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“Amsterdam at its best!” 5 of 5 stars
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Derde Helmersstraat 47A-Hs, 1054 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Vondelpark)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Amsterdam at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

As we continue our travels and our journey, we can't help thinking that our second visit to Amsterdam was still too short.

This time, after reviewing various places on Trip Advisor and researching our options we decided to stay at #LeQuartierSonang a B&B run by Frank and Oki on Helmersstraat.

Even though you read many reviews to get an appreciation of where you will be staying, there's always a fear you didn't get it right. It happens. Luckily we leave Le Quartier Sonang with rave reviews.

This B&B is located in a residential area, and still close to many great options for sight seeing and dining. Multiple trams and buses are within a few minutes of walking.

Oki greeted us when we first arrived and after pouring a glass of wine for me and soda for the hubby, he went over maps of the area before taking us to our room.

There are two rooms there and we opted for the courtyard view and were glad we did. The room faces a courtyard where the surrounding houses all 4 and 5 stories high, have part of their homes facing the courtyard. Imagine a box with windows and balconies on the inside facing each other.

The cool breeze in the morning and at night even in April, lent itself to cracking the door open and opening the drapes. At times you would hear a faraway cry from a child, a singing bird here and there but otherwise very quiet and serene. The bed was comfortable and the bath modern and convenient. Even the TV had more English channels than we are used to getting with some of the higher end hotels we stay at.

And the breakfast! When you arrive, Oki asks when you would like breakfast starting from. 8:30 am. As early risers we picked 8:30 and everyday at 8:30 Oki knocked at the door smiling and carrying a tray full of fresh food.

Crossiants, great brown nutty bread, jams, fresh juice, cheese, butter, chocolate - sprinkles too! And let's not forget freshly cut fruit that varied daily. Imagine tacking on a room service bill for this breakfast? But if course it's included!

Wifi? Of course. This saves you more money and allowed me to post pictures for family and friends, research the next days activities and more. And there isn't a separate charge.

These guys know the B&B business. Customer satisfaction is their goal and they do a good job making it happen. Frank got online for us and booked us travel and entrance to Keukenhof, a big thing here during April and May, since it is prime tulip season.

They offered us ideas about local eateries and I will post reviews on them shortly.

While we still walked 6 and 7 miles each day, we gave ourselves plenty of time to hang out in the room with a glass of wine and just relax. It felt homey and warm.

The old house creaked and we loved it. A true Amsterdam experience and that Oki - what a cutie, an all around great host along with Frank.

We hope to return again some day.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

if you plan your dream trip to Amsterdam you should definitely stay at Le Quartier Sonang. Great room. Quiet. Comfy bed. Clean bathroom. Lovely furnishing. Excellent breakfast and last but not least the B&B owners - Oki and Frank who make your stay perfect :-).An unforgettable experience!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you prefer the anonymity of a grand hotel with a large pool, business center and 24 hours room service please don't bother these two gentlemen. But if you care for little details as they do (like fresh flowers with breakfast every morning), thoughtful furnishings, a lovely neighbourhood and personal recommendations for activities and restaurants don't look out for any other place to stay in Amsterdam. Le quartier Sonang just can't be beaten. In fact this must be the place where true hospitality was invented...

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My husband had booked this absolutely charming B & B for my birthday week-end. In fact I would call it a Boutique Luxury B & B. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with a warm and friendly Frank with a glass of wine. He gave us a map and some fantastic recommendations for places to eat and drink which we followed and were not disappointed. The room we were given was absolutely charming, luxurious, spotlessly clean and very tastefully decorated. All the little personal touches were so special. When Frank & Oki found out it was my birthday we came home after our 1st night to a bottle of bubbly in our fridge and chocolates and a wee note on our pillows, so sweet of them. The breakfasts are to die for, both healthy and delicious, Oki is champion boiled egg maker! Both Frank & Oki want to give their guests the best possible experience and we did! Lovely comfy bed too! The B & B is in a fabulous area which is in a lovely quiet residential area and close to many tourist attractions. We would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam for a very special experience. Thank you Frank & Oki, Katharine & Walker xx

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

It is true to say that, with the Trip Advisor gradings, expectations must be very high, but it is also the case that what is on offer is very very good. Oki and Frank have obviously worked very hard to refurbish the rooms to a very high standard. Breakfast is excellent (and I'm still trying to work out how Oki managed to deliver a boiled egg on one morning that was perfectly cooked, something that most hotels etc can't manage). The breakfast is obviously the product of considerable care & thought, and this is reflectedn in the whole product. Two things though (and to be fair it's something that the proprietors can't really affect); first the stairs are steep. This is common, as far as I could see, with Dutch houses. Second, the walls and ceilings aren't that thick so you can get some spillover of noise from adjacent properties or the flat above. This is a fact of life, I suspect, for Amsterdam, but I think that if anything the room at the front is a bit quieter than the one at the back. But don't let this put you off; this is a quiet neighbourhood only 10 minutes walk to one of the main tourist areas. The bed is exceedingly comfortable. And trust the recommendations for local eating places given to you by Oki and Frank: they know what they are talking about.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

After reading the reviews here we had very high expectations. We are pleased to report that these were easily surpassed. Frank and Oki were excellent hosts from the moment we arrived.

Breakfast in our room was a real treat, with different fresh fruit every day and fresh bread and croissants too. Our breakfast table had a different flower on it every day, which was a lovely touch.

The room was very comfortable, with plenty of space to relax, a wonderful bed and modern bathroom. The location was in a quiet neighbourhood close to the museums. We followed Frank and Oki's recommendations for restaurants and enjoyed excellent meals.

The three days in Amsterdam passed all too quickly, due in no small part to Le Quartier Sonang.

Thank You!

Ray and Bridget

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Wonderful hosts -- made us feel like we were home! Frank and Oki took great care of us and made us so feel welcome. We got to experience life in their wonderful quiet neighborhood as a local would - they pointed us to their favorite restaurants and cafes, all within a few blocks. We tried 3 of them -- they were all great. Amazing Italian food -- I even got an fantastic morsel of lardo outside of Italy!

Their location is fantastic -- within walking distance of all the big museums, the art and antique galleries, prime examples of the beautiful Amsterdam school architecture, and the fantastic Leidseplein square full of movement, restaurants and clubs.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Derde Helmersstraat 47A-Hs, 1054 BC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘Le Quartier Sonang’ is a peaceful, quiet townhouse in the most popular district of Amsterdam. The two comfortable guestrooms at the first floor in this 19th century original townhouse are located only five minutes away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, P.C. Hooftstraat, all famous museums and the concert building. And after a day in the city, you are going to have the most exciting experience in you life. You’ll be sleeping on a cloud! We have the best beds in Europe. ... more   less 

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