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“Exactly what we were hoping for” 4 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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Ranked #16 of 346 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“Exactly what we were hoping for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We booked the hotel because we were hoping for a great place to sleep in a great location and we found it! There were 3 of us sharing the room with 1 king size bed and 1 day bed. The beds were very comfortable. Our room overlooked the back of the hotel. I agree with the review that said this was somewhat noisy and there is a coffee shop below which brought marijuana smell into the room. Using the AC worked well to avoid this. The location of our bathroom was in the room with a shower/tub, sink and toilet.
We avoided the 18 euro breakfast and had a wonderful breakfast down the street.
The computers in the lobby were appreciated and easy to use.
I expected to pay more for a hotel in Amsterdam, and I would say this hotel is worth it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Stayed three nights in June and loved the hotel. It is elegantly furnished and will appeal to those who enjoy elaborate and classical decors throughout, from the flowers to the cushions in the rooms. Room was a tad small but the view of the canal from the room made up for it. Spotlessly clean and well-maintained! Breakfast was just too expensive at €18 but there are fabulous bakeries and breakfast joints in the next street that served up value-for-money food, so that's not a problem. The biggest bug bear must be the lack of free wifi, except for those who book directly with the hotel. In this day and age, the hotel should consider providing this service. Nevertheless, the provision of two computers and a printer in the hotel foyer is much appreciated. Will go back on my next trip to Amsterdam.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Good location on the Singel canal. The hotel has a very subtle front door -- no big sign out front. The lobby is lovely with uniquely displayed fresh flowers everywhere, from the front desk to library to dining room. The hotel has about 90 guest rooms, each subtlety different. The classic style of the lobby extends to the guest rooms.

We had booked a deluxe room overlooking the canal and were assigned a large corner room on the second floor. Unfortunately, after flying all night, the construction equipment on the adjacent building concerned us about noise, so we asked to move room. The hotel accommodated us on a higher floor, but in a smaller room. The new room was still charming with a king-sized bed, small sitting area and a workable bathroom. We did sleep well.

We opted for the breakfast buffet each morning which had a generous selection of cereals, breads and fresh fruit, plus eggs, sausage and bacon. Plenty to hold us until dinner.

We walked or took the water taxis to museums and restaurants. The hotel is convenient to most attractions and the front desk staff is happy to recommend restaurants in the area. We had a wonderful dinner at the "5 Flies" restaurant next door. Yes, that's the English translation of this unique restaurant that extends across 5 buildings.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

A special thank you to all the staff at Hotel Estherea. Everyone adored the hotel and all the amenities that came along with it. The location was perfect, the rooms beautiful, breakfast delicious and again the staff could not have been nicer. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel wants to be something it is not. Perhaps, it can only do so much with what it has, but it is definitely not an upscale hotel as it thinks.

The room doors don't close very well, so all hall noise is very apparent. Having the toilet in a small close across the room from the bathroom is absurd and impractical. The rooms feel cramped and small with all the grandiose furniture added. Perhaps, some will like the "Charm" of the decor, but I want practical. The only good things were the central location and the SUPERB bakery on the street next to the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Framingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel was beautifully decorated, each room different and luxurious. Beds were very comfy with nice sheets and bedding. The lobby and downstairs bar, library and breakfast rooms were also just gorgeous with vases and pots of beautiful flowers and chandeliers. The basement bathroom and gym room were also modern and beautiful. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. The breakfast buffet was delicious with home made breads and croissants and lots to choose from. It was included with our room but would have been too expensive at 18 euros. There is also drinks like coffee/tea/cappucino and others at the machine in the lobby free all day which included cookies and snacks. They give you a free bottle of water for each person each day which is a nice touch.
My only complaint is I had a back room which was quite noisy if we opened the windows so we ended up closing them and using air conditioning which helped a lot. There was also construction going on near the front of the hotel which could at times be noisy but that's not the hotel's fault. All in all this centrally located beautiful hotel was a treat.

Room Tip: Front and back can be noisy. Close windows and put AC on and it's fine.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Trip Advisor reviews assisted me in selecting this Hotel and what a great recommendation. Pretty as a picture on a small canal (bridge being renovated currently). We booked a superior room which had recently been refurbished and was clean and comfortable. The room wasn't huge but a comfortable and a nice place to come back to after a day of walking. We were at the rear of the building so whilst not having a canal view our room was very quiet which was great. An enormous selection of restaurants and cafes within a block or two makes choices easy. The staff were wonderful and the complimentary coffee in the foyer was a nice touch. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#10 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#11 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#11 Luxury 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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