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“Nice, however: overrated and not enough value for money.”
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Banks Hotel
Ranked #32 of 72 Hotels in Antwerp
Reviewed 14 May 2014

First of all, just to be clear, we experienced Banks as a vey nice hotel. But this was mainly due to the ideal location. The rooms are very basic and small. When you are on a city trip you will probably spend most of the time in town, however, we do think it is nice to retreat after a long day in a room that has a little extra comfort. Here, this is not the case. To me it feels like a hostel. They market it as 'design' and 'trendy' which is pretty smart and reading the reviews, a lot of people fall for it. But to me, it is just a small room with a concrete ceiling and a glass box which is called the bathroom. Due to the minimalistic design and lack of isolation I guess, a lot of noise gets in from the outside. But that is not what I mind, the city sounds are fine to me. But you literally can understand what you're neighbors are saying and everyone crossing the hallway. This is quite a subjective story, so I will share some pros and cons below to help you make a good decision:

Pros:
- location
- location
- Free! (unlimited?) drinks (beer, whine, prosecco, whatever) and tapa's from 4 to 8 pm if I recall correctly.
- bed is very comfortable
- location

Cons:
- Very noisy
- Reception closed after 8.30 pm which gives you a hostel kind of experience.
- Just one toilet (men's) in the public area (think breakfast, tapa's time, or you're check-out day)
- Relatively expensive.
- Small, basic rooms.

We did not have breakfast at the hotel, so I can not share my experience on that one.

In conclusion, we had a great time, but this is mainly due to the fact that Antwerp is such a nice place to visit. The location was convenient, however, Velo (the bikes) make it possible to reach all the interesting places in no-time from any other place in the city. During our next visit to Antwerp, we will skip this hotel. It is just too little value for money. If you pay a bit more, you will get AND a nice location AND a comfy, beautiful room. Maybe a little less trendy ;-)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dennis J
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed in one of the Suites and were rahter disapointed with the experience.
The hotel itself is set in an amazing location. However, the cleaning of the rooms was not adequate. We had to ask for shower gel on four occassions with a two night stay before our request was granted. The fire in our room did not work. The lift on one evening, did not work which meant we had to walk up and down four flights of stairs to get to our room.
The whole experience was not adequate.

Room Tip: The suites are lovely for a romantic stay, however, check the fire works beforehand. Take your own t...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank JagK
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Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

very good experience !! rooms are small but well designed so you don t feel it that much, service is really nice and friendly,
free drinks + tapas every evening in a very cosy loby ! all for 120€ !! in the best location for anvers !! perfect for young couple wanting to enjoy the city, with a trendy twist !

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank FabGaudriot
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

I gave the Banks a second chance and was not disappointed. The key is to request an executive room. It is definitely worth the extra 20 euros a night. The hotel is centrally located. Service is OK, though the one person taking care of everything seems a little overwhelmed at times.
The executive room was spacious (by Antwerp standards), modern, the bed was comfortable.
The only negative if any is the size of the TV. I will definitely stay at the Banks again next time.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank mannyb02
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

The hotel is excellently located between the North and South part of Antwerp. The standard room is small and basic, with minimal privacy, but sporting some nice design touches (black & white furniture, with one colourful carpet -- at least in our room, 402) and a fine bed. Breakfast is attractively served on a single plate, coffee & tea is self service. The bonus is that drinks and tapas (between 16.00 and 20.00 hrs) are included in the price. The lobby, decorated with photographs, is a good place for lounging; in winter, it boasts the attraction of a fakey but convincing hearth.

As indicated in other reviews, the reception closes at 20.30, so you need to let yourself in with a key card. There is an elevator.

If you don't expect luxury and only need your room to sleep in, this hotel is definitely worth considering.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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Thank Michael D
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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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Thank Britney_17
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Additional Information about 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:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Antwerp
Price Range: £80 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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