the 5 most hip places to stay in Antwerp
1) Hotel Flora
The interior designer Gert Voorjans has created a sublime urban retreat in a hidden building dating back to the 15th century. The interiors have been decorated in a rich and flamboyant style featuring bold colours, chandeliers and original murals. Don’t be surprised if you come across a fashion shoot happening here.
2) Hotel Julien
As discreet as a Dries Van Noten shopping bag, this boutique hotel is located in two restored 18th-century houses close to the Carolus Borromeus church. Its 21 rooms are furnished in a cool minimalist style that perfectly fits this city of fashion. There is also a little cobbled courtyard for sunny days, a large rooftop terrace and a spa.
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3) Aplace Antwerp
Karin Nassen has created a cosy urban nest comprising two spacious suites and two apartments decorated in a vintage style. It’s perfectly located on a beautiful square. Nassen offers tips on cool spots to eat out and shop, as well as providing unexpected little extras.
4) Hotel Indigo
This cool hotel opened in December 2016 next to Central Station. Guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary and warm Scandinavian style with creative little touches like wooden window benches, sheepskin rugs and city guides. The location is ideal for rambles in Borgerhout, Noord and the Jewish Quarter.
5) Maison Nationale
A sublime neoclassical townhouse with eight suites located in the hip fashion quarter. The rooms are decorated in a pure minimalist style, with white brick walls, slate grey fabrics and little potted plants. Breakfast is served most days in the café on the ground floor.
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