"Join the fraternal order of Zeemans..." Internationaal Zeemanshuis Tip by steedappeal

Internationaal Zeemanshuis, Antwerp: 4 reviews and 5 photos

This is a unqiue institution within Antwerp. It is close to the main port district ( as well as the least threatening 'Red Light' district I have ever seen!). It resembles a large Soviet-era, college-style dorm. The rooms are basic but neat and tidy and are equipped with en suite shower/toilet and basic plus TV's. There are nice gathering areas on individual floors and in the ample Lobby where you can re-hash the day with seamen and tourists alike. There's even a restaurant and bar: breakfast, lunch and dinner is served BUT prices are a little high for the items provided. Location is a bit off the Grote Markt path (10 mins away) but you're not in Siberia. Front Desk is able but very workmanlike: best to have done your tourist homework before visiting.

Unique Qualities: Large Lobby, limited internet access (terminals need updating) and a full-scale restaurant & bar. You're very much aware here of the container ship atmosphere that defines Europe's 2nd largest port.

Address: Falconrui 21, , Antwerp, Provincie Antwerpen 2000
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: A little tricky to find. Just off the Falconplein which is close to the 'Red Light' district.
Safe at most hours.

Phone: 011+32+(0)
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.zeemanshuis.be/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 27, 2008
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Unfortunately the Zeemannshuis has been closed since October 1, 2012. The building is now being demolished to make way for a new complex with shops, flats and offices as part of an urban renewal project to upgrade the historic shipping district.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Feb 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      They suggest a place called Antwerp Harbour Hotel, Noorderlaan 100, which I know nothing about (except that it is smaller).

    • steedappeal's Profile Photo
      Feb 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Has really bad reviews online! And it probably doesn't have a working theater. Oh well. There is an excellent Seamans & Sojourners House on Irving Place for your next NYC visit. Cheers


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