Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
Really didn't like getting wet so we walked home trying to find shelter under anything we could mainly in the doorways of shops.
Stopping to eat some dinner to try and dry out a bit too.
Made it back to the Hotel and then we decided to go for a leisurely night stroll as we enjoyed that so much around our local area.
Met up for breakast with Petra and Jana making the most of our short time together. Walked around taking photos and chatting before ...
... the trip. It was very interesting and informative. We got to walk through the secret annex and read all about the family's life including interviews with Otto, his employees that helped them stay hidden, and family friends. If you are ever in Amsterdam I highly recommend going to the Anne Frank museum!
We finished going through the museum before it was time for dinner. My roommate from Copenhagen, Taylor, and I went to try to find somewhere with the Netherlands game on. ...
... but we had an easy embarkation. We never had to 'sit in chairs' as we usually do. The line was short and they were letting people board as soon as we got through. We did have to wait for lunch and wait for our room to be ready. We have a nice cabin. Our stewart is a giant Spanish speaking fellow. This was his first day on the Constellation. He has been with the company 23 years! We went to the Cruise Critic get together after the lifeboat drill. We met some folks we ...
... required for restoration. Some of the engineering was also really clever for those days, ie. 3 point crankshaft to make sure 1 frame is cutting up while another is down and the other is at its zenith.
We were under strict instructions to return, or else find your own way home, and when Eva was in the toilet at 3:59 for a 4:00 departure, I was getting a bit nervous. I tried the bambi eyes on Diana, and she had just made it back after a similarly long ...
... to our room. Still fully clothed I climb onto the top bunk and then all of a sudden it dawns on me that I am going to die up there by rolling off the bunk. I completely freak out. Laurence is nice and swaps with me. I crawl onto the bottom bunk and I am not moving. I go to bed fully clothed staring deeply at the top of the bunk above me.
Worst trip of my life. Apparently you shouldn't eat a full muffin per person.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Orlando Amsterdam
Visita de fin de semana
Fuimos a Ámsterdam a una boda y nos quedamos un fin de semana largo. Teníamos la enorme habitación 117, con vistas al Prinsengracht. Es genial... espaciosa, pero romántica. El baño también es grande y bonito. Las camas son cómodas y está decorada con estilo.
Mandy era cálida y atenta, y nos consiguió un secador de pelo, plancha, etc. La ubicación era excelente. El hecho de que el hotel sea pequeño es una gran ventaja. Te sientes especial y como si hubieras descubierto un sitio especial.
Lo único negativo, algo muy pequeño, sería que no le habían quitado el polvo a algunas partes de la habitación, incluyendo el minibar y el televisor, y estaban un poco sucias.
Pero eso no es suficiente para quitarle mi cinco. Nos volveríamos a alojar allí... si hubiera sitio.
Super Value, Great Hotel
We just returned from six nights at this ideal hotel in Amsterdam.
The hotel is on picturesque Prinsengracht, a relaxed and peaceful canal. Also, the hotel is three doors down from a tiny police station, which is comforting (not that there would be anything to worry about in the area anyway). A tram stop is half a block away, and it's what I would consider walking distance to practically everything good in the city. In particular, the street just West of the hotel, Utrechtsstraat, turned out to be a fantastic shopping and dining resource not prominently discussed in any of our tour books, worth a visit no matter where you might be staying.
Of course bicycles are the preferred way to get around town, and we enjoyed the experience of pedaling around as much as anything else about our visit.
Breakfast each morning is coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, yogurt, bread, cheese, ham, and a soft-boiled egg: delightful, but after four or five days you might be forgiven for seeking a cafe for variety if you don't mind the expense (we were fine with the same breaky for all six days). Definitely it is fortifying enough to hold you through a busy morning of walking or pedaling around town for sightseeing and museum-hopping.
The room we stayed in, 117 (the photos already posted here are accurate), is on the second floor overlooking the canal, and had a lovely view. There is some sporadic and innocuous noise from the street outside, but nothing that would bother city-dwellers..if you're hoping to sleep late, you might prefer a room in the rear, which I'm sure would be equally well-appointed. These aren't super-luxurious rooms, but comfortable and even moderately stylish. Our bed was very nice and the bathroom was more than adequate. Internet access is free, but not wireless. Paul would be happy to let you use the computer in the breakfast room downstairs as well.
The Orlando is tiny- only five rooms, which means you get lots of personal attention from Paul, the owner; in fact, he is the one preparing and serving you breakfast each morning, making this a quasi
-B&B experience. He's charming and knows the city well, and will answer any and all your questions with good humor and grace. He's knowledgeable also about the music and arts scene in Amsterdam, so we enjoyed discussing, for instance, the prior evening's concert at the Concertgebouw with him. I can't imagine a more pleasant and convenient room available in this amazingly beautiful and vibrant city, let alone for the price.
Wir verbrachten hier mehrere Tage und fanden es echt klasse. Unser Zimmer war groß und gut ausgestattet und die Lage ist ruhig, aber günstig. Wir waren hier am Ende einer ausgedehnten Europareise und es war schön, sich auszuruhen und entspannen zu können.
Stayed here for several days and really loved it. Our room was large and well appointed and the location is quiet yet convenient. We were here at the end of an extended European trip and it was nice to be able to spread out and relax.
Great Breakfast, Central Location
I stayed at the Hotel Orlando for 3 nights in September 2006. I stayed in 2 different rooms, both very nice, very spacious. Accomodations are pretty standard, but rooms are large and both overlooked the canal. The location is great and most sites, shopping, restaurants are within a short walk. There is also a tram line very close by or the hotel is a short cab ride from Centraal Station. To me, the breakfast was the best part. You are served in a lovely breakfast room and the amount of food was better then any other place I've stayed. I had coffee, cheese and breads with jams or butter, yogurt, egg, juice...i was stuffed each day and was a great way to start the morning. The street was pretty quiet and I felt safe walking at night and I was alone. I would stay here again for sure.
My partner and I stayed at the Orlando for two nights in August, and wouldn't hesitate to go back there again, I've stayed in several Amsterdam chain hotels, and this privately run 5 room hotel was a breath of fresh air.
It's positioned on Prinsengracht up near Amstel, lovely and quiet, 15 mins walk to Leidesplein, 10 mins to flower market area, so no probs there.
We had a huge room overlooking a garden on the first floor, great sized bathroom (big bath and separate wetroom style double shower), which was nicely decorated. The owner, Paul, was very pleasant, helpful and it really made a difference to have that personal touch as opposed to paid hotel staff. Unfortunately my partner was very ill during our stay, but every effort was made by the Orlando to help, with extra duvets, advice and rearrangement of rooms to allow us extra time before our departure. 5 stars from me. Great breakfast too.
Mansion, at the entrance to Vondelpark, was super stylish and lovely cocktails; Fifteen restaurant was a fabulous night out too.
Best stay in amsterdam
Love this place. Large rooms, great location, quiet. We were there in the middle of a heat wave and the room was very hot. Very few hotels in this price range have ac, but the Orlando does have one room with ac. If you book in the summer, make sure to ask for the one with ac. The owner was great.
A terrific little hotel
We stayed at the Orlando over the Easter period 2005. It is in a lovely quiet location on a canal with transport, restaurants and bars and a minute or so away. It is only about 100 metres from the Amstel and 10 mins walk to the main downtown locations.
Our room (one of only five I think) overlooked the canal and was large, bright and airy and had been recently refurbished with polished floors and a new bathroom. Breakfast was served in a lovely basement room opening out on the canal frontage. The streetscapes around the Orlando are supurb.
Our host Paul was very friendly and helpful and really made us feel at home.
The Orlando is highly recommended.
Best place in Amsterdam - Value for Money!
I stayed at Hotel Orlando for three nights and could not have been happier. I paid 100euro per night and the rooms were huge compared to other hotels in Amsterdam. I am now staying in Hotel New Amsterdam (I booked Hotel Orlando late and they didn't have rooms free for my entire stay, so had to move to another hotel) and although this hotel is fine, it is nothing compared to the Orlando. The Orlando Hotel is a simple boutique hotel with only 5 rooms, but very stylish and everything is done beatifully. Paul, the owner is lovely and very helpful. Although more like a bed & breakfast, it is perfect for a beautiful place to stay right on the canal on Prinsengracht and a casual 10 minute stroll to the city centre.
I am paying 105euro (5 euro more) now at New Amsterdam Hotel, and although it is nice, the rooms are half the size, as is the bathroom. I would say for the same price, the quality is twice as good at Orlando.
If you are staying in Amsterdam, don't go past this place - it's perfect.
The small private type of hotel
I stayed in this lovely hotel during my Euro-travel trip w/my mother July 2004 and we both really enjoyed this place.
It is located on the quiet street and b/c we were on the first floor, our window was overlooking one of the canals--Great view. Breakfast was included and even though it was a bit modest--it was ok for the price we payed--$100/night. The hotel is near all oif the major attractions, so you can walk everywhere.. The TV has a lot of channels--so I even stayed in one night just watching movies..
Overall, I would probably consider coming back to this small hotel b/c you feel as though you are living in Amsterdam when you are there and not staying in some hotel. The only drawaback was that the room was kind of dark, even during the day.. Otherwise, you can't find a better deal for such a great location.