Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... we initially met in Prague & are now in the same town a few days later. After thoroughly experiencing the RLD (for only 2€) we headed home ready for biking tomorrow! - Ari found out the hard way (by getting yelled at by a 'working girl') that phones/photos are not allowed in the district. Don't worry she managed to sneak one. - Annie eating chips and cottage cheese on the floor in the train station draws more strange looks than hookers in the red light district. ...
... hail-fellow-well-met American who sat and talked and talked and talked at the table next to us at dinner last night, and then talked and talked and talked at reception this morning and then talked and talked and talked all the way from Riga. I just pity the poor sod who gets to sit next to him all the way to Minneapolis.
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... silent for one minute; including trains, buses, restaurants, and bars. Even little Julia, age 2, kept silent!
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... passengers joining on a plane that was late coming in from Barcelona.
The flight was a lot smoother than the one we came into Amsterdam on six weeks before, no airsickness this time. I got in two movies, Rock of Ages, which was okay, and American Pie Reunion, which was eh. I actually managed to get a lot of sleep on the flight which made the trip to Kuala Lumpur seem quite ...
... the road, we had to also watch out for all the bikes, who have their own separate path near the roadway (which motorbikes and motorized scooters can also use).
Interesting to see the difference in bike-riding culture between Holland and Australia. The typical pushbike in Australia is a racing bike with racing handlebars whose rider wears lycra and an ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBanks Mansion Amsterdam
Free drinks all day
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
What else can be said about this hotel that has not already been said! This hotel would have to be one of the best we have ever stayed in. We arrived via taxi from the station and were immediately shown to our room, on the third floor with a French balcony as I had requested by email. The room was not huge, but considerably larger than the one we had had in Paris. There was a large, very comfortable, bed, a large desk, a wardrobe, and easy chair and double glazed French doors to the French balcony overlooking the Herengracht canal. There was a small, but extremely functional bathroom with a great shower.
The best part of Banks Mansion is the wonderful staff. They are just so incredibly helpful with any request, no matter no large or small. We also loved the all inclusive factor. Everything in the mini bar is complimentary, although I think we only had a bottle of water on one occasion, and there are also decanters of whisky, gin and cognac in the room. The bar setup downstairs in the lobby, known as "The Living" is fantastic. It is available at all times, but we really only went in the evenings when from 5pm to 8pm there are wines and cheeses available. It is just so relaxing to help yourself to a glass of wine and some Dutch cheese or salami and to have a chat to other tourists from countries all around the world.
Each evening after dinner, we could help ourselves to an espresso coffee and a Baileys Irish Cream and either have them in The Living or take them back upstairs. It was absolutely wonderful and so nice to not have to worry about the room bill at the end of the stay.
Breakfast is also included as part of the all inclusive policy and cannot be faulted. There is a large range of cold meats, cheeses, breads and pastries as well as cereals, juices and fresh fruits. As well as that there is an incredibly efficient egg chef who cooks eggs, pancakes or French toast to order, together with bacon and sausages. There is another automatic espresso machine for delicious coffee.
DVDs are available at no charge from reception, wifi is fantastic and also included, and there are even a few Ipads in the living if you can't be bothered bringing your own or your laptop down with you.
If we ever go back to Amsterdam, we would not consider staying anywhere else. It is truly excellent.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Banks Mansion Amsterdam
A real find in Amsterdam
The Banks Mansion is a very discreet hotel tucked away from the bizz of Amsterdam yet located very conveniently within the heart of the city. The staff are very friendly and professional and the service that the hotel offers with, complimentary drinks offered in the room rate as well as breakfast in addition to steam rooms combined in the shower cubicles make it somewhere truly different to stay provided of course, that people do not take too much advantage if the complimentary drinks.
The Banks Mansion Hotel and its staff have contributed to an excellent stay in Amsterdam and have inspired us to make a promise to return to this exciting and different city.
Arriving outside the hotel, i knew i had made an excellent choice! Reception was warm & cosy with free drinks & snacks all day. The staff were really helpful & friendly, couldn't do enough for you. Onto the room: huge double bed, which believe it or not was too comfortable for me- could have stayed they all day!! Free mini bar in room, tv & dvd player. Bathroom was tastefully decorated in crisp black & white tiles with a shower cubicle, which had a large rain showerhead. Maid service every day while i was there.
Great hotel, great location, shame about the bedroom furniture!
What a great place. Staff very friendly and helpful. The complimentary bar was even more fantastic. The design of the hotel makes it very individual, art deco meets the 1960's. The room and stair carpets are, well, very interesting, amazing! Go see for yourself!
The room furnishings, although again in the style of the designer, was made in plastic veneer, yuk. What a shame. It spoilt the overall look of the place. Don't let it put you off though. You will enjoy Amsterdam and your stay at Banks Mansion. We did!
Stayed here for 4 nights at end of August, 2004. The newly remodeled Banks Mansion is perhaps one of the most chic hotels in Amsterdam. I haved stayed here previously (4-5 times across the years) when it was known as the Canal Crown. This remodeled hotel is sooooo different, you wouldn't think you were staying in the same hotel. You'll find the new rooms quite stunning ... very classy .... FRank Lloyd Wright inspired ... nice decor, spacious, beautiful canal view, excellent a/c .. with in-room extras such as flat panel TV, free movies, DVD player .. FREE in room drinks (includ. gin, brandy, whisky, beer) ... luxurious modern bathroom with great shower ... breakfast offers quite a variety, including freshly made omlettes ... and the lobby area with coffee maker, drinks, snacks, and internet access .. all inclusive ... made my stay quite a wonderful experience. Staff is friendly. Location excellent ... quiet, yet near everything .. and price was excellent, although I can't see it staying like this ... have stayed at many other superior class hotels in Amsterdam, but the Banks Mansion sets itself apart from the others. Can't say enough good things about it.
Stayed here in Sept. 2004. Excellent location, five minutes from everything, on a canal, just slightly removed from the tourist hubbub. The service is beyond reproach. They couldn't do enough to make your stay pleaseant. The breakfast was excellent, with many choices, hot cooked egg dishes to order, breads, etc. The hotel prides itself on being different, by offering gratis a lobby bar stocked with hot and cold drinks, alcoholic drinks, beers, wines, nibbles, and in the room, the in room bar is free as well, and there is a lovely set of decanters full with gin, scotch and cognac. The internet is free in the lobby and there are two terminals that are usually available and in perfect working order. The lobby area is very nice. There is one elevator to the floors, and the rooms are tastefully decorated, with very very comfy beds, a pillow menu, great bathroom with rain shower head, good service, great TV with lots of english choices, a CD player and DVD player if you have disks to play with you. I had a small balcony overlooking the canal and the a/c was used only occasionally, as the fresh breeze from outside was delightful. Highly recommended.
Excellent hotel in a very convenient location. Free in room mini-bar and outstanding lobby bar stocked well with appetizers every day. Good breakfast in a pleasant setting. For just over 110 Euros, I can't imaging a better deal anywhere in Amsterdam. Don't believe most other reviews here...they are for the Canal Crown...Banks Mansion was only re-opened in April 2004.
Stayed at the Banks Mansion in April 2004 - what a surprise! It was in the process of being re-furbished but although there was building work being carried out it was done so as not to disturb the guests at all. Lovely rooms and public areas. The free bar and the complimentary drinks in the room were a bonus we had not expected when we booked at a very reasonable cost. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Excellent hotel, I would definitely stay here if I go to Amsterdam again - if I could still afford it!!
Just got back from a weekend at this hotel, and after reading a few comments on here was a bit worried about going, but what can i say this hotel was great, great location, staff very frendly, rooms lovely, only really bad thing i can say, is about the breakfast, in which u had to make urself if u wanted it, but all in all had a really nice time, and would deffinatley stay at this hotel again
Too good to be true
I stayed here for one night last week and wished I could have stayed for a week! This newly renovated hotel is too good to be true, with free open bar, free internet availability, wonderful rooms and great location. I payed Euro 125 a night all inclusive and I know this price won't last for long. Run, don't walk...
Great New Hotel!
This is an amazing new hotel in Amsterdam! In the former location of the Canal Crown, the hotel was extensively renovated and just opened in April, 2004. It was beautifully designed, the service was excellent and all the small details were just right. At this point, it's still reasonably priced, but given the perks I wonder how long that will last. All drinks in the mini-bar and on the bedside table are complimentary as well as those at an extensive bar in the lobby that is stocked day and night. They also offer two free high speed internet terminals in the lobby. The breakfast was wonderful, even offering pancakes made on the spot as well as omelettes. In a town of overpriced underperforming hotels, this is a real stand out!