From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler: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. 2010 Hot List
Which room to book: A garden-view room is imperative to avoid traffic noise and enjoy the hotel's white-rock Zen garden.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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