by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 7, 2018
Hotel Estheréa – Sumptuous boutique hotel in historic buildings on the edge of the Medieval Centre.
Spread across eight historic canalside buildings, this 4-star hotel was originally founded as a guesthouse by a WWII widow in 1942, and is now run by the third generation of the family. The combination of dark wood, crystal chandeliers, boldly-patterned prints, luxurious fabrics, and four-poster beds in many of the rooms make it feel like a romance set, and the rooms come in varying sizes and with individual decor – some decked out in mint greens or icy blues, one done up in blue-and-white of Delftware ceramics, while others are wood-paneled, and in shades of russet and brown. Some of the smallest rooms have open-plan bathrooms. Service is warm and helpful, and the atmospheric heart of Amsterdam is right on your doorstep.
Hotel Estheréa – Location
- Address: Singel 303-309, 1012 WJ Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Spui.
- Area: On the edge of the Medieval Centre and the historic Canal Belt, overlooking the Singel canal. The hip Nine Streets neighborhood with its boutiques, cafes, and restaurants is a couple of minutes away on foot, while Dam Square is less than 6 minutes’ walk away. The nearest tram stop is 4 minutes away, the Centraal Station is a short hop, while the Museum Quarter is around 15 minutes away by tram.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #1, #2 or #5 to Spui, a 4-minute walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Spui square.
Hotel Estheréa – The Basics
- Ages: Most of the guests tend to be couples on a romantic city break, but children of all ages are welcome.
- View: Of the 92 rooms, Classic rooms overlook one of the courtyards, Deluxe/Family rooms and the 2 suites overlook either one of the courtyards or Spuistraat, while the Canal rooms have views of the Singel canal.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Parking: Parking onsite costs €55 per day.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service.
- Extras: There are scooters and bicycles for hire, and complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks in the lounge. There’s also a guest library, free iPads, and internet terminals for guest use.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-624-5146
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.estherea.nl/en/index.html
Hotel Estheréa – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: There’s a small gym in the basement with TechnoGym equipment.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: Baby cots and extra full-size beds provided free of charge, and children under the age of 12 can stay for free in existing beds. High chairs available in Maria’s Bar. Babysitting services can be arranged on request.
Hotel Estheréa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: There is no onsite restaurant, but Maria’s Bar serves simple dishes throughout the day, such as burgers, pasta, and hutspot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). • $$
- Lounge/Bar: The wood-paneled, guests-only Maria’s Bar is open around the clock, and has an extensive selection of spirits and wine.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. Good buffet breakfast available between 7am and 10.30am; €18 per person.
- Room Service: Room service available from 7am to 11pm.
Hotel Estheréa – Rooms
- Room Types: Classic • Deluxe • Canal • Family • Orange Suite • Rose Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Hotel Estherea is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: If you’re after a view, a Canal room overlooking the Singel canal is ideal. If it’s unique character you’re after, both the opulent Orange Suite and the more intimate Rose Suite come with bold wallpaper, mahogany paneling, luxury fabrics, and chandeliers.
- For Families: There are several family rooms with either a double and a single bed, or 2 double beds, and most rooms can accommodate either a baby cot or an extra bed.
Hotel Estheréa – Local Transport
- Walking: Lively Jordaan district, Spui square, Anne Frank House, and Dam square are just a few minutes on foot; walkable to attractions in the Medieval Centre and Red Light District; Museum Quarter is around 20 minutes on foot.
- Tram: From the nearby Spui stop, trams run north to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre, and south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Hotel Estheréa – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 8-minute walk.
- Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hot spots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 10-minute walk.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 10-minute walk.
- Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long, small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 10-minute walk.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- The Happy Pig Pancake Shop – Pancakes made from organic ingredients, with sweet and savory toppings. Popular with families. 1-minute walk.
- Haesje Claes – Low ceilings, dark-wood furniture, and Dutch classics – from smoked fish platters to stamppot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). 2-minute walk.
- D’Vijff Vlieghen – Characterful restaurant spread over five 17th century canal houses, renowned for its imaginative Modern Dutch dishes, and decked out with original Rembrandt works. Reservations essential. 2-minute walk.
- Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations strongly advised. 2-minute walk.
- Tomaz – Brasserie with a solid menu of French and Dutch dishes, and daily vegetarian specials. 4-minute walk.
- Restaurant De Struisvogel – Basement restaurant specializing in French-inspired dishes. 4-minute walk.
- FuLu Mandarijn – Good mix of Cantonese and Sichuan dishes in smart surroundings. Offerings include dim sum, sea bass in hot chili broth, Kung Pao chicken, and Peking duck with pancakes. 5-minute walk.
- The Seafood Bar – Buzzy spot for champagne, oysters, and seafood platters. Walk-ins welcome. 5-minute walk.
- Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch, and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. 5-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 2-minute walk.
- Café Hoppe – Centuries-old, wood-paneled brown café attached to a modern pub with terrace. 3-minute walk.
- Café Schuim – Mural-bedecked, grungy bar that gets seriously packed on weekends and in the evenings. Younger crowd. 3-minute walk.
- Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Tiny cocktail bar with award-winning bartenders, and killer signature cocktails. Try the Flying Dutchman. 5-minute walk.
- Pulitzer’s Bar – Stylish art deco cocktail bar inside the eponymous hotel. Classic cocktails, as well as expertly mixed signature drinks. 6-minute walk.
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. 6-minute walk.
- The Tara – Maze-like Irish pub that’s a big expat favorite. Good for catching football on the big screen. 6-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Concrete – Locally designed t-shirts, trainers, and jeans. Also doubles as an exhibition space for street art and photography. 2-minute walk.
- Athenaeum – One of Amsterdam’s largest independent bookshops, with numerous travel guidebooks, and books on fashion and design. 3-minute walk.
- Laundry Industry – Urban wear for men and women by the eponymous Dutch design house. 3-minute walk.
- Scotch & Soda – Chic streetwear for men and women from the Amsterdam fashion label gone global. Lots of denim. 4-minute walk.
- Zipper Vintage Clothing – Retro gear, from 1940’s zoot suits to dresses, printed shirts, and pork-pie hats. 4-minute walk.
- Mendo – Books on art, design, photography, and architecture. 4-minute walk.
- We Are Labels – Casual streetwear, shoes, and accessories for men and women by mbyM, Numph, Global Funk, Norr, and more. 4-minute walk.
- American Book Center – Largest English-language bookshop in Amsterdam. 4-minute walk.
- Marie Stella Maris – Beloved Amsterdam brand of skincare and beauty products, with a percentage of the profits donated to clean water projects worldwide. 5-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Watch Company – Sells exclusive handmade watches by the likes of Christiaan van der Klaauw; old watches restored here. 6-minute walk.