Hotel Estherea has a lovely "old world" feel and is located very close to Dam Square, shopping, restaurants. The Deluxe canal view room we stayed in was comfortably spacious for two, with seating area and double bed (often double beds in Europe are actually two singles moved together, which was the case here). There is no mini bar in the room, but a small fridge you can leave your items in. The bathroom had a nice deep tub.
Don't hold your breath for a drink at the bar, which is billed as being open 24 hours a day. We sat in the bar once in the afternoon, at about 4 pm, and once again at about 9pm, and ended up waiting for 20 minutes plus (the 2nd time we just left). They have full time staff members at the front desk, but the one staff member in charge of bar service is also, from what we saw, also responsible for showing potential guests a variety of available guest rooms, taking out garbage, and other tasks around the hotel. You would think, for the price this hotel charges on room rates, that they could afford to hire an extra staff member so that there would be no lapse in service.
Also probably worth mentioning, the strict anti smoking rules in this hotel, which we appreciate. However, we had had a knock at the door mid afternoon asking whether someone in our room was smoking. Nobody was, so my husband answered no, and indicated that the two staff members at the door were welcome to come into the room to see. The staff member declined to come in saying simply "well the smell seems to be coming from here". There was no apology for the interruption, or any politeness.
The breakfast buffet in the hotel is 16 euros-we did not see it, but can not imagine that it would be necessary to pay that price with all the great delis nearby offering warm and cold sandwiches, and cafes with both western and european breakfasts at less than half the price.
One final note about Amsterdam not related to this hotel: you won't need a taxi once you are in the city. However, on arrival and departure, if you do, our experience was that both drivers were dishonest and rude. They both dropped us off blocks away from our final destinations, with lots of luggage, because apparently they could not be bothered to wait in the traffic to take us to where we asked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Estherea is housed in a row of historic buildings on the major canal. Behind the 17th century façade, guests find a warm welcome in comfortable surroundings. With its woolen carpets, crystal chandeliers and sumptuous furniture, the hotel is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the bustling city.The Estherea first opened its doors in the 1940s. this family business is currently run by the third generation. Although the hotel’s comforts and facilities have been brought up to date over the past sixty years, the concept of personal service and attention remains unchanged. All 92 rooms have been recently renovated and are all accessible by elevator. Each room has its own unique character: a wonderful place to unwind a day of exploring the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estherea Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel Estherea Amsterdam