The location and funky design of this hotel is great. The best of Antwerp is on the doorstep and the hotel is a little bit different from an average chain hotel, with many interesting design features. You can't get directly to the door by taxi and we took the tram from the train station to Groenplats and walked the last couple of streets, which was quite easy if you have planned ahead and are armed with a map. Once you have found the hotel you can't really go too far wrong as although it is down a small side street it is so close to the centre and has so many bars and restaurants nearby and is also close to the river.
When we checked in we were given a very warm helpful welcome, with recommendations for local restaurants and help with navigation to the conference we were attending. We also didn't feel under pressure to go with the hotel breakfast, which was an additional cost, but we went for it anyway and were pleased that we did as it was simple, but really freash, healthy and delicious - the freshest bread rolls I've ever had at a hotel.
Although my room did not have a minibar, there were a few bottles of soft drink on the desk which were welcome in a hot week.
The only drawback with the hotel is that it is in need of a bit of a refresh in some areas. The tap in the bathroon was loose, and the paintwork needed sprucing up as the were quite a few scuff marks in places. It is a shame that this lets it down as otherwise the hotel is lovely, but then the price is quite reasonable, so if you are happy to ignore the few issues of TLC needed and don't want prefection then this is still a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the peaceful Haarstraat this unique hotel has the best location in Antwerp only some footsteps away from - the famous Grand Place with its stunning town hall - the Antwerp Cathedral - the River Scheldt, ... Right in the very middle of the heart of downtown Antwerp, home of Fashion, home of Diamonds, home of Culture, Port of Antwerp City by the water A short walk to the Grand Place, the Fashion Museum, the Rubens House, the MAS, ... . Only 500 meters from the Central Station, 6 km from Antwerp Airport Please take into account we have no elevator in this historical building ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matelote Hotel Antwerp