Concierge.com's insider take:
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.