I would highly recommend staying here as it provides a unique experience of Amsterdam. It is situated a bit outside the main tourist hub so you get to experience the city more as a local, but close enough to walk/bike to the main attractions.
The room is very comfortable and clean. The shower is amazing with great water pressure and very modern. The kitchenette is a nice touch as it comes fully stocked with breakfast items, a kettle and 'pod' coffee machine. You really don't need to leave the B&B in the morning to figure out breakfast which saves a lot of time and wondering where to go. You really get to have a leisurely morning. The fresh bread delivered daily outside your door provides a quaint experience ( I mean who doesn't like freshly baked bread that you don't even have to go out and get!). It's perfect for making sandwiches in the morning with the provided meats, cheese, etc. There are also eggs if you want to fry them up using the kitchenette or have yogurt, jams, peanut butter, etc.
The bed is comfortable and the closet space comes in handy. There is also a functioning AC in the room which is perfect if you are coming in the summer. However, you can also open the windows for a nice breeze and soak up the sights and sounds of the city.
I'd highly recommend going to the roof top terrace where you can get a great view of the city and in the spring/summer see the flowers planted on the roof top. It's usually unoccupied so it's like you have your own huge private balcony.
Above all, the best feature are the hosts. Odette is extremely personable and welcoming. Before we arrived, Odette provided us an email explaining how to get to the B&B from the airport which made it extremely easy. She also asked if we had any dietary restrictions and had no problem fulfilling our lactose free request. Upon arrival, Odette took the time to show us around the B&B, answer any questions, and provide us recommendations on things to do/places to eat. She even provided a map and circled these things to make it easier for us. She did not rush us at all and you could tell she just wanted us to have an amazing trip. She even recommended a bike rental company nearby and told us why we should go with them. Later on in our stay, we requested some information about good day trips outside of amsterdam and she promptly replied with her recommendations and how to go about going to these places. Odette made our stay special and is one of the top reasons I would come back!
For our standard room, it was a bit challenging to find space to put our suitcases. Keep in mind, there are 4 flights of stairs to climb so I'd recommend packing light! We had two huge suitcases so it was quite tiring taking both up and then down again when we left. But it was nice in a way to see how people live in Amsterdam and has it's own charm.
Overall though, I'd highly recommend staying at B&B Helmers for top notch accommodations, personalized hospitable service and a chance to stay in an unique neighbourhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bed and Breakfast Helmers is a family friendly B&B in one of the most popular areas of Amsterdam "Oud West." The B&B is in walking distance of the most interesting sights in Amsterdam, such as the Museum District, The Jordaan, the Canals, Leidse Square & the Vondelpark. All rooms have been decorated in a traditional Dutch style with a modern twist and include private bathrooms and a fully stocked kitchenette to allow you to prepare breakfast at your own leisure. As your hosts we look forward to providing you with a unique experience where comfort & luxury is complemented with personal attention & service. As your hosts we look forward to giving you our 'insider tips' on sights, activities and restaurants so you can experience the city as a local. Rates:Double Occupancy: from 110,- euro per night Single Occupancy: from 100,- euro per night*All rates are including breakfast and 5% tourist tax. ... more less
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