Where to stay in Amsterdam – Banks Mansion Hotel

Hi travellovers and friends, as you might have seen on my Instagram @karoadores, I have recently been to Amsterdam with one of my good friends for a ladies‘ trip. We have had a great time staying at Banks Mansion Hotel so I want to share this experience with you (*Ad/Anzeige).

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Let me first share some basic information about Banks Mansion Hotel:

  • classification: 4 stars, the boutique hotel belongs to Carlton Hotel Collection
  • location: Herengracht Amsterdam, within the infamous canal ring
  • rooms: 5 different room types & suites to choose from

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Checking into Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam

Upon our arrival on a sunny Sunday evening, we checked into our beautiful hotel, very excited to see our Deluxe Canal View room. We were quite exhausted from our flight (usually not that long, but there were some complications).

For that reason, it was amazing to arrive at the beautiful lobby that looks more like a living room than a traditional hotel lobby.

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

The staff at the front desk was so friendly and helpful, we were greeted warmly and provided with helpful information on how to find our way around. My first impression was that Banks Mansion Hotel really seems like a home away from home and that’s what I’m always looking for when I travel.

We first sat down in the living room, enjoying some complimentary snacks and drinks from the open bar. That was one of the main reasons why we wanted to stay at Banks Mansion – their full-service concept.

Not only do you get to enjoy the delicious French and Dutch cheese from their daily cheese trolley but you can also choose all-inclusive drinks from the open bar whenever you want!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

So this amazing refreshment was more than welcome after our long travel. We then went upstairs to check into our beautiful room.

Our Deluxe Canal View room

We chose the Deluxe Canal view room so we could enjoy waking up to Amsterdam’s beautiful canals every morning and really get the full experience of staying in this amazing location. The room was spacious and comfortable, including free wifi and air conditioning.

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

The room includes complimentary full-service-concept as well. That means that not only the mini bar is all-inclusive but you’ll also find carafes of whiskey, gin and cognac in your room!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

If you’re a coffee-lover like me, you’ll be delighted to find a Nespresso machine as well for your daily caffeine shot:

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

The room was very clean and comfortable, with all the extras you could possibly wish for: bathrobes, slippers, laptop-size safe, rain shower and different pillows to choose from – nothing was missing.

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

I personally also loved the vintage details:

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Of course, there was also an ice-machine available directly at the elevator entrance so you can enjoy your fresh drinks. The shoe shine machine was a nice extra touch as well!

Breakfast at Banks Mansion

After getting a good night’s sleep, we were very excited for the complimentary breakfast with live-cooking!

There was a big choice of fresh products available and the food was absolutely delicious.

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

This lovely lady at the live-cooking-station prepared delicious omelettes, egg dishes and pancakes for us!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Of course, if you prefer to stay in bed and eat your breakfast there, that’s also an option :).

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

It’s definitely a beautiful way to start the day and enjoy the great atmosphere of the canals in Amsterdam!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Afternoons in the living room

During our stay we made sure to come back for the daily cheese trolley and drinks in the afternoon. Because of Banks Mansion Hotel’s central location in Amsterdam, this was not inconvenient at all and a great way to have a little relaxing break. You can even play some card- or board-games!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Overall experience

In a nutshell, I absolutely enjoyed staying at Banks Mansion Amsterdam and almost felt like a local. The staff members were very friendly and warm and made us feel like we’re truly staying at a second home.

It was important to me to get a real Amsterdam experience within the canal ring and therefore it was definitely the best choice to stay at Banks Mansion. It would have been a pity to miss this great atmosphere and feeling a real connection with the city.

The hotel and the amazing staff absolutely made that possible, thank you so much again!

Banks Mansion Hotel Amsterdam Karo Adores

Have you stayed in Amsterdam before? Let me know about your experience in the comments below :).

Like always, this blogpost is based on my personal experiences and all opinions are my own.

This Article Has 21 Comments
  1. The traveller sagt:

    Very well presented. a beautiful city and a equally beautiful blog to compliment it. Thanks for sharing the information. Very helpful. The hotel itself is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Katie sagt:

    I went to Amsterdam with my parents when I was a child, I have a feeling i might have missed out on some of the best bits! Thanks for the useful info 🙂

  3. Dada sagt:

    Wow, I have never seen a hotel as generous as the Banks Mansion Hotel in Amsterdam! Free drinks and snack? Never happens! You are right, this is a very good reason to stay with them when visiting Amsterdam! Apart of the free snacks, the room looks great and homey! Absolutely a place I would stay myself! Thanks for sharing!

    • Karoadores sagt:

      I’m glad you like it! It’s very generous indeed and the food and drinks were delicious. We were happy to experience such a unique concept 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  4. I absolutely agree that if you’re going to be in Amsterdam, you should stay within the Canal Ring. The breakfast overlooking the canal seems absolutely sublime. I have stayed in the city and also out at Schipol. The experience was as different as night and day. Breakfast over the canal and wandering the city at night are two views of Amsterdam that I could have experienced staying out at Schipol.

    • Karoadores sagt:

      That’s true, staying within the canal ring contributes a lot to enjoying a stay in Amsterdam and truly experiencing the vibes of the city. Have a great weekend!

  5. Clarice Lao | Camping for Women sagt:

    This looks like a great place to stay. Unfortunately, we were able to book a place already to stay. We will definitely consider this on our next visit.

  6. Banks Mansion Hotel really looks like a great option to stay while you one is in Amsterdam. The pictures and descriptions totally justify every word you have mentioned. I would totally hog on French and Dutch cheese if I were there. I am also drooling at the sight of Breakfast on the bed, it seems so relaxing. The view is something I would pay for, thanks a lot for sharing the review.

    • Karoadores sagt:

      I’m glad you like it Hetal 🙂 It was definitely a great experience and contributed a lot to me falling in love with this beautiful city. Have a great weekend!

  7. Valezrina sagt:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam. Bookmarking this for my future travel plans!

  8. Swati & Sam sagt:

    The hotel looks amazing. We were in the Netherlands in the last month. It is such an amazing place. The free drinks sounds tempting. The breakfast spread also looks good. Seems you guys had a great time.

  9. Bethany sagt:

    Well this place looks lovely! WIll need to check it out if we ever visit!

  10. This looks like a great place to stay. I love the views and the complimentary mini bar although it might be dangerous. It also looks really unique which is appealing as so many hotels feel so similiar

  11. Bhusha sagt:

    Looks like a nice cozy hotel indeed. When its Amsterdam, its all about the canals and having a Canal View Room is the best way to enjoy the city.
    Complimentary open bar???? That’s my place to stay next time. Definitely!!! Lolz.
    Those vintage details caught my attention too. The retro phone and graffiti are just perfect artistic touch.

  12. lisa sagt:

    Wow this hotel looks exquisite! I don’t think I would need to even leave here, the food looks divine and I love the picture of you having breakfast in bed looking with the window, that alone would sell me. Something very unique is the drawing in the beginning about the hotel, its very creative and informative. Looks like you had a awesome stay in Amsterdam!

  13. Divya V sagt:

    I never got to stay in Amsterdam, only while travelling to Italy, I got a layover of 4 hours in Amsterdam, and honestly, I fell in love with that place. Looks like the hotel has good food spread <3, and its a beautiful hotel, would love to stay there.

  14. Martha sagt:

    I love the view of the canal you have from your room! I’m heading to Czech Republic this summer and have a layover in Amsterdam, I’ll definitely check out this hotel. Beautiful photos!

  15. Mimi sagt:

    Can’t wait to go to Amsterdam! Banks mansion looks super old school and must be quite a feeling to stay in a old place like that. The mini bar included is a huge win. Know many that would go just for that!

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