We were originally booked in at the L'Europe, and you may care to look at my review of that hotel to learn why we cancelled that reservation. As a follow-up, we did call in to that hotel and found it too pretentious, thus confirming our poor opinion of their staff.
Any way, now to the really good news! We arrived from London City Airport and were surprised how big was Schipol, very clean and very efficient. Our MB limo was waiting and Brian was an excellent driver. the welcome we got on arrival at The Banks Mansion was truly special. Warm and professional. A small hotel with a big heart!
The Executive room overlooked the canal and was a good sized room with art-deco furniture. Great bed with a pillow menu. Double glazing made the room quiet and the air conditioning very efficient. Mini-fridge contents were free as was the bar in the 'Living Room' in the lobby. Breakfast was simply amazing and included in cost, as was the food and drink available from 5.00pm. One reason we like the Elysee Hotel in Manhattan.
Housekeeping service was simply super, bath towels perhaps a little small, as was the bathroom. It had a separate rain shower, and the deep bath was hidden behind the basin, very quirky!
Reception staff could give lessons to those that I have mentioned beforehand.
Location, location, location! Got the message, The Banks has the best position in the city, five minutes walk to Dam Square, two minutes to the Flower Market, two minutes to Rembrant Square with its many restaurants. Ten minutes walk to the Rijks Museum and a further two minutes to the Van Gogh museum. Thirty minutes walk to the Anne Frank House.
Loads of restaurants abound within ten minutes walk, Indonesion Rice Tables and great fish restaurant. Wacky Backy Cafes if you want and the touristy Red Light district. Even a Handbag Museum!!
In conclusion, the Banks Mansion deserves the high reputation it deserves. The location is superb, as is the hotel staff and food. We will return....
- 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