stayed in Room 112 - the front basement room. It is just 2 steps down from street level with it's own door to the street - nice to be able to pop out for a weather check in the morning. The lower ceilings were no problem for my 5'10" husband. The couch became our 21 year old's bed - it was reasonably comfy - but our beds were quite comfortable. There was plenty of floorspace and room to walk about even with our three suitcases and carry-ons in use. The wardrobe with the fridge and safe was quite handy. I certainly appreciated the table and chair in our room - so much easier to plan your day with a desk top to set your maps and iPads on instead of trying to spread it all out on a bed or on the floor.
Hotel Orlando's location is THE BEST for walkers like us! In our 7 night stay we only used the tram once (even though the stop is on the bridge at the end of the street and quite handy). Paul's canal house is centrally located enough that most sights are approximately a half hour or less walk. It is also a good safe-feeling neighbourhood.
You are greeted each day with a good table-served breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, warm bread/rolls/croissants, meat and cheese, yogurt, jams and a hard or soft boiled egg on request, along with self-served cereal and fruit. It was a good filing start to our day (but a bit repetitive for our long stay). We had a nice view of the garden and the heater cozied up the room on our cool mornings.
Paul enjoyed his breakfast coffee with his guests - that's the best time to have any questions answered. He was happy to print out our timed entrance tickets for the Anne Frank House for us. (Note: you can pay 0.50E extra over the regular admission price to receive a time to visit - then just walk in - no line-ups. Also, the Museumkaart was a great purchase for us - we avoided the long entrance lines with it at both the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum even though both had just been re-opened recently.)
Rose, the master controller of your breakfast, was happy to chat in the morning too. She even looked up the train times to Alkmaar between orange-pressings and then got us off in time to catch it so we did not miss the Friday Cheese Market!
We are certainly pleased to have found such a great place to stay! We hope you choose to stay in Paul's canal house too - the steeper stairs just added to the charm of our Amsterdam stay for us.
- Also Known As:
- Orlando Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel Orlando Amsterdam