About this listing
The duplex is part of a 2,5 floor apartment in the middle of Antwerp: 5 min away from the Meir, public transport & rental bikes.
The duplex has a private sleeping & living area with desk and a shared bathroom.
Hello! Nice to meet you.
Let me guide your around my home!
--- Tell me, where is it? ---
The duplex is part of a 2,5 floor apartment in the middle of Antwerp: just an easy stroll (about 5 min) away from the Meir (Antwerp's main shopping street), trams, busses, train station and rental bikes.
The Keyserlei is also a 5 min walk from my place: there you can find numerous restaurants, a cinema, the zoo and a fitness.
You can find the the public library around the corner as well. It's on a little square where there's also a nice coffee bar. My favorite Thai place is not far away either. All spots are marked in the neighborhood guidebook I made here on Airbnb.
--- What does it look like? ---
Well, it's located in a typical old mansion (think: wooden floors, authentic elements, and very light: we love sunshine!) The apartment starts on the second floor of the house, please keep in mind there are some steps to climb (that's the way it goes in old mansions :)).
1st floor: laundry room & toilet
2nd floor: living room & kitchen
3rd floor: my bedroom, the shared bathroom (shower + toilet) and your place to stay (the duplex)
You'll have your own private living area (couch, living room table, ...) & desk with stairs up to the sleeping area. The bathroom is shared (with me). There's a double sleeping bed/futon (with a standard bed mattress) and a fan for summer days & heating for winter.
Maximum 2 people can stay at the apartment. There's a blanket to get cozy in the couch, soap & shampoo in case you forgot & towels. I have a hair dryer you can use as well and if there's anything else you would need: just ask :)
Take a look around, and do let me know if you have any more questions!
You'll have access to every room, except to my own bedroom.
Interaction with Guests
I'm mostly out during the day (working) and weekends can be busy as well but I'm there in the evening if you have any questions or want to have a chat :) You'll have a lot of privacy as your room has its own living room & bureau but you're always welcome in the downstairs living room as well!
I live in a lively multicultural neighbourhood, 5 mins away from the train / bus station & the Meir (the main shopping street).
You'll get a map & booklet filled with local hotspots. Antwerp is only 45 minutes (by train) from Brussels or Ghent. If you want to explore any other cities - I'm happy to help you out as well - just let me know!
You can always take a look at the Airbnb guidebook I filled in to check my favorite spots in the city.
--- Can I park my car? ---
(1) Yes, you can park your car in the street but don't forget to pay (from 9-19h for €0,70 to €1,10/hour) from Monday to Saturday.
(2) If you like to park your car inside, there are paid indoor parkings around the corner as well € 18 a day (Rooseveltplaats: see guidebook).
(3) The only free option is a 30 min walk or 10 min tram ride away, at the docks (Waalsekaai: see guidebook).
--- Can I rent a bike? ---
There are bikes around the corner you can rent, they are managed by the city and are called "Velo". You pick them up at one station and then drop them off at another one in the city (there are plenty around!).
You can order a day or week pass from the "Velo Antwerpen" website (in EN, FR and DE) with your credit card. You then get a code you can enter at the station to get your bike.
Prices are: €8/week or €3.6/day.
They are designed for short rides (approx 30 min each time) around the city (which will get you far, the city isn't that big).
--- How far is the apartment from the train station? ---
Only a 10 min walk (maximum!). You'll get the details of the route in your confirmation mail!
Other Things to Note
My apartment is officially registered as a guesthouse and therefore meets all the required safety regulations set by the city council (fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency escape exists on every floor,...).
Smoking only allowed on the balcony :) - so not inside the apartment.
Check in is flexible, but needs to be checked in advance: I will always make the time to let you in, hand you the keys and show you around the house.
Check out time is based on what suits you best.
We didn't meet Laura, her neighbour let us in.
The appartment is great, very comfortable. There is a water cooker and a variety of thee to choose which was very nice. The wifi was good. There is also a map full of papers/folders about Antwerp/Brussels/Gent, very handy!
We had a pleasant two days here! Everything is walkable from the appartment (otherwise you van easily rent a bike, also close).
We also forgot something in the appartment but Laura has not a problem at all to sending it back to us :) Thank you!
Wij hebben een hele fijne tijd in de Private Duplex gehad! Het ziet er precies zoals opde foto's uit. De privacy dat Laura en Tim ons gaven stelden wij zeker op prijs! Ze zijn heel vriendelijk. Dit appartement was heel schoon en het ligt heel centraal. Alles is op loopafstand en wij hebben de metro niet nodig gehad. China'town' (eigenlijk een straat) ligt 2 straten verderop en wij vonden het minder prettig om hierdoorheen te lopen. Pak je een andere straat, dan is er niks aan de hand. Qua uitchecken zijn Laura en Tim heel soepel, we mochten onze koffers namelijk tot 16:00 laten staan en konden we het centrum nog in op onze laatste dag. Tip: Een matje meenemen voor op het bed als je niet van harde matrassen houdt zou slim zijn ;) Al met al is dit plekje zeker een aanrader
Tim and Laura were great hosts! The house was exactly as described! They were both extremely friendly and answered any questions we had! The apartment was in walking distance to the city so public transport was rarely needed! I would highly recommend staying here!
Laura en Tim hebben een prachtig appartement op ongeveer 10 minuten lopen van het Centraal Station. De duplex is mooi ingericht en ruim zat voor 2 mensen, dus helemaal goed! Er ligt een duidelijke infosheet met o.a wifi-wachtwoord en je vindt er ook handdoeken, extra dekens en kleine shampooflesjes om te gebruiken. Er ligt ook een dikke map met informatie over de stad. Erg handig :) verder vonden we het een rustige omgeving, geen herrie van buiten ofzo, en was het al met al een fijn verblijf. Oh en ook fijn: Laura en Tim zijn heel behulpzaam. Toen wij bij de terugkeer een jas waren vergeten kregen we daar meteen een berichtje over en werd de jas naar ons opgestuurd. Super :)
Laura and Tim were great host! They gave us full privacy and the room was exactly the same as the pictures. The location was great. About 5-10 minutes to the central station. It's definitely a really nice place that I would recommend!
Linda was erg vriendelijk en heette ons van harte welkom. De kamer is er mooi, schoon en ruim. Er is genoeg plek om te ontspannen na een hele dag lopen. Het centrum is ong. 15 min. lopen en het centraal station ong. 5 min. Het was erg handig dat er een plattegrond en wat andere informatie over Antwerpen al op de kamer lagen. Hier hebben wij veel gebruik van gemaakt. Verder heeft Laura ons onze gang laten gaan. Bedankt voor de gastvrijheid. Wij hebben erg genoten van Antwerpen en deze kamer is zeker de moeite waard!
I had a great time staying with Laura and Tim. They have a great place and made me feel very welcome. Their spot is an easy walk to all sorts of fun places too :)
About the Host, Laura
Hi, I'm Laura. I live in Antwerp and have a passion for all that's creative. During the day I work at an advertising agency, in the evenings I dedicate my time to my creative work and photography under the label "LAU+" and "life is a playground".
I'm recently back from a one year trip around Asia, so you can say I adore traveling as well ;). Next to that I'm also a real food lover and I have a sweet spot for local entrepreneurship.
Let me know if you have any questions!