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“Charming Typical Dutch Hotel”
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Hotel De Fortuna
Ranked #1 of 5 Edam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 27, 2013

That was a great experience. The hotel is beautiful and close to the city center. The service is surprisingly good, due the fact the hotel is also a restaurant and they have only one entrance desk for both. My check-in was fast and efficient. For a winter special price, I got the room (breakfast included) AND the dinner. Not an ordinary dinner: the hotel-restaurant is one of the best gourmet places in the region! Excellent Dutch food. Buffet breakfast - like in most hotels in Holland - was terrific, with a nice assortment of cold cuts, local cheeses, fresh crunchy bred, butter, different kinds of jelly, juices, strong coffee, milk, yogurt, etc. Not the tasteless and imaginative US breakfast.

Don't even think in parking the car in front at the hotel - not enough park spots (3 tops). Go to the city public parking lot and walk 1 block.

The hotel did not make 5 stars because of the room. Make no mistake: it was like having a guest room in a Dutch family home. Great experience. But it is obviously not a typical hotel room (Marriott standard, for instance) designed to give you the best comfort possible: no frills at all and a claustrophobic bathroom for a six-feet like me. There is no TV and the free wireless Internet signal is extremely weak. But you have silence, a great view to the channel nearby, morning wonderful odor from the outside (like pure nature), old-fashioned heater and hot shower. My room had even a small veranda so you can stretch and enjoy the view when you wake up.

A bang for the buck, located in a beautiful and peaceful small Dutch village.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The little town of Edam is picture-perfect: once important (the cheese) it's now a charming backwater. The De Fortuna is down a side street you'd describe as quiet if the whole place weren't so placid, and put together from five old houses: two on the street plus three little cottages in the garden at the back beside the canal. Friendly service, characterful decor, proprietor in evidence throughout. Food good, but limited menu. Small rooms, though adequate. Public carpark 50 metres away across the canal. But the staircases in both the main house and the cottages are a challenge: my elderly father really struggled (our fault: the proprietor offered to change our rooms for ones on the ground floor in the garden when we arrived, but we turned down the offer in a typically British, stoical, don't-want-to-make-a-fuss way). Around 40 minutes drive from central Amsterdam if you want to make a day trip. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for a short stay.

Room Tip: If steep stairs give you trouble, ask for a garden room
Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

I liked Hotel De Fortuna. It was crazy-busy when we were there and the room we got wasn't my favourite but the hotel has a lot of character. The room was pretty tiny and the quilt looked like it had seen better times. The hotel room's walls were paper thin. You could hear EVERYTHING.

Now, this seems awfully negative for a four-star review but the hotel has a certain quirky charm. The terrace where you could sit for drinks was stunning. Picture-perfect views.

Dinner was very good as was breakfast. The staff were cheerful and attentive.

It wasn't the best place I've stayed at in The Netherlands but I shall remember it fondly. And I'd probably go back and ask for a better room than we had.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We had a lovely time staying in Edam at the end of July in this great hotel. Really friendly helpful management and staff (thanks Nicholas for everything!), fabulous historic surroundings, and wonderful food. We stayed in a garden room and found it really peaceful. Great to look at the ducks and geese in the canal! Fantastic little town, really well preserved and kept. We can't wait to go back again!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Built in 5 historic houses along a few canals, Hotel De Fortuna is a wonderful location to stay at while in Edam. We will definitely be recommending the Hotel De Fortuna to all our friends and family.

Pros:
Charming decor
Great location
Amazing service
Great breakfast (included with stay)
Great dinner (at additional cost)
Extremely helpful and accommodating

Cons:
Rooms are just a little small particularly the bathrooms
Dinner is a bit pricey (although completely worth the price)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank JB283
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Beautiful small hotel on a canal. Lots of flowers and friendly staff. Room was very small and cramped, but clean and reasonably priced for the area. Stairway up was very steep and narrow. Restaurant was excellent, but a little expensive. I would stay again if in the area.

Room Tip: More expensive rooms are larger & on 1st floor.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

We stayed one night on a biking holiday and found it to be a charming hotel. The flowers were gorgeous and we enjoyed a pre dinner drink at the intimate tables set by the canal.
Our room was small but well equipped and clean. The staff was friendly and the restaurant was excellent.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Spuistraat 3, 1135 AV Edam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Edam
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Edam
Price Range: $141 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel De Fortuna 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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