Estherea Hotel

, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Estherea Hotel

, Amsterdam
4 star

Rooms: 71

303 Singel - Amsterdam - 1012 WJ - Netherlands Hotel Website | | 20-6245146
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9/10
Overall impressions after 3-night stay
Submitted by: Nixon-Eckersall in 28/12/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
If you are looking to stay in a really well run, traditional,individually styled, comfortable and extremely well placed hotel for seeing Amsterdam, we doubt that you will better the Estherea. The staff and management are courteous and helpful at all times and nothing seems too much trouble. Unless you are hooked on modern, impersonal hotels, this should be for you. Our Dutch friends were impressed that we had found so nice a place from such long range.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Estherea Hotel

Best Location, Nice Hotel

from Keith_Richards
Just got back from a 4-day trip to Amsterdam, stayed at the Hotel Estherea and was relieved it came good - nice location on a leafy part of the Singel Canal (10-15 minutes walk from just about everything). This was my first trip to Amsterdam and was pleased I hadn't booked anywhere near Dam Square - if you want to do the bars/restaurants/museums and wake up to a great breakfast on the canal that's typically 'post-card' Amsterdam... then The Estherea won't disappoint (If you want to smoke spliffs, then don't book the Estherea - they don't like the smoke/smell effecting everyone else... but I guess 'space-cakes' are OK, whilst we are on this subject... not everyone in Amsterdam is spaced out doing coffee shops - life goes on as in most European cities with the daily work routine the norm for most people... for sure have a good time and if it's your bag to have time out in a coffee shop then this is a good place to have a relaxing time - for the record I don't smoke or drink as much as I did when I was 18-30 and now find myself spending hours in museums/bars/restaurants... something those old folks did, but now I've turned 40 and have children I find it's crept up from behind and I'm slowly turning into a 16 year olds worst nightmare / don't get me wrong... I still like drinking too much but I just can't face the morning afterwards anymore - it takes me a week to recover, mores the pity).

The Hotel: I had booked a canal view room for the two of us (left the kids at home / Amsterdam is not really the place for young children on holiday)... I paid the little extra for the canal view... good move - good sized room, great view to wake up to, small bathroom, but clean. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but does have a small bar and a good breakfast room. Recently refurbished to deliver the 4-star welcome, but the room was 3-star... saying that the location was 5-star. Free Tea/Coffee/Hot-Chocolate 24/7... might not be much but makes a huge difference when staying in a hotel and keeping your costs within reason.

The Staff: Sorry to say I agree with some of the other remarks... when we arrived the guy on the desk was very cold, but not rude - not typical of Dutch people... but the girls on front of desk during the day very welcoming. The last two days saw a different guy on the desk and he was fine... I would retun to this hotel no problem, I would also recommend staying there if this is your first visit.

Location: Can't help banging this one home... have a look on a map before you arrive - you will be close to everything, have relaxing days feeling very safe day or night (this I can't say about Dam Square or the area behind it, you can feel the under-tow of exploitation and pick-pocketing).

Tip: Book popular venues, especially good local restaurants in advance (the hotel staff can do this for you) - we were fine as the end of April is still low season, but everything was pretty much booked to full capacity (not sure I would like it in the summer)OR don't worry about it and spend time in the many good bars which do just as good food. As for museums/boat trips... these were busy - not too busy, but I guess if your coming peak season then you're up against all the package tippers in their thousands.

Enough said - must get on - enjoy your trip... the Estherea is remarkable for what is a B&B!

Excellent Location

from katkearsley
I have just returned from a 3 night stay in Amsterdam with 3 female friends. We stayed at this hotel on the strength of the reviews on this site and I can say that I was very pleased with the location and accommodation. The room was spotless if slightly small and the bathroom looked newly renovated and kept clean and well stocked.. Unfortunately the view was not good as the room was back to back with another room about 6 feet away. I asked if there was a room overlooking the canal and was told that the hotel was full. It didn't look full as we saw only a few other people during the weekend but as we didn't spend too much time in the room I guess it wasn't too important anyway. The breakfast room is very pleasant and the meal plentiful and fairly varied - certainly adequate and relaxing. The bonus is the tea, coffee and hot chocolate maker in the lobby with biscuits and chocolates to go with it - help yourself at any time - saves a fortune! the public rooms are very pleasant to sit in. But the great thing is the location - within easy walking distance to main tourist areas and train station but very quiet and peaceful - no rowdiness at all. Hotel recommends some great restaurants and will also book them for you - very helpful staff. I work in a travel agency and would have no problems recommending this hotel to any customer.

Would go again

from Lizh73
Stayed here for a three night break in February 05. Booked through lastminute and got an excellent rate but sadly not an excellent room. We were right up at the top with a view of a very dull courtyard complete with rubbish bins. However, we decided that we didn't mind too much - it wasn't bad enough to demand to be moved. Room itself was small, very slightly shabby in furnishing terms, but comfortable enough. Bathroom was small but spotlessly clean, well appointed and well stocked. I think I was just disappointed that the room, whilst fine in itself, was nothing special and didn't match up to the public areas. Also the walls are paper thin and we suffered with quite a bit of noise from other rooms and the hallway.

The staff were very friendly, particularly in view of the fact that I got a bug and was very, very ill on our first night - they were very solicitous and kept asking me if I was ok after that! Breakfast was excellent - plentiful and fresh.

The hotel is in a fantastic location, quiet and peaceful on the canalside, with lots of bars/restaurants nearby. Try 'Broodje Bert' on the corner one block up for fantastic toasties, sandwiches etc. The Indonesian restaurant one street over is very good also.

Recommended.

Just lovely

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed 3 nights at this hotel in January 05. It is a lovely hotel in a great location: easy walk to the main square or trams stop nearby. Good buffet breakfast in lovely dining room with traditional Dutch furnishings. Well stocked library with computer (small charge) for guest use.
The hotel lobby and lift area was being rennovated during our visit. This disruption was minimal to guests (porters carried luggage up the stairs).
Would definately stay there again.

The Crown Jewel of Amsterdam

from welshglobetrotters
Imagine that you had just been invited to Amsterdam by your wealthy Aunt. She lives in a Grand and luxurious old Merchant's House alongside one of the more gentrified canals. The address, 2 minutes away from the Royal Palace at Dam Square is one of the most desireable in the City. On arrival, you step over the threshold and sink into pure wool carpets, you admire the glistening heavy chandeliers and become surrounded by luxury drapes, quality furniture and wood panelling. The gentle notes of Vivaldi diffuse effortlessly around you. Your Aunt's attentive staff are on hand to courteously assist. You are shown to your room, which also has a crystal chandelier and sumptuous furnishings. You have a large twin-sinked bathroom with an array of towels and Hydro products. All is serene, calm and feintly regal. And then you learn that everything you need to see in Amsterdam is only a few minutes walk away - that vision is the Hotel Esterea. Faultless. The reception rooms (a foyer, salon, panelled library, bar etc) are luxuriously finished in Cardinal Red, with loose-covered easy chairs, sofas and occasional tables. There is a feeling of subdued, understated oppulence - an ambience of the past. A medley of 1930's Pullman Parlour Car and a Stately home. You easily could imagine that the fellow house-guest sitting in the Library was Hercule Poirot. This is undoubtedly Amsterdam's best kept secret. THE place for the discerning traveller to stay.

Top Notch Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed in room 410 overlooking the canal for 5 days in December 2004. The room was clean and modern with a great view. Our winter rate was only $96 euros with breakfast - very inexpensive for a hotel this nice. The lobby has been completely remodeled and looks great. The hotel is family owned and you can tell they care about it. I found the staff to be very helpful with directions, baggage, drink requests at odd hours, etc. The hotel is also within walking distance from just about everything to see in Amsterdam but the street below is fairly quiet. The breakfast was the traditional European cheese/bread/salame/cereal type thing and it was very well done. I really recommend this great hotel.

great trip

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights at the end of October .
However the room was great and clean
we are lucky because we have a room with canal view without paying extra money .
The hotel is in a very good location , we have everything near us without having to use the public transport.

great location reasonable price

from warwicktraveller_8
We spent 3 nights there in november at 96 Euros per night which was good value for money. A great location for the touristy, and less touristy areas, and well located for food and drink. Free tea and coffee was really good but the breakfast was a bit pricey. Highly recommended for the nice rooms, friendly staff and above all the location.

Great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great location, friendly staff, really nice clean room (not overlooking the canal) and we would definitely recommend this hotel to all. We would be happy to return at any time. The offer of free tea and coffee was greatly appreciated as a stop off point whilst cycling around this vibrant city.

Excllent location, lovely hotel

from Paul Tarmas
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in July 2004 location of the hotel although very central for walking to all the main tourist areas of Amsterdam and even walkable from the station approx 20 mins,if you dont have much luggage,is in a quite side street so no noise. Our room which overlooked the canal was very clean and very good decor. Which all added up to make a very enjoyable short break in the lovely city of Amsterdam. Highly recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Amsterdam

Stay In And Spoil Yourself.. or Another! There is a supermarket just behind the hotel, grab a few of your favourite bits, you know, strawberries and chocolate sauce and spoil your other half in the hotel for a night :D

Fabulous restaurants All located on Spuistraat were three excellent restaurants: Haesje Claes (good Dutch food, try the stampot!) Kantjil & de Tijger (great Indonesian food, we had the rijsttafel for two, a 13 dish feast with a taste of many different items), and D'Vjff Vlieghen ("The Five Flies") What an experience here; 9 dining rooms all with different themes (we were in the Rembrandt Room) and delicious food. Excellent service and what an atmosphere! Cafe Luxembourg also on Spuistraat was a very nice cafe in a nice little square.

Visiting with kids Amsterdam is great for kids (ours aged 9, 7 and 4). All restaurants very welcoming, including the smartest. Easy walking distance between attractions. Many museums are free - except Nemo (11.5 euros per person). Didn't even see the red light district so don't be put off!

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  • Address: 303 Singel - Amsterdam - 1012 WJ - Netherlands
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