I stayed here on a brief side-trip from a business trip to London. It is a lovely, old-world hotel with charming, elegant common areas and luxurious rooms. At first I was taken to a room overlooking a tiny, interior ventilation well. The canal-view rooms were all booked up for a convention. I asked to be moved to a city view room and they promptly complied. It was a lovely room by any standards and the style seemed to be classic Dutch elegance. The staff were nice to me, a Canadian. I noticed that they were rude to some American people who checked in and for no good reason. All of Europe seems on edge these days. The hotel is easy walking distance to the main sights of Amsterdam and the train station. It's located on the Singel Canal so evening strolls were pretty and fun.For all intents and purposes, the Netherlands is an english-speaking country. There is a grocery store near the hotel that has great food but the North African cashier staff seemed to be systematically taking advantage of the American tourists who were confused by the metric denominations of the euro currency. Amsterdam is a clean, well-run city with little drama or sirens. People are blunt but honest and helpful. I was surprised by the lack of flower gardens/planter pots and pets seem to be second-class citizens.
- 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