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  • Check in / Arrival

Check in
Check-in daily from 3:00 to 8:30 PM and on Sunday until 6:00 PM
Our  Banks Crew is available  24/7 to assist you if needed

Arrival
If you are checking in later please contact the hotel
If you are in Antwerp earlier , you can leave your luggage at the reception  from 8:00 AM on the day of arrival . Early check - in is possible if your room is available (with extra charges) , early check-in is pre- bookable in consultation with Banks Crew
 

  • Directions & Parking

Route
The address that you specify in your GPS is: Steenhouwersvest 55 ( via St. Jansvliet ) Antwerp . Note that you specify by 'St. Jansvliet’, the Steenhouwersvest is a one-way street

Paid parking
Paid parking  140 meters from the hotel is parking Cammerpoorte , the rate is approximately € 2.50 per hour and about € 20.00 for 24 hours
Parking Cammerpoorte (Nationalestraat 38 ) , Parking Brabo ( Kammenstraat 2 ) , Green City Parking (Groenplaats ) and Parking Lombardenvest ( Lombardenvest 13 )

Free parking
Public parking  , address is St. Michael 2000 Antwerp
Caution: Do not access for trucks and buses , then you head into a concrete tank (sometimes invisible by collected rainwater ) with all the damage
Do not leave valuables in the car!
Walking distance to Banks is 10 minutes, coming from the car park to the left. At St. Jansvliet right along the square to the Steenhouwersvest . Banks is on the corner Drukkerijstraat / Steenhouwersvest

 

  • Low emission zone in Antwerp

Antwerp is working on better and healthier air in the city, which is why it introduced a low emission zone in 2017. Are you planning to travel to Antwerp by car this summer? Find out in this newsletter how you can safely enter the low emission zone by registering before entering to avoid a fine.

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) comprises the entire city centre and Linkeroever/the Left Bank. The zone is designated with a special road sign. Vehicles will be checked with automatic number plate recognition cameras. If you enter the zone with a vehicle that is not admitted, you will receive a fine.

May my car enter the zone?

Your vehicle’s Euro standard will determine whether your vehicle may enter the zone. Click herefor the online test. You will immediately know whether your vehicle is admitted to the LEZ.

Mandatory registration for all foreign number plates (except Dutch number plates)

Do you want to enter the zone with a foreign number plate (not Belgian or Dutch)? Then you must use this tool, and register once-only, even if your vehicle may enter the zone. Registration is free and can be done up to 24 hours after entering the zone. There is no need to register a vehicle that may enter the zone, with a Dutch number plate.The control of Dutch vehicles is done automatically based on the database of Dutch vehicles.

Temporary permits for some vehicles

You can request a temporary permit against payment for some vehicles that do not comply with the conditions for entry. This includes diesel vehicles with Euro standard 3 without a DPF (diesel particulate filter) or vehicles older than 40 years. You must request and pay this permit beforehand.

LEZ day pass

Do you drive a vehicle that does not comply with the conditions and is not eligible for a temporary permit? Do you want to enter the LEZ anyway? Then you can purchase an LEZ day pass maximum eight times a year. This pass is available onlineor can be purchased from the parking meters in the city centre.

LEZ machines

Did you enter the low emission zone by accident? Are you on your way to Antwerp but not certain whether your vehicle may actually enter the low emission zone? Then pay for your entry at one of the six LEZ machines. You can find these machines along some of the main access routes to the city, in public places, such as petrol stations or car parks. You can also check and register your vehicle at these terminals or buy an LEZ day pass or pay for your entry to avoid a fine.

LEZ machines

There are LEZ machines in various locations along the major access roads to Antwerp or in Antwerp’s city centre. You can use these machines to:

  • ·         check whether your vehicle is admitted to the low emission zone,
  • ·         register your vehicle for free,
  • ·         buy a permit for your vehicle if your vehicle fulfils the required conditions,
  • ·         buy an LEZ day pass if your vehicle is not admitted to the low emission zone.

Where are the LEZ machines located?

In the low emission zone:

  • ·         In the NMBS car park (side of Kievitplein – entrance in Van Immerseelstraat) under Central Station near the exit at level -1.
  • ·         In the Parkindigo car park under the National Bank (Frankrijklei 166) near the exit at level -1.
  • ·         In the Parkindigo car park in Groenplaats near the exit at level -1.

Outside the low emission zone:

  • ·         In the shop of the Q8 petrol station/E313 motorway services in Ranst in the direction of Antwerp. The terminal is located inside the shop, to the left, near the entrance, opposite the snack corner.
  • ·         To the right, near the entrance of Mediamarkt in Wilrijk (along the A12, at Kernenergiestraat 56, Wilrijk).
  • ·         To the left near the entrance of the Esso petrol station, Vogelzanglaan 15 Antwerp.

Travel to Antwerp the smart way

Do you want to avoid entering the low emission zone with your vehicle? Then use one of the many park and ridesoutside the LEZ. You can easily and cheaply travel into the city centre by public transport.

You can easily get to Antwerp by train. Get off in Antwerp-Central, one of the most beautiful stations in the world, which is located in the city centre. From here on you can easily get to your destination by bus, tram, taxi or on foot.

You can find further information about the LEZ at www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/en/LEZ.

 

  • ·         Download the app Smart to Antwerp

The route planner Smart to Antwerp is now available for smartphone. It remembers your favourite routes and locations, gives travel advise and sends notifications. Travel smart and download the app today. All information about Smart to Antwerp and the app



  • Public Transport

Train
20 minutes by foot ( a straight road until Meirbrug ) :
Start: The Keyzerlei ( towards city center ) / Teniersplaats / Leysstraat / Meir / Meirbrug / turn left;
leave the Boerentoren KBC Bank to the right  / Schoenmarkt / along the Groenplaats / turn left into the Nationalestraat / 1st traffic lights (at Dries van Noten ) to the right Steenhouwersvest / Banks is at the corner Steenhouwersvest - Drukkerijstraat
 
Tram / ​​Premetro 11 minutes without transition :
Start : Premetro Station Antwerpen Astrid
Take line 3 towards Zwijndrecht
Get off Stop Groenplaats
Take the escalator to the Taxi rank Groenplaats
At the top of the escalator go left into  the Nationalestraat
1st traffic lights turn right Steenhouwersvest
Banks is at the corner Steenhouwersvest - Drukkerijstraat

Taxi
Duration is about 10 to 15 minutes :
Pitch Astridplein or to the side of the city center
Address : Steenhouwersvest 55 , 2000 Antwerp

Airplane
Airpalen arriving at Zaventem Airport
From the airport you can travel by bus, train or Airport Express , Diabolo , to Antwerp city center . Of course you can also come by taxi
 

  • Breakfast / Banks Healthy Breakfast
     

Banks Healthy Breakfast is served at your table . A complete breakfast consisting of various fresh baked breads , sweet and savory , a boiled range egg , crunchy fried strip of bacon , yogurt , fresh fruits and / or cereals , orange juice and unlimited coffee / tea
Monday / Friday: 7:00 to 10:30 AM (July / August from 8:00 to 10:30 AM)
Saturday / Sunday : 8:30 to 11:30 AM
If you have not booked breakfast you can do so on arrival at € 14.50 p.p. per breakfast .  If you decide on the day itself , no problem, you can get a breakfast voucher at € 17.00 per person per breakfast for pick up in the morning at the reception
 

  • Free

Free Cava as a welcome drink, as an aperitif , as a toast at the time of your choice
Free Lavazza coffee & tea in the BANKS Lazy Lounge
Free Drinks & Bites from 4:30 PM at the bar
Free bottle of mineral water in the room
Free WIFI throughout the hotel
 

  • Group Booking

From 3 rooms , we have a group booking
In that case, please contact our reservations department by e - mail , phone or fax
Possible questions are answered immediately and we confirm all arrangements so that the contact person has all information
 

  • Room Key

The room key is a key card with magnetic stripe
This pass gives access to the elevator , your room , it gives electricity in your room by sticking it  into the energy saver . Plus the night entrance that is in use as entrance and exit between 8:30 PM and 7:00 AM. The main entrance / Daytime Café is closed during this time
 
Never keep your keycard next to your mobile phone , the information will be erased .
In that case, the reception will activate your card again
 

  • Free WIFI

Access to and use of the Internet in the entire hotel completely free of charge
In the rooms , you have the choice between WIFI or cable ( if available at the reception)
The codes for WIFI on the ground floor and the room are on your check-in key card
 

  • Calling / Telephone

Can I call from the room ?
You can call the front desk and the other rooms and the official emergency number
Outside calls to other numbers are only possible by your mobile phone
If you want to be called in your room that is possible until 8:30 PM and on Sunday until 6:00 PM
 

  • I slept so well, what brand of bed do you have?

All beds are of Royal Auping , you can view their collection in the stores or visit their website: www.auping.be www.auping.com
The Banks beds are a combination of a box spring and mattres type Miriam type Ceres
Auping nights, Better days . That 's for sure!
 

  • Check Out

Before Noon
Extension is usually possible but at a charge
Check- out before 03:00 PM or before 05:00 PM
Monday / Saturday € 35.00 or € 50.00
Sunday € 25.00 before 05:00 PM
 

  • Smoking / Non - smoking
     

Banks is completely non-smoking , all rooms and public areas
Guests can smoke in the courtyard after 12:00 or outside the hotel .
If there is smoke in the room there will be an extra night charged because the room has to be undone from the smell of smoke , and this night is not rentable
The by guarantee provided credit card will be used if the guest has not offered a  (usable ) credit card for payment
 
If the fire alarm occurs due to smoking in the room then all the costs , including the costs of the fire brigade will be recovered from you
Use of open fire is prohibited in the rooms
 

  • Surroundings

Sportpaleis
How to the Sportpaleis ?
Stroll to the Taxi stand Groenplaats , 3 minutes
Take the escalator down and get on line 3 direction Merksem
Get off at stop Antwerp Sportpaleis
17 minutes travel time
Return with  line 3 direction  Zwijndrecht , get off at Groenplaats

Cinema
UGC Cinema
Ertbornstraat 17 , 2018 Antwerpen (side street Keyzerlei )
Telephone : 00 32 ( 0 ) 900 10 440
Note : foot is possible ; walking time 15 minutes
 
Metropolis Antwerp
Groenendaallaan 394 , 2030 Antwerpen
Telephone : 00 32 ( 0 ) 3-544 36 00
Note : Transportation by taxi or car , journey time 15 minutes

Sports
Is there a possibility to jog ?
Along the Schelde towards the South is a nice course and then return via the Waalsekaai and Kloosterstraat
Or go through the pedestrian tunnel to the left bank , the leafy suburbs of Antwerp . Sailing around the lake or along the beach of Sint Anneke gives each meter enjoy watching the Schelde to the city
 
Going out on Sunday morning
Sunday morning , do you have a great idea what to do before leaving ?
Take a stroll along the Schelde , drink a cup of coffee in Hangar 41 ( corner St. Michielskaai / Scheldestraat ) and come back via Kloosterstraat . This street is known for its many antiques stores and vintage design and also the famous must see Your concept store (best fashion retailer of the World 2013 ) is open on Sunday
 
Visit the Photo and Film Museum and then enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many restaurants at 't Zuid , walking will get you there in 20 minutes