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Banks Mansion – Former bank turned all-inclusive boutique hotel near Rembrandtplein.
Set along Herengracht Canal, within easy walking distance of Amsterdam’s main museums and attractions, the Banks Mansion is a stately former bank that’s been turned into an upscale home-away-from-home boutique hotel. The 51 rooms are decorated in Art Deco style, with geometric-patterned carpets, black-and-white tiled bathrooms with rain showers, and original stained-glass windows in the common areas. The homey feel at this all-inclusive hotel extends to all manner of perks, from plasma TVs and DVD players, free movie and sports channels, and pillow menus in all the rooms, to cheese and wine tastings, free minibar snacks and drinks, and in-room espresso machines.
Banks Mansion – Location
- Address: Herengracht 519-525, 1017 BV Amsterdam.
- Nearest Tram: Rembrandtplein.
- Area: On a busy street in Amsterdam’s World Heritage canal ring, with Herengracht canal on one side. Some of the rooms can be a little noisy during the day, but the soundproofing is good. The hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from lively Rembrandtplein and its bars and restaurants, and an easy walk or tram ride from the Medieval Center and Centraal Station, the Museum Quarter, and a cluster of nearby museums and art galleries. The nearest tram stop is a 4-minute walk away.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #9 to Rembrandtplein stop, 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
- Handy to: Rembrandtplein, Hermitage Amsterdam, Museum of Bags and Purses, Museum Van Loon.
Banks Mansion – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be mostly couples on a romantic city break. Children are welcome, but there are no special child-friendly facilities.
- View: Many of the 51 rooms, including entry rooms, have tranquil canal views. Best views from the Executive Canal View and Suite Canal View.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzi.
- Laundry: In-room laundry service available.
- Extras: Rates include daily cheese and wine tastings in the afternoons in The Living, the hotel’s lobby/lounge. Top-notch amenities in all the rooms, including decanters of whisky, cognac and gin, plus unlimited minibar items. There are tablets in the lounge, with a modern fireplace, and the hotel has wooden bikes for guest use (€25 per day). Personalized service can help you organize your stay by recommending best cycling routes, cocktail bars, and other points of interest.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 to 4 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-420-0055
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: carlton.nl/banks-mansion
Banks Mansion – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: No specific family-friendly facilities.
- Activities: Cheese tasting daily between 5pm and 6pm.
Banks Mansion – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: No on-site restaurant, but there is plentiful dining within a few minutes’ walk.
- Lounge/Bar: Rates include free drinks in the spacious, sun-filled lounge, unlimited tea and (good) coffee, as well as wine tastings and in-room alcoholic beverages.
- Breakfast: Complimentary. Excellent buffet breakfast (7.30am-10.30am) with hot dishes cooked to order, including pancakes and eggs, and served in The Kitchen.
- Room Service: You can opt for breakfast in your room.
Banks Mansion – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe • Deluxe Canal View • MacKinlay Junior Suite • Executive Canal View • Suite Canal View
- Smoking Rooms: Banks Mansion is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The spacious Suite Canal View has the best view of the Herengracht canal, along with a bubble bath tub, and his and hers sinks in the bathroom.
- For Families: No family rooms.
Banks Mansion – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to Rembrandtplein and its nightlife, the Medieval Center, Red Light District, and Leidseplein with its many bars, restaurants and theaters. Walkable to the Museum Quarter and De Pijp. Numerous museums, cafes, and restaurants just minutes away on foot.
- Tram: Direct tram connections to Centraal Station, De Pijp district, and Waterlooplein.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Banks Mansion – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Van Dobben – Old-school Dutch restaurant, open since 1940, and specializing in meaty classics. 3-minute walk.
- Roses by Sal – Latin American street food – tacos, quesadillas, empanadas – as well as ceviche, and excellent pisco cocktails. 3-minute walk.
- Pasta e Basta – Pre-set Italian menus, family-style live music, and singing. 3-minute walk.
- Bord’Eau – Elegant, luxurious surroundings, imaginative Michelin-starred cuisine, an excellent wine list, and superb cheese selection. One for special occasions; reserve well ahead. 4-minute walk.
- Guts & Glory – Experimental fine dining with an ever-changing menu, and wallet-friendly multi-course lunch. Reservations recommended. 4-minute walk.
- Thai Phutakun – Authentic Thai flavors, large portions, and friendly service. 4-minute walk.
- Herengracht Restaurant & Bar – Creative Modern European dishes served in a leafy courtyard, refined dining room, or canal-side terrace. 5-minute walk.
- Café Van Leeuwen – Bacon cheeseburgers, grilled tuna steak, Dutch sausage with fries, and other bistro food in a canal-side setting. 6-minute walk.
- Supperclub Amsterdam – Dinner and a show: beds instead of tables, provocative performance art, DJs, and decadent 5-course menus. 6-minute walk.
- Lo Stivale d’Oro – Family-run trattoria renowned for its pizzas, and popular with families. Occasional live music. 7-minute walk.
- Tempo Doeloe – Upmarket Indonesian restaurant with an impressive rijsttafel (small dish) spread, and an excellent wine list. 7-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars
- Door 74 – Dark-timbered, speakeasy-style bar behind an unmarked door (send a text message to gain entry), responsible for some of Amsterdam’s best cocktails. 2-minute walk.
- Lion Noir – Original cocktails, and interior full of plants, bird cages, and taxidermied birds, and some of Amsterdam’s hippest A-listers. 3-minute walk.
- Taboo Bar – Gay bar popular for its pre-clubbing drinks, drag shows on Wednesdays (and €6 cocktails), and happy hours from 6-7pm and midnight-1am. 3-minute walk.
- Café Bolle Jan – Enjoy your beer while listening to some rollicking live folk music at this lively bar. 3-minute walk.
- Café Montmartre – Arguably the best gay bar in the city, with the crowd singing along to 80’s and 90’s pop and Dutch ballads, a friendly vibe, and drag night every other Friday. Happy hours 6-8pm. 4-minute walk.
- Mulligans – This authentic Irish pub has live traditional Irish music most nights, a fun vibe, and Guinness and Magners on tap. 5-minute walk.
- Xtracold Amsterdam Icebar – Wrap up warm and enjoy your 3 drinks amidst the ice sculptures of this gimmicky-but-fun bar. 7-minute walk.
- Taproom – An impressive array of craft beers from local award-winning breweries, such as Oedipus, Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Brouwerij de Prael, 24 beers on tap, and a supporting cast of burgers, cold cuts, and cheese ‘planks’. 8-minute walk.
- Bar Moustache – Hip, minimalist-style bar with numerous Italian wines by the glass, and a short and sweet menu of Italian dishes. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Galerie Lieve Hemel – Sculptures and realist paintings by contemporary Dutch artists such as Theo Voorzaat and Ben Snijders. 3-minute walk.
- Jaski Gallery – Sculptures, ceramics, prints, and paintings by members of the CoBrA (Copenhagen/Brussels/Amsterdam) art movement. 4-minute walk.
- Vlieger – Upmarket, handmade stationary from Asia and Central America, Egyptian papyrus, and more. 4-minute walk.
- Renssen Art Gallery – Charcoal drawings and paintings by independent Dutch artist Erik Renssen. 5-minute walk.
- So ART Gallery – Contemporary art prints, paintings, sculptures, and drawings, from the 1900s to the present day. 5-minute walk.
- Concerto Record Store – Huge music shop stocking CDs and vinyl in every imaginable genre. 5-minute walk.
- Studio Bazar – Upscale women’s wear, including sweatshirts by Pual & Joe Sister, floral prints by Black Coral, and jackets by Isabel Marant. 6-minute walk.
- Harts Wijnhandel – 19th century wine shop that stocks an excellent range of Italian and French wines as well as jenever. 6-minute walk.
- Look Out – Super-hip men’s and women’s fashion by the likes of Fogal, Zenggi, and Soho de Luxe. 7-minute walk.
- Mobilia Amsterdam – ‘Lifestyle studio’ stocking Dutch and international designs, from homewares to furniture. 7-minute walk.
- Mark Raven Amsterdam Art – Amsterdam cityscapes in drawing, sketch, and T-shirt print form. 7-minute walk.
- Reflex Modern Art Gallery – Contemporary photography and art by members of Nouveau Realiste and CoBrA movements. 9-minute walk.
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