Hotel Estheréa, Amsterdam: hotel review


Hotel Estheréa is elegant and thoroughly charming from the inside out.



Hotel Estheréa is perfectly located in the old city centre, nestled in a long row of houses, sitting on the edge of Amsterdam's oldest major canal, the Singel.


This beautiful family run boutique hotel began its life as a simple 12 bedroom guest house, opened by Maria Flieger-Gruyters shortly after her husband passed away at the end of World War II. Running the hotel today is Maria’s granddaughter Esther, along with her sister Caroline who is responsible for the hotels stunning interior design.

From the moment you step into the lobby and are greeted by the magnificent fish tank, to the moment your head hits your tassel trimmed pillow, your attention is commanded by every square inch of this extravagantly designed hotel. Warm colours, plush fabrics, and traditional prints adorn each room, which are filled with beautifully restored antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers, glass encased ornaments and freshly cut flowers. 



This is a busy hotel filled with tourists from all around the globe, you will find the breakfast room buzzing cheerfully with many different languages, dialects and accents. If you were looking to hang out with the locals then you are in the wrong place.


Our Deluxe room came with a view of the very pretty central courtyard, although we did have to pop our heads out of the window a little to fully appreciate it! The room itself could not be described as large but there was just enough space for our 2 large suitcases and ample wardrobe capacity for the 4 days worth of outfits I had packed. The cosy double bed was dressed in crisp, clean white linen sheets, covered with a golden comforter and topped with matching tassel trimmed cushions. In keeping with the rest of the hotel each bedroom is beautifully decorated with a classic printed wallpaper, colour coordinated fabrics, restored antique furniture, and finished a vase of freshly cut flowers. Our spacious marble bathroom included 2 sinks, a large bath/shower and was well stocked with a selection of luxurious toiletries. Extra features included ipad, free wifi, cable television, bathrobes, mini bar, and a safe.


Food & Drinks

An ample champagne buffet breakfast is served daily from 7am-10am, in a charmingly decorated breakfast room, but if you'd prefer to enjoy your breakfast privately, you can dine in your room, at no extra cost.

Maria's Bar, named after the founder of the hotel, serves an excellent cocktail that is guaranteed to taste just as good as it looks. With every drink comes a complimentary selection of nuts and olives, but if they don't fill the gap Maria's also offers a small food menu with some locally and internationally inspired snacks.

In addition, free coffee, tea and hot chocolate is available in the lobby 24 hours a day.


Best Bits

Beautiful interiors
Great location
Conscientious, well-mannered staff
Champagne Breakfast
Great cocktails served till late in Maria's Bar

Worst Bits

Creaky floorboards meant we could hear every movement in the room above

The Bill

Standard Double rooms start at €165

Would We Go Again?

Yes, this independent family run hotel is the perfect place to experience the charm and romance of a trip to Amsterdam, we will most certainly be back for another visit.

Singel 303–309 / Western Canal Ring / 1012 WJ / Amsterdam