Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
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... more traditional with very high canopy over a quite majestic 19th Century style building in the forecourt. Wikipedia indicates that it was built between 1895 and 1905 and is considered to be "finest example of railway architecture in Belgium". I suspect that it probably needed some repair work after WWII. Still, quite a stunning piece of architecture inside and out.
Kieren and BW met us on arrival and had only a short walk to ...
... Bar. When I entered, I heard the chill sounds of some house music playing. Although it was quite empty, the feel was exactly what I was looking for. I ordered an Entrecôte, that came with a cesare salad and some chips on the side. It hit the spot! I swallowed my meal in what felt like just under 15 minutes but found myself just sitting there enjoying the music and ambiance.
After my ...
... I forgot to get a picture and overall the scenery was lovely, yielding all kinds of " wildlife" from yaks to rabbits lots of horses and the occasional sheep thrown in. As the ride is pretty flat, my knees held out. The Hotel Secundo in Bornem is situated in an odd stretch of road, almost commercial in nature. There is a Ford car dealership on the other side of the road, and next door is a large nursery/ daycare for children. The outside of the hotel looks ...
... where we could just get a sandwich or something. We saw a Subway and thought about eating there, but I just couldn't bring myself to do that. Subway was something I did at home, and therefore, it was not something I wanted to do in Europe. Michael spotted a Pita place and without looking at it, I said it would be fine. Very unlike me, I know. We went in and the owners did not speak English, so we attempted to figure out what we could order. They said ...
... to the apartment, and relaxed for a bit, before riding to a nearby pizza shop and eating pizza in the park for dinner. It was such a nice evening to have a picnic in the park, and a nice way to end my stay with Mia, Kai and Izzy. We made some daisy-chains and Izzy collected sticks (I have no idea why!) and then it was their bed time so we rode back to the apartment. Mia and I stayed up watching a movie, but I was struggling to keep my eyes open I was so tired. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt Antwerp
Good hotel, very well situated, friendly staff
Hotel Rubens is very well loceted in a quiet little street, just behind the Grote Markt. The hotel is nicely decorated, with exceptionaly friendly staff.
The rooms are big, nice beds, information on Antwerp in the room. Airconditioning available. We stayed in a room with a beautiful view on the tower of the kathedral of Antwerp. But if your staying in a room on the rear side, you will have a look in a beautifull patio.
Breakfast is very good, with lots of stuff to choose from.
The staff is well informed and can give you good tips for restaurants, busses and tramlines, where to strawl around and more!
Plein de charme
Très bien placé près de la grande place dans un cadre historique.
Plein de charme, chambre agréable et accueil chaleureux.
Really enjoyed the Rubens
We were warmly received and our room was at least what we expected.
The breakfasts were superb - amongst the best we have had anywhere. It was only a shame that we could not enjoy evening meals as the hotel has no restaurant.
Location could hardly be better.
Staff could not do enough for us.
Will definatley return.
An excellent hotel in a quiet location very close to the Grote Markt and the Cathedral. Very friendly and helpful staff who spoke English. Well-decorated. Room (Junior suite) large and well-appointed with views over the small garden and also the patio. The bathroom was bigger than some bedrooms I've seen. Very clean. The only fault was personal - the mattress was a bit too soft for my liking. Breakfast was buffet style and included a wide range of hot and cold items to suit most tastes.
Hotel Rubens is one of my favourite hotels if I compare it with other hotels in European Cities. I have stayed there several times. It is conveniently located in the Centre of the City, I can always park my car in the hotel's carpark and above all... I feel at home! Staff is very nice, helpful and pleasant to talk to. The rooms are comfortable, clean and quiet, so pleasant to stay in. There is no streetnoise. The beds are comfortable and in the morning after a shower or a bath... breakfast is a treat. I can recommend this pleasant hotel to anyone who wants to discover Antwerp or has to do business
I love this hotel
Just spent 5 days in this wonderfull hotel. I booked 3 days but we liked Antwerp and this friendly, well organised and romantic hotel so much that we stayd 1 week. My wife and two daughters asked me to book again for the summer holidays. If you like a quit and well served hotel then we can only recommand this hotel. The breakfast is the best we ever had.
No, no, no. This was one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at. It is way, way overpriced; the rooms are tatty and smelly; the breakfast is awful; the only good thing is the location, but not worth overcharging (they just increased their prices too). Stay instead at the Hotel t'Sandt. We looked at their rooms which are much, much cleaner and have lovely cotton sheets and blankets rather than the polyster and unhygenic wool blankets found at the Rubens. Also, the t'Sandt is twenty percent cheaper and right near the river but also close to the Grote Markt. Finally, I was really disappointed in the tripadvisor users who made this Hotel Rubens sound so lovely because it completely ruined our Christmas holiday which we ended up cutting short only in order to get out of this hotel. This is a 50 euro hotel, definitely not a 200 euro a night hotel.
Beautifull Rubens hotel
Great charming hotel. A hidden secret in this very nice town. The staff of the hotel was excellent and very attenive.
Charming hotel -- great front desk!
The Hotel Rubens is a charming small hotel in old Antwerp. Our room, with a view of the cathedral's steeple, was lovely, spacious, and quiet, yet the lively center of the old city was only a block away. The best part of our weekend stay was the great front desk staff. They patiently marked our maps, sent us to great "locals" restuarants, and, on Sunday morning, served us a wonderful breakfast almost two hours before their scheduled opening time so that we could leave for the antiques markets by daybreak. Probably the friendliest, most gracious staff I have encountered in Europe!
A really charming little hotel in a great location, with a friendly, helpful staff. We were given a room with our own private garden, and the breakfast was fantastic.