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“Wait until renovations are finished” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Estherea
Ranked #14 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wait until renovations are finished”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

My wife and I spent two nights at the hotel. The day we arrived was the day they opened up the newly renovated rooms, and we were the first guests staying in ours. Unfortunately, construction of the rooms wasn't complete yet, so they probably shouldn't have put anyone in there. The hotel location was great, the staff friendly, and the "deluxe" room we stayed in appears that it will be very nice once they finish the construction.

The bathroom door lacked screws to hold the handle in place (it fell off several times), the light fixtures hadn't been installed on the walls leaving bare wires exposed, there was a hole in the ceiling of the bathroom where a plumbing access panel will go, the refrigerator hadn't been installed yet (much to the confusion of the porter trying to show us the room), and both the room and the hall was rather dusty. Construction started promptly at 8am during the week, so if you sleep in late, be prepared for hammers and power tools.

The staff was friendly, and spoke excellent English. We assumed our room was the only one in this state, and that the hotel was not aware of it, so we jotted down a list of the problems so they would be aware. We were told that they knew of the problems already, and that we had been upgraded into this "deluxe" room for free. They told us we could downgrade to the "standard" room that we would normally have gotten if we wanted, but we figured none of the problems were unlivable, and we'd already started unpacking.

The front desk staff called the owners to tell them about the problems, and the owners insisted we move out of the room, as they wanted our stay to be as pleasant as possible. At this point we'd completely unpacked, and the damage to our impression of the hotel had already been done, so we refused to move. Overall, the room, staff, and hotel were all quite nice, it just would have been more pleasant had we not been subjected to the unfinished room in the first place.

Breakfast was 16 euros, we didn't eat there, as there was plenty of cafes and bakeries nearby. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Internet access is available, but the cost is around 10 euros for 24 hours access. There's no parking in the city, but the hotel does have a deal with a parking service that will pick up your car and drop it back off for 20 euros per day. If you're driving in, consider parking yourself at the airport and taking the train in. The hotel itself is just south of Dam plaza, and probably about 10 minutes from the train station.

The older "standard" rooms were in a different section of the hotel, and so we assume didn't suffer the problems we had while there. Once the construction is finished, it seems that the hotel will be very nice. We would definitely recommend this hotel, and would stay there again, once they finish their renovations.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Devon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2009

Even staying in Amsterdam in cold, damp February, the hotel created a warmth that made returning to it every evening an absolute pleasure. The location is deceiving if you only look it up on a map as it is on a section of the Singel Canal that is surprisingly quiet. We stayed in a very reasonably priced canal view room, but be prepared if you want this luxury at reduced cost as you are likely to get a small room. We were offered a larger room with a courtyard view, but chose the view over the size. There is building work going on in the hotel at present, with some extension work to the street behind. It is difficult to tell if these rooms will be as good, but the overall service, comfort and location of the hotel should please even the most critical of travellers.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank seas0ned
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Hornsea, East Yorkshire
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2009

Having had a fantastic stay at the Estherea in Jan 08 we decided to return to the hotel for our honeymoon from the 20th Feb 09. I had e-mailed the hotel to let them know why we were visiting but despite this we were given room 412 - which has two single beds with horrible rubber mattress covers- hardly the most romantic option for our honeymoon! When I made enquiries with reception about our room I was told that the hotel was fully booked. It appeared that the hotel had given no thought to how special this trip was for us, which was very dissapointing.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Cnoodles
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NYC
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2009

We stayed here for Valentine's Day weekend. The hotel is conveniently located. The rooms are clean and well-appointed by Amsterdam standards. The staff are friendly, professional, and accommodating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a convenient base for sightseeing and walking around in the Western Canal district.

  • Liked — Location and clean rooms
  • Disliked — Breakfast was expensive; some noise from other rooms
  • Stayed February 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank bxlbkl
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CountyCork
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20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2009

Husband and I stayed at the Hotel Estherea on the last weekend in January. The hotel is very well appointed on the Singel Canal. There are plenty of bars (Harry's Bar for cocktails) and good restaurants (Caprese is one of them) within a five minute walk. The area where the hotel is situated seemed to us to be very safe and quiet. There was none of the seediness similar to the Red Light district within proximity to it. I liked the hotel and found it to be of a very high standard, however I had two issues which at the time took from our experience of staying there.
My husband and I were given two single beds pushed together as a double bed. We didnt complain as we were staying for two nights only but I did find this very comfortable.
Secondly it was perishing cold in Amsterdam at this time of year, however the heating was turned off when we arrived late at night so we had to wait for the room to heat up. Again the following day we went out doing touristy things upon our return to the room the story was the same, heating off. I found this to be an inconvenience as it was bitterly cold outside. However we had the facility to turn it back on again as soon as we came in. All the same though it took a bit of time for the room to heat up and this also took from giving an overall good impression of the hotel.
Other than these two issues, I would recommend the hotel to anyone including friends and family, as the staff are great and the location is perfect. We didnt eat breakfast there as we felt the price was excessive at €15 per person.
By the way the map provided by hotel of Amsterdam, is much better than that in the Lonely Planet guide book to the city.

  • Liked — Its situated in a nice location
  • Disliked — The lack of continuous heat in the depths of Winter
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank CountyCorkNMurphy
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Amsterdam
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2009

Just back from this fabulous hotel to celebrate hubby's 50th birthday. They even remembered (3 months) it was his birthday by giving him an unexpected and generous gift. Everything from the room to serving breakfast was just perfect.
Perfect location for Anne Frank House, Royal Palace and clothes shopping as well as short distance from recommended restaurants. Railway station isn't too far either.
Would have been nice if we had tea/coffee available in the room but this facility in the lounge was superb and free.
Asked for a double deluxe room but got a canal view as well which was a bonus. Definitely worth the money. A good variety of breakfast that we didn't need lunch.
Would recommend people to contact the hotel directly - they are pretty quick and professional.
Reception staff were very helpful and friendly including the cat!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — No tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank FelineMe
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Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

Travelled to Amsterdam for business and was extremely pleased with this jewel of a hotel. Well tended, comfortable, stylish rooms. Professional, helpful, polite staff. Simply the BEST location for the canal neighborhoods, and close to all the hubub of the old town. Walking distance to Reiksmuseum and all markets. Fantastic bakeries close by. Fantastic coffee shops close by(Cofee and Tee). Cafe Singel was SUPERB for lunch. FoodWare offered a wonderful lunch buffett(but no atmosphere to speak of, just good quality food...). Beulings restaurant was an incredible surprise discovery, 5 star multi course chef's choice, small cozy... all a short walk from the hotel. We will look forward to our return.

  • Liked — Stylish, clean, comfortable, QUIET
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank TexanX
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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 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#10 Business 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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