A weekend stay with a mix of business and pleasure. Wasn't sure what to expect never having:
a: Stayed in Belgium before or
b: Stayed in a Best Western before.
Going by the UK adverts, this experience was somewhat different to UK expectations. Turned up in what looked like a bit of a, dare I use the term, dodgy area and there was the hotel nestled amid the cobbled streets. The hotel, once through the front doors, is a very modern, clean, efficient and friendly place to stay. Not modelled on the UK 'personality' basis, the staff (there are only a couple of them about) were friendly and efficient and willing to help with any queries.
The double room was on the 5th floor and, offered an interesting view from its balcony, across the skyline especially at night. The room was clean, comfortable and had a lovely en suite shower/toilet. As is the 'continental way' there were no tea/coffee facilities in the room but, a very quick dash, just to the end of the corridor, was rewarded by a nice cup of coffeee from the free machine situated there.
Breakfast - substantial with a good selection of food and drink. My only regret was that a nice restaurant like that should have been able to offer food at night possibly?
Anyway, the only thing I could criticise about the hotel was the bewildering roadworks surrounding the access routes nearby - illegal U Turns seemed to be 'de rigeur' in accessing this little haven in the metropolis of Antwerp. Give it a try, its definately worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the northern part of Antwerp, Hotel Docklands offers modern rooms 3 km from the historical centre with the Town Square and City Hall. It offers free WiFi. Londenstraat Tram Stop gives guests direct access to the centre at 100 m from the hotel. The rooms at Best Western Hotel Docklands all feature a flat-screen TV, a telephone and a desk. Some of the rooms come with harbour views. Each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Tea, chocolate milk and coffee are offered free of charge on each floor. Guests can enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast daily or make use of the packed lunch service when going sightseeing for the day. Public transport is available at 100 m from Best Western Docklands, offering easy access to Antwerp Zoo, Central Station and the centre. The MAS museum is less than a 10-minute walk away. Antwerp District is a great choice for travellers interested in beer, restaurants and museums. We speak your language! ... more less
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