I spent 4 nights at Banks Mansion in late October and had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time. I wanted a unique experience in Amsterdam - a hotel on a canal with modern amenities, a fun atmosphere, and within walking distance of all the attractions. Banks did not disappoint! The hotel retains its classic design but has the modern amenities we all love. I paid close to $400/night for a canal view room, but the amenities that came with this rate were well worth it.
The staff were on point, helping with nightly dinner reservations (and not steering us to the normal tourist traps), making delicious made-to-order crepes and omelets each morning, and helping us book fun excursions (the Reypenaer wine and cheese class was an unexpected highlight).
Although the rooms are not huge, they are nicely appointed and the bathroom/shower is great. The bed is extremely comfortable and free WiFi is also an added bonus. The best part of the hotel is the lobby and you could tell that all the guests loved this part as well. After spending the day walking around Amsterdam, it was great to come back to the hotel and relax by the fireplace. There is a complimentary beverage and snack area with some nice wine and local cheeses, salami and olives. The hotel is great for friends or couples traveling together, but I also noticed some families at the hotel and loved that they were hanging out in the lobby reading and playing games together in the evening.
The location can't be beat and is within walking distance to all the sites in Amsterdam. I never used public transportation or taxis while staying here because we could easily walk everywhere. The hotel is located on the Herengracht canal, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful canals to walk along in Amsterdam.
The Banks Mansion is a good combination of hip, comfortable and welcoming. If I find myself in Amsterdam again, the Banks Mansion will definitely be my home for the stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceptional Hospitality Founded on the concept of personalization our goal is to ensure that everything about your stay suits you. The intimacy of the hotel allows for greater personal attention, incredible service and an eye for detail by our staff. As a guest of Banks Mansion, at any given moment you are entitled to enjoy all of the beverages and appetizers offered to you in "The Living" along with complimentary breakfast, complimentary private in-room bar, complimentary in-house movies, complimentary Internet-access in our business corner and 24/7 free premium WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam
- Banks Mansion Amsterdam