This hotel is built within a converted 16th Century property and mixes some old touches with wooden beams, with modern comtemporary design. There is only (I think) 7 bedrooms in the property. One word of warning, the stairs up to the 1st and 2nd floor, are presumably original and very narrow, so not for anyone with diffficulty to climb stairs. The other point to mention is that having so few rooms, you often feel like the only person in the building, breakfast is a very quiet affair and after around 10pm, the reception is no longer manned and therefore presumably there is nobody on site. To some this may be the unique selling point and charm but it may not suit everyone.
On this trip I was given the junior suite, on the top floor, a very large room, with plenty of daylight overlooking nearby rooftops. This was known as the "disco" room as in the centre of the ceiling is a large glitter ball, which you can have illuminated throughout the night.
Although furbished to a high standard, it needs just a little attention here and there - the shower door, doesn't shut tight, so you walk out onto a puddle, but these minor things are not a reason to avoid the hotel. The location is superb a minutes walk from the main square in the city beside the cathedral with plenty of restaurants and bars and access to the River Schelde, a few seconds in the other direction.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the peaceful Haarstraat this unique hotel has the best location in Antwerp only some footsteps away from - the famous Grand Place with its stunning town hall - the Antwerp Cathedral - the River Scheldt, ... Right in the very middle of the heart of downtown Antwerp, home of Fashion, home of Diamonds, home of Culture, Port of Antwerp City by the water A short walk to the Grand Place, the Fashion Museum, the Rubens House, the MAS, ... . Only 500 meters from the Central Station, 6 km from Antwerp Airport Please take into account we have no elevator in this historical building ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matelote Hotel Antwerp