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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 #6 of 345 Hotels in Amsterdam
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“An excellent precruise stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

I did wonder if this hotel was all it was written up to be but I was most pleasantly surprised to find not only a really nice very clean property but also very friendly and helpful staff.
Our room (canal view) was small but adequate and at least it was not a faceless who cares what city this is, this is the room type of larger chains. Wehad 6 pieces of luggage in the room and we still were ok - just. The bed was very comfy and the linens were nice.
Excellent toileteries are provided so no need to pack them and a lot of goodies in the minibar and 3 decanters (gin, whisky and brandy) meant we needed for nothing.
Breakfasts were very good - very wide choice and a lady ready to cook anything egg based for you as you required. The breakfast room has a lovely "farm kitchen" feel to it and the breads and coffee are really good.
It is a bit disconcerting when you arrive as no porter will jump out to help you, but as soon as the reception staff realise you are there, they will jump into assistance (note there is a short flight of 9 stairs to the front door so if you are in a wheelchair this is not the hotel for you I am sorry to say as I could not see any ramped access to the hotel)
Reception staff are excellent and chat with you any time you are having a drink (if you want them to that is) they are very helpful and will always draw maps to help you find your way around
We found the location excellent as it is midway between Dam Square and the Museums so we were not a long walk in either direction
Although the street adjacent has trams we never heard them at night (we are light sleepers too) so either they run very quietly or the soundproofing is amazing.
There are a few restaurants near by which we did not try but others in the hotel said were very good
We asked the hotel to fix up a candelit wine cruise for us and they did well on this as it was cheaper than anything we had found on line and was a very good trip.
At the end of our stay they fixed up a minivan to take us to the cruise terminal and again the price was very reasonable so do not worry about using their recommendations for trips, taxis etc

  • Liked — The fact we did not have an extras bill
  • Disliked — A bit disconcerting when you first arrive until you get some luggage help
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

The hotel looks great inside and out. Wonderful staff, Lovely clean rooms. Free drinks in rooms and also drinks and snacks in the lobby plus free internet access. The breakfast is worth having, again staff are frienly and plenty of choice and all taste good. The hotel is based in a quiet part of city but still close to everything. plenty of resturants and bars about.

  • Liked — cleaniness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

We just returned from a long weekend at the Banks Mansion and once again, the reviewers on Tripadvisor had it spot on. The location of the hotel is perfect and all the main spots within easy reach.

We were received very well by very professional receptionists, in fact the service throughout our stay was exceptionally well, especially in a city not renowned for the friendliness of the service in general.

We had a room on the first floor with canal view. The room was not particularly large and for our taste a little too crowded with furniture, but I guess for Amsterdam it was acceptable. We were however told that the street view rooms, though cheaper, were larger but decided not to bother. I think if I went back to the Banks Mansion, I would go for a larger and less expensive street view room. The bed was ok, aircondition was appreciated in the heat of the summer.

I agree with comments on the bathroom, nice but on the small side as well, the tabs were not user friendly.

The principle of including all side costs in the hotel price is attractive, the minibar was well equipped with drinks, the lobby bar came with an excellent coffee machine and snacks.

Breakfast selection was not enormous, but what was on offer was of excellent quality.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Room size
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2008

Outside Banks Mansion is a very classical building but well situated to visit Amsterdam. All main attractions can be reach even by foot even if i advice to rent a bike to get better fun. That was perfect .
Inside the reception is friendly with a desk, a open bar all long day, a saloon to met your friends or to take some rest, a corner with a fire and an other place with 2 PC for a free access to Internet. i appreciated to be able to look at my mails very easily.
My room (207) was nice too, enough large for 2 two people, well decorated, good bed, flat screen, open mini bar (all included), nice bathroom. All is clean and the stuff dont disturb your stay.
The breakfast was in the same way, well appreciated, you can be fat very quicky !!
All the stuff is young with good skills and like to help you if needed. A special thank to Nancy for her smile !
Just 2 remarks for me :
- TV device was a bit old (4/3 flat screen) and doesn t work very well, some issues to switch on and change the channel.
- there are 2 separeted taps in the bathroom for hot and cold water..good quality but it was uneasy to fine ajust the temperature especially because the tap for hot tap was in the wrong direction (turn left to stop water). it was made for purpose but not a good idea in fact because unusual.
As a conclusion Banks Mansion is a very good hotel as we should like to find everywhere in the world. Excellent in its category

  • Liked — all included - open bar in the room
  • Disliked — the tap in the bathroom
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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walnut grove, ca
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2008

We loved it! As stated in the other reviews cocktails and snacks were included. The only thing I did not care for was that we had no coffee maker in the room, but they had a great coffee machine in the lobby. We had a quiet room overlooking the canal.
The rooms were small by American standards but comfy. I loved the slippers, Japanese in style, darling.
We stayed at the Marriott the last trip to Amsterdam and were disappointed, but the Banks mansion was great! We would stay again in a heartbeat. Staff was attentive and breakfast was very good , consistent with much more expensive hotels.
The little restaurant across the street had great indonesian food and was good after a long flight from California.
We stayed for two nights before a cruise and will most likely stay
there again on our next trip over.

  • Liked — cozy, clean and comfy
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bloomington, IL
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

If you have a 5 star reservation in any hotel in amsterdam, cancel it! This is the place for you. Let's start with the staff. I was greeted by the front desk as if they knew me. Check in was quick. I was given a room key. Before being escorted to my room I was given a tour of the "Living area". This is where drinks and snacks are placed during the day for you to enjoy. It's free! I'm talkin' bottled water (gas or no gas), beer, soda, wine, champagne, juice and coffee. I was then shown to my room by a wonderful hostess who explained all the room goodies. Mini bar items. Free. beer, soda, fruit drinks and water. The bed was neat. A flat screen TV. DVD player. Movies are in the hotel video library. Free. Is this for real? I am then shown the bathroom. Wow! If you have traveled Europe, you know baths are not large. That is not true here. The Rain shower head was different along with a hand held body sprayer. The sink was modern and big. The towels big and fluffy. There are speakers in the bathroom cieling from the media center. I brought some cd's to play in the dvd player. It was nice to hear music in the bathroom insted of TV. My tour came to an end with my guide telling me about the great breakfast served every morning. Pastries, cereals, meats and made to order eggs and omlets. Free again.

Bed was great, breakfast outstanding (free newspapers). Hotel is on the 16 or 24 tram line. Get off after the floating flower market (fourth stop from central station. Go in oposite direction of tram. Half block, right hand side.

I would go on tours, museums and shopping, but I would always come back to hotel for water or a beer and a snack. Just to get off your feet in the Living area is worth the price.

Be sure to meet Kevin at the front desk, he knows just about everything concerning your stay in AMS.

I really should not be telling you all this stuff. The hotel could be sold out once word gets around about this great hotel. I have stayed at the Hilton Amsterdam, the Renaisance and the Golden tulip. This hotel beats them all.

  • Liked — all inclusive
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Byron Bay, Australia
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2008

We stayed in the hotel for 2 days in early April. The rooms are small but nicely decorated. Very friendly staff and the lounge area downstairs has free drinks and nibblies and free access to the Internet.

  • Liked — Lounge with free drinks and nibblies
  • Disliked — room size
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Banks Mansion

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:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Amsterdam
#5 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
#6 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#9 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Banks Mansion 4*
Number of rooms: 51
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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