About This Listing
Lieve and Fronk have colourful, comfortable guest rooms with great view. Tranquility guaranteed. Close to the Central station. Walking distance from the historical Main Square. Good connection by tram, bus, train to the rest of Antwerp, Belgium, EU.
room is located on the fifth floor in our spacious apartment. The building has an elevator. The best way to get around in Antwerp is by bike. We have one for free for you. The city offers bikes for
shared bathroom with toilet, second toilet, kitchen, washing machine.
We live on top of Nico's Slaapcenter
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at just 10 minutes walk from the Central Station
or at 1 minute walk from bus and tram stops. Tram 10 and 24, bus 41 and 42
Parking space for your car is available in the neighbourhood for 3,50 euro per day. f you come by car, using GPS enter MOORKENSPLEIN, which is just around the corner.
The best way to get around in Antwerp is by bike. We have one for free for you. The city offers bikes (VELO) for 3,60 euro per day
Ons appartement is volledig rookvrij. Van die regel kan niet afgeweken worden.
Fronk and Lieve were extremely welcoming helpful upon my arrival. Lieve gave me some great suggestions, and I had a really nice lunch at a cafe she recommended. The room was very cozy, comfortable, and private, making it hard to leave sometimes!! Had a great view of a church or belfry of some sort, I forgot to ask but it was right outside the window and a pleasant sight in the evenings when it was lit up. The apartment was very clean and they made me feel very comfortable, especially since it was one of my first times traveling alone as well as using Airbnb. Really glad I stayed here with them, as they are such nice and intelligent people!!
Lieve en Fronk hebben mij zeer hartelijk ontvangen! Ik voelde me daar direct thuis. Geen overdadige toeters en bellen maar gewoon toffe mensen die open staan voor iedereen. Van student, toerist tot een hardwerkende klusser zoals ik die voor een project in hartje Antwerpen een slaapplek zocht. Paulus de Eco-Kluskabouter.
Very nice hosts! Lieve is super nice, she gave me a lot of suggestions about the city and she looked very happy to host and help me. Both Fronk and Lieve know a lot about Antwerp and it's nice to have some good conversations with them. Thank you!
As Fronk and Lieve's place was full, they arranged for me to stay with Marleen. Marleen's beautiful house is located close by and also within walking distance to central station. Marleen was accommodating and a great host.
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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.