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“An excellent stay in a superb location” 5 of 5 stars
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Banks Mansion
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Herengracht 519-522, 1017 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 345 hotels in Amsterdam
Jerusalem, Israel
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“An excellent stay in a superb location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have just returned from a three night stay at Banks Mansion. We had booked an Executive Room and requested an early check in because our flight arrived at Schipol early morning. The hotel had said that they would try to accomodate us and when we arrived we were told that since there were no Executive Rooms available for early check in we were being upgraded to a suite for the duration of our stay at no additional cost. We were checked in by Paul who continued to give us great service and advice for the rest of our stay, as did all of the other members of staff, whether on the front desk or in the breakfast room.
The hotel is really well situated in the middle of just about everything a tourist would want to visit. Apart from getting to and from the airport/main station we walked everywhere.
Breakfast was pleasantly presented with a good selection of items and and hot food on offer.
The policy of no charge for internet, in -room mini bar and open bar in the lounge area is refreshing. I know that ultimately this is reflected in the price (there is no such thing as a free lunch) but it just makes life pleasant.
In conclusion a highly satisfactory stay and I would happily recommend Banks Mansion for a stay in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Paul B, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Guests,

Thank you for the superb review! We really appreciate the effort of writing one about the good experience you had at Banks Mansion. A huge thank you for the compliments to me and my colleagues! These kind of reviews is why we put all so much effort and fun in our work! It is goods for us to read that we have made you happy with the free upgrade to our supreme room, The Suite! This room has all the luxury of the other rooms, topped off with a whirlpool bathtub, phenomenal views, enormous size bed, a private living room and many more!
It is a treat to read that you have enjoyed you stay and all its features at Banks Mansion! The complementary coffee, tea, soda’s, liquors, beers and wine in out Living. But also the snacks, cheese, sausages and complementary candies in this area. Not to forget the breakfast with one of our chefs live-cooking eggs, omelets and pancakes for you!

We hope to be creating another indulging stay for you during your next visit, we are looking forward to it!

With warm regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

First things first as ever. This hotel was not excruciatingly expensive, it is central and the staff are so damned nice about everything it makes you feel truly loved. I can almost not speak highly enough about it.

It is a city hotel, and so you have only breakfast at the hotel or room service. Not a problem as there are 'about' a zillion restaurants less than a ten-minute leisurely stroll away.

The hotel is clean, comfy, quite stylish and has everything you want. I think that's really the main thing - It has what you want.

You want a free minibar - Check. You got it.

You want a free all day bar downstairs with tea and coffee? - Check. You already got that.

You want complimentary cheese biscuits wine and tasty morsels every afternoon in the cool lounge at 4.00pm? - Check. You already got that too.

You want a tasty breakfast with everything fresh or cooked to order? - Aye. Present and correct.

How about some of the best coffee you ever had in the morning? Yup.

A set of decanters in your room, topped up daily, to drink from as you wish - You already got that too - You even have a natty little capsule coffee machine in your room.

Friendly unoppressive staff who are only too happy to make recommendations for restaurants, and then phone up and make the bookings for you? Sir, yes sir.

You see, there's no huge extras bill when you leave the place - Ours was about £30 for some laundry. *shrug* We usually cane the extras everywhere else and then regret it.

In Banks Mansion we have a hotel that driven by a desire to make you happy as a person, not to cover you with dripping excess and oily charm. I would go there again without hesitation.

It's clean, central, funky (some of the carpets are a little too funky for my retinas) generous spirited and good value for money. Didn't want to go. Ever.

Top hotel. Really. The Amsterdam vibe is alive and well.

Do you want a little more? You do? Well you're a tough one to please.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Paul B, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear guest,

Wow! Creating huge smiles on our faces by writing this amazing review; Check!

Thank you very much for these great compliments about many of these great features that are part of Banks Mansion’s ‘Home, away from home’ concept; the complementary drinks in both the Living as in your private mini-bar, the ‘live-cooking’ breakfast restaurant, the free use of iPads, hispeed wireless internet, Nespresso coffee machines and amazing rain showers. These were only a few parts of the concept!
We have printed out your review and all my colleagues would like to thank you for all the writings!

We are looking forward to welcome you again at Banks Mansion, to make your stay as great as your last one!

With warm regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Banks mansion is really central and in walking distance to most sights.
Breakfast is really good with a big buffet and a chef that does fresh egg dishes – therefore it can get a bit smelly.
The rooms a quite small and not the most clean I have ever seen ... the duvet had stains on it.
And now the extras: drinks and cheese and sweets and coffee for free in the lobby!
You can also rent bikes which is quite expensive ...
The overall style is typical American, woody and tacky and NOT stylish.
The hotel can be really expensive on some weekends and maybe you would expect nicer rooms for that.
Staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy_Doodeman_GRM, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear guest,

We truly appreciate your review, so we can continue to improve our service. It is great to read that you have enjoyed the breakfast so much! Isn’t it great that you can smell the fresh bread and eggs when you enter the breakfast restaurant! Thank you for the great compliment about the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, they really appreciated that!
It is really unfortunate that you experienced the rooms as not so clean, we are always doing our utmost best to have the rooms sparkling clean, our apologies for this one rare event.
The durable hard wooden Bough Bikes of Banks Mansion are not the same price as bikes at regular rental places, but then these bikes are quite unique, there are only about 25 of these bikes among the about 1,5 million other bikes in Amsterdam!
It is a pity for us to read that you did not like the Art Deco design of Banks Mansion. Of course style is always a matter of personal preference. This design, inspired by great architects as Berlage and Frank Lloyd Wright, is though appreciated by many of our guests.

Thank you again for the extensive review, we hope we can show you during another visit the true value of our hotel.

With kind regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great Hotel both for business and leisure. Free drinks both in room and hotel bar. The service is friendly and proactive. It was the first time anybody has called from the front desk to check that everything was ok with the room 10 min after check in. Free Internet, possibility to borrow iPad and free movies. Sometimes it can take time to get a taxi in the morning so ask in advance.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy_Doodeman_GRM, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear guests,

What a good way of starting our day, reading your review! This is were we do if for, thank you! We were happy that you have enjoyed the aspects of our full-service concept so much! Not only the complementary drinks and snacks, but also the free Hi-Speed internet and the use of iPads in the hotel!
Concerning your remark on the taxi’s, unfortunately we are dependant on the amount of taxi’s available in the city. When it is busy in the morning or when it is for instance raining than unfortunately it can take a little longer to get a taxi directly. To indeed prevent this from happening it is advisable to book a taxi in advance.

We are happy that despite of the slow taxi’s, you have enjoyed your stay at Banks Mansion and are looking forward to be welcoming you again.

With kind regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Tenterden
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Lovely Staff, Clean and Comfortable Rooms.... added bonus of all inclusive with a fantastic choice of both alcoholic and soft drinks available both in your room and in the lounge area 24hrs a day!
Breakfast was nice and fresh with a good choice of continental or cooked eggs/bacon/sausage and eggs cooked to your choice in front of you.
Nicely located being far enough out and close enough in to all the attractions!
if I return to Amsterdam I would definitely be using this hotel again.

Room Tip: Ist Floor canal view rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy_Doodeman_GRM, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear guests,

It is nice for us to read that you have enjoyed your stay at Banks Mansion. It is a joy for us to read that you made use of our full-service concept with pleasure. The bar in our “Living” and the private mini-bar in your room will be filled with all great drinks and ready for you to use at any time!
A thank you from our chefs at the breakfast restaurants for the great compliment about our breakfast, which, next to all great fresh products, provides you with live-cooking. Our chefs will make great eggs, omelet’s and pancakes for you on request!
Again, we would like to thank you for the great review and we hope to welcome you again at Banks Mansion in the near future.

Warm regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

fantastic hotel ,already planning next return visit, i have never seen a free bar concept before where they actually encourage you to indulge ..it will never be viable in ireland! The canal bank location is romantic great views from my window,breakfasts were sumptious and made to order eggs any way you can imagine by helpful staff...nothing was too much trouble for them , even when wine and spirit bottles needed replacing ...liquid can fairly evaporate out of your glass!
rooms were compact but clean and well appointed . the best hotel for service i've stayed in a long while ,friendly and sharp youthful but never stuffy.

Room Tip: i think there are bigger corner upper rooms on request, canal views are great but maybe noisier
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy_Doodeman_GRM, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear Guests,

What an amazing review! It is so good to read that you have enjoyed your visit at Amsterdam and Banks Mansion! How great that the proximity of the hotel to all Amsterdam’s hotspots and restaurants were appealing and useful to you! It is great that you compliment our Guest Relation Officers for their friendliness and their sharpness, a big ‘thank you’ for that!
We hope we can be welcoming you again for another romantic stay with the great views on the canals!

With warm & sincere regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

What a find! Very comfortable rooms with free mini-bar, top location just a short walk to an extensive shopping mall, many restaurants nearby, exceptionally helpful reception staff, quiet neighbourhood ....... and an excellent little lounge off reception with complimentary drinks as well.. Deserves a much higher rating than #9. Will be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Nancy_Doodeman_GRM, Guest Relations at Banks Mansion, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Dear guests,

Thank you for this clear and great review! We appreciate, you taking the effort and time to write something about your stay at Banks Mansion. We hope these kind of great reviews can get us a higher rate than place 9!

When you come back to Banks Mansion, we hope we can give you another great experience!

With warm regards,

Paul Buyser
Guest Relations
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Address: Herengracht 519-522, 1017 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Rembrandtplein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#3 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#4 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#11 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Banks Mansion 4*
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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