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“Great location, friendly staff and potential to be even better” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Residentie Elzenveld

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Hotel Residentie Elzenveld
Ranked #6 of 106 Antwerp B&B and Inns
Cheadle, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Great location, friendly staff and potential to be even better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

I stayed here for four days and found it a bit of a mixed bag. The location is exellent for access to the old city, restaurants and chocolate shops! The staff are very friendly and helpful, sorting out problems with the minimum of fuss. The room was big and modern enough with a flat screen television, but no information as to the different channels you can access. The room had an electronic safe, comfortable beds, good size bathroom with shower, a mosquito killing device and plenty of storage space. The Hotel, an old hospital, is a bit spooky, especially at night with the lit up nuns, and lights out.

I was dissapointed that as Breafast starts at 8.00pm on a Saturday there was no alternative breakfast on offer and as the coffee machine in the lounge had not been repaired there was nowhere to get a hot drink. Also the only cooked part of the breakfast was the eggs, so if you are keen on your sausages, bacon, hash browns etc. you will be dissapointed although it may help maintain a balanced diet! There is no bar onsite although there are two drinking places on the square outside the front of the building.

Whilst, I have some small criticisms of the hotel I wouold return.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HughMc
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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89 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

The building is amazing. A restored 11th Century monastery with courtyards, old church buildings. Like a museum. It’s been converted into a hotel conference center and the lobby area is very modernized but the place is still extremely charming. The room was recently renovated and spotless, very comfortable, quiet, large flat screen TV, free wi-fi, water bubbler in the hall. It’s about 10-15 minutes walk from the Grotte Markt, the shopping street is only about 5 minutes. The train station though is close to half an hour walk, and while there is a tram stop just in front of the hotel, it requires a change to go to the station.

I did not have any trouble finding it, it's well marked, but you have to walk through an archway on the street and then another one in the courtyard to get to the entrance. And it was a little creepy walking back alone in the dark from the center of town. I don't think dangerous at all, just no people around and the entrance way lights on the timer don't come on as quickly as they might.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Isabel_2
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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203 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

It's inside the courtyard of a lovely old mission hospital -- which is part of its appeal but also what makes it kind of creepy at night, especially the statuary, the dark hallways, and the creaky floorboards. Check-in was also hard to find, partly because it closed at 10pm, so we had to pick up a phone to have a security guard let us in when we arrived late. We couldn't get a wifi code from him, so we couldn't take advantage of that perk.

Our room (101) was big enough but not well ventilated, which made sleeping uncomfortable on a warm night. We left the window open, but that meant we got to hear the dumptrucks across the courtyard at 4am. It wasn't entirely clean, either; the wine glasses still obviously hadn't been cleaned since a previous guest had had red wine in them. The breakfast was good, though, and the staff was friendly.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nakalanzi
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Amsterdam
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404 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Superb location, an oase of tranquility just in the centrum of Antwerpen. Very good breakfast with a great service. Parking place close-by with a good day price.
Bit difficult to find, interiors slightly out-dated. Need to bargain to get the room you want. Difficult to get a late check-out (1.5 hour) with an almost empty hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MiamiKeyWest
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

We booked this hotel based on the positive reviews on TripAdvisor, so perhaps the expectations were higher than they should be.

The room was small, but clean, and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom was okay and clean, however had a bit of a smell in it. We booked a "shopping arrangement" and read on the internet this would include a free drink in a nearby cafe; however, all we received was a bag with brochures from the tourist board of Antwerp (and a lot of the brochures were about events taking place in 2011) and a parking voucher.

Breakfast was nice and the staff serving breakfast was very friendly and helpful.

However, on the booking.com website which we visited prior to booking, it was mentioned that the rooms would have airconditioning and a water kettle. However, our room did not have either of these and when we mentioned this at the front desk, they replied only certain rooms had those, and left it at that.

All in all it is an okay hotel, well located, but in essence it is a rather basic hotel in a lovely old building. I left the hotel with a slightly disappointed feeling.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WeEnj0yTravelling
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Stayed there from 10th June - 14th June

---Good---
1) Free Wifi
2) Clean and neat place.
3) A nice Church and a beautiful garden.
4) Very friendly and helpful staff
5) Nice breakfast served every morning, constantly checking if we have additional needs
6) Near to all the shopping and dinning places. Oh ya.. 15min walk from Theme park

---Bad---
1) A very unpleasent smell from the lift throughout the stay.
2) Very small room, no safe, no fridge ( apparently there were 2 types of rooms)
3) Room service and reception deck only till 10pm -- unreachable all the way to the next day 8am
4) lobby light off after 11pm. Have to walk in the dark flashingur own flash light.

Overall: It's a alright place. The service is good but I will still think twice if I am travelling there again

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lord-sg
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Pretoria, South Africa
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155 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

The Elzenveld Hotel is actually based partly in a 16th century monestary and it has a serendipity charm to it - right in the middle of Antwerpen!

There are various types of rooms available and although I normally stay in more economical rooms, you can do yourself the favour to stay in one of the four suites in the actual monastery wing - the wife and I had a wonderful romantic weekend away there a few years ago.

When alone I prefer the VIP room which has a business approach with desk, free internet, etc. The room is well decorated, modern and with very nice bathroom. The room was clean and fresh when I arrived.

The setting of the hotel is not your normal hotel approach and has a B&B feel to it, but I loved it! The tranquil central garden was also very nice. I personally think that this hotel may not be for everyone - it does not look like a normal hotel and you will love it if you look for something different or creative.

I will however definitely use Elzenveld in Antwerpen again!

Room Tip: I prefer the rooms with a view to the central garden.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christiaan M
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Property: Hotel Residentie Elzenveld
Address: 45 Lange Gasthuisstraat, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Antwerp Province > Antwerp
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Ranked #6 of 106 B&Bs / Inns in Antwerp
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Residentie Elzenveld 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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