Sometimes we book a 5 stars hotel and find out it's a mere 4 (or less). This one is the opposite. It's a 3 stars deserving to be a 4 (or maybe more, depending on some minor adjustments).
It has a perfect location if you're travelling around Europe by train - about 50 meters far from Antwerpen Centraal-which worths a visit, by the way-, and a few steps from Antwerp Zoo and the Meir, the commercial main artery of Anwerp.
I'm digressing a little, just to explain how I loved this hotel so much:
I've lost a deadline and desperately needed a package from Poland via Franceuntil December 22nd, and had no other choice to send to the hotel I was going to. I first asked if it was possible, and Mrs Lisa Borman not only wrote me on the very same day telling me to send the package there, but offered to take care of it personally. So I did.
Mrs Lisa had wrote me 3 e-mails telling me about my package, but mainly, managed very professionally with the Colissimo red tape, which demanded my signature to deliver the package. She sent it to the Post Office Agency, some 300 meters far from the hotel and had warned the staff I was going to pick it up- writing me about it!
AMAZINGLY efficiency and professionalism! Very, very hard to find, even in 5 stars hotels.
Upon arrival, our room wasn't ready yet, becauise we've decided to arrive early in the morning, and our luggage AND my package were conveniently stored until our return.
Quick, very attentive and polite check-in, with a very competent multilingual staff, even the young trainee acted like a real pro, with a good attitude and were happy to help.
A very clean, well decorated modern and good looking lobbywas there, welcoming everybody. I've listened perfect French, Dutch, Flemish (of course...) Italian and German, fluently spoken by the staff.
Our room hada modern, very well applied decoration, immaculately clean, spacious- which is not common in Europe, and BRIGHT CLEAR!!
For my readers who are aware of my rage against dark, poorly illuminated rooms, this one was perfect!
It was the first time I could work in December at night and check the room without my torch light.
There was an insanely clean bed, matress, brand new pillows, bedsheet and towels. These guys are obsessed with cleanliness like the Japanese! Two thumbs up!!
There was a LOT of facilities at our comfort besides the usual kettle-minibar-safe.
Glasses, three different types of them, spoons, sweetener and sugar, tea and including a nespresso machine with complimentary capsules (for an entry level room).There's also complimentary bottle of water in room and free wifi. Some managers should stay here to learn this lesson and outfit their own places the way it's supposed to be-delightful!
These little details are the ones which definitely makes a stay more pleasant.
The neighborhood is not properly quiet, but unless if you're a farmer or live alone in a VERY small town, it isn't a problem at all.
The street noise is the same as a busy city, and perfectly managed by the windows and curtains.
BIG spaces to store coats and clothes, travel bags and everything you want completes the overall impression.
A clockwork security system allows you to reach your level and yours only upon inserting your key in the elevator slot. Two thumbs up!
A very, very nice, spacious, comfortable bathroom with a very decent shower and a big bath tube will give you a great time after a long journey.
There is only one tiny problem: those tiny 10 ml bottle of body&hair shampoo...
Why that little? One 10 ml bottle per person, and fortunately there was a bar soap on the sink, or else I could have to ask for more. I'm posting some pics of them.
Being THAT cheap isn't neither comfortable nor fair to this nice place, and I'm really sorry I'm having to write this.
I've been in lousy hotels with a big refillable liquid soap bottle attached on the wall, which sounds like a great idea, because if the manager is thinking about economy, making these tiny personalized flasks is a little bit more expensive...
GREAT sleeping quality, very safe neighborhood, unless if you plan to walk alone at late night near the Central (which is NEVER a good idea anyplace on the planet).
There is a shuttle going to and coming from the airport, if it's the case, and the whole tram system to and from Antwerp at your feet.
This hotel will give you 90% of the fancier hotel for 50% of the cost, and it's a big YES if you ask me if it's a good idea booking it for your next travel to Belgium.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly situated in the heart of Antwerp's world-famous Diamond District, the new Park Inn Antwerpen is an ideal accommodation for business and leisure travellers. This Antwerp hotel offers 59 modern guest rooms and suites in cosy and intimate surroundings. An international breakfast buffet is served each morning, and guests also receive exclusive access to the hotel's fitness room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Inn By Radisson Antwerpen Hotel Antwerp
- Park Inn Antwerp