My husband, 12-year-old son and I did our first family trip to Europe this month. We travelled to three countries in 11 days, and Helmers B&B in Amsterdam was our home for the last 2 nights of our trip. I can't say enough about how welcoming Odette and her husband were, or how beautiful and well-run the B&B is. We were in the Vermeer room (front corner of the house) and our son was next door in the Rembrandt room. The rooms were spotless, with very comfortable linens and pillows, and nice bathrobes available. Odette had left us a bottle of wine in the room fridge, which we enjoyed on the rooftop patio looking over Amsterdam. Also in the room fridge was a large bottle of cold water, and on the side table was a kettle and supplies for making tea and coffee. Now that I'm home, I'm missing that wonderful touch...first cup of coffee in bed - heaven!
The little kitchen had everything you needed to make a light meal if you wanted to stay in, and the rooftop terrace was a wonderful place to sit and enjoy. The shared bathroom was absolutely no problem. It was spotless, and had luxury products for guest's to use.
Odette brought the three of us a beautiful breakfast every morning. I can't eat wheat so she very kindly provided spelt bread for me.
Our son loved his room so much we could hardly get him out to enjoy Amsterdam, but when we did, the neighbourhood was amazing. We took the tram from the train station following Odette's instructions. We walked in nearby Vondel Park, did a canal cruise about 5 minutes walk from the B&B, and easily walked to Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh museum, and Dam square. The neighbourhood is full of restaurants, shops, food markets, and cafes.
There is a steep flight of stairs, so if you have a lot of luggage or can't do stairs, this is not a good place for you. We enjoyed the stairs - we felt it was part of the Amsterdam experience!
I only wish we could have stayed longer - we had a wonderful time.
- 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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