We read a series of decent reviews on this place and were in a bit of a bind so booked a one night stay at City Apartments. The area wasn't exactly upmarket but we felt safe enough. However, we arrived 30 minutes before the 4pm check in time to find that the office was only open between the hours of 4 and 8. There was no lobby to sit and wait in so we had to walk around with our bags until 4pm. When we did check in, the woman at the desk was very nice but was only on the property for a few hours. She gave us a mobile number to call if we had any problems.
We then found out that there had been a series of power cuts throughout the day which also continued into the night and next morning. It made taking the lift a big of a gamble, but we had big bags and were at the top of the fifth floor so we chanced it. It also made getting ready and getting out a bit difficult.
The room itself was big but smelled very musty. We left the window open but that didn't seem to do much. The shower tap in the bathroom was broken and we had a bit of a trickle of water. For me though, the worst part was the security. Our door had both a deadbolt and main lock but the main lock didn't work. Thus, it looked like the door was slightly open when we left. The safe in our room did not work either. Due to the paper thin walls, we heard the man next door coughing and pacing all night. At one point, he left his room and paced the corridor, hit the buttons for the lift and went back. I didn't feel safe at all.
Overall, it is a budget place and it's clean. But the security and thinness of the walls means I'd never stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Apartments Antwerp has an ideal location, in the heart of Antwerp.The residence is close to the cultural center of town, in a quiet street, within walking distance of the important places of interest.Within short distance, you may find a bus and metro stop, which give you an easy way to visit the city.Only 15 minutes away from the harbor of Antwerp and the Bourla theater.Also the ‘Grote Markt’, the diamond quarter, the ‘Vlaamse Opera’ and the shopping streets, are located close to our residence.This residence offers 29 fully furnished studio-apartments, which combine the advantages of an apartment with the comfort of hotel service.The entire building offers free wireless internet to keep – during your stay – in touch with your family, friends en co-workers.At our residence, we offer our guests the parking facilities – which can be added to the reservation. ... more less
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