The 5 most unusual places to sleep in Antwerp

1) Barkentijn Marjorie

Built in Germany in 1932, this three-masted ship was rebuilt as a hotel in 2001. The interior has been furnished in authentic style with wooden decks, shiny brass fittings and porthole windows. And the staff wear crisp white uniforms to complete the picture. Bedrooms are small but comfortable.

room at the barkentijn Marjorie boat

2) The Scent

This gorgeous boutique hotel located in a 19th-mansion overlooks the flamboyant architecture of Cogels-Osylei. The guest rooms are furnished in a comfortable, contemporary style with a hint of perfume in the air. The friendly owner offers useful tips on where to go in the neighbourhood. But you might need to take a tram or Velo shared city bike to get into the city centre.

Facade of hotel The Scent in Cogels Osylei Antwerp

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3) Boulevard Leopold

Here is a grand Belgian town house from the opulent 1890s with original moulded ceilings, parquet floors and tiled bathrooms. The apartments, which sleep three, are truly magnificent, and breakfast is a special experience.

interior of Boulevard Leopold

4) Peace in the City

This stylish loft apartment occupies a striking former warehouse with Dutch dictionary definitions painted on the façade. It’s a cool modern space with a mix of modern and vintage furniture, piles of art books and a stack of vinyl records. The hosts have also provided two guitars, free bicycles and tips on local places to eat.

room at peace in the city antwerp

5) Jan Zonder Vrees

This sublime lodging in the heart of the historic town is named after a 15th-century local boy named John the Fearless. The three guest rooms continue the mediaeval theme with details such as oak beams, stained glass windows and brick walls. But there’s also a flat screen TV should you need to catch up on the 21st century.

Two queen beds in the Holy Roman Empire suite at hotel Jan Zonder Vrees

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