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.
2) De Witte Nijl
This beautiful 19th-century town house has been decorated in a romantic Belgian colonial style to evoke a journey up the Congo River. There are just two rooms, named after Livingstone and Stanley. Breakfast is served in a conservatory with potted palms and memorabilia while the walled garden could be somewhere in Africa.
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.
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.
This sublime hotel opened in 2019 in a former Augustinian convent in the Groen Kwartier neighbourhood. The building has been restored by architect Vincent Van Duysen in a crisp minimalist style that preserves the original 19th-century chapel. The spirit of monastic calm extends to the 44 white-walled bedrooms, wellness space and formal garden.
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