OK. So, I read all the reviews and did a lot of research on hotels in Amsterdam, and couldn't be happier I decided to do my homework. In the end we didn't have to settle for something that would have made our stay any less enjoyable in this beautiful city.
Here was my basic list:
Good Size Clean Room
Located in the middle of everything
Free Wi-Fi in the room
Let me just say after doing countless research hours into hotels in Amsterdam that this was one of less than 5 that met all these needs. Trust me. The hard match for us was the Smoker Friendly part with nice amenities. For people interested in something away from a smoking environment this is for you as well, as the top floor is set aside for smokers, so it in no way appears smoking friendly or hinders others stay. Brilliant.
Aside from that point, I couldn't say more about the staff and housekeeping. Both are very friendly, pleasant to stay with and accommodating in every way. For example, after one day of not being out of the room for the housekeeping's usual routine, the staff adjusted their schedule seamlessly without asking as to when would be the appropriate time to do their work. I thought this was a really great touch as I had to say nothing. This gave us the comfort of not worrying if we were in the housekeeping's way. As well the reloading of the mini-bar came with intelligence as we preferred some of the free beverages they had in the lobby as opposed to what was available. Once again, we didn't have to ask, they just made the adjustment. TOP NOTCH!
Anytime we needed help as to the location of something or just general assistance the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. In particular Anna-Loush was fabulous(i apologize for the spelling) as she seemed to overlap the times we were in and out or answered the phone anytime I called.
Here are some bonuses that I found overlooked in previous reviews:
The ice from the ice machine---AWESOME. I think Americans could appreciate this as it is very similar to Sonic Ice! Yes. Sorry if this makes no sense.
The bathroom is HUGE for a hotel, especially one in this small cramped city. Separate Rain Shower with plenty of pressure and Separate Dutch People height tub. For 6'+ er's! An absolutely beautiful bathroom with endless hot water. We tried, trust me.
Adjustable Air Conditioning. We were there this month in May and the temp did change enough from cold to hot that this feature was highly appreciated. Also had an opening window to get fresh air when needed. ;)
All the inclusive drinks! Whether in the room or downstairs you have free every kind of drink. Decent liquor, sodas, coffee, juice, etc. This stuff adds up in Dam. A 7oz coke at 1.50-2.50 Euro at an average restaurant vs. free all day. We just stocked up before we left each day or hopped in for some. Well you get the picture. Although we were strictly on a 420 tour with sites mixed in, the free-liquor could have really added up had we even wanted or could handle a sip. Looked tempting everyday. Big Plus for some of you!
Free REAL FULL breakfast every morning or Delivered every morning for 5E. Enough said.
Of course this has everything great others have mentioned:
IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING- Museums, Coffee Shops, Dam Square, Shopping, Anne Frank, Bike Rental, Canal Trips. We literally walked to everything.
Professionally staffed from head to toe.
The all inclusive home-vibe.
Free Wi-Fi. Saw a complaint about that on Trip Advisor as if they baited one into paying for internet. It's Included!
Bottom Line, there is a reason this hotel is ranked in the top 8 in Amsterdam. It lives up to and then some of what it presents as its product. Would never stay anywhere else in Amsterdam. WORTH EVERY PENNY!
- 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