the 6 most hip places to stay in Antwerp
1) Hotel August
Just 2 kilometres out of the city centre, next to the Zurenborg quarter, lies the ‘Groen Kwartier’ (Green Quarter), a lively residential and entrepreneurial neighbourhood. This is where, in the Spring of 2019, Mouche Van Hool (of Hotel Julien) opened her wonderful new hotel. She hired architect Vincent Van Duysen to convert a former monastery into a high-end hotel with 50 rooms. Here you can expect all the comfort and amenities you could wish for in a beautiful, calm and pure decor. The restaurant is in the hands of Nick Bril, the chef of the The Jane restaurant next door.
2) De Witte Lelie
Steven Spielberg, Madonna and Naomi Campbell have all slept in this beautiful 11-room hotel, located in three white 17thcentury gable houses. Fashion buyers and design journalists immediately fall in love with the stone fireplaces, pale wood floors and plump white bedspreads.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Antwerp reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Antwerp's best-kept secrets.
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