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“average room, very friendly staff, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Banks Hotel

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Banks Hotel
Ranked #29 of 71 Hotels in Antwerp
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“average room, very friendly staff, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

the room is basic, but comfortable enough
staff is very attentive and service-minded
the area is the nicest place in Antwerp
the room is basic, but comfortable enough
staff is very attentive and service-minded
the area is the nicest place in Antwerp

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Banks Hotel is in a great location, within walking distance to the restaurants, shops and attraction. The reception area is very modern with a great bar areas, where drinks and snacks are served every evening, which is a lovely touch.

The staff are friendly but the reception is not 24hours.

The rooms are spacious and very modern but the bathrooms are only separated by a glass wall and sheer curtain which is little awkward when travelling with others. Our room also did not have a door to even close off the bathroom (unlike our friends) so there is absolutely no privacy.

Great hotel in a brilliant location but just be warned about the lack of privacy

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

I stayed here for three nights over summer. It has a great location and upon entering the lobby you are filled with a night hope that this could be great hotel...but it turns out to be an OK hotel nothing special.

It tries to deliver on a Mama Shelter-esque vibe and aesthetic but unfortunately does not quite hit the mark. It is more of a 'posh' youth hostel.

The rooms are cold (in both senses of the word) and the spartan furniture does not deliver on the cool minimal look that I presume was the goal. The bathrooms/toilets are separated from the main room with frosted glass, which means minimal privacy.

The bed was comfortable so once under the duvet a good night's sleep in a good location is to be had.

OK as a place to get a night or two's sleep in the city but not one to plan a longer stay in.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

The hotel is in a very quiet neighbourhood but at a very good location - 5 minutes walking from the The Cathedral of the Lady.

It is mainly done in white and orange with a very minimal feel in the rooms. The room had a comfortable double bed, seating couch, a decent size TV, a big lamp, small table, hair dryer, basic toiletries, had enough space to open 2 large suitcases. Also had a small balcony which was nice in good weather. The bathroom had a huge head shower and a handheld shower. The wash basin was outside the bathroom - that is, in the room. The bathroom essentially was a glass walled area. I was alone in the room so it was fine. The room area and the bathroom area could be separated with long curtains. Had basic cupboards with few racks and hangers and a sliding door. Enough plug points in the room for a short stay.Rooms lacked things like kettle, tissue box etc.

Rooms and the lobby was kept impeccably clean and housekeeping maintained the room well. The hotel lobby is interestingly done and is welcoming. The lady at the reception had kept ready our access keys when we arrived. It was quite nice and efficient! Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Did not try the breakfast. Had it at the Le Pain Quotidien just opposite the Hotel and it was very good.

The reception is closed from 7PM to 7AM and they provide an access card for automatic door entry. So you need to time yourself if you need anything. My room phone line was not working and I went downstairs to check at the reception but found no one. We were leaving everyday before 7AM and coming after 7PM so I was not able to get it fixed. However, next night when I reached the hotel, there was a lady who came up and fixed it. She was also very helpful in booking our airport taxi etc.

I do not mind staying here again. In fact, we stayed here on a friend's suggestion who has stayed here twice.

Room Tip: choose rooms on higher floors and enjoy the balcony during good weather
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Banks hotel tries to step away from the classic hotel formula. Especially the well designed breakfast room succeeds in this. The rooms try to be all arty farty..but fail miserably.
They are not very spacious. There's no privacy if you want to use the restroom; only a glass wall and a curtain seperates you from your co-travellers. Nothing a good relationship can't survive, but hey, you might as well be taking this trip with, oh let's just say..your father? Now thàt would be awkward, right?
The continental breakfast was in the same line of our general impression: Looked (&tasted) great, but it could've been a bit more.
Plus side: location, location, location!

Room Tip: Top Floor: has a/c & are more quiet
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

The hotel as such is in good shape meaning the rooms are clean, appliances are working and the bed is commfortable so for a short stay Banks can absolutly work but what pulls down for me was that the basic conviniences were missing making it closer to a hostel than hotel -
at check in you are aked to pay up front which i in principle have no issue with, but foiund a little odd. I found out why later as there are no one in the reception if you leave before 7 am
that meant no breakfast and no bill as I left before 7 am both mornings.
So given that fact there is non I cannot add stars either for lnch/ dinner or a gym.
For a short stay and only a place to sleep it can work fine but for longer stays I would not recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

Had a lovely stay at Banks Hotel. The room was very comfortable and modern. Loved the glass cube bathroom. The hotel isn't staffed after hours which is a little odd but it didn't make any differnce. The cleaning staff were a little shoddy and we had to ask for our sheets to be changed several times before it happened. Overall we liked the hotel and the location is just perfect with everything in walking distance. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Book a room facing the street. It's not a noisy area so you won't be disturbed.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Banks Hotel
Address: Steenhouwersvest 55, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Antwerp Province > Antwerp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Antwerp
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Banks Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BANKS, a wonderful hotel where you can find a Daytime Café and a Lazy Lounge. Located right in the middle of the most fashionable area in town. You will be charmed by the original and modern look of its interior design. Wood, glass and concrete were melted together to enhance a harmonious mix of design and tradition. The furniture has been selected with the utmost care and is completed by their owners creations. A display of exhibitions by young artists decorate the walls. The result is fresh, bright and invigorating. Lounge next to the open fire place or a stroll straight into town? Always feel welcome at BANKS! ... more   less 
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