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“Great location, tiny room”
Review of Hotel O Kathedral

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Hotel O Kathedral
Ranked #26 of 73 Hotels in Antwerp
Reviewed 25 July 2013

HotelO cathedral in Antwerp is a boutique hotel on a great location: next to the cathedral in the centre of town. If you don't mind hearing 'The bells! The bells!' (and I didn't), the hotel is conveniently close to theaters, restaurants, 'Rubenshuis' and MAS. The rooms and corridors are almost completely black, which adds an unusual touch to the place.
The room I was in was tiny, no room for a luggage rack or a nightstand, perhaps too tiny for the price. The bedroom and the bathroom are devided by a glass 'wall', so if you are not used to seeing your parner use the toilet, you'll have to leave the room.
I really enjoyed the breakfast. The staff was friendly and helpfull, but not always present.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I bought a Groupon voucher for Mother's day for one night stay at this very centrally located hotel. I was very embarrassed to have put my mother through this nightmare of a hotel.
The rooms are small and claustrophobic. It was unusually hot and the lack of airconditioning and fresh air gave us an utterly sleepless night.

The key selling feature of this hotel, is the 'design' aspect, poorly printed pixelated Rubens paintings are what make this hotel stand out. Don't fall for it.

The hotel was downright messy and dirty. If you didn't want to take the scary elevator you were forced to go through the emergency exit where you could see the unfinished parts of the hotel with garbage bags lying around.
The glass bath and shower surrounded by mirrors make sharing rooms for non-couples embarrassing.
They were clearly understaffed. The breakfast was very simple but good, but no one cleared and cleaned the table, which was once again unacceptable.

This hotel is by far the worst experience I have ever had. I have slept better in tents and backpackers. Value for money is completely out of balance.

Don't do it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank IsabellaBE
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Very close to the cathedral, friendly excellent staff. Small but modern rooms, WiFi and bottled water for free. Very comfortable bed. Bread, croissants, ham and cheese, confiture, fresh orange juice, tea and an excellent espresso for just 5 € - who needs a breakfast buffet for 25 € or more?
In-room shower without curtain and lavatory walls of plywood are not matching my personal taste. Noisy streets and cathedral bells are the price for inner-city locations.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
Thank George K
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

top location shopping, restaurants, museums....
Brand new place
nice window view on the market and Kathedral
nice design different than home
i could see television while taking a bath
The bar downstairs nice decorated
Breakfast super with real juice and fresh bread and croissants
the bed was very comfortable with good
I liked the mirror wall
nice dark wood on the floor and no carpet

Room Tip: take a room on the front with the view if you wan't perfect silence than take a room in the bac...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2013 via mobile

Booked a one-night stay 2 persons Kathedral room for 139€ at HotelO Kathedral last wk. Living in Belgium myself i was aware of the (very) central location in the city of Antwerp. This turned out to be a bad decision for a weekend stay. The windows arn't double glassed and staying on the second floor you could hear a lot of noise coming from street-level restaurants/bars. The room itself is a mix of Louis XV black matt walled look with open bath-facilities to the room (except lavatory), which make's it accessible only to couples. Average closet space with only 4 hangers. The room is not very big and being all black there is a dirty feeling to it, although everything was clean! The bed is quit amazing, very soft with lots off big pillows making it a perfect combo. The price of 139€/night 'without' breakfast is in my opinion way too expensive for the given amneties/quality of this hotel. A public parking lot is located 500 meters from the hotel. Good choice for hip upper-class couples but not for a quit romantic weekend in Antwerp.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one night with 2 couples. I know from experience that it is very difficult to find an hotel right near the "Grote Markt" and "de Groenplaats". Mostly would end up staying at the Hilton, which is great but pretty pricy. So I was happy to see that this hotel had opened up it's doors. Instead of paying 159 euros at the Hilton we paid 119 euros at this hotel.
The persons at the reception are very nice. You feel they want to do everything to make your stay as good as possible. The location cannot be beat. It is just a few steps from the Cathedral and of course all the nices pubs and restaurants.
The whole hotel is very dark, it is a style you need to like. I did.
The rooms are not very big, but spacious enough for us. There is a bench in front of the windows with a cushion on top of it. You can sit there and watch out over the street.
I closed the window at night, since you are in the middle of the city and of course there will be noises.
The bed was very very comfortable.
Nice modern bathroom. The bath tub is in the middle of the room, with glas around it. For us that was not a problem but I can imagine if you are a weekend out with a friend, the lack of privacy might be a bit uncomfortable.
The wifi works very well.
Overall I will defenitely stay in this hotel again if I am travelling with my spouse. Probably not if I would have to share a room with a friend.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

HotelO couldn't be more central for Antwerp. I could see the Kathedral from my window and the old town was all within easy walking distance. The hotel was clean but unusually dark. Floors, walls and ceilings were all matt black. The only surfaces in my room not like a blackboard were covered with mirrors - or, in the case of the ceiling, a mural of cherubs and other naked figures. It all gave a dark and slightly strange feel. Wi-Fi was hopeless throughout the hotel.

Room Tip: The room 6 on each floor (at the end of the corridor) was huge with 4 beds and two separate areas ei...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Thank 528AndrewS
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Address: Handschoenmarkt 3, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Antwerp Province > Antwerp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 73 Hotels in Antwerp
Price Range: £72 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel O Kathedral 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sleep with a unique view of theCathedral of Our Lady? It’s possible! Hotel O Kathedral is located in the heart of Antwerp’s historic center within walking distance of the main sights, museums, bars, restaurants, shopping streets and the Schelde. The hotel features 33 comfortable and modernly furnished rooms with designer furniture, open bathroom and hardwood floors. Our romantic rooms all have a view of the cathedral of Antwerp and have a wall painting inspired by Rubens integrated in wall and ceiling. This gives you the unique feeling of sleeping in a painting. There is also a bar in the hotel and an in-house chocolate shop and coffee shop. WIFI is free and most rooms have air conditioning that can be arranged at your own request. Hotel O Kathedral serves a daily continental buffet breakfast with fresh and seasonal ingredients and home-made pastries, granola, salads and more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Antwerp
Classic Hotel Antwerp
Antwerp Best Western
Antwerp Classic Hotel

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