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“A sea of red” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Estherea
Ranked #16 of 363 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Stornoway, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A sea of red”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

We had a very comfortable 3 night stay in this rather quaint canal-side hotel. It is well located, a 15 minute brisk walk or short taxi ride from Centraal Station. First impressions on entering were good; the foyer is opulent with lots of flowers, dark wood panelling and rich red carpets, which serve to focus your attention on the large, colourful tropical fish tank opposite reception.

Registration was efficient and friendly, and our basic room was well-located on the first floor opposite the lift. Others have commented on the smallness of rooms in this hotel, and that was our first thought until we realised that the decor was to blame - red carpet, red curtains, red bedding and large-patterned red wallpaper, a bit like swimming in the Red Sea - combined with an over-sized (but very comfortable) bed. In fact the room was perfectly adequate for two; we didn't collide moving around and there was plenty of room to lay out our luggage. On checking the fire evacuation plan pinned to the wall, the other rooms on the first floor all looked to be even larger. The bathroom was small but clean and stylish with an excellent shower and good quality toiletries. Really the only basic thing about the room was the view into a narrow light well with other rooms opposite, so that our curtains stayed closed much of the time. We certainly slept very well here, due to the comfort of the king bed and all the walking we did during the day.

We didn't grudge the 18 euro breakfast cost at all, filling ourselves up for the day ahead on plentiful fruit, cereals, yoghurt, fresh bread and pastries in addition to the small selection of cooked items. Mention must also be made of the all-day provision of coffee, tea and scrumptious cakes and sweets downstairs - we really looked forward to returning to this hotel in the late afternoons.

Not surprisingly the hotel seemed really busy during our mid-September stay - at 92 rooms it is much larger than it appears from the outside, yet it retains a cosy boutique feel. Lounging around the luxurious public area sipping the free coffee and watching the hotel cat enviously studying the tropical fish was a most relaxing way to end the day. Although the reception staff were kept pretty busy, they remained calm and pleasant - and all spoke perfect English.

We will definitely return here on any future visit to Amsterdam; only the over-the-top room decor prevents me awarding 5 stars.

Room Tip: Even the basic rooms are well furnished and comfortable - but you have to pay more for a view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Stayed on business in November 2010, but thought as I was planning another trip to Amsterdam that I should have written this last year.

Excellent hotel. Great service. I had a room on the back on the 2nd floor (European 2nd, North American 3rd). Really, really quiet.

Breakfast was fine, not great, but fine. Hotel is in a great area; a few minutes walk to pretty much all of the touristy areas. Lots of great restaurants in the area. Front desk staff very friendly, speak excellent English. They were able to direct me to a couple of spots I needed to get to, e.g. stores for toiletries etc..

Comfy bed, great pillows, decent size washrooms.

Room Tip: standard rooms (couple of my colleagues had) are quite small. Spend the few extra euros for the big...
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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

The hotel is situated on a lovely canal close to Dam square. The hotel lobby, bar and breakfast room are stunning. We took the elevator up to our room, without baggage thanks to Easy Jet who decided to send our baggage to London Gatwick!! The room was very pretty, but very small. It also had a large window that viewed out onto a small ventilation courtyard so we had to keep the drapes closed as we could see into other rooms. That made it very dark. When our suitcases finally made it the next day, we had great difficulty finding places to put them due the the smallness of the room. Certainly the bathroom was large and functional. The room itself was very clean. Breakfast was served down off the lobby in two lovely rooms and the food was fine. Breakfast was included in our room rate. The coffee machines int he breakfast room were great and the same machine was available just off the lobby 24 hours a day. Free internet is also available in the lobby and they have two computers for people traveling without one. I spoke to a couple who had a much larger room on an outside wall overlooking the canal and they were very happy with it. I would stay at this hotel again as the location was good but I would book a room with an outside view as we felt very claustrophobic in ours. The staff were very helpful and friendly and it had a homey feeling to it with the cat walking around.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on an outer wall i.e. overlooking the canal.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Most charming aspects of the hotel are the situation at the canal and the cosy rooms. I just stayed for 1 night and I'll certainly go back. All of the personnel was very friendly and helpful. Prices are rather high but it's worth it!

Room Tip: Take a room with view on the channels
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

This is a really nice hotel, very well situated in front of the Singel canal. The staff was really friendly and kind.The only downside was the heating, which didn't work that well.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Somerset
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160 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We chose this hotel based on other Trip Advisor comments and were not disappointed.
We had a room on the top floor with a canal view.
The room was large and very comfortable.
We only had breakfast on one of our three days - we felt it was a bit pricey for what it was and always enjoy the flexibility of finding somewhere in town to have a snack. Tea and coffee is constantly available, free of charge, from a machine located near reception.
The hotel is very conveniently situated and within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions,shops and restaurants. The location is good as it is in a quiet area of town.
All the staff, without exception, were charming and nothing was too much trouble.
We would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Airdrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

This is a beautiful hotel which I would recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam. The location is fantastic - on Singel canal and within walking distance of many of Amsterdam's attractions. The staff are well-trained, polite and helpful. The public sitting areas are truly awe inspiring. Our room was very comfortable, and beautiful as well. The bathroom was very large by European standards, and the bed was the most comfortable one we had slept in through out our European vacation. This hotel was worth every penny and I hope to return in the not too distant future.

Room Tip: Our room was not facing the canal, and we found it to be very quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Estherea
Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#9 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#10 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#12 Luxury 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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