At the end of a long day’s exploring, you’ll want to retreat to somewhere cosy and welcoming, with great food and drink. Take your pick.
This stunning hotel conversion was completed in 2019 with interiors by Vincent Van Duysen – his first hotel project. This large hotel in the southeast of Antwerp is in a former convent and some of the original details have been kept, such as the original tiles that have been cleaned, moved and repurposed. Nevertheless, there’s a very contemporary feel throughout. The definite highlight is the vast common space you walk into from the reception, with its central marble-topped bar underneath a rose window. The rooms have a cosy feel with plenty of exposed wood and the breakfast, which features everything from goats’ cheese and avocado toast to freshly pressed juice, is not to be missed. The neighbourhood has plenty to discover too, from flatbread spot Bar Vert to urban-farming and gastronomy project Pakt.
Two more Antwerp stays:
A fun little hotel in a great central location, with sleek modern rooms.
A hotel housed in a stunning 19th-century townhouse in the Jewish quarter.
An art-filled b&b between Antwerp and Ghent from couple Sofie Lachaert and Luc D’Hanis, who ran galleries in Flanders for more than 30 years. Book through Welcome Beyond to rent out the hangar-like adjoining gallery space as well. Sit in the armchair by the log fire and take it in.
A light-filled hotel in Brussels that was opened in 2014 by Parisian publisher and art collector Nadine Flammarion, and laid out by her daughter Camille.
Knokke’s Hotel Britannia dates back to the 1920s and recently reopened after a complete revamp by hotelier Stefan Vanhollebeke. Interior designer Sophie De Mulder of S Consultancy transformed the historic property in the neighbourhood of Het Zoute into a contemporary abode with 26 beautifully appointed rooms and a cosy lounge. It’s a short walk to the beach and Vanhollebeke’s popular restaurant La Terrasse du Zoute is just down the road.
In the old town just beyond the picturesque St Michael’s bridge, this charming hotel is housed in Ghent’s former post office. The interior of the historic 19th-century building was designed by Geraldine Dohogne, who sourced antiques from the period for its 38 guestrooms.