Hotels in Antwerp
The good news about being Belgium's "second-string" city is that hotel rates tend to be lower than in Brussels. You'll find the the most Antwerp hotel options near the City Center and Centraal Station, while you'll find more quaint, boutique hotels in the Oude Stad part of town, which is also home to the Museum Plantin- Mauritus and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal. Whichever area you choose, here are some of our favorite hotels in Antwerp:
Hotel Matelote: Leapfroggiong over the centuries, this City Center boutique Antwerp hotel has 16th-century architecture but chic 21st century decor. The location is great, too: You're just five minutes from Grand Place and the River Scheld.
De Witte Leli: This centrally located, elegant hotel (whose name translates to "White Lily") is comprised of three gabled 17th-century townhomes that open up onto a courtyard. It's sunny, and deftly walks the line between Old World splendor and chic New World decor.
Hotel Les Nuits: Located in Antwerp's historic center, this boutique hotel gives you easy access to the Meir Shopping District and Groenplaats Square, home of Cathedral of Our Lady.
The two charcoal-colored town houses of the Hotel Julien are surrounded by 17th-century churches, gabled mansions, and cobblestoned alleys. The pared-down interiors combine blond-wood surfaces with whitewashed furniture and handmade white porcelain vases.
The property is owned by a young couple, Anna Barwick and her husband, Andrew, has claret colored walls, Ren bath products, and a screening room with faux-fur-lined-couches. Rigaud caters to peple exactly like its owners, professional Brits.
Check out the 11-room minimalist “love shack” in the middle of Antwerp. Those Belgians sure are naughty: there are handcuffs in the mini-bar.
Check into Violetta and Vera Pepa’s petite B&B, and a smiling sister will show you to the gold leaf–filled double room (tiny and sexy) or one of two airy suites. Croissants, fresh fruit, and strong coffee await outside your door each morning.
A three-suite B&B in the happening Zuid district.
Here’s where you book if proximity to old-town charm is important. The hotel is just a cobblestone's throw from the historic market, Grote Markt, and is wedged between gently listing 350-year-old merchants' houses.
A perennial favorite, this whitewashed hotel (the name, after all, means "white lily") is comprised of a row of three 17th-century restored town houses that contain a total of 10 spacious guest rooms, each filled with fresh flowers.
Each of the five rooms and suites in this 19th-century Jewish Quarter mansion has been restored with original moldings, parquet floors, and tiles intact. Antique chesterfields and mounted hunting trophies abound.