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“Beautiful Boutique Hotel, Amazing Service, Lovely Rooms”
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Hotel Estherea
Ranked #19 of 368 Hotels in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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181 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Beautiful Boutique Hotel, Amazing Service, Lovely Rooms”
Reviewed 18 October 2009

I have never been so delighted by a hotel in my long traveling life. Hotel Estherea is right on the Singel Canal and many rooms face onto the canal (though the ones on the 5th floor only have one window, the ones below have huge picture windows). The hotel lobby is just delightful and beautiful and quiet most of the time. This boutique hotel is near some great restaurants, and it is perfectly located. We asked to hold our bags several times, and the front desk staff was amazingly helpful and kind. I wish there were a hotel like this in every European city. It is a real find, and I would never stay anywhere in Amsterdam again. (DO NOT go to the American Hotel, despite its reputation -- SO touristy). This is a charmer! (Oh, and you'll love the gorgeous salt water fish tank in the lobby -- tres elegante!).

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Tamarac, Florida
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

The staff was excelent and very helpful with any questions that we had. We spent 2 nights there and it was much better then the 5 star hotel we stayed in on the way back to Paris in Brussels. We found out the hard way via cab rides that the best way to get anywhere in Amsterdam is either the canel hop on hop off boat., or simply when you go out the front door of the hotel go right and the first cross street make another right and walk a few blocks to the center of the city. No need for fancy places to eat as any small pub will do and the food is just as good.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2009

After weeks of research on every internet side imaginable I found this hotel and had a good feeling, so I booked it. My wife and I were immediately excited as soon as we stepped into the hotel. The decor is very classy and has an old world feel. The people that work there are super friendly, helpful and will do anything they can to help you find or get somewhere. The room was a suite with a four poster bed overlooking the canal. it was perfect. The bed was comfortable too. Every morning and night there was always complimentary fruit or cookies and always fresh coffee or hot chocolate. My wife and i travel a lot and try to get a lot of value for the dollar. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank meswender
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Ottawa, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2009

I carefully chose this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews and other sources. I was quite disappointed (for the first time with Tripadvisor). We chose a canal view deluxe room based on other posts. I booked on their web site and paid full price, so I wasn't being "punished". The room (410) was quite plain, two small chairs and a small desk. You need to leave the bathroom to towel off. A shallow closet (too shallow for hangers to hang perpendicular to the wall) and no drawers at all. Bed and bedding adequate at best. This place is 2.5 stars - two for the room and an extra.5 for the lobby.

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Buffalo, New York
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2009

I stayed on my own for one night at Hotel Estherea prior to joining up with a group tour. I actually had changed my hotel reservation about a week in advance of the trip after reading a recent string of negative reviews on Tripadvisor of the hotel that I had previously reserved. I was so pleased that I decided at the last minute to change to the Hotel Estherea instead. I arrived at 11am following my arrival on the redeye flight from the US, and my room was ready even though it was well before the designated check-in time. The room was small but very pretty, clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The location was great- centrally located to many of the tourist areas, just a few minutes walk to Dam Square, yet in a nice quiet neightborhood on the Singel Canal. My only disappointment was that I only could spend one night.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2009

The hotel was great except for the fact that the Wi-Fi was not free - it cost 10 Euro per night, PER DEVICE. I was travelling with my wife, and we both have laptops, and we both have iPhones, so that meant an extra €80 for a 2-night stay (O2 Ireland charges HUGE data roaming rates, so the €10 per day Wi-Fi fee was unfortunately still cheaper than paying the roaming charges on the iPhones). I am just frustrated when I go to a four star hotel, pay four-star rates, and then get soaked for the Internet access. Someone needs to tell the hotel management that everyone - and I mean everyone - uses Wi-Fi these days, and it should not be an "extra".

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Stockholm
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2009

This is not a hotel that I would recomend to my worst enemy. Unfriendly staf that left us waiting for an hour (!) when checking in without explenation. The room was dirty, the bed broken (!) and there where blood stains on the sheets....we left of course after complaining. The staf refused to listned and charged us for the room...never been treated this way in a hotel before.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Estherea
Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#15 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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