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“Slept like monks in this 11th century monastery”

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Hotel Residentie Elzenveld
Ranked #6 of 107 Antwerp B&B and Inns
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“Slept like monks in this 11th century monastery”
Reviewed 19 August 2011

Spent four nights in this very old but well kept hotel. Property is a restored 11th century monastery which in modern times is a hotel and conference center. We had a very clean room which overlooked a very quite and serene courtyard. This place is chock full of history and we were very happy to stay here. The breakfast buffet was included in our room rate and was well served and quite sufficient for our tastes, and the common area had coffee and tea available. The hotel lack some modern amenities but therein lies its runic charm. The staff was extraordinarily helpful but very laid back. We also loved spending meditative time in the courtyard which had comfortable tables and chairs. If you want an off the beaten track, non-touristy hotel that is still very close to the city center this is worth a try.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

This is a lovely hotel in a very unique historical setting. It was one of the major highlights of my stay in Belgium. I'm wary of writing too good a review, lest it get overrun with tourists who won't appreciate it.

The staff were excellent - helpful and friendly. The breakfast is just right: freshly squeezed orange juice and they will even cook an egg to order. (I could live without the pop music in the breakfast room, however, as it disturbs the overall tranquility of the hotel. But that's a minor issue.)

The rooms have all been recently renovated. The sheets were crisp. The bathroom was immaculate. (I felt guilty messing it up!) Looking out your window into the courtyard sculpture garden, you would never know that you are in the heart of a major city.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

Very near the main attractions. Had difficulty finding it at first because the name of the hotel is not found outside or along the street. You have to walk through a courtyard to get access to the hotel. The locals are not aware that the hotel exist. However, once you get past that minor hitch, everything would be great.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

The hotel is away from the main tourist area, and a fair distance (a 20-minute walk) from the main railway station, but the disadvantages are made up for by the character of the place. You approach it through a walled garden as if entering a monastery or ancient University quadrangle. Very peaceful. Once inside, the modern refurbishment has been done sympathetically and unostentatiously.

My room was a small even for a single, but the decor was elegant and the room quiet and comfortable. Breakfast is in a light & airy pair of rooms, and they've gone for quality rather than quantity in the buffet (though of course you an go back for seconds as much as you like). Een the coffee is very good - not something that's usually true of buffet breakfasts.

Pricey, but par for the course in Belgium, and good value.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 January 2011

This is truly one of the nicest hotels I ever stayed in: the room was spacious, clean and comfortable, with a great view over the garden of the old monastry. Staff were friendly and we enjoyed a nice breakfast listening to classical music. The town center can be reached by tram or by walking, in just a few minutes. The Central Station is 15 minutes walking.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Residentie Elzenveld
Address: Lange Gasthuisstraat 45, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Antwerp Province > Antwerp
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Residentie Elzenveld 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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