Herengracht 519-525, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 BV
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Romance
Expert review of Banks Mansion
If you're planning on spending a fair amount of time in your hotel, this is a strong contender for the best deal in Amsterdam. How so? Well, when you stay at Banks Mansion, automatically included in the price is not only breakfast, but drinks from the mini-bar and the decanters of spirits in your room, access to movie channels, and extensive snacks and drinks (and Internet access) down in the lobby/lounge.
The hotel has much to commend above and beyond its all-inclusive approach - not least that it occupies a fine example of the early 20th-century Amsterdam School of architecture (think echoes of Art Deco).
In a pretty good spot on the Golden Bend, a stretch of the Herengracht canal noted for its grand houses.
Are smart without being too fancy. Furnishings such as geometric-patterned rugs and square clocks on walls complement the building's period. Bathroom showers are of the big walk-in, mop-head type. Most standard rooms look on to Vijzelstraat, a quite noisy street, so consider paying around 30 euros more for a canal-facing room.
The spacious and relaxing lobby/lounge has the Dutch Art Deco look, and gets well used because of the freebies on offer. Downstairs lies the breakfast room, decorated with photos of old Amsterdam and Holland.
Breakfasts are well above average, and include omelettes made to order. On offer in the lobby/lounge are complimentary, help-yourself pastries during the day, and cheeses and charcuterie in the evening, plus alcoholic, soft and hot drinks round the clock. On the downside, you could argue that having drinks and snacks included in the rates may deter you from visiting Amsterdam's many, great cafés.
Professional, cheerful, attentive.
Couples wanting a fairly affordable treat.
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- Herengracht 519-525, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 BV
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking