We don't want any other hotel in Antwerp, and I'll tell you why.
Antwerp isn't short of chain hotels, but me and my partner have always find those to be quite dull - where much is offered, but at a bare minimum, standardised, quality.
Colgate smiles are cheap, and strip a hotel of its colors, and it's just a block of concrete.
Not this one, though, from the moment you walk in, until you sign the guest book on your way out, you breathe a homely, friendly atmosphere.
The reception staff knows the city, and is very motivated to let you join in on the fun that is Antwerp.
After a complementary sherry or port (delish!) we are our shown our deluxe garden room with private terrace. My goodness, was the worth the upgrade! Luxurious fabrics and a beautiful garden greet us on entering.
I'm a bit of a clean freak, and found the room nice 'n crisp.
Breakfast is continental, but you can truly taste quality products. I suspect they work with local entrepeneurs. Once again: delish!
One of the best perks about this hotel is the location! Very easy to reach from the station, and we were able to drop off our bags while we hit the town.
Furthermore, everything is so incredibly close-by, compared to back home.
Just let the reception staff pinpoint your go-sees on a map, and you'll have a great time exploring.
Our thanks goes out to the friendly staff and manager, who gave us some excellent dining spots.
See you next year!
Lawrence N. Coen
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rubens-Grote Markt is situated less than a 1-minute walk from the lively Market Square with bars and restaurants, as well as The Cathedral of Our Lady. It has a 24-hour front desk and free high speed wireless internet access throughout the property. This hotel offers light and spacious rooms as well as a luxurious suite. All units have individual climate control as well as a flat-screen TV. Some of the deluxe rooms and suites also come with a private terrace. The breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold choices. Weather permitting, breakfast is served on the patio with the hotel's own 16th-century Pagadder tower. Guests can benefit from the Rubens-Grote Markt's convenient location in the historic centre for visiting the most important museums and shopping streets, De Meir and Groenplaats Square, all within walking distance. The MAS Museum is a 10-minute walk and the Red Star Line Museum can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rubens Grote Markt
- Rubens Grote Markt Hotel