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Number 22 Antwerp: a superior alternative to a hotel
Number 22 Antwerp aparthotel is a short stay concept designed and executed by Frédéric Luca Landi. It lies in Antwerpen city centre close to Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp’s Cathedral and the Rubens House. If you’re driving there, you’ll find plenty of parking availability on the Verbondstraat. If you’re visiting Antwerp from abroad, you can get around town easily via the public transport system, or you can find a bicycle rental service just around the corner.
These design apartments all have a beautiful private bathroom, living room, bedroom and a well-equipped kitchen. If you’d like to eat out, we’d suggest going to ‘Ciro’ or ‘Mampoko’ restaurants nearby for a taste of the famous Belgian cuisine. Vegetarians can pop around the corner to ‘De Broers Van Julienne’ for some tasty takeaway or eat-in like we did.
I would describe the furnishings as modern retro with a design twist, all beautifully brought together by a man who knows his business. You’ll also find all modern day essentials available like a flat screen TV, international cable, fridge, microwave and fast Wifi.
We immediately felt at ease in our apartment. Everything was spotlessly clean, with plenty of room and all the comforts of home. The living room is large and spacious with a nice couch and relax chair. Yes, once again we were happy that we didn’t book a small hotel room and decided on taking a calculated risk on booking a lesser known accommodation. First test is, of course, the WiFi. You’ll find the log-in details on the TV decoder, and I’m happy to say that the internet connection is fast and reliable. The flat-screen TV receives all the usual Belgian and international cable stations.
The adjacent kitchen is well-stocked with pots, pans, knives and forks. There is a compact four-plate cooking stove, microwave, dishwasher and fridge available, so we’d be happy to stay here for a week or so, and cook small meals ourselves.
The owner Frédéric provides a simple daily breakfast for guests with a couple of slices of bread, toppings, drinks and eggs for you to cook up in the morning. It’s not the big spread that you’ll find in luxury hotels, but more than enough for us. And we very much like the fact that we can have breakfast at any time we please in the morning in whatever attire we seem fit.
The bedroom is right next to the living room. It can be closed off with blinding curtains if one of you wants to go to bed earlier. The bed is of excellent quality, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bed like this in a chain hotel in the same bracket, and we had a good night’s sleep. Next to the bedroom is the bathroom with a lovely stand-alone bath and two sinks, handy for those early mornings where you both need to get ready quickly.
It’s also worth noting that owner Frédéric is always happy to accommodate any special needs you might have, like dietary restrictions, broadband cable wired internet, extended stays, etc. If you have any, I would suggest contacting him in advance with your questions.
We highly recommend Number 22 Antwerp for your short or longer stays. We felt at home here, and we’re happy that we did not spend our money on a cramped hotel room. Frédéric is also opening a second place called Le Prince d’Anvers, where he’s trying to capture the luxury spirit of the Renaissance era. I’m sure it will be quite the sight to see!
Number 22 Antwerp; Verbondstraat, 22; 2000 Antwerpen; België