Sunday, 16 March 2014

Hotel Estherea Amsterdam


Last month I took Josh to Amsterdam for his Christmas Present. I am extremely fussy with hotels and I will research for days until I find the right one so booking this trip was a bit of a chore. Obviously I wanted to find one which was really nice, had good reviews and wasn't going to cost a fortune. After hours of scanning Booking.com and Trip Advisor I finally came across Hotel Estherea. It was number 15 on Trip Advisor's list of best hotels in Amsterdam, the photo's looked lovely and it wasn't too expensive. I had found our hotel!

Lobby Chandelier
Aquarium
Lobby

Lobby
When we arrived at the hotel I wasn't let down at all. First impressions are massive in my book and the hotel was absolutely gorgeous. The first words Josh said to me was 'Wow this is a bit fancy for us', obviously us being young people on our first holiday as a couple. The staff at reception were so warming and friendly, they really made us feel welcome. The lobby was decorated grandly with an amazing chandelier and aquarium which I could have stared at all day. There was also a coffee machine in the lobby where anyone can make tea, coffee or hot chocolate which was complimentary. They even had takeaway cups which is a really niche idea. We were then taken up to our bedroom which was on the second floor, I believe there was 5 or 6 floors all together. 


Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom with bath and shower
The room was lovely and cosy, decorated similar to the rest of the hotel, quite old fashioned but with a modern twist. We were apparantly upgraded to a better room which has more space, it still wasn't massive so I wouldn't like to see how big the standard rooms are. The bed was probably hands down the best bed I have ever slept in. It was massive with a huge comfy duvet which I could snuggle up in. The bathroom was clean, bright, modern with his and hers sinks and even had L'Occitane products in there. The only downside to the room was that we didn't have a window looking outside, it was sort of a courtyard in the middle where you can see across to another room. This was a bit annoying when getting changed and obviously you can't walk around naked but we just kept the curtains shut. 

The hotel bar


Drinks in Amsterdam were quite expensive (Around 10 euros a drink) and in the hotel bar they were about half this price so we decided to drink in there for a few nights. I love how the bar has a nice homely feeling and the blossom tree was so cute, I want one for my bedroom. We came in at about 1am on one day and as it was during the week the barman had gone home. But don't worry the bar wasn't shut, the gentleman at reception poured us some drinks. We sat chatting to him for ages and was such a lovely bloke. 


My only let down about this hotel was the breakfast. As it was 18 euros per person per day we wasn't going to have breakfast at all. But on the last day decided to try it out. What a mistake that was. I know that most hotels in Europe cater mostly for continental breakfasts but this was mostly all it was. They did have eggs, bacon and sausages but they weren't great at all. All the rest was just ham and cheeses, fruit, salads and breads. I know they most of the people staying enjoyed that which is great but I think they do need to cater a little bit more for English people. 


I had such a great time in Amsterdam and I would like to thank Hotel Estherea for making my stay carefree and relaxing. I would 100% stay in this hotel again and definitely recommend staying there if your planning a trip to Amsterdam.

Thanks for reading

Chloe x

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6 comments:

  1. This hotel looks stunning!
    Looks like you had a really good time
    Rachel XX
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    1. It was really lovely, had such a brilliant time x

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  2. The hotel looks absolutely gorgeous hun! Definitely keen to go myself. What's the location of the hotel like? :) xx

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    1. It was great, I would deffo go again. It was right in the centre near Dam square, everything was within easy walking distance x

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  3. Looks a lovely hotel, just a shame about the breakfast. My best friend is looking to have her hen do in amsterdam so I will have to show her this review :)
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh xx

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    1. It was so relaxing I love it! It's ok cos we found some great cafe's which did good breakfasts. Ooh how exciting, that is definitely going to be eventful lol x

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