Location: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: banksmansion.com
Banks Mansion is rated as one of the best four star hotels in Amsterdam and I can easily see why! This small boutique hotel has everything for a comfortable stay in the middle of the city!
You really can’t beat the location. Banks Mansion is located near the Herengracht. This is the area where all the shops and restaurants are. All major sights are within walking distance. Very convenient! For example, the flower market is just a few steps away and the Anne Frank House is only one mile away. Of all the hotels I stayed at in Amsterdam, Banks Mansion has one of the best locations I have experienced!
Banks Mansion isn’t one of the large hotels, I talked with several guests of different nationalities and they all appreciated the fact that this hotel feels like a ‘local’ hotel and not like a ‘large chain’ hotel. Pretty interesting and very true, the hotel feels pretty easy going and there’s this cool vibe around the place which you feel as soon as you enter. Banks Mansion is an all inclusive hotel which I will tell you more about later!
Front desk staff was very accommodating and welcomed us with a smile! They gave us some brief information about their living room and facilities.
The room we stayed in was comfortable and although it was not large, it had all the amenities I would expect from a four star hotel. Some things I liked: Nespresso coffee machine, comfy couch to hang out and play with your Ipad and the comfortable queen sized bed. Every room offers a complimentary mini bar with soft drinks, water and beer. Also gin, whisky and cognac are provided for every guest at no additional charge. Loved it! Bathroom was spotlessly clean and featured walk-in shower.
The living room
The lobby area at Banks Mansion is called the living room. Part of their all inclusive formula are the complimentary drinks and light bites 24 hrs. That is right, there’s a free bar downstairs where guests can enjoy their favorite drinks. I was pretty surprised that they offer a lot of alcoholic drinks as well. Do not miss their wine & cheese buffet from 5pm – 7pm. This is why I love Banks Mansion so much… Guests come downstairs and enjoy meeting and chatting with their fellow travelers. We met several guests and it was interesting to talk to them while enjoying several drinks and snacks!
Do note that there’s no on site restaurant at Banks Mansion. However, there’s a full American breakfast buffet included in the rate. The overall quality of the food and service was outstanding! I also appreciated the omelet and pancake station where the chef prepares your egg the way you want it.
Banks Mansion is a top notch hotel in the center of Amsterdam. Staff is excellent and nothing is asked for too much. I love their concept and am sure that it will please anyone! Highly recommended for a comfortable stay in Amsterdam!