We stayed for three nights at the Hotel Estherea and had a great experience. The location was ideal--a couple of blocks south of Dam Square and within a couple of blocks of the Anne Frank Huis. Even loaded down with luggage, it took us only about 20 minutes to walk from Centraal Station to our hotel. The hotel is located in a safe, quiet area of the city. Our rate was 185 Euros a day, plus about 8 Euros a day for the city tax. All front desk staff that we encountered spoke English quite well.
There is a huge grocery store about 1.5 blocks away. Stepping out of the hotel, take a right. Then take the right on the first street you come to; the grocery store will be on your left at the end of that block. I would highly recommend a small restaurant called Caprese just one block north of the hotel. Look for the white & yellow awning. Great Italian food!
The reception level of the Hotel Estherea is quite lovely and very welcoming. The library, sitting area, and meeting room were all well appointed and very comfortable. Various fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, coffee, hot chocolate and tea were available 24/7 in the lobby. This hotel is 100% non smoking, with a huge penalty if you smoke in the room.
Our room was #112, and it was wonderful. As the photos show, the room was rather ornate but quite charming. Three large windows opened up to views of the Singel Canal, and the heavy draperies went from floor to ceiling. Our room had two twin beds, that were set up as one bed. The beds and pillows were very comfortable. Also in the room were a large dresser/desk, two casual chairs, a small coffee table, two bedside tables and a small television. There was a large closet, extra shelves, and a mini refrigerator (stocked with two free waters every day). A small programmable safe is available in the room at no extra charge; two pairs of slippers are also provided at no charge. We noticed very little noise while inside our hotel room. The room seemed a bit cool at times, and we couldn't seem to get the thermostat to operate. I suspect the heat was turned off--or perhaps we had to request it to be turned on. It wasn't a problem though, as the outdoor temps were warm enough not to need heat in the rooms. The bathroom was well stocked with toiletries and towels, and there was a wall-mounted hair dryer.
Being it was early March, leaves on the trees hadn't really started popping out. However, spring flowers and houseplants were common sights along the streets, many shrubs already had their leaves, and the grass was vibrant green. Temps were in the upper 40s and lower 50s during the day, so it was very comfortable.
Our only real issue at this hotel was that even though we had a confirmed reservation (with a reservation number), it didn't seem as if they had our name on the reservation list for that day. Eventually after checking our reservation paper, they assigned us our room--but I was a little concerned they didn't have the reservation. We tried to confirm our reservation by email about a month prior to our trip. Strangely, they never got back to us, but we assumed we were OK being we never received any word of a problem. Since we were visiting in March, I doubt the hotel was full--so a missing reservation could be easily resolved. But you may want to follow up your reservation with a phone call, just to make certain--especially if visiting during high season.
Overall, we had a great experience at this hotel and would definitely recommend it.
- 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