I recently spent three nights at the De Keyser hotel in Antwerp, on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
When we arrived we were able to check in but as our rooms were not ready, we left our luggage in a secure locked room and went sight-seeing. (We repeated this on our last day after checking out!)
The location is ideal for a city centre hotel; right outside the central station and at one end of a long main shopping street. (There is some major relaying of drains outside the hotel and the smell can be a little unpleasant, but it is not the hotels fault!) Following this street, left out of the hotel, takes you right into the Old Town and takes about 15 minutes to walk at a leisurely pace, window shopping as you stroll!
The hotel itself was modern and clean and tidy.The bedrooms are small and fairly basic but we didn't spend too much time in the room. They have wardrobe space and a functional bathroom and overall it was more than enough for a short break. The maid tidied and kept the room spotless. We had a room at the back which had no view but was nice and quiet.
The bar area downstairs is nice enough and have a good selection of drinks BUT they do allow people to smoke in the bar area!!
The breakfast room/restaurant was not the best, as whilst we were there it got very busy and they didn't seem to be much room to move around. The actual breakfast itself was a good but typical Continental breakfast. They also had a small selection of hot items, mainly scrambled eggs, pancakes and small sausages (links!). They also had famous Belgian waffles!
The reception area was good and welcoming and the staff pleasant and spoke good English.
Across the road there is a square with a plethora of restaurants and bars, with Indian Chinese, Morroccan, Italian to name a few!! Very handy after a long day sight-seeing!
Overall a pleasant place to stay for a few days and enjoy the sights of Antwerp. I would definitely use this hotel again for a base if I were to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Freshly newly renovated rooms from 2010, central located in Antwerp, in front of train station, buses and subway, nearby the animal zoo and diamond district behind the hotel. 5 Minutes walk from the shopping area and ten minutes walk from the old city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alfa De Keyser Antwerp
- Hotel Alfa De Keyser