The Hilton in Antwerp is a typical Hilton. A nice charming facade towards the square fools you into thinking that this might be a nice place, but it is as soulless as only American chain-hotels can be. We stayed 2 nights for the price of one on a 'summer deal' and that was still too expensive for this hotel.
The room was a completely standard hotel-room, even though the window was bolted so it could only open 15cm. On top of the minibar sat a half litre bottle of standard water and a tiny can of pringles. Upon consulting the minibar brochure we saw that they charge SEVEN!!!!! Euros for half a litre of water. Water mind you, Not morning dew collected by virgins on a full moon or 12yr whiskey, but bog standard water.
Breakfast the first morning was complete chaos. A young girl was standing taking room numbers on entry, but didn't seem to grasp that something was wrong when 10 couples were wandering around amidst dirty tables. Had to go and tell her to get someone to clean a table where we could sit. The breakfast buffet was completely standard, nothing missing, but nothing interesting either.
Charging €15 pr. night for an 512/128 internet connection, €25 for 1/256 (I think) and €35 (yes, THIRTY-FIVE EURO) pr. night for 2/1 mbit is simply horrendous and completely unacceptable in 2009.
They did provide a free shower cap. What will they think of next? Charging for a pillow, but providing free feed for your mammoths?
On the day of checkout they decided to have some work done on the elevators, so they would be shut down. At what time of day did they shut down the elevators I hear you ask - during the middle of the day when the hotel is empty? No between 0950 and 1030 which is probably when MOST of the guests on summer-vacation would like to either check out or go out into they city after breakfast.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awarded the 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Hilton Antwerp Old Town is an elegant hotel housed in an historic building of architectural importance, in the most central, prime location of any hotel in Antwerp, right on the Groenplaats Square. This luxurious hotel is within walking distance of the finest shopping the city has to offer, the best museums are a brief walk away including the fantastic new MAS, nightlife and fine dining all within 5 minutes walk of the hotel. Hotel facilities include the largest guest rooms in Antwerp with marbled bathrooms (with separate stall showers), Flat Screen TV's, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities, wifi throughout (at a fee), and for those needing that added bit of luxury, the Hilton Antwerp Old Town has the only true Executive Floor concept in Antwerp, with a classically elegant lounge and an exclusive outdoor terrace. For families, the hotel offers family rooms and family suites for up to 4 Guests. The new restaurant of the hotel "Brasserie Flo Antwerp", opened since July 2014, brings you the delights of a world-class brasserie on the Groenplaats. It is opened all day long from breakfast to dinner. This new Brasserie, combining stylish decor with inspired food and skillful, dedicated service, offers authentic French-Belgian cuisine using nothing but the freshest and finest products. The seafood counter brings the variety of this fabulous food from an abundant plateau fruits de mer to lobster dishes. Pass by the Bar and be surprised tasting some local beers or home-made cocktails. For meetings and galas, the Hilton Antwerp Old Town houses the elegant Belle Epoque Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in Belgium along with 11 other flexible and functional meeting rooms. Additionally, the hotel offers a 24 hour rooms service and renovated Lobby Lounge to take a coffee or savor the signature Royal Sinjoor High-Tea. There is a public Parking Garage on Groenplaats with direct lift access to the hotel lobby (via -1st floor of the parking). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Antwerp
- Antwerp Hilton