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“Lovely boutique hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Estherea
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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“Lovely boutique hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

beautiful attention to detail throughout the hotel. one of the concierge was very friendly and helpful while another one was involved in a lengthy flirtatious conversation with another customer as i waited patiently. i had to politely interrupt them to ask a quick question. there is public parking available just outside the door for $45 for 24 hours. you can also pay per hour. the machines for public parking only take credit cards!!! the hotel charges $55.00. our rooms were small but lovely. the light/electric outlet switches had a strange set up. hard to explain here. there is a very small gym. the location is well enough away from the busy areas to be quite peaceful yet close enough for a short walk to the action. though i love this hotel, i think one can find just as lovely places that are a bit less expensive. the reading/meeting room has a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere. there is fresh mint water, coffees, teas, and hot chocolate available in lobby 24 hours.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We had a weekend free on our 30 day business/pleasure trip, so we planned on a stop in Amsterdam. I have stayed in quite a few hotels in Amsterdam over the years, with varying results. We found the hotel on TripAdvisor, read the reviews and proceeded to book it.

It's a bit off the normal track, but it's was a very pleasant find. It's very quaint and the lobby you have to see it - very old world, with free coffee & tea always available. The rooms were quite nice and bathroom up to date.

They is a restaurant for breakfast, but we just ordered a quick coffee/pastry to sit in the lounge area of the hotel lobby. We were in a hurry to explore Amsterdam again.

It is a non-smoking hotel which presented us with our only disappointment. Many smokers just stood outside on the front steps, and their smoke drifted into the lobby - an unpleasant effect inside the hotel which tries to be a bit different from the norm.

Other than that, we'd go back to the hotel ahead of any others.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

My girlfriend & i stayed at your hotel on Saturday 20th August 2011 & would just like to say how happy we were with our stay!

We hadn't stayed at this hotel before, & Sam requested a room with "a nice view"

I can only tell you how delighted we were upon check-in, to be told we had been up-graded to the "suite" after only paying for a standard room.

All of the staff there were very friendly & always had a smile.

We will definitely be recommending this hotel to all our friends, & would like to say thank you to everybody who works there.

It is not often people are treated to this luxury, & it was much appreciated.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

stayed here end of august for bank holliday weekend. ok it is not cheep anywhere a pint on average 5-6 euros and food is not cheap either but with the hotel you probably do get what you payfor as boutique hotels are not cheep anyway but there is really attention to detail in this hotel. the decor is fantastic all through the hotel. the bedroom we had was a deluxe 4 poster front facing canal room 110. it was lovely and relaxing very peacefull, nice decor, the 4 poster was extra comfy with nice drapes. the small compact bathroom was modern with toiletries and hairdryer. we had a seating area and nice furnishings. the hotel even provided complementary chocolates as it was our wedding anniverary which was a nice touch. in the loby there was a great tea/coffee/hotchocolate machine which was free and mint water on the bar which was also free. there was also various sweet jars and cake or pastries for free. we didnt have the breakfast for 16euros each we went to one of the little patisery shops futher along the canal for coffee and quasants which was nice and a little cheaper. it did nothing but rain when we were here but the hotel provide umbrellas and plastic ponchos which was great. it didnt stop anyone going out and it was still very busy wherever you went and plenty of little canal side cafes to watch people go buy. everyone here has a bike and there are bike lanes everywhere so be carefull when walking but most people ring the bell to let you know they are comming. the red light area is a 10 min walk away and not half a seedy as i imagined. it is just women in underware standing behind red lit windows scatterd up and down the streets.everyone who was walking around were just normal families with kids,couples young and old just walking up and down the canal taking it all in, yes there a few sex shops and bars on the 2 main areas but on the whole it was ok nobody was aproached or anything so dont be concerned. drugs were no issue either yes people were smoking it in some of the bars but we didnt tend to go in anyway, most places are fine all very calm. we walked miles this weekend as there is lots to see and do with the canals and museums etc now i need a rest! we went to madame tusauds would definatley recommend going but it was smaller than i imagined and its not really for young children. the hotel is within 15mins walking distance of the station but you do need a map from tourist information in the airport to find your way or you could use the metro tickets also from here. we went on a candlelit dinner cruse on the lovers canal boat. it was lovely. glass of bubbly, 2 bottles of wine red/white and lovelly 3 course meal. tea/coffee and chocolates to finish. it was very relaxed and was lovely for a special anniverasry night out. would really recomend this. great city definatley worth a visit. hotel was in a great central quiet position and would recommend it.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

We booked the Estherea as a last minute stay on our way back to the UK. We got a great deal on the internet. We stayed 3 nights and loved it. Yes, full breakfast buffet is overpriced at 16 Euros, but you can have less, or just 2 doors up is Berts cafe by the canal and they do a fantastic breakfast for 7.5 Euros including fresh juice and coffee.
Our room was 513, facing the back, so no canal view but overlooked a bright small courtyard and was very quiet. Bathroom was small - but clean and well fitted. I liked the wallpapers and general decor. The bed was soooo comfy!
The staff were brilliant. They were helpful, kind, courteous and remembered us each time we re-entered, handing the key over before we even said which room we were in. We had been camping in Austria so did not look so smart that they had to fall over themselves to impress us - they were just naturally professional.
The hotel library, lounge and bar are very comfortable and we sat out a rainy morning happily reading and drinking free coffee and eating free cake.
Car parking is very expensive in central Amsterdam and the hotel was no exception, it cost us 50 Euros a night! But was in a very secure underground car park.

Room Tip: if you pay full price (not internet discount) be sure to get a canal facing room.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011 via mobile

Small hotel very well located in the downtown area. Victorian style. From outside doesn't look an hotel . Breakfast not included in our rate, as was not included the wifi. In spite of those minor issues, you can consider this hotel a good choice.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#7 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#8 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#14 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Estherea 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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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