Prinsengracht 1099, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 JH
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Romance
Expert review of Hotel Orlando
Though it calls itself a hotel, the discreet Orlando feels like a rather refined private home. Its owner, Paul Lodder - an ex-lawyer who bears more than a passing resemblance to George Clooney - lives upstairs and welcomes you, and there's nothing so formal as a reception desk. Last time I popped in, Paul showed me on-going work on the interconnected house at the rear, which he had just bought. He is using the extra space to create an additional bedroom, which should be really lovely and is due to open in spring 2011, and a new breakfast room which will come in to use in early 2011.
The classic, brown-brick, patrician canal house overlooks a quiet stretch of one of Amsterdam's main waterways, the Prinsengracht. Restaurant-rich Utrechtsestraat is a two-minute stroll away, while the Hermitage Amsterdam - the city's major new art museum - is close by, too.
With bare oak floors, silk curtains, subtle lighting, big and bold modern canvasses by Dutch artists, and mod-cons such as the TV and minibar hidden from view in ingenious, swiveling wooden contraptions, the six, mostly spacious rooms are furnished with considerable flair. One of the best is 117, with three large canal-facing windows. You may want to avoid 111, the cheapest, which is a small basement room.
The lovely new breakfast room was the house's kitchen back in the 17th century.
Simple but good breakfasts, that include freshly squeezed orange juice, croissants and hard-boiled eggs.
Just like Mr Clooney - charming and urbane.
Middle-aged couples in the main.
Skip the cheapest basement room. It's woth paying the 15-40 euros extra for the lighter, bigger ones. Breakfast and city tax are included in the rates.
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