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What We Love

  • A lovely hotel in Belgium's charming city of Antwerp, with breakfast and drinksStaying at a hotel right in the heart of the city, close to all the most popular sights
  • Enjoying free drinks at the bar each evening
  • Waking up each morning to a delicious breakfast at the hotel

What To Know

  • Guestrooms are on the small side, but suites are more spacious, and some have fireplaces
  • Central location in the fashion district
  • Glass bathrooms add sex appeal, but may not be for those who want privacy
chair restaurant Boutique Dining dining table


A lovely hotel in the city center, with a welcome drink on arrival and free drinks at the bar each evening

The Lowdown

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Hotel Banks
Steenhouwersvest 55
Antwerpen, Belgium


Our first visit to Antwerp and Belgium

We are experienced travellers in our mid-sixties. When we first stepped into the hotel, we both thought that we’d have a chat with our very experienced travel consultant when we got home because this is not your normal hotel, at least by our view. However, we quickly realized that it was a very good establishment and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It’s not for everybody, and best described as “quirky” and part edgy art gallery as well as a hotel. Interestingly, the clientele when we stayed varied from the young to the very experienced end of the time scale. We got an upgrade to a corner suite that was very large, if a slightly unusual configuration with a great view down into central Antwerp through floor to ceiling French doors that opened for an “alfresco” experience. Its location is its best attribute. Very close to a variety of good restaurants as well as metro stations that are a short ride from central. It's a very easy, and flat, 20-minute walk to Central station, which is worth a visit on its own. Most of Antwerp’s tourist attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, however our main objective was to use Antwerp as our base to explore the many beautiful medieval cities in Belgium that are only short train rides away. So being close to transport options was a bonus for us. The hotel has a “happy hour” every afternoon, with complementary wine and nibbles. Ask for a beer, because it’s not on display at the self-service bar. This gave us a chance to meet and talk to other visitors at the end of a days sightseeing, which was great. Try the small pub around the corner on the square next to the museum. Belgium beer is great! Breakfast at the hotel is very unusual, especially if you must have “full English”, however there’s enough other places to eat very close by. This is a great if unusual hotel; we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.

Stay away from this place!

The only good thing about this place is location. Service and hotel policies have a lot of room for improvement. The rooms are dark and small. Concrete ceiling and floor. Mini fridge that they give is tiny and loud. Breakfast is the same every day. Staff is not capable of problem solving. When I asked for iron and ironing board they could not provide any. First day, they had trouble showing me how to work gas heater in the room, and they were able to figure it out after few phone calls to other hotel employees. When they promised me a refund to my credit card, it took them three weeks to process it. If you don’t want to ruin your trip do not stay here, unless there are no other rooms left in Antwerpen. Will not come back.

Great hotel, good price

This is a great hotel in the old town of Antwerp. The rooms are not too big, but very efficiently decorated. The bed is good, there are two comfortable chairs and a modern bathroom. The ceiling and the floor are made of concrete which gives the room a modern industrial feeling.

We really appreciated the free drinks and bites. Starting at five pm there are free drinks including wine and nice bites like olives, salami, salmon and tortilla chips for free. Great to relax between day activities and diner.

The pice of the hotel is reasonable for the location. I can definitely recommend the place for a weekend Antwerp.