My husband and I, who live in Toronto, got married in Amsterdam in July, 2011, and we stayed at this hotel for four days around our wedding date. While the ceremony itself was at a different venue, the Estherea Hotel was the starting point for our wedding day photos, which turned out more beautiful than we could have imagined. The 'Getting Ready' photos in our large room were lovely, in particular as the wallpaper and floor carpets created a romantic, victorian-like look. After that, I came down the main stairway into the lobby where my husband greeted me with my wedding bouquet - we loved this moment itself as much as the memories that we can revive through our amazing wedding photos. Also, the bar area with the large crystal ceiling lamps, as well as the colourful glass in the foyer leading to the dining area, in particular, created beautiful backdrops for our first photos together in our wedding attire. This is simply a beautiful hotel, perfectly situated in the heart of Amsterdam, along one of the most scenic canals!
What we also liked about the hotel was that they gave us a (relatively!) good price for our large canal-facing room. They did this mainly, I suspect, because they expected that we would bring in a large amount of business as our wedding guests were mostly travelling from abroad as well. However, the normal rates of this hotel are quite high, which, ultimately, lead to only one other wedding guest staying there. We could fully understand our guests' decisions to stay elsewhere, as we ourselves would also never stay in such a pricy hotel except for a once-in-a-lifetime event like our wedding. However, for those who are willing to indulge, I highly recommend this hotel! It is infinitely more endearing, romantic, and special than the large luxury hotel chains you can find in any major city.
The other thing that we absolutely loved, was the breakfast buffet. It was so full of variety and tastes, that it was hard to restrain myself for the sake of fitting into my wedding dress, and -certainly- the morning after the wedding I finally took full and unrestricted advantage of this culinary experience!
The only thing we thought they could slightly improve on was, in certain respects, their service. During our stay many of our family and friends who were staying in nearby hotels stopped by off and on to meet us for activities and meals in the nearby vicinity. At one occasion, a staff member confronted us saying that this created a bit of a security risk for them. We found a solution in the end, and, especially, on our wedding day, they were more than gracious about the amount of people lingering in the lobby before my arrival at the staircase. But, what we found a bit disturbing was that at two different occasions, hotel maids gave us entry into our hotel room, not verifying who we were; and this, in my opinion, is a much more grave security issue than the presence of non-guests in the lobby area.
Finally, back on the positive side, I want to mention a rather small aspect that, in my opinion, gave the hotel its finishing touch. There was an adorable three-coloured cat in their hotel lobby that seemed to live there and walked around freely in the hotel area. This little, well-mannered host fit in perfectly with the ambience and the atmosphere of the place while giving it the personal touch of a Parisian-style boutique hotel: unique and artistic in every way!
- 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