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Hotel Estherea
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands   |  
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Ranked #10 of 344 Hotels in Amsterdam
Limerick, Ireland
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6 hotel reviews
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“Great hotel in a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Husband and I spent three nights here at the beginning of August. We were looking for somewhere special to stay because it was our 20th wedding anniversary and I don't think we could have chosen a better place. Although the area around the Singel was fairly peaceful, we were only 5 minutes walk from the main attractions of the old town. It was lovely strolling around the alleyways and across the canal bridges, pausing now and again in one of the many squares for a quick coffee and lots of people-watching.

From the minute we arrived at the hotel, we were treated like very special guests and, to our surprise, the management had upgraded our room because of the occasion. It was beautiful and we were very appreciative of their kind gesture and the gift that was waiting for us in our room.

We were in Room 417 which looked out on the street at the back of Singel (Spuistraat). Despite other reviews, we didn't find it too noisy and frequently left the window open - even while sleeping. There was a small amount of noise but having lived in the countryside for the past 15 years, we actually enjoyed hearing the sounds of the city!

Staff at the hotel were very courteous and friendly, but not stuffy as you may expect from a grand hotel. A special mention to John, for his wonderful memory and attention to detail. He brought us to our room on the first day and, on our final day when we went down for breakfast, he remembered our room number. Maybe it's my age, but I don't think I could have done that :-)

We especially enjoyed the complimentary tea and coffee facilities in the lobby, which we thought was a very nice touch. It was great to be able to take a coffee outside and sit on the bench overlooking the canal and watch the world go by.

This was our first visit to Amsterdam and our experience at the hotel made this an unforgettable trip. We will certainly be back to enjoy more Dutch hospitality at Hotel Estherea.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back not quite as noisy as others have said. We were in Room 417 and loved it, althoug...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Incredibly charming hotel, fantastic location, and amazing staff. We had a lovely room on the 5th floor (the only one with a balcony). Unfortunately, we had a bit of a heat wave and the aircon decided to stop working. It was so incredibly uncomfortable we couldn't sleep. They came and checked and there was nothing they could do to either fix it or move it (as the hotel was full). Rather than just saying "sorry", they went that extra step - they provided two fans to help keep us cool. Then they sent up a beautiful bottle of champagne to help cool us down. We ended up having a reasonably good night. However, they then checked and verified they couldn't fix it during the next day so rather than having us stay in that room another night, they moved us to the most luxurious suite... The room was huge! This is the kind of old world service and charm you used to get all over Europe but is now somewhat rare. Do yourself a favour and stay at this hotel on your next trip to Amsterdam - you'll be very happy you did.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Well located and charming hotel in Amstedam. The rooms are pretty and clean but not very spacious. The common areas are decorated with interesting pieces from natural collections such as batterflies and sea shells. We enjoyed our stay as a family but I was expecting a bit more from the hotel. The gym is tiny, the wifi was free only in the lobby, the breakfast was ok but not special.

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Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

In an old European city, you want a hotel that at least captures a hint of Henry James. The Estherea, with its old-fashioned and pleasantly ornate lobby and public rooms, does this (without sacrificing modern comforts like a high-tech coffee machine mixing free capuccinos and lattes and a very reasonable WiFi policy). My room was great, with the option of running the AC system or opening my windows onto the street behind Singel. The location is perfect. Perfect! It's a quiet part of Singel, but everything busy is nearby. My only proposed upgrades: fluffier towels. And a bathroom door that's an actual door as opposed to a thin louvered partition. (Some of us like a little privacy when we poop.) Otherwise, Estherea, you are marvelous.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

There is very little that I can fault about this hotel. It is in an excellent location, next to a canal on a quiet road and close to many of the attractions, the trams, and many restaurants. The room was large, clean and attractive, with a very comfortable bed; it had very good air-conditioning and looked fantastic. The bathroom was clean and spacious. Although there were no drinks facilities in the room, complementary tea, coffee, water and biscuits were available downstairs. The bar was a little expensive, but very attractive, as was the whole of the foyer and lounge area. The staff were beyond praise; every single one of them was helpful and friendly, and they could not do enough for us. And they made a great fuss of our five-year-old daughter, who loved it! The only minor issue we had was that the breakfast, which we only had on one day, was rather expensive and a little disappointing. Otherwise, I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.

Room Tip: We were at the back of the hotel, which although it did not face the canal, meant that it was very q...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

A gorgeous Hotel right in the centre of Amsterdam, few minutes to shops, Anne Frank House, Dam Square and overlooking the canal. Just loved this place as it was a wonderful refuge from a busy day. The free coffee and tea were very welcome at all times of the day. Definitely recommend this hotel and we will be back.

Room Tip: Ask for a canal view...the other side can be a bit noisy if you leave the windows open.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 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:
#6 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#7 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#7 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#16 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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