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.
- 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