I would appreciate suggestions where to stay in Antwerp at a reasonable price for two nights for a couple of seniors who are fully mobile and love to walk. Thank you.
In order to give you a useful suggestion, can you provide some more detail?
- What constitutes a reasonable price for you? What is the top of the range you'd want to pay?
- Do you want to stay at a hotel? Or is an apartment an acceptable alternative?
- What kind of neighborhood do you prefer? Do you want to be in the heart of the historic area? Do you prefer a quieter residential neighborhood?
- How are you arriving and departing? Would being near the train station be desirable?
I stayed in a nice apartment in a delightful, diverse residential neighborhood with great shops and eateries. It was about 10 minutes walk from the train station and about 20 minutes walk to the center. I think the price was reasonable. If that sounds suitable, let me know and I'll be happy to provide details.
Even if you are normally "fully mobile" many buildings in Antwerp have extremely steep Dutch-style staircases which can be very unpleasant if you have the faintest fear of heights or balance issues. If that sounds like it might be a problem, look somewhere with an elevator.
I stayed at Hotel Matelote in 2012. I noticed that the rates have gone up significantly since my stay. It is centrally located, and the front desk staff were very friendly and helpful.
The Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel is a great place to stay. Just got back from three nights there. Directly across from the beautiful train station (which is especially great if you arrive by train). Great location. Very helpful staff. The staff love their hotel and it shows. They are dedicated and committed to giving you a great experience. There is a 20 euro breakfast buffet that is convenient and full of wonderful food. The bar is great too.
I did not notice many buildings with steep staircases. All was easily managed. Watch for bikes. Antwerpen bike a lot.
We often stay at the Hilton, but it is not the cheapest in town. I have walked to the Centraal Station many times, but others might consider it too far with luggage to roll. I would not stay at the Blu, not because of the gritty rail station neighborhood (I don't consider Antwerp dangerous ... ) but because of the lack of charm and sights. That said, the trams take you quickly to anything you want to see, with nice walks around every sight.
In my experience here, "reasonable" means "the cheapest possible non-dump with private bathrooms." Is that what you meant?
As a former apartment dweller, I will not promote guest-alone AirBnB rentals.
You might want to take a look at the Antwerp City Center Hotel. It's very close to the railway station. From there it's a nice walk to the main commercial street and, from their, most of the places you might want to visit.
We stayed 2 nights at the Columbus Hotel in April, 2016. Reasonable price, 5 min walk from the train station or bus stop. We took the direct bus from the Brussels airport to Antwerp as it was actually easier to get to outside the airport at that time than the trains ( just a few weeks after the airport bombing.) You can buy tickets for the bus directly from the driver, so no hassel with ticket machines and lines waiting to use them.
Nothing fancy about the hotel, but clean, decent breakfast, and helpful staff. Loved Antwerp which is easily walk able. Then took the train to Ghent. For us, the hotel was a great location near the transportation hubs in Antwerp. It is located on Frankrijklei Street just down from the Opera House.