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Hotel O Kathedral
Ranked #26 of 73 Hotels in Antwerp
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

While the hotel is in the most enviable position in Antwerp, the owners have handed the design and decor over to some awkward teenagers. The entire place is matt black, from the corridors to the rooms. Once you have fumbled your way into the'boudoir'you are immidiately tested in regard to the relationship, if you're comfortable watching, hearing and inevitably smelling your room mate using the ablutions, this is the hotel for you. If on the other hand your not, you are going to feel that you're in some low low budget voyeuristic soft porn film.

The location as mentioned is just about perfect, the parking is a short walk away and is €18 for 24 hours. This is later appreciated for being car free. The bars, cafes and restaurants seem to be endless, this is a great place to be but, be sure your travel companion is happy with the setup! This hotel is no good for groups or parties, unless it's swingers!?!

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Overall the staff made our stay magnificent. Allowing us to see the town with advice and knowledge. The view from the top, also heavenly and peaceful. Thank you so much and look forward to coming back.

Room Tip: Suitcase holders would be nice rather than the floor. But loved it.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This hotel has many references on various sites, which conflict. The hotel falls short of all the descriptions it puts out that I have seen.
It is in an excellent position and the limited staff were polite and friendly.
The room I was allocated was painted black with Rubines style women and children in various states of undress. The room had very limited lighting. The "open plan bathroom" (not mentioned on the site I saw before booking) meant there was no privacy whilst bathing or showering. There was no lock on the WC, no extractor fan nor an outside window. There was no fridge or safe. There was one chair which was uncomfortable and if one sat in it for more than 2 minutes one would loose circulation in the legs. Storage for clothes very inadequate. The "double bed" was 2 singles pushed together which moved apart during the night.
The breakfast was inadequate and over priced

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank David L
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

firts the location is perfect if you do not mind some noise from the bars and square in front of hotel, and the wake up from the church bells at 7.30. Price quality i find it expensive for what it is small room painted full black. No A/C or ventilation in the room you just can open the window if you want fresh air but then you have even more noise, No room safe, limited aminities, overall very basic room which is expensive for what it has to offer.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We stayed in the Hotel O Cathedral in July, 2014. Unfortunately, it was also the week of the World Cup - luckily NOT the night they played USA. First, they gave away our family room. They did have a room available for 4 adults (parents and 2 adult children) but glass showers are IN bedroom giving NO privacy. We ended up booking two rooms. Awkward with open glass showers in room unless you're comfortable showering where everyone in room can see you? Second NO a/c and it was unseasonably warm so had to leave windows open. Pubs outside so LOTS of noise late into early morning and then earlier morning worker noise. Entire hotel is painted black inside - walls, floor, ceiling, everything - a bit bleak plus difficult to find things (light switches, etc). The cathedral is illuminated all night so if you have a window facing it, that light doesn't go out. Good location if wanting to be by city centre but other better options. Pay a little more - so worth it for a good night's sleep! Bring mask and ear plugs and you may sleep?

Room Tip: If you require a quiet environment to sleep - book somewhere else - at least in the summer with no a...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

You have to be sure that you know what you book. The location can't be better, in the heart of old city , in front of the cathedra!! There are however some BUTS- rooms don't have air conditioning, so you have to open the window to have some fresh air BUT it is very noisy outside . The other BUT is -bathrooms / showers are inside the bedroom! , in some rooms also toilet! so be prepared- no intimacy whatsoever. But..... I loved that place.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Katarzyna D
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

The description of this place makes it sound rock star cool. Everything is black, retro speakers and turntables adorn the walls of the bar, the rooms are voyeuristic (to your travel companion).
We stayed in a room on the top floor, had a cool view of the cathedral from our skylight. (Apparently we were there on a church holiday so they bells delighted our eardrums quite often).
In general it was comfortable. Their version of a double be is two pushed together, made up separately, so by morning there's a large divot in the middle. (just make the bed as one and everyone is happy.) The shower was central in the room and all glass. Didn't matter to us, except there wasn't enough glass to keep the water from getting all over the floor in front of the sink. it would be slightly better if the vanity had more space and there was another hook or two to hang stuff up with. (they only provide 2 hangers). Toilet room was small but fine.
it got a little hot on the top floor, no temp control we could find, but we were able to open the windows to get the air to flow. (just woke up with a bunch of mosquito bites, but that's just nature)
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is great, easy to walk to everything (shops, restaurants, bars). it's about a 20 minute walk from the train station, but there's also a subway that stops about 5 minutes from the hotel, very easy.
it was cool and different to stay here for a couple nights, much longer than that though and i would've been asking for more conveniences brought up to the room.

Room Tip: ask for a cathedral view
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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: £81 - £143 (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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