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Antwerp Hotels

$200-$299
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Boulevard Leopold B&B
135 Belgiëlei
Antwerp
Belgium 2018
Tel: 32 486 67 5838
info@boulevard-leopold.be
www.boulevard-leopold.be

At first glance, it appears there's nothing modern about the three lavishly appointed guest rooms and two apartments in this romantic Jewish Quarter brownstone—velvet chesterfield sofas, claw-foot bathtubs, beveled picture windows, and giant marble mantels capture a fin de siècle glory. But a closer inspection reveals high-tech gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and hidden espresso machines. Restored lovingly by owners Bert Verschueren, a former chef for Neuze Neuze, and designer Vincent Defontaines, the Leopold exudes an imperial history of privilege and comfort that's not so easily re-created in the modern age.

$200-$299
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Charles Rogier XI
11 Karel Rogierstraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 4752 99989
charles.rogierxi@skynet.be
www.charlesrogierxi.be

There's more going on behind the doors of this modest 19th-century town house than you could ever imagine. This exclusive three-suite B&B in the happening Het Zuid neighborhood is sumptuously decorated, with ornate furnishings in richly toned woods, beds piled high with pillows, lavender fainting couches, heavy drapes, claw-foot tubs, leopard-print stair runners, and black granite-block sinks. To some that may read like a running list of garishness, but honestly, it's all perfectly stylish. The Lady Bertinelli suite comes with a four-poster king bed, paisley wallpaper, and a remote-controlled gas fireplace; the Scottish-themed Charles suite is done in tartan motif; and the red-and-white French-themed Vendôme suite is perfect for lovers who don't mind climbing three flights of stairs. All rooms come with free chocolates, a small bottle of red wine, and minibars stocked for free during your stay (once only, so don't get greedy). New owner Katrin S'Jongers does an elaborate all-organic breakfast served on a French antique table in Le Petit Salon, which is all very civilized.

$300-$399
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De Witte Lelie
16–18 Keizerstraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3226 1966
hotel@dewittelelie.be
www.dewittelelie.be

Service is attentive but noninvasive at Antwerp's graceful De Witte Lelie ("the white lily"). This elegantly renovated, but still creaky, 17th-century town house is cloistered away in the student district across a narrow street from the Latvian consulate. Not all the ten rooms and suites have Wi-Fi access, but fresh flower bouquets, crimson Persian rugs, grandfather clocks, delft-tile fireplaces, and exposed oak beams help to create a tranquil atmosphere that might encourage you to stash your laptop away during your stay. A complimentary minibar, stereo, and flat-screen TV keep the place feeling modern.

$200-$299
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Hotel 't Sandt
13–19 Zand
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3232 9390
info@hotel-sandt.be
www.hotel-sandt.be

This friendly and centrally located neo-Rococo property was refurbished in 1993 and again in 2006, when all of its rooms were converted to suites. Named after the sand that blows in from the river Schelde, some of the historic hotel's light-drenched suites (30 in all) offer inspiring views of Antwerp's UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Our Lady, and all come adorned with armoires and whirlpool tubs, while some have private terraces. The penthouse suite has architectural remnants such as giant wooden cogs left over from the structure's former life as a soap factory. Breakfast includes a generous spread of Flemish meats, cheeses, and breads served in a private garden on warm days.

$200-$299
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Hotel Julien
24 Korte Nieuwstraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3229 0600
info@hotel-julien.com
www.hotel-julien.com

Style-meisters love this place for the Eames chairs covered in black and white cowhide, pale oak floors, whitewashed furnishings, and beamed ceilings. It's just so…perfect. Everything's picked with precision—right down to the white orchids—to look good alongside the 17th-century period features (check out the library's gilded ceiling). What with the minimalism and the soothing sounds of trickling water coming from a lovely inner courtyard fountain, it's better suited to chilled-out arty types than party animals in search of upmarket flash. The three-story hotel was originally a home and stamp shop and sits in the old center close to the Grote Markt and cathedral, which can feel a little tourist-heavy at times. There are only 11 rooms, and it has the kind of friendly, informal service that small hotels can do so well. It's difficult to play favorites, but No. 7 has a private terrace and No. 11 is a cozy attic retreat with peaked ceiling, wooden beams, and large skylights; both have cathedral views. Don't miss the big breakfasts served by candlelight at a long communal table in a high-ceilinged room.

$200-$299
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Hotel Matelote
11A Haarstraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3 201 88 00
info@matelote.be
www.matelote.be

Occupying a renovated sixteenth-century brick house on a tiny lane steps from the medieval Grote Markt, the intimate Matelote is a refreshing take on the traditional Flemish talent for cozy interiors. Each of the nine individually designed rooms has high ceilings with exposed wood beams, a built-in music system with four sound tracks, and quality bedding that runs to feather pillows and duvets. Interesting Belgian contemporary art and Artemide lamps define these rooms, which have spacious bathrooms and earthy color schemes. It's a laid-back place where you feel like a houseguest—a fire burns in the lobby, you get an electronic front-door card so that you can come and go as you please, and the front desk is eager with suggestions when it comes to this fashion-mad town's latest boutiques, restaurants, and clubs. (Not surprisingly, the Matelote is where the global fashion crowd pitch camp when in Antwerp.) There's no on-site dining, but the staff can help get a reservation at Gin-Fish, two doors down and the best restaurant in town, with contemporary seafood served at a counter where you can watch the chef at work.

$200-$299
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Hotel Rubens
29 Oude Beurs
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3222 4848
hotel.rubens@glo.be
www.hotelrubensantwerp.be

This business travelers' secret is centrally located in the pleasant Oude Stad neighborhood on a crooked street lined with furniture boutiques, quiet restaurants, and Flemish bookshops. Guests can sit in the lush garden patio (ideal for summer breakfasts) or lounge in the cozy nautical-themed lobby for a complimentary glass of port or sherry on arrival. There's no restaurant attached, but room service is available from a choice of neighborhood eateries. The 36 spacious rooms and suites are furnished with a mix of modern and antique pieces, including comfy Treca de Paris beds, and marble baths. Rooms overlook the garden; request one with a view of the belfry at St. Paul's Cathedral.

$200-$299
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m0851 B&B
19 Nationalestraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3297 6066
guestrooms@m0851.be
www.m0851.be

Fashionistas and shopping fiends will find a stylish crash pad in these three über-mod, ideally located suites, perched above the trendy Canadian leather retailer m0851. This place is a quick jump across the bustling, boutique-lined Nationalestraat from Antwerp's HQ of all things fashion, the ModeNatie complex. The airy, light-filled rooms are soundproofed and feature comfy queen beds with goose-down comforters, black hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, small refrigerators, coffeemakers, and bathrooms stocked with Body Shop products.

$200-$299
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Maison DeLaneau
20 Karel Rogierstraat
Antwerp
Belgium 2000
Tel: 32 3 216 27 85
info@maisondelaneau.com
maisondelaneau.com

With a constellation of some of Europe's boldest fashion designers and a thriving indie music scene, Antwerp just keeps getting hipper and hotter, and the hood that's really happening now is the once-genteel Zuid neighborhood around the KMSKA (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten), the city's superb art museum. The district's edgy denizens would feel right at home at the eleven-room Maison DeLaneau, a starkly minimalist urban inn where the spacious rooms are all black matte-finished stone floors, white-painted walls, and wall-mounted white-framed televisions (the only decorative touches are a flowering crab apple branch and an original photograph or two by a young Antwerp artist). This Zen-is-more look continues in bathrooms outfitted with shallow white Corian sinks, black stone shower stalls, and REN toiletries. For people who prefer modern to gemütlich, the DeLaneau is a welcome alternative to De Witte Lelie, Antwerp's other up-market boutique hotel and has a lot more personality than the plain-vanilla chains that dominate the cities hotel offerings.

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