This pleasant hotel is situated a little outside of the city centre. If you're coming to Antwerp by train and not too weighed down with luggage, I suggest getting off at Berchem if you have the chance. This way you can walk through Zurenborg which is a much more pleasant arrival than the walk from Central Station, although there are of course trams and buses that stop nearby the hotel.
I chose this hotel because of a very reasonable internet rate. I've no idea what the breakfast is like. €15 seems standard for this sort of thing at hotels, but I can buy three cooked breakfasts for that much money in the UK and it seems an unnecessary expense. There is a free hot drinks machine in the lobby as there is also a nearby supermarket and night shop.
The room is more than adequate in size. Visually, it's a little dominated by a large canvas print of Portrait of a Young Girl by the 15th c. Flemish artist Petrus Christus which acts as a headboard. It would seem that each of the rooms has something along these lines. I would have perhaps preferred a detail from Pieter Breughel's Mad Meg or even a devotional subject such as Rogier van der Weyden's Our Lady of the Milk, both of which may be seen here in Antwerp, but you don't tend to look at the headboard when lying on the bed. At least, not when you sleep alone.
As others have commented, the corridors and rooms are perhaps just a little under lit for the dramatic effect of spotlighting and, yes, it may happen that the internet seems a little on the slow side at peak times. Should you need to satisfy yourself with cat pictures, there are in fact some live cats in neighbouring gardens you can watch out the rear side of the hotel if your room faces that way.
The staff seemed perfectly polite and efficient although I had no need to test them with strange or outrageous requests.
It should be noted that the hotel is non-smoking throughout. As a smoker, the view from the front step on Plantinus-Moretus isn't the most stimulating for the five minutes or so that you stand there but it is acceptable.
I have only two criticisms. One is that reception are unable to provide a sewing kit. Surely the small investment in a needle and thread is not impossible for a hotel? I've never stayed anywhere that doesn't have one if needed. And if the hotel didn't have one, they'd go out and buy it for you and others to use?
My other criticism is that the ashtray located outside the front of the hotel is in need of repair. It doesn't help - see photograph - that smokers using it seem to think the hinge is the area to stub your cigarettes out in.
I would be very happy to recommend this hotel to others, particularly given the favourable cheap rates sometimes available and its location at the edge of Zurenborg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp, where history meets a trendy lifestyle.TRYP Antwerp Hotel invites you to discover its world of charm, style and luxury. Our ideal location, in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium, between the Central Station and the motorway around Antwerp, gives you easy downtown access. TRYP Antwerp Hotel is the place to be to enjoy many restaurants in the charming district of Zurenborg and its magnificent “Belle Epoque” architecture.Best location in downtown Antwerp. Located in downtown Antwerp, between the Central Station and the motorway encircling the city Surrounded by the beautiful squares, restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities of Zurenborg, Antwerp’s famed Art Nouveau District Just 700 metres from the Central Station and 2 kilometres from the historical city centre 2.5 kilometres from Antwerp Airport Discover boutique luxury and seductive style in the heart of downtown Antwerp Belgium. The TRYP Antwerp Hotel would be honoured to welcome you as its esteemed guest. ... more less
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