I was pleasantly surprised on my second visit to this hotel - the first was in 1997. It still benefits from a central, but quiet, location, within about 15 minutes walk of the main station. Its ghastly brutal architecture has blended in with its surroundings a little more now. It has been well looked after, and was probably cleaner and more shiny now than on my last visit. The welcome was fine.
I do like the new Ibis beds; my room had one and the difference was noticeable.
The bathrooms are still appallingly cramped. People with long legs (like me) have to sit on the loo carefully to avoid banging your knees on the wall in front of you. It's difficult to open the shower door without opening the main bathroom door (there's nowhere to stand). There was a certain amount of plumbing noise, coming either from the bathroom or the aircon unit, which could become annoying.
For the price I paid, this was good value. I would happily put up with its minor drawbacks for another visit. Antwerp grows on you as a city, especially if you have time to walk around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Antwerpen Centrum is in the heart of the historic town centre of Antwerp, near the famous Vogelenmarkt marketplace, Rubens House, the main shopping street (known as Le Meir) and just 700 m from the railway station as well as close to theatres. Book one of our 150 rooms and make the most of our facilities, a restaurant, bar with terrace area open 24 hours and 2 meeting rooms for seminars and conferences. Business guests will appreciate use of WiFi Internet access, public parking also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Antwerpen Centrum Hotel Antwerp
- Ibis Hotel Antwerpen Centrum