Banks Mansion

Herengracht 519-525, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 BV

Price from: £127

A bedroom at Banks Mansion

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#4 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
3.8
3.8
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Romance

Expert review of Banks Mansion

An amazing amount of "extras" are covered in the standard rates at this former bank.

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).

Location: 

In a pretty good spot on the Golden Bend, a stretch of the Herengracht canal noted for its grand houses.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Service: 

Professional, cheerful, attentive.

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Who stays there: 

Couples wanting a fairly affordable treat.

Pros: 
All the extras
The central, canalfront location
The Dutch Art Deco style
Cons: 
Some rooms can be a bit noisy
Freebies mean you're less inclined to go out

More information on Banks Mansion:

Price from:
£127
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Herengracht 519-525, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1017 BV
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking

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Community comments (2)

Myself and husband have been to this hotel once before and we have just booked again.
The extra you pay makes up with the amount thats included in the price with the luxury on top.
Some rooms in amsterdam can be claustrophobic.
This hotel -A1,The best,tops.
The staff are really great and offer local advice i.e. places to visit.

I agree with this hotel being in the top 10 for Amsterdam. It's definitely in my top 3. It's a home from home - they have an honesty bar and complimentary gin and whisky in your room, and the whole place has a great, laid-back feel - without feeling downmarket. The good thing is the free drink and snacks that you get - makes it great to head back to for a break from sight-seeing etc.

Although I don't think people would, I reckon you could probably get away exiting your room and turning up to the hotel bar downstairs in your slippers and no-one would bat an eyelid. The location is good - nice and central. Great if you are on a romantic weekend away but also good for business stays.