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Hotel Estheréa, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Family-run since it opened 80 years ago, this charming hotel with 91 rooms and two suites spread across eight 17th-century townhouses definitely stands out due to its striking, if not eccentric, colourful décor. Supremely comfortable throughout, with uplifting lounge and bar areas, it's located within the historic canal belt, with easy access to lots of bars, cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as the main sights. It has an old-fashioned air, and service is friendly and warm. Each guest room has its own character, with lively wallpapers and plush furnishings. You might get lovely, intricate blue wallpaper, or a light brown colour scheme perhaps. Bikes are available to hire and there's a gym and garage.
From our window, we watched the world go by on the beautiful Singel canal.
A 10-minute walk along the canal will take you to Dam Square, the shoping district and the Royal Palace.
By plane: direct flights from London and Manchester take around 1 hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Schiphol airport and a 15-minute walk from central station. Parking costs €55 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel is popular with older people on the whole. There's a vivid green tea parlour with framed butterflies on the walls, many of the same hue.
Service & Facilities
We loved that even the garage is festooned with wallpaper.
- Fitness centre
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Family Room is bright, with striking fruit and flower wallpaper against a brown background and has a balcony. The Pink Suite is in a Japanese style and features ornate pink wallpaper and pink velvet armchairs.
Classic Room, Luxury Room, Canal Room, Family Room, Van Oranje Suite, Pink Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Maria's Bar, named after the hotel's founder, is a pleasant place to enjoy breakfast or a late night cocktail. It has colourful, curvy banquettes decked out in bold fabrics featuring leaf, flower and fruit motifs.
Maria's Bar: unique bar and lounge, colourful décor. Serving buffet breakfast and small plates/snacks. Open daily, 24-hour.