Hotel Julien, Antwerp

Sometimes less is more. And for Hotel Julien, that most certainly is the case. Nestled within the heart of Antwerp, this urban retreat presents understated boutique luxury, boasting 11 bedrooms across two charming 16th century townhouses. Tall windows stretch along both sides of the building, flooding the space with natural light and looking out onto the central courtyard. Here, horses and carriages were once held, but now a statement centrepiece and a great spot to unwind with a coffee and good book amongst the manicured plants.

LOCATION

Landing in Antwerp International Airport, a 20-minute car journey will bring you to Hotel Julien. Excellently placed moments away from the best gourmet experiences and sights of the city, exploring Antwerp couldn’t be any easier. Within a short walk you could be passing Cathedral of Our Lady and Butcher’s Hall. Walk across to the famous Groenplaats Square and enjoy some retail therapy at the shopping hub of De Meir Street.

YOUR ROOM

Tastefully designed rooms, clean and crisp, accented with subtle bursts of colour within the furnishings. Refreshing white-washed walls and white bed linen framed by the rich oak beams and porcelain bathrooms. Connect to the city beyond the hotel’s walls by choosing a room with a view of Antwerp. The Loft room presents views of the cathedral directly from the sloping skylight above the bed with the added luxury of a private terrace.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Humble and minimalist with charming attention to detail. Each morning the rooms are revitalised with new country-garden flowers, pairing beautifully against the buzz of the city outside. Refresh after a day of exploring at the hammam and steam room at Hotel Julien’s spa, which has been inspired by the art of Feng Shui to help you find harmonious balance.