Singel 303-309, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 WJ
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Romance
Expert review of Estherea Hotel
Plush, cosy and largely traditional in style, the Estheréa is spread over a row of 17th-century buildings along the Singel, one of the city's main canals.
Could hardly be better. The lovely Nine Streets shopping area is just along the street, and lots of tempting bars and restaurants are round the corner on Spuistraat.
Each of the 92 bedrooms is individual, in size, shape, furnishings and even wallpaper patterns. Standard rooms do not generally have a canal view, while the newest and most luxurious rooms come with whirlpool baths. Some bedrooms face Spuistraat, which can be noisy with late-night revellers.
The interconnected lounges and panelled library are plush, with the eye drawn to glittering chandeliers, ornate clocks, a fish tank, and a flickering fire on a TV screen. The lounges offer lots of space and are immediately relaxing - on a recent stay, I noticed a fellow guest fast asleep in an armchair.
Extensive buffet breakfasts include smoothies and chocolate sprinkles (popular in the Netherlands). Free hot drinks, and biccies and cakes, are on offer throughout the day and evening, plus there are jars full of sweeties everywhere to help yourself to. Pricy but extensive buffet breakfasts include smoothies and chocolate sprinkles (popular in the Netherlands).
Generally very good, though more attention to guests' needs at breakfast would be an improvement. The owners are much in evidence: when I last stayed, I came across Caroline Mann-Esselaar, part of the third generation at the helm, hard at work fussing over some the bedrooms.
Middle-aged tourists of all nationalities; mostly couples, though some families too - there are a fair number of family rooms.
Low-season Sunday night rates can be a bargain. However, rates for peak-season Friday or Saturday nights can be pricey. Buffet breakfasts cost 16 euros per person extra.
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- Singel 303-309, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1012 WJ
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service