Just another love-note to the dear Estherea - I really can't imagine a nicer place to stay in Amsterdam.
Now, if you're a fan of American chain hotels, or you're looking for a pool, or if you have a low tolerance for charm - you won't like this hotel. The rooms range from very small to cosy; the hallways are narrow; there isn't 24-hour room service. That, however, is just about all the non-praise I can think of to say about this wonderful small hotel.
We arrived for a second stay at the Estherea at a ridiculously early hour after a very long overnight flight, and while our room wasn't ready, my partner and I agreed that there were few hotels in the world where we would actually look forward to spending a few hours waiting. We sat in the lovely, serene library, enjoying the complimentary coffee and biscuits, reading through the range of European papers and local guides on offer, and admiring the fresh orchids scattered around the polished side tables.
Once in our very comfortable canal-view room (very much worth the extra cost, both for the exquisite view and for the size of the room), we felt immediately at home. Spotlessly clean, with bright wallpaper, two comfortable chairs, and a small but well-appointed bathroom, our room proved a great homebase to explore the city on foot, easy given the Estherea's perfect central location.
In the year since our last visit, 20 more rooms have been added, creating a central courtyard with a nice glass elevator but not altering the essential character of the Estherea at all.
Finally, nothing but praise for the staff, from the friendly reception staff to the genial night manager who happily openeed up for us after our late returns.
- 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