About This Listing
SHORT AND LONG TERM
free use of bike
A GREAT CITY, WHERE EVERYTHING IS AT WALKING DISTANCE
Trams and buses at 50 meter.
Less than 15 minutes walk to the Antwerp Central Station, the ZOO and the main shopping street. (Meir)
Less than 30 min to historical center: City Hall, Grote Markt (main square), Plantin Museum (16th century printer's work shop)
30 minutes to MAS brand new museum, the pride of Antwerp
30 minutes to Kloosterstraat (vintage and second hand shops
35 minutes to M HKA (museum of contemporary art)
We have quiet bedrooms in the back of the apartment. One bedroom has a sunny balcony. (Belgian Climate)
Towels, soap and shampoo are vailabe
Bread, coffee and tea are available.
In the neighbourhood you will find all kinds of breakfast corners.
There is a piano in the living room. Your hostess Lieve is a musician.
My family has lived in this neighborhood for almost a century. Since my childhood Borgerhout-Antwerp has improved a great deal by becoming multi-etnic. An open mind is all you need. a smile is what you'll get.
Join us for breakfast or lunch on a share-your-food basis.
free use of the fuly equiped kitchen
free use of yoga props
free use of two bikes
2 euro for use of washing nachine
Good stay in a good room. Large, quiet and well lit thanks to large windows. Clean washroom and hot shower. 15 minute walk to central station and maybe 30min walk to downtown. Would recommend.
Fronk & Lieve are incredibly welcoming, and happy to share insights about their city. The room was clean, well lit, and had a gorgeous view of the city from the terrace. The area is diverse and interesting, and only a ten minute walk from central station. I would definitely stay here again!
Fronk and Lieve are lovely people who are very helpful and understanding. I think they are very welcoming and have a big heart :-)
Fronk und Lieve sind sehr nette Gastgeber. Das Zimmer war wie beschrieben, in der Küche ist alles notwendige vorhanden. Das Bad und die Toilette sind sehr modern und neu.
Das Zimmer war zwar klein aber sauber, zu zweit hatten wir ausreichend Platz. Schrank und Schreibtisch waren vorhanden.
Es war trotz der zentralen Lage sehr ruhig, schöne Aussicht aus dem Zimmer heraus. Bis zum Bahnhof sind es gut 10 Minuten.
Einzig die Parkplatzsuche ist dort sehr schwer, Lieve hat mir dabei aber geholfen. So konnte ich relativ preisgünstig das Auto nah an der Wohnung abstellen.
Ich komme sehr gerne wieder!
Fronk and Lieve kindly accepted our last-minute request for a room in Antwerp. They provided a good description on how to get there from the station- which is very closeby.
Unfortunately the house was somewhat under construction and we were not aware of that prior to arrival. Also the room was not as shown on the pictures. However we were just passing through Antwerp and slept very well before heading out to our next destination.
For anyone looking for a warm welcome from Lieve, a family ambiance I am sure this house (especially when finished) will be a perfect and central place to stay when visiting Antwerp.
Fronk en Lieve hebben ons heel vriendelijk ontvangen terwijl ze nog aan het bijkomen waren van een ingrijpende verbouwing aan hun huis. Dit zag je wel terug, er moeten nog best veel dingen gebeuren en Lieve doet dit allemaal zelf, petje af.
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About the Host, Fronk & Lieve
We, Lieve (52 y.) Fronk (49 y.) and Aurora (18 y.) love talking, laughing and music.
Communication is always easy as we speak several languages
Fronk is crazy about Brazil, where he lived for 2 years
Lieve adores India and Aurora is mad about Greece.
We have a preference for natural, vegetarian food.
Lieve and Fronk practice Yoga daily..
We and our neighbours live on pleasant terms with each other.
Tranquility is a must in our home and in the building.
Please ring our bell... N°116/14 (fifth floor)
FLANDERS TODAY a flemish online newspaper has published an article about us and about Airbnb:
“In the last year we’ve had 60 or so guests staying with us at home,” says Fronk, who, with his partner Lieve, is one of the best-rated Flemish hosts on Airbnb, a hotel-like service for the digital age. “We have had guests from Brazil, the US, Canada, Iran, Japan, Bulgaria and more. Though no one from Africa has yet requested to stay.”
Airbnb is an online marketplace for temporary accommodation across 33,000 cities in 192 countries. Trip planners can find spare rooms, flats, sofa-beds and even igloos and private islands. Some hosts are simply renting out a spare room for a couple of weeks a month to travellers to supplement their incomes or to fill the house when they themselves are away.
Airbnb is in the vanguard of the so-called “sharing economy”, in which web services help private individuals monetise their possessions and share anything from school runs to electric drills. Flanders has more than 900 listings on the site.
Fronk and Lieve say that their guests have loved Antwerp and always have a good time. Yet if a number of their guests are visiting for tourism, many are in town for less conventional reasons. One was interviewing for a job at the opera house. Another was doing a course with world-famous contemporary artist Jan Fabre, while a third was studying with a leading dancer. A medievalist stayed for several weeks to learn Dutch for her research, while a Canadian rock band crashed when gigging down the road.
Connecting with new people with different world views is one of the attractions, as is discovering a unexpected shared interest. “The other day I was having a bowl of soup with one of our guests, who had just arrived from the United States,” recalls Fronk. “To our surprise, we soon discovered that we were both working on essays on the same subject.” Fronk, who is a literary translator of Russian and a performer, and Lieve, an organist and soprano, say that in their year of hosting they have yet to have a bad experience. Some guests stay several weeks, some come back for a second or third visit. “But we make it clear on the website that we are vegetarians, that we do yoga and that this is a family house,” Fronk explains. This attracts people who are into the same things (and probably discourages those who want to spend their time exploring Antwerp’s party scene).
Fronk and Lieve live in Borgerhout, a neighbourhood with a large immigrant population just east of the city’s Central Station, which is visible from their balcony. Borgerhout itself does not house many attractions and enjoys a reputation for being a rough sort of place. But guests have never had any problems, says Fronk. Indeed, he wistfully recalls a middle-aged American visitor looking out of the window at the district where Fronk grew up and declaring it a beautiful place.
Importantly for guests, the area provides easy access by foot or bike to Antwerp’s main sites, including the zoo; elephants can be heard vaguely trumpeting from the flat’s balcony.