"Stayed several times - acceptable rather than desireable"
If you need to be to the south of Antwerp there are really no other choices of this size and grade of hotel between the Antwerp ring and Mechelen. During the weekdays the service seems better than at weekends or holidays but it has still been acceptable at all times.
There are some points you need to be aware of:
1. Finding the hotel is tricky. It is actually very close to main routes but the entry, buildings and signage make it hard to get the right street. Suggest you make the effort to track it down with satellite views on webmapping services etc before you go. Otherwise you will be phoning the reception and getting them to talk you in and even then it remains tricky. I know the area well so have had no problems with this but agree with other reviewers about lack of prominent signposting.
2. The rooms are very large but furnishings sized for a normal size room so the rooms feel empty. But if you turn on all the lights the light level is actually much better than in many hotels.
3. Minor issues we have had include, a missing castor wheel from one of the beds feet. it was replaced the next day but on the first night a folded blanket had to be used to support the bed.; Belgian "muggen" mean fly screens on windows should be provided; Range of breakfast options is worthy of a 3 star not better; Never used the restaurant at other times so cannot comment on meals but these are not in the hotel building but in the sports complex the other side of the car park.
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Manager is a wonderful lady and works hard to provide a good experience.
Hotel is in short walking distance to the town square and the Geel train station.
They provide off street gated parking.
Would definitely go again.
The hotel has just been renovated and in somethings it shows. The rooms are basic there is no fridge safe or mini bar but it is a 3 start hotel. Breakfast is on the third floor of hotel and you have a view of the cathederal. Breakfast is continental(toast cerial juices coffee) The location is fantastic although you have to walk down a laneway to enter the hotel. As you walk out door turn right walk up laneway and you are next to cathederal and main square. The cathederal is well worth a visit.
Tip There is no 24 hour reception at the hotel if already booked in you will have to use key pad to enter code which is on you room card as soon as you do this push the door. You then place room key into slot next to door this opens sliding door.. If arriving late press button on key pad this will get you the night person.
Overall our stay at the hotel was very good and would not hesitate to recommend the hotel to anyone who wishes to stay in Mechelen. There are also 3 chocolate shops near the hotel. Would also recommend a cafe called the Carlton which is just up the road from hotel. Also try the local beer Carlous very nice
This hotel is very nice, comfortable and clean, but I would recommend it only to people who have a car. We stayed here one night to attend a friend's wedding in the area while we were abroad. Getting here by bus was a nightmare, as the bus we took had its last stop almost a mile from the hotel, so we had to walk the rest of the way with our luggage and there is no sidewalk, we walked in the bike lane. There is a bus stop right in front of the hotel, however the bus that stops there only stops once or twice an hour. The hotel is not particularly close to any sights/activities so you will likely be taking a taxi if you need to get any where from there. My only other complaint was that the shower was built so that the water goes EVERYWHERE, not surprisingly I detected a slightly moldy smell in the bathroom, though it appeared to be clean. Otherwise a nice quiet place to stay, but definitely for certain types of travelers (those with a car!).
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