Like a lot of people, I suspect, we chose this hotel because it is close to Antwerpen Centraal (the most obvious way of getting to the city is via train) and also inexpensive. In that sense, we couldn't fault it. It does provide excellent value for money (the breakfast is very good indeed) and it is a pleasant seven minute meander to the station through the fascinating diamond district. It is also close to the zoo, which we recommend (unless you don't like zoos!).
Just before we left for Antwerp we were talking to some friends who had visited the city recently and, spookily enough, had stayed in the Leopold (which they also liked). They reckoned that it was an easy stroll to the Groenplaats and Grote Markt (where some of the major attractions are), so we didn't bother to get a travel pass.
I just want to introduce a note of caution to anyone with mobility difficulties. It is probably a 20 minute walk (depending on how fast you walk) to those places. The hotel did appear to be on a bus route, which may have gone to the city centre, but we didn't check as we were happy to walk it. I am sure the hotel staff (who were friendly without being obsequious) could advise on taxis, buses or other ways to get to the attractions without walking, but you may want to take the distance into consideration and maybe book a hotel closer to the action if you don't want to, or can't, walk far.
I guess it is a case of 'you pays your money you takes your choice' - you can either be close to the station or the old heart of the city, but not both (and you would probably pay more to be closer in).
For techies: the Wi-Fi is free, but if you want to attach anything above a couple of MB (which I wanted to do for work purposes) then it is best to pay, as the free option is really just for browsing. Also, the reception on the TV wasn't great, though that didn't bother us.
One very positive note is that our room was, mercifully, quiet. For that I am eternally grateful.
- 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