We had a lovely stay at B&B Helmers, despite not lovely weather when we were there.
However, first thing to note, as a few others have mentioned: the rooms are on upper floors, there is no elevator, and there are EXTREMELY narrow, steep stairs to go up to get to the rooms. Thankfully, Odette's husband was there to help us with our excessive amount of baggage, which was completely my fault. If he hadn't been, not sure my husband could have done it all on his own!!! But, as one other reviewer stated, if you have a lot of baggage, or have trouble with stairs, this may not be the best location for you.
That being said, Odette and Fons could not have been more friendly or helpful. The breakfasts were enough for 2 meals; the first day we ate half, and took the other half with us and had it for lunch! Due to the dreary weather, we ate in our room, but I understand if the weather is nice that there is a rooftop terrace where you can also eat.
There is also a kitchenette on the guest floor, which was handy to have available, as well.
The bath is a shared bath - I believe there were 3 guest rooms occupied when we were there (6 people). This was more than we've ever shared with at a B&B, but it worked out OK for us. But, you will hear others using the bathroom on the floor. And, you may have to time it right, too. Fortunately, the toilet is in a separate room, so that is usually available. The products (body wash, etc.) in the bathroom were absolutely lovely, and the fixtures were completely modern.
There were 2 different tram lines that stopped within walking distance of the B&B, so that was very convenient. We also found 2 different restaurants for dinner while we were there.
Hospitality, excellent, Breakfast, outstanding, Cleanliness, very good, Convenient location, good, Stairs - daunting!
But, I would recommend it highly if you travel lightly, and don't mind a shared bath situation.
- 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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