Antwerp is Belgium's capital of "cool". It has earned this reputation for its clever mix of casual style and luxury finesse. It is a port city in Europe, among some of the largest on the continent. You'll be captivated by the architectural gems the city has to offer as well as its vibrant art and fashion scene. Boasting some of the best vintage stores in Europe, you can shop to your heart's content for fashion that exemplifies affordable chic.
For any art lover, be it architecture or fine art, visit the wonderfully preserved heritage guild houses in the city center. Historic and modern, blended in the best possible way in Antwerp, you can find the best places to stay on vacation. Whether you want to live in a fun, youth hostel, and make new friends, or stay in an upscale suite, Antwerp has it all. Here is a handy list of the city's best picks.
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The Ash Hotel
Based on the modern design of the popular Japanese capsule hotel, The Ash Hotel is an inspiring and casual place to stay. The best part of this residence is that its only 5 minutes away (on foot) from attractions like the Centraal Station and Meir. The student-friendly facilities and laid back tone of the place are appealing. You'll find it easy as a location as the landmark is the Metro Astrid. This is a budget hotel, but you get superb service and a place in the heart of the city.
The Crowne Plaza
In a mid-ranger, The Crowne Plaza, Antwerpen, comes across as included in the best hotels in Antwerp. A frequent choice among tourists who want a cozy, yet stylish place to stay, this boutique hotel has a lot to offer. Experience breathtaking views with parks surrounding the property. You can relax in a spacious infinity pool, or take in the luxury of the sauna and steam bath. Guests select this hotel for the heated indoor pool which can be accessed throughout the day.
The Indigo Hotel
Bang in the middle of the city, this plush 4-star is the epitome of boutique hotels. With its clean Scandinavian design, the hotel appeals to visitors with a neat aesthetic in mind. Rooms are soundproof with stylish toiletries. The sleek decor is the attraction of guests. Situated near the Metro Astrid, no attraction or entertainment hub is difficult to reach.
Chic interiors and a natural vibe beckon guests to this much-loved hotel. Rooms are very spacious allowing an abundance of natural light. The whole hotel has natural light sources and is environment-friendly. Highlights of this hotel include a well-appointed library and a terrace offering memorable views of Antwerp city sights.
The City Hostel
Near Grote Markt, set in a guild house dating as far back to the 12th century, you couldn't ask for a more historical place to live in. In this Baroque-style structure, guests can opt to live in a mixed-dormitory with bathrooms that are shared. For the young and hip, this is the most entertaining place to have a vacation. You get WiFi, free breakfast and a shared kitchen. A true home-away-from-home for the young or old who don't mind roughing it out, the takeaway is that you make many friends. The lovely Cathedral view is to die for, and your stay is more than comfortable too.
Hotel Van der Valk
Peace and quiet is what the atmosphere of this hotel exudes. Situated in a low-key area, the Borgerhout district, this is compact and tidy among the terrific hotels in Antwerp. The on-site restaurant is quaint and serves up some delicious local fare. You can enjoy comfortable rooms and have an unforgettable meal on the terrace. The common landmark, Ecohuis Antwerp, makes this an easy and convenient spot to get to and from.
Hotel Rubens at Grote Markt
A short walk away from the busy Market Square in Antwerp, you'll find bars and eating places very easily. The Cathedral of Our Lady is minutes from the property as well. The hotel has several amenities to make your stay convenient, such as free WiFi in rooms and the whole hotel. You can select from grand suites to light and airy rooms. Some deluxe rooms and suites come with their private terraces and you can have a leisurely breakfast overlooking the masterpiece that is Antwerp city.
Conditions permitting, the breakfast buffet (featuring hot and cold fare) is served on the hotel's patio. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you enjoy the first meal of the day with a 16th century Pagadder tower. Within a walk, you can have access to Rubens Grote Markt, the MAS Museum (10-minute walk) and Red Star Museum (15-minute walk). Apart from these attractions, you can also visit important shopping areas like De Meir and Groenplaats Square.
Hilton Hampton Centraal
Hilton hospitality is unprecedented wherever you go. The Hilton Hampton Centraal in Antwerp lives up to the reputation of all Hilton's reputable standards. Called the "blue pearl" in the diamond quarter, the hotel is set in the historical area of the city. Right opposite the main railway station, you get the pick of the best locality for a visitor. Shopping and dining districts abound near the hotel, within walking distance. You can discover the Flanders Convention Center, Our Lady Cathedral and the Elizabeth Hall in proximity too.
Apart from all this, the diamond district is a stone's throw away. A recent and welcome addition to the best hotels in Antwerp, this spacious 145-room hotel has comfortable rooms with super amenities. If you bring your family along or want an extended stay, opt for a suite with a versatile kitchenette. Large rooms come with two king-sized beds to make your company comfortable.
Charming and elegant with creatively styled rooms (walls of wicker baskets), this hotel in the historical district of Antwerp is a feast for the soul. Rooms have elegant, yet bold wood paneling on the ceiling. With covered parking and all modern facilities, new and old come together in perfect unison. The fantastic terrace and Italian patio serve as spots of peace in the midst of the effervescent Flemish city. Stay in your calm room and relax, or open the French doors to have a first-hand view of the hustle and bustle of the city from your private balcony. The hotel is a mere block away from all the downtown hotspots like restaurants, bars and shops. A plus for this accommodation is that pets are allowed, but you must check before you make reservations.
Radisson Blu Astrid
Stay at an elegant so-called 4-star property, with rooms that are deluxe in standards. A favorite in Antwerp, this wonder has spacious rooms with art depictions of the city on the panels of the walls - almost like a frieze effect. The bathrooms are luxury defined with Italian marble aspects and up-market toiletries. With an enviable location across the road from the central station (direct Paris-Amsterdam Thalys trains run daily), the hotel has 247 rooms. WiFi and free underground parking make this a popular choice for travelers driving within Europe. You can catch a direct train from Antwerp Airport to the central station and you'll be at your hotel in 34 minutes flat.
Located at the serene Haarstraat, said to have the best location in the city, it is a few footsteps from the Grand Place. The stunning town hall leaves you spellbound, as you stroll by the River Scheldt. This hotel is in the center of the buzz - the locale for fashion, diamonds, culture and the port with its stunning views of yachts. The selling point at the Matelote is its historical structure with attic-style rooms and old-world charm. Leaving it as close to its natural historical and cultural background as possible, this is a no-elevator hotel. For visitors who can take the exercise, this is a must-see and stay place.
Rated in the category of 'excellent' among the hotels in Antwerp, by most visitors, this is a modern structure, but marvelously fits into the old town area. As an urban retreat goes, this hotel offers guests tranquility and relaxation that is unparalleled. The staff are welcoming, and the hotel does have some history. Cleverly restructured from two 16th century buildings, you wouldn't make out by its design. Nonetheless, if you take a closer look, you can find aspects of quaint features. Restored in the best possible way, this cosmopolitan getaway is famous, so you should book in advance. You won't complain about the location either as you are moments away from fashion and fun.
Antwerp Hilton - Old Town
Two kilometers from Plantin Moretus Musee and the Farmer's Tower, this hotel emanates the grace of an old palace. Belgian architectural splendor never looked as good as in this hotel, with its old domed roof and skylights. The hotel has 210 well-appointed rooms, including large rooms that seem like suites. Private bathrooms have all the amenities of a classic grand hotel with laptop-compatible safes and desks to make work easy. With a fully-equipped fitness center, you can enjoy working off those calories you gain while you enjoy sumptuous authentic fare at the Blend 32 Kitchen restaurant. You can get free WiFi plus a babysitting service (charged). Buffet breakfasts offer a wide range of food, but this is charged. Self-parking is available on the premises.
A wonderful place to stay in Antwerp with a Daytime Cafe and a Lazy Lounge to put your feet up with a book, this hotel is in the middle of the buzz. The interior is modern, yet charming. A distinctive amalgamation of wood, glass and metal make for a trendy design space. The walls are adorned by the creations of aspiring Antwerp artists, giving the hotel a youthful and fresh look. Bright and rejuvenating, the hotel is an example of all that is invigorating about Antwerp itself. An open fireplace is a delight and makes you feel you're right at home here.
Radisson Park Inn
Brilliantly situated in the district of diamonds, this is the perfect place to stay for holiday-goers or business people. A hotel with limited rooms, this place is as cozy and comfortable as it can get. You have a choice of rooms and suites and the hotel, by its very definition is intimate. The staff is approachable, going out of its way to help guests. Every morning, an international breakfast buffet is on the cards. If you think you may be tempted to eat to your heart's content, you can access the exclusive fitness center to work out.
Hotel Mercure - Antwerp City Center
Formerly The Leopold Hotel, Hotel Mercure features 127 rooms with the highest quality Hypnos beds. Spacious rooms are done up in bright and hip color palettes, but aren't gaudy. You get free WiFi throughout the hotel, with flexible and friendly staff at your virtual beck and call. Food and drinks are offered through the day. The atmosphere is lazy and lounge-friendly, with an easy-going vibe. Hotels in Antwerp that offer a boutique feel, sophisticated, yet relaxed, are few and far between. This is the place to stay if you desire these things in a hotel.
Holiday Inn Express
By the beautiful Antwerp Harbor, the views from the Holiday Inn Express are beyond imagination. Near the center of the city, located in the hip Het Eilandje, this contemporary hotel has clear views of the new MAS Museum within the Willemdok Harbor. The Antwerp Airport is at a distance of 7 km from the Holiday Inn Express, near the R1 Ring Road. There is ample car parking space underground. With an open-plan lobby area, you can relax your cares away, surf the internet free of charge, and even hold the odd business meeting.
The University of Antwerp is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, with Bayer and BASF a 10-minute drive away from the Holiday Inn. Great for people who like to walk a bit, you can venture to the famous diamond area in the Jewish Quarter, after a hearty continental breakfast, free in your tariff. The Grab and Green Fridge is always accessible for you to help yourself to a healthy snack when you want.