We chose this hotel because we had very limited time in Antwerp (overnight) and wanted to maximize our experience in the old city center without breaking the budget. Not being used to driving in Antwerp we had a difficult time finding the hotel (street names are on sides of buildings vertical from the car and can change by block so it is difficult to get readings, further complicated by one-way streets and narrow streets shared with trolleys), and it became quite funny that when we called for assistance the lovely young woman at the front desk always said "You're almost here! It is very easy from there! Just...." and by that time we would be in some other location entirely, swept along by traffic. It says a lot for the staff that when we finally just gave up and parked the car in a largish square (by the Hilton) and called in frustration, they sent someone to usher us to the hotel, just a few blocks away. Once there, the room had lovely light, a nicely separated toilet room from bath, and a comfortable bed. We also were literally one row of structures behind the Grote Markt, which was just where we wanted to be. We wound up eating dinner at a small restaurant just across the cobble-stone street from the hotel out of exhaustion--and were extremely pleased with the quality of the food and wine. Breakfast the next morning was plentiful and varied. This was a perfect choice. (Although the weather was not conducive to outdoor sitting while we were there as it was damp/rainy--the hotel has a really nice small garden.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rubens-Grote Markt is situated less than a 1-minute walk from the lively Market Square with bars and restaurants, as well as The Cathedral of Our Lady. It has a 24-hour front desk and free high speed wireless internet access throughout the property. This hotel offers light and spacious rooms as well as a luxurious suite. All units have individual climate control as well as a flat-screen TV. Some of the deluxe rooms and suites also come with a private terrace. The breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold choices. Weather permitting, breakfast is served on the patio with the hotel's own 16th-century Pagadder tower. Guests can benefit from the Rubens-Grote Markt's convenient location in the historic centre for visiting the most important museums and shopping streets, De Meir and Groenplaats Square, all within walking distance. The MAS Museum is a 10-minute walk and the Red Star Line Museum can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rubens Grote Markt
- Rubens Grote Markt Hotel