We booked this hotel solely based on a friends recommendation from TripAdvisor - and it turned out to be a fabulous start to our holiday.
The Banks Mansion is a small 50-room boutique hotel situated on the Herengracht - within walking distance of most of Amsterdams major attractions, or just 2-3 minutes away from the hop-on/hop-off barges that go around the city. For the ladies - The Bag & Purse museum is just down the road, the Heineken Brewery is about 5-7 minutes away from the guys, and the Rembrandtplein is 3 minutes walk away for restaurants, openair concerts and nightlife.
The difference comes in the service and attitude of the staff - which reminded me of what I'd expect in a 5-star luxury caribbean resort. Plus the roo-rate is all-inclusive, so you get a free breakfast (including custom omellets and pancakes), free drinks at a coutesy bar downstairs, free snacks, iPad use, and .. you get to your room and there are three decanters labelled "Gin , Vodka and Whisky" - how can you beat that?
The rooms are typically European in size - we had room 404 on the top floor overlooking the canal, which also had the furniture hoist beams outside it. Great view! You can get a standard room, canal room, executive room (on the corner) and a very large suite.
For those of you traveling from the US by plane, you'll usually arrive early morning. The staff will do their absolute best to get you into your room - but remember they are dependent on the previous guests leaving. Don't be like the two cringe-worthy American couples who demanded their room be ready at 9am and then started yelling at the manager!
Great hotel, great service and great location - you cannot go wrong.
- 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