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“Best Breakfast at a B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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Bed & Breakfast Helmers
Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 59III | 1054 BT, 1054BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Vondelpark)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 306 Amsterdam B&B and Inns
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“Best Breakfast at a B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just wanted to share my thoughts from my trip to Amsterdam. The best things at Helmers are the breakfasts and Odette herself. She is a lovely woman who makes a damn good breakfast. We didn't even need to eat lunch after them! She talked to us each morning about what we'd seen and made some good suggestions that we took her up on (i.e. the canal tours were actually really nice and informative --- and kept us out of the rain and wind)

Good location near the museums, a short walk/tram ride into the city center.

Beware the stairs. If you have really heavy bags are aren't good with steep stairs (for 3 flights), then this might not be the place for you. I didn't mind and neither did my friend.

Also, I would just caution travelers, this isn't a hotel with a front desk. Confirm with Odette when you expect to arrive. Our plans changed and when we got there, no one answered the buzzer. Thankfully my travel companion had opted for an international plan and we were able to call her (she was outside the city but promised to return within the hour), but otherwise we would have been stuck outside wondering if/when someone would return to let us in.

I enjoyed taking a bath in the giant tub and using some wonderful products Odette had left for our use. But I had to wait until super late not to conflict with anyone else staying who may need the bathroom. I also could hear some guest use the bathroom next to our room one early morning. Unfortunately the sound carried right into our room. But it was only a problem once. We also had poor weather and didn't get to make use of what seemed like an amazing roof.

Definitely go to the Jordaan, and easy walk from the B&B. Fewer tourists, super cute, great place to take pictures of the canals, smaller shops featuring more artistic fare than what you'll find downtown.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This incredibly central location is where sophistication meets home. I had the pleasure of staying in the Helmers B&B several times over a three month period. Every room is perfectly manicured to be both classically Dutch and with a sleek modern appeal. This B&B possesses the ambiance of a Upper West Side New York city home. Tucked next door to Vondelpark, Museumplein, Leidseplein and only a short walk or train ride from the Flower Market, Dam Square and Central.. there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Odette, the owner, servers a beautiful breakfast adorned with perfectly fresh fruits, yogurts, eggs cooked to perfection, lox, hot bread rolls and Dutch Cheese to die for. If starting your morning off with a spread like that isn't enough, this B&B family radiates warmth and welcoming by offering you directions and recommendations with a native perspective that the average traveler would surely have missed. I stayed in other B&B's and hotels in Amsterdam but I can not recommend this one enough if your looking for a quality nice sleep in comfortable beds with an ideal location and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was our first time in Amsterdam and this B&B was the perfect solution, closer to museums and city centre. Odette, the owner, took care for us of each little detail and we felt in her B&B like at home. Surely, we remember her breakfast served in the room or in the beatiful panoramic terrace on the roof and her tips on place to see and restaurants! Surely, next time will come back at B&B Helmers again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

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.

Room Tip: If you have any issue with street noise, you should ask for a back room. But with the windows tight...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in B&B Helmers and will definitely recommend it to our friends and family.
Odette, the owner, welcomed us warmly on our arrival, adjusted to our time after sending us direction from the station to get to her place.

She also gave us great addresses for diner in the neighbourhood and looked after museum reservations for us. This really helped our stay in Amsterdam go perfectly. Odette's place is more than just a B&B.

Our room was very pretty, well equipped, very good bed, tv, etc.
The view was nice also.
The shared bathroom, toilets and kitchen are modern and perfectly clean which makes sharing these rooms not an issue at all. And there are nice wardrobes available in your room so you don't need to bring yours to get in the bathroom!

All these rooms were perfectly clean.

Finally, and not least: breakfast! Each morning, Odette brings you breakfast in your room at your own time. We loved it, it's typical, rich, healthy and delicious. It was one the moment of the day we loved ;)

In conclusion, great address you can go without worrying about anything!
Laura

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stayed at B $ B Helmers in February for our first trip to Amsterdam.

What a beautiful place to stay. The rooms where beautifully finished, i felt like i had my own little piece of heaven in Amsterdam! The decor was lovely and the room felt very luxurious, with bathrobes to use and a very comfy soft doona. We had a little table so i could work and a little fridge which they left use a bottle of wine in (we don't drink wine but it was a thoughtful and generous addition!)

The owner Odette, was great to chat with an ask questions about great places to visit and the locations of things. She and her husband prepared the amazing breakfast every morning for us and would bring it in at an arranged time. My husband and I would open all the curtains and sit on the very comfy bed in the sun and eat the massive feast. WOW, beautiful cheeses and sliced meat, fresh fruit and yoghurt. I wouldn't have to eat again till the afternoon!

It is in a great location for everything, including a nice stroll through the Vondelpark and hiring a bike across the road to pedal around Amsterdam. It is a short walk to the Leidseplein if you want to party in a tourist area. The canal crusies pick-up very close by which means you can travel anywhere you need to in the city. It is not right in the middle of a big tourist section so you get to try the nice little pub down stairs which isn't full of tourists and lots of lovely restaurants.

You do share a bathroom and kitchen with another room but there was not a single occasion in 3 days where this was an issue. The bathroom and kitchen were always nice and clean (with sweet smelling bathroom products to use!) and the kitchen had everything you need to make a nice cup of coffee or tea or prepare your own food if you want.

My trip to Amsterdam was such a memorable one and alot of this was due to where we stayed and how special it was. I can't wait to visit Amsterdam and B&B Helmers again in the future.

Room Tip: We had a corner room and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This place is just great. Good location, nice and well kept clean rooms. The couple running the B&B are super friendly and accomodating. The rooma srw at 5th floor so quiet and lots of sunlight. The only hassle is the steep stairs you need to walk up and down but uou get used to it fast. We will come back when we visit Amsterdam again.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 59III | 1054 BT, 1054BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Vondelpark
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 306 B&Bs / Inns in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect locationBed 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 Canals, Leidse Square & the Vondelpark. As your hosts we look forward to providing you with a unique experience where comfort & luxury is complemented with personal attention & service. Our philosophy is to provide our guests with the same high level of comfort & service we expect during our own travels. You will see this reflected in the decoration of the rooms, the quality of the breakfast & the personal service we provide. Our recently renovated bed & breakfast offers charming rooms, a luxury bathroom with separate shower and bath, separate WC and use of a fully equipped kitchen. 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. Check out our services on how we can help you make the most of your stay. The rooms have a modern decor with a classical twist.Rates:Double Occupancy: from 95 euro per night Single Occupancy: from 75 euro per night*All rates are including breakfast and excluding 5.5% tourist tax.If you are travelling as a family and require more than one room, please contact us for our special family rates. ... more   less 
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