We have never found an SAS Radisson in Europe that we didn’t fall in love with, and this one is no exception. From the moment we pulled up to the curb, we were treated as if we were very special guests. I will always remember this hotel fondly because Joseph, our bellman, was such a delight. He was given the unenviable task of carrying not only our luggage, but also my new replacement bag from British Airways, up to our room (it had been delivered to the hotel before we arrived). I gave him a good laugh when I got into the wrong elevator and had to return to the lobby. He waited by the elevator to direct me through the lounge to our elevator. Evidently, he had tried to stop me, but I am usually on my own agenda and was anxious to find our room.
Our room was bright, done in soothing colors, and was ultra-clean. It was furnished with lots of wood, a minibar, a safe, a double-mirrored door, two chairs, a desk, and a comfortable king-size bed. The bathroom was large, with big, fluffy towels and even facecloths. The large, deep tub beckoned, and I put the amenities basket to good use. This is one of those rooms where you need to put your room card into the slot to keep the lights on.
We chose this hotel because it had a health club and an indoor pool. There is nothing like a jacuzzi after a long day of walking, especially in the cold of winter. The hotel also has it own parking garage, which cost 18 euros a day
The desk help couldn’t have been nicer. Joe was looking for a particular church, and one of the girls even called her mother to find out where it was. They were all wonderful. When I asked where the closest Internet café was, they told me that I could use their business center, and it was free for guests. It was closed, but they took me up and opened it for me. Now that is helpful!
This is Antwerp’s only five-star hotel, and it certainly deserves this designation. We got a wonderful rate too. Our only gripe might be that breakfast wasn’t included, but they do offer a very overpriced breakfast buffet. The hotel has a beautiful bar and restaurant, which we used the first night we stayed here.
The location is a little out of the center, but if you like to walk or jog, you can head to the stadpark, which is right across the street. The tram is not very convenient to this hotel, so we took cabs most of the time, which the desk was happy to call for us. We were rather close to the diamond district and the rail station. I wouldn’t change anything about this hotel, and I would love to stay here again.