Antwerp is a hip and trendy city in Belgium that has something unique to offer in terms of history, art, food, and nightlife. This is an ideal travel destination to soak up the local culture in coffee bars, hang out at the local hipster haunts, and enjoy the historic charm of a place brimming with beautiful art and architecture. Fashionistas will love to shop here, while foodies had endless culinary delights and craft beer lovers have no shortage of tasty brews to sample. Here are our top picks for the best hotels to stay at in Antwerp when you explore this exciting city.
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Hotel De Witte Lelie (Prices & Photos)
The Hotel De Witte Lelie is a small boutique hotel in Antwerp that is in the city center and was built in the 17th century. There are only 10 rooms at this hotel, which has a tranquil and contemporary vibe. Each room has high-speed free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, free mini-bar, and Treca de Paris bedding. Although the hotel does not have its own restaurant, its staff has lots of great recommendations to share with you. Package deals are available for honeymooning couples and to help you discover the city with museum tickets and a welcome bottle of champagne.
Hilton Antwerp Old Town (Prices & Photos)
This Hilton hotel is in the heart of historic Antwerp and a great home base for exploring the sights. It overlooks the town square and is a good choice for families because there are spacious family rooms and suites. The hotel also offers a children’s menu at the restaurant and amenities like cribs and high chairs. The onsite Restaurant Brasserie Flo Antwerp serves French-Belgian cuisine, and self-parking is available for a fee. Stop by the restaurant for delicious seafood and local beers. Pets are allowed for a nonrefundable deposit up to a maximum weight of 25 pounds. Onsite, guests can also use the fitness center, wireless internet, meeting rooms, bicycle rental, and sundeck.
JVR 108 (Prices & Photos)
JVR 108 is a boutique guesthouse that offers an intimate and well-appointed place to stay during your time in the city. Each of the rooms (Deluxe Room 1, Deluxe Room 2, and Junior Suite) has an individual design with antiques, hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper, and very comfortable beds. The hotel also offers private dining and exclusive dinners for intimate gatherings with a private chef and curated wine menu. Check out the guesthouse’s website to learn more about the individual antique items that are here!
Hotel Matelote (Prices & Photos)
Hotel Matelote is another great place to stay while you’re getting to know the city of Antwerp. This hotel blends aspects of 16th century and 21st century life in its art and architecture, and its situated in the Haarstraat. You’ll be close to the Antwerp Cathedral, River Scheldt, and the Grand Place when you stay here. You’ll also be about 20 minutes away by car from Antwerp Airport Deume, 35 minutes by car from the Brussels International Airport, and about five minutes by foot to the metro station. There are a couple large car parks within a 150-meter walk from the hotel that you can park at while staying here. The name “Matelote” is French translates to either a fish stew or a sailor’s wife!
Hotel Pilar (Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for an eclectic place for accommodations in Antwerp, then look no further than Hotel Pilar. There are 17 rooms here that are light, airy, and modern. Your room may have views of the Museum of Fine Arts, the neighborhood terraces, or the green square. There’s also a room onsite that you can reserve for small parties or events. On the ground floor, there’s also a “foodbar” where you can drink coffee and dine on healthy and nutritious foods, as well as guilty pleasures. The restaurant is open for all three meals Wednesdays through Saturdays and for breakfast and brunch on Sundays. The owners are also art lovers, so there’s a shop onsite that you can visit to browse hand-selected products that are beautiful works of art.
Boulevard Leopold (Prices & Photos)
Boulevard Leopold is located in a 19th century building in the Jewish quarter of Antwerp and is one of the most popular places to stay in the city. This is a stylish hotel with only five rooms that is known for it artistic vibe and accommodations that are a bit removed from the touristy areas. You’ll find the hotel within about a 20 minutes’ walk from the main square in town, but there are tram routes nearby if you don’t feel like walking. All of the rooms here are decorated with artistic objects, like antlers and lamps. This is a B&B-style venue that makes eggs for breakfast, as well as fruits, granola, and cheese. Come here for an easy-going atmosphere with a touch of romance. There aren’t any special amenities for families with children here, so this is a top recommendation for couples looking for an authentic and local experience in Antwerp.
Hotel ‘t Sandt (Prices & Photos)
We also like Hotel ‘t Sandt because its located in an elegant 17th century mansion with 29 luxurious rooms. This hotel is in the heart of the city center and near all of the design stores and trendy restaurants. There’s a lovely Italian courtyard here with views of the cathedral, and it’s wonderful to have breakfast outside on the terrace when the weather is nice. For parking, there is a closed garage onsite. In addition to duplex, superior, and standard rooms, there is also a Cathedral Penthouse and Cathedral Suite to choose from.
Hotel Rubens (Prices & Photos)
The last hotel we’ll mention on this hotel list for Antwerp is Hotel Rubens, which is just a minute’s walk from Grant Palace and the cathedral. Stay here to be ultra-close to the local museums, shopping areas, De Meir and Groenplaats Square. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 11 covered parking spaces, and a complimentary breakfast with both hot and cold choices. It’s very nice to enjoy your breakfast on the hotel’s 16th century Pagadder tower when the weather is nice outside.