We stayed for 2 nights to attend our sons NECIS basketball game in February. The hotel is modern, the staff- accomodating and pleasant, multilingual (as we only spoke English) and responsive. The location is downtown is a very safe neighborhood. Parking, however, is the issue. Trying to check in quickly is not possible. We had to find a parking spot and then walk to the hotel. Once we checked in, we were given a room key that allowed us to enter the hotel's private garage at 17 euro/night. I'd pay more for valet parking, but we located the lot and parked. It was extremely sketchy, with peeling paint, a long dark alleyway and a long delay before the door closes. There are broken bottles, trash and garbage everywhere. It is unpaved, unlit, dark, and puddle-ridden in the rain. A real shame, as a few dollars/euro/pounds would have gone a long way to make patrons feel comfortable and safe in an unknown area. The private lot is well marked, but a good 2 blocks from the hotel and a tough place to locate without a GPS due to the one-way roads.
On a lighter note, there is a well stocked bar off the lobby and we chose to order a couple of drinks and bring them up to our room while we changed. We were given a lovely tray, nice glasses of beer and wine and a cup of peanuts.
The best part of the hotel was the most amazing shower!!! We travel a LOT! We stay in hotels weekly. This shower was THE best shower we have encountered in a hotel... EVER!! My husband is 6'2", and in Europe, this shower head was above his head!! Now that is saying something! I said to him "Hon, you HAVE to try this shower" He was sound asleep, but finally managed to get in and agreed. BEST hotel shower ever!!! Rock hard, like a massage without the hands. Super hot and super hard water pressure. Enough said. I could deal with the parking easily knowing I'd be able to take a couple of these showers again!
The king sized bed (a double in europe) was large and comfy with a duvet and lots of pillows. The window view had a fire escape, but we weren't in the room for more than a good nights sleep so we barely noticed. There was a tea pot with extra tea bags, a nice flat screen TV with multiple options (including discovery channel which I missed from the US) .
The hotel is located a 15 minute drive from the International school where we were heading each day. At night, we took a cab to Graanmarket which is the downtown area with lots of restaurants and shopping. It was under 10 euro and well worth the expense to avoid parking and driving home late after dinner! There are so many great restaurants in downtown Antwerp, you can't go wrong!
I booked the hotel online without seeing it. Except for the parking issue, the hotel was well appointed and quite comfortable. I would book this or the Radisson Blue across the street when we come back next year. A nice park across the street and an interesting restaurant within walking distance made for a memorable weekend. Definitely a great and safe location.
Finally- they offer free internet. I brought my Ipad, but it was not compatable. You need to have an IBM compatible plug (not being a techy). If I had brought my laptop, I would have been fine, but you have to sign in using the internet cord and then you are able to get wifi. I couldn't do it on my ipad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leopold Hotel Antwerp(former Carlton Hotel) has undergone a complete refurbishment and metamorphosis in 2009. Our 127 fully renovated guest rooms offer high quality Hypnos beds with a minimum size of 180 cm. The spacious rooms are decorated in hip, yet warm colour schemes, including I-Pod docking station and free Wifi. Leopold Hotel Antwerp is a contemporary 4 star hotel offering friendly and flexible service, all day food & drinks in a loungy atmosphere. The Leopold is all you may expect from a city centre boutique hotel. It's smart and sophisticated yet fun and just that little bit quirky ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antwerp Leopold Hotel