Hotel Franq – Antwerp – A bank turned into a boutique hotel
Just a stone’s throw away from the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe cathedral and the Meir the Hotel Franq opened its doors for the lovers of contemporary urban chic who also enjoy a touch of history. The neoclassical building is restored to all its former glory and the combination of modern and historical elements is well balanced. Something that caught my eye from the first moment I stepped into the huge main hall. Located to the right of the hall I spot the reception and am promptly greeted by a charming receptionist sitting at a mahogany (I am so guessing) table. The check in was swift and a bit weird as I felt like interviewing for a job. The tables are actual old office tables but as usual I love weird moments.
The whole area on the main floor from the door to the breakfast room is designed perfectly and invites for a bit of lounging. The name of the hotel derives from its former occupant a bank and that airy feeling is still palpable. The vault where they kept the Belgian Francs is restored and into a wine cellar.
Time to check out my room at Hotel Franq.
The room is cute and minimalistic offering the softest mattress something that is of utmost importance to me (btw. I slept like a baby) including the just as important black out curtains. Sink and shower facilities are all up to the boutique luxury standard and the Marshall Boom Box is a very nice touch to hook your phone up and play your tunes whilst unpacking. I just wish that they had carried the bold and colorful patterns, columns and designs from the main hall up into the room. For some this might be much better (clean minimalistic) but I was hoping for a bit more eccentricity.
The Hotel Franq provides all the essentials you would expect of a boutique hotel:
Fast Wi-Fi, a Fitness area, Room Service and Bicycle Rental.
All in all I had a wonderful time at the Hotel Franq and can recommend it.
Kipdorp 10-12, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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