walking distance from the raiway station and the adherent Antwerp Zoo: roaring lions, bears and trumpeting elephants can sometimes be heard from our balcony
The blue and the yellow room hav a view on the historical city hall of Borgerhout. (Antwerp) We have just moved from an apartment in a building surounded by trees. So the green has changed for the colours of the belgian sky. As we now live on the 5th floor you can enjoy here an impressive variety of grey and blue.
There is not only the nearby railway station, there are tram and bus stops just 50 M from our doorstep. Public transport will bring you to the historical center of Antwerp in just 10 minutes
All Antwerp has to offer as far as entertainment, restaurants and museums is concerned, is easy to reach, either on foot or by public transport in 30 minutes at the most.
We are keen on helping you to get around in the city of Antwerp, in Belgium and in Europe.
free use of the fuly equiped kitchen
free use of yoga props
free use of a bike
2 euro for use of washing nachine
3 euro/day for parking place in the building
Always a lovely experience to stay at Fronk & Lieve's. Thank you for making me so welcome, even though sadly my stay was much too short!
Hi, i have to say At Lieve and Frank was great. Near to central station and pretty close to city center. The view from the room was really beautiful. Thanks for everything.
Warmly welcomed by Lieve and Fronk. The tram tickets and map came in handy and tips on eating out were useful. Centrally located and within reach of restaurants and bars. Very homely atmosphere. Would love to visit again.
Prima kamer, lekkere bedden. De ontvangst was wat verwarrend, het was voor ons nl. de 1e x dat we via airbnb gingen overnachten. We wisten eerst niet zo goed wat wel en niet kon. Veel sterkte met de afronding van de verbouwing Lieve, je huis wordt straks een plaatje!
Lieve war sehr bemüht und freundlich was die Kontaktaufnahme im Vorfeld angeht. Das Zimmer war OK für einen Städtetrip nach Antwerpen. Das Badezimmer war leider ziemlich unhygienisch, so dass wir uns dort sehr unwohl gefühlt haben. Schade!
Fronk and Lieve are amazing hosts. The communication with them was smooth and easy, they made me feel very welcomed, we had nice chats and they gave me a lot of insightful advice about Antwerpen, Belgium and traveling. Their apartment is very spacious and the rooms are very nice: quiet and well-equipped. The location is amazing, very near to Central Station and all the transportation. I'll definitely come back at some point.
Fronk and Lieve were very nice, did everything to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Fronk is the perfekt tourist-guide and told me everything I have to know about nice places and events in antwerp.
Nice place for a trip to antwerp, friendly and down-to-earth. The better if you are interestet in yoga, poetry, languages and culture. Don't forget to ask Fronk to recite a russian poem. You will enjoy it.
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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.