Antwerp is home to fascinating museums, beautiful buildings, and a world-renowned shopping scene. Most of the main tourist sights are located in the Old City, making this the ultimate place to stay. The following is wonderful selection of the top ten hotels in Antwerp’s Old City.
Antwerp and the river Scheldt (ca. 1890-1900)
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
You know what they say: Location, location, location. And this hotel is in good shape on that front, planted firmly in the centre of Antwerp. Overlooking the town square, and standing next to the Cathedral of Our Lady, it’s in a prime position for tourists. Rooms are plush and spacious, with a warm colour palette and en suite bathrooms. Executive rooms and suites provide access to the Executive Lounge. The Hilton is a great place to set up base for your Antwerp journey.
This trio of 17th-century buildings is now a hotel, and a beautiful one at that. It’s small, with just ten suites, but they’re all lovely. Even the smallest choice is sizeable, and they all offer views of either the Antwerp streets or the hotel’s floral courtyard. The sitting rooms are great for settling down in front of the fire, whilst The Bronze Bar is a relaxed, contemporary lounge to have a few quiet drinks with friends. Small and intimate, with a great workforce, De Witte Lelie is the best choice for visitors looking for an understated stay in Belgium.
Another central hotel, this unique venue is right in the heart of downtown Antwerp. It’s a short walk to many of the tourist sites, as well as only being 500m from the Central Station. A 16th century building with a 21st century twist, it’s a good way to experience the old town whilst retaining many of the mod-cons that we have today. Compromise, and stay in a 16th century building without living like a 16th century Belgian.
This quiet B&B is situated on Rosier, a small street neat the old city centre. Its four double rooms are each themed after a portion of the day. The rooms are all individually decorated, but each room comes with its own double bed, work desk, and en suite bathroom. Breakfast is served on the communal floor, and is included in the price, as you would expect from a Bed and Breakfast.
Hotel ‘t Sandt is a neo-roccoco mansion that is now a 29-room luxury hotel. The white façade, bedecked with black wrought-iron, gives a good impression of what the interior will be like. Tasteful and subtle, the 29 rooms are individually decorated, with a good eye for details like matching curtains and cushions. Although you’re likely to be spending more time in Antwerp’s streets than in your room, the Hotel reception has a DVD collection that is free to use. This is subtle and probably unnecessary, but it’s a testament to the hotel’s service and attention to minutiae.
Upscale and modern, Hotel Julien is situated in two renovated properties dating from the 1500s. The hotel has been restored carefully, and many of the original features remain, contrasting the contemporary furnishings that the staff have installed. Rooms continue along this line, with airy, designer décor alongside rustic touches, like log side-tables in some of the bathrooms. Booking the Experience Room, the hotel’s most popular option, not only bags you the biggest rooms on offer, but also includes a free hour of exclusive use of the spa for each guest.
Hotel Rubens is less than a minute from the Grand Place, and everything you might want to visit is within easy walking distance. The standard rooms face out into the streets, whilst the Deluxe rooms look out over either the patio or the garden. Deluxe Garden Rooms and the Junior Garden Suite go a step further, with their own private terraces. Provided the weather is suitable, breakfast (complimentary) is served on the patio. For such an urban hotel, Hotel Rubens places surprising emphasis on the outdoors.
A trendy designer affair, Hotel Les Nuits is a modern hotel with 24 designer rooms. The range of rooms is quite impressive, too, from single rooms and “Cosy Sleeping” rooms to large suites with four-poster beds. Room service and reception are both open 24/7, which may prove convenient if you fancy a midnight snack.
Soulsuites offer luxury hotel apartments in the city centre or in the South of Antwerp. Rates for longer stays are a possibility, but it’s likely that visiting tourists will only be staying for a short while. Studios and suites are available, but the loft option is probably the best of the lot. At ground level, an open kitchen connects to a sitting area, with wonderful six metre high curtains. The views from the bedroom are wonderful, overlooking the ground floor and St Paul’s Church. This is a good option for people looking for an independent experience of Antwerp.
This is a tiny little hotel tucked away down a side street. It’d be easy to pass over if you didn’t know where it was, but that would be a shame, as it’s a real hidden gem. An old town-house now transformed into a hotel, the rooms all have period furnishings, so it does feel like staying in an older house. The staff live next door, and there’s no reception to speak of, so this option almost feels more like an apartment stay than a hotel.