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062706_moulindelisogneFINAL.jpgMoulin de Lisogne, Namur Province
Alan Blondiaux and Martine Legrain have created a sensualist’s dream at their romantic inn. The restaurant ($$–$$$; closed Monday and Tuesday, no dinner Sunday) serves goose, veal, and beef raised on the premises, vegetables from the garden, and wine from France. Mme. Legrain has decorated the lodgings with equally elegant flair. Ask to stay in the Tower, which has beautiful oak furniture and an oversize tub sunken into the pale pink marble bathroom. Rue de la Lisonette 60, Lisogne B5501, 4 miles northeast of Dinant. 082/22-63-80. AE, MC, V. No a/c. Closed mid-December-mid-February. $-$$

De Witte Lelie, Antwerp
Three step-gabled 16th-century houses have been combined to make the “White Lily,” Antwerp’s most exclusive hotel. As soon as you enter the flower-filled lobby, it’s clear that personal service is the watchword. As the name suggests, the hotel’s decor is mostly white, punctuated with colorful carpets and modern art. Elegant salons have grand fireplaces, and breakfasts are served on a loggia that opens onto the inner courtyard. Keizerstraat 16-18, Stadswaag 2000. 4 rooms, 6 suites. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Le Cygne D’Argent, Liège
Gentle pastels and discreet, simple furnishings charaterize this welcoming, family run boutique hotel. Each room is slightly different, though all are bright and carpeted, with modern, white-tile bathrooms. Some baths have only showers, others only tubs, so be sure to state your preference. Rooms in front overlook Mosan-style residential rooftops while those in back have views onto gardens. Breakfast is available but not included with the room. Rue Beeckman 49, 1.5 miles southwest of the Nouvelle Ville, B4000. 04/223-7001. 21 rooms. AE, DC, MC, V. $

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062706_hotel-le-dixseptiemeFINAL.jpg Le Dixseptieme, Brussels The stylishly restored 17th-century building lies between the Grand’Place and the Gare Centrale. Rooms surround a lovely interior courtyard, and suites are up a splendid Louis XVI staircase. Named after Belgian artists, rooms have whitewashed walls, plain floorboards, exposed beams, and suede sofas. Suites have decorative fireplaces and the honeymoon suite is particularly romantic. Rue de la Madeleine 25, 025/17-17-17. 22 rooms, 2 suites. $$$

Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, Brugge
There are so many fine touches at this lovely property you’re likely to feel so at home you’ll never want to leave. It’s truly magnificent, located in one of the most romantic corners of Brugge. Some rooms overlook the Reien, and all of them live up to the highest expectations. Bathrooms are large and well-equipped; all rooms have a large flat-screen TV. Wollestraat 41, B 8000. 050/33-79-26. 16 rooms. AE, MC, V. $$-$$$$

‘t Sandt, Antwerp
A former soap factory is now one of Antwerp’s classiest hotels. Each guest room has a unique configuration; simple backsrops of white walls and beamed ceilings set off rich furnishings. Many rooms have antiques and wrought-iron bedsteads. Three of the rooms are duplexes; a handful of others have a view of the cathedral. Zand 13-19, Oude Stad B2000. 03/232-9390. 14 rooms, 15 suites. AE, DC, MC, V.

Villa Gracia, Namur
The immense rococo-style rooms of General Gracia’s former mansion have sitting areas, crystal chandeliers, river views, and enormous marble bathrooms. The beds are wonderfully plush, right down to the sheets, which are washed in specially softened water. Mornings start on a plant-filled, glass-enclosed terrace overlooking the river, where you’re served a breakfast made to order. Right on the bus line to downtown Namur, Villa Gracia is also accessible by car, boat, or helicopter. Chaussée de Dinant 1445, Wépion B5100, 5 miles south of Namur. 081/41-43-43. 8 rooms. AE, DC, MC, V. $$-$$$

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