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by raymond longaray
November 16, 2007
From journal One Day In Antwerp
August 27, 2007
I stayed in the Hilton as part of a work trip. We stayed in the "club level", which meant breakfast was included (albeit rather simple fare), as well as munchies and drinks (beer, soda) in the evening. The rooms were on the larger side, with European style bathrooms (for those from the US who haven't visited the EU very much, read this as "small").The main complaints I would have with the Hilton are twofold. For starters, the room I had was right by a service closet, so I could hear the staff regularly moving material in and out at most all times of the day and night. Secondly, wireless Internet access was expensive - like about $20 (US) per day. If work wasn't paying for it, I would have never paid that much.Having said that, the hotel is convenient for most of Antwerp, with an easy walk to the shopping district and a subway stop just around the corner. The food in the restaurant downstairs was decent enough, and the staff were quite exemplary. The nightly rate here was about $330 (US).
From journal Antwerp/Brussels/Luxembourg 2007
November 10, 2005
The Hilton Antwerp is a five-star hotel that is conveniently located at Groenplaats Square, next to the magnificent Antwerp cathedral and adjacent to the historical city centre. As such, it is a very convenient base from which to explore the historic quarter of the city, which is just a few minutes' walk out of the main lobby. The hotel itself occupies a historical building (in what used to be Antwerp's "Grand Bazar") and was reinstated as an architectural landmark in 1993. For shoppers, the pedestrianised Mier shopping street is a 5-minute walk from the hotel; in addition, a small shopping mall is directly connected to the hotel (via an internal walkway) and contains a Tintin outlet, several small boutiques, and a good-sized supermarket, good for essentials such as bottled water, juice, cookies, snacks, and also freshly made sandwiches and salads. Travel connections are also easy from the hotel; there is a secure underground car park for those who intend to drive, and the Metro service runs directly beneath the hotel, with various stops around the city, including the Centraal train station.
The reception staff is multilingual and English is widely spoken, so getting directions is not a problem. The rooms are fairly standard in terms of decor, with the usual amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, attached bathroom, hair dryer, cable etc. - what one would expect from a five-star establishment. Business travellers are well-catered for with a fully-equipped business centre, and an upgrade to the Club floor offers access to the exclusive Club lounge, where breakfast and all-day snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are served daily. A free flow of wine and canapes are available in the evenings, all at no extra charge. In addition, there is also a concierge staff in the lounge who can help with business-related assistance, as well as booking of day tours and directions. All in all, the Hilton is an excellent hotel with high service standards. It is highly recommended if you are looking for a five-star establishment in a great location.
From journal Antwerp, Belgium - More than beer and chocolate