Hotel Estherea, Amsterdam

Hotel Estherea (with tan/white striped awning) from across the Singel canal.
Hotel Estherea (with tan/white striped awning) from across the Singel canal.
Inside of our standard double room.
Inside of our standard double room.
View of the Singel canal from our room.
View of the Singel canal from our room.
Broodje Bert, a good place for breakfast near Hotel Estherea.
Broodje Bert, a good place for breakfast near Hotel Estherea.

Hotel Estheréa is a four star hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam, directly on the Singel canal (Google map) in a row of historic canal houses. The interior has been recently renovated, and the lobby is gorgeous and very welcoming -- with coffee, hot chocolate, and treats always available. The room we stayed in, a standard double, was rather small, but very modern, well-decorated, and had a great view of the canal. The one downside to staying at the hotel was that we had to leave our key at the front desk every time we went anywhere.

A few shops south is the breakfast & lunch spot Broodje Bert, which is where we went instead of splurging on the hotel's breakfast buffet. I recommend the 'Ernie' breakfast.

Around the corner is a bar named Gollem, with a very large and impressive selection of beers, mainly Belgian, available as bottles or on tap. There are a couple of cats in residence. Across the street from Gollem is a beer shop, also with a very large selection, if you are looking for cold beverages to pack in a picnic.

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