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... in the lovely bit of country land on a river. I stopped at the cheese factory and sampled about 20 kinds of cheeses, I watched a demo on making wooden clogs, and hiked past the windmills. I bought some very addictive stroopwaffels - buttery wafers with caramel in the middle. After returning to Amsterdam, I checked in a chatted with one of my ...
... and sun deck covers would need to be lowered. The bridge of the ship sits on cantilevered hoists that can be lowered and raised according to the situation, with the sun shelters folded to the deck.
What an intriguing day! This is the way everyone should learn history and geography!
We went to the Anne Frank museum and it was amazing. We also saw the palace and the dam square. This is where the original dam for the Amstel river was. The city was built around the candles and they still use locks and dams to regulate the water hight. Weather was a bit of everything sun and warmer (when we were walking) and cloudy, cool and ...
We embarked on MS Johann Strauss yesterday after 3 great days in Amsterdam. Lovely cabin. With a full length window. No balcony but lots of common areas. Dinner was 5 courses and as much wine as you wanted!
Today we have cruised down to Utrecht from Amsterdam. Largely rural with lots of dairy cattle and sheep.
Idyllic cruising. Hardly a ripple and we ...
... up the streets until we found a restaurant that appealed to us and sat down. Soon enough we realized that this restaurant like most of the rest did not serve anything but drinks and snacks until five so we sat down and filled up on spring rolls and cheese sticks.
If you have ever been to the Netherlands you would know that the Dutch are famous for cheese so each trip it is mandatory to stop in the cheese shop. We ambled down the street of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Estherea Amsterdam
Locale and service was great. Didn't have any problem with the front-desk staff and the location was perfect. Close enough to all the tourist spots but easy to sneak out to the Jordaan and other areas that are less touristy. Right behind the hotel is a street filled with various restaurants and cafes which are great. There are also several coffee shops in the area if that is your bag. I would rate the hotel as above average. The room was a good size (ask for a canal view room) with a decent size bathroom (tub you can actually bathe in). I would definitely return to this hotel.
Stayed here with my boyfriend. Man on reception was very unfriendly! Treated us with borderline rudeness, maybe it was because we were both wearing jeans. A smile and a welcome would not have gone astray! Room was small but clean. Good central location, but wouldn't stay again.
Very Good Hotel
I thought that the hotel was very good. I stayed with my sister in a double room -- two twin beds -- and it provided a nice amount of space and a very modern, large bathroom. While the room was modern, you still knew you were staying in one of the old canal houses -- which was very nice. I stayed on the street side, not the canal side. My one complaint is that it was very noisy with the windows open because of street level noise. The canal side is probably quieter.
Charming, Convenient, Lovely Staff.
Had two (2) rooms for five (5) people in June, 2004. (Four nights total). I was unimpressed by the dark, drab first room that my three (3) young-adult children were assigned, and within an hour, they were moved to a wonderful upstairs room with ample accommodations (including a pull-down wall bed). Our main room was decorated in crisp, clean tones of white, and featured lots of windows overlooking the gorgeous Singel Canal. (We kept the windows open at night--what a pleasant experience!) Bathrooms were small but updated and well stocked. The lobby offers free coffee and tea, 24/7. It also has an internet-connected computer at your disposal. Great central location next to Dam Square and the flower market.
Stayed at the Estherea March 6th for one night. It was hard to find a hotel near Dam Square one week in advance, but this one filled the bill. It is very nice for the price ( pd 150Eu/nt). It is only about two-three blocks away from Dam Square on the Singel canal. The reception was very nice, we were shown to our lovely first floor room which overlooked the canal. The room was immaculate and furnished with very nice draperies, a canopy bed, antique desk and beautiful prints. I think we got the room in the brochure. The bed was super comfy, with the padded sheets I enjoy and extra pillows. There was temperature control on the heater, but no tea/coffee in the room, but it is free in the lobby all day. This is a classy and comfortable small family owned hotel. About four blocks to the right of the entrance is puccini bomboni, for the best chocolates in the world. And do yourself a favor and go to De Waal bakery on Damrak, just off Dam square. The appelflaps are the best. This is the best hotel I have stayed in in the Dam (after seven trips), largest room, largest bathroom, best view quiet street/canal. Highly recommended. Sure, you can pay more, but why?
A bit pricey
Nice central location for touring the city. Our room was large with a wonderful bathroom. Staff was friendly but not extraordinarly so. We were touring with 2 small children and they seemed to be a little put off by this. Breakfast was good but I would almost recommend eating at one of the pancake restaurants the city is so known for.
The rooms were indeed a little on the small side but still lovely. We had a nice view overlooking the canals. The staff were really friendly and the hotel is in a great location. A twenty minute walk/short taxi ride from the train station and right in the heart of Amsterdam so we were able to walk everywhere. We paid 200 euros for two nights and felt that it was well worth it. Would definitely recommend it...
Dissapointed with hotel
I booked a standard double room through the net for my girlfriend & I.
I have to say the room was not great, it was very small & the walls were very thin so we were party to conversations from both adjoining rooms. The staff were friendly & this hotel is in an ideal location for Dam Square/flower market only a few minutes walk. If your going to stay here make sure you go for a bigger room although its quite pricy as is the breakfast.
Perfect hotel, perfect location
My husband, another couple and I stayed at the Estherea for a long weekend in November. We actually thought we had reservations at another hotel, but our travel agent "forgot" to make them, so we ended up here.
It turned out to be the perfect, small, personalized hotel with an excellent location - 2.5 blocks from Dam Square. While on a canal cruise, we saw the hotel we were first going to stay at- boy, were we thankful for the mix up. The price was right. However, we thought the breakfast buffet, while good, was pricey. We will return.
Friendly, and local to Dam Square
My husband and I stayed in Hotel Estherea, for a long weekend. It was a beautiful hotel, very clean, staff were friendly without being intrusive. Very local to all sight seeing and Dam Square. On the Singel Canal a very pretty outlook.