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.
- 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