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Boulevard Leopold B&B, Antwerp

Editor's Pick
135 Belgiëlei
Belgium 2018
Tel: 32 486 67 5838's insider take:

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.

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