3 Best Hotels in Oude Stad and Het Eilandje, Antwerp and the Northeast

't Sandt

$$$ | Zand 13--19, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium

A 17th-century neo-Rococo mansion that has served as a customs house, soap factory, and fruit importer, this is one of Antwerp's more endearing retreats. Each guest room has a unique configuration, with simple, neutral decor offset by rich furnishings and the odd antique. Try and bag a room in sight of the cathedral, or just take it easy on the tranquil terraced garden, which offers similarly impressive views.

Pros

  • Great location
  • Free breakfast
  • Quiet Italian-style courtyard garden

Cons

  • Limited parking spaces, though it is a closed garage
  • Difficult to access by car
  • Sound insulation in rooms not great if you have noisy neighbors
Zand 13--19, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
03-232–9390
hotel Details
29 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Julien

$$$ | Korte Nieuwstraat 24, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium Fodor's Choice

Informality is the trademark of this stylish, elegant hotel housed in two renovated 16th-century houses that spill over into a quiet patio. Despite the city location, the peaceful setting provides a relaxing refuge. Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated in cream and black with contemporary designs and both wooden floors and ceilings. A room with a view of the cathedral is worth the extra expense. Enjoy breakfast on porcelain dishes made exclusively for the hotel, then take it easy on the roof terrace. There's also a spa with sauna, hammam (Turkish bath), and ice shower.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Historic building
  • Great rooftop terrace and spa

Cons

  • No private parking
  • Not all rooms have air-conditioning
  • The street outside can be pretty noisy
Korte Nieuwstraat 24, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
03-229–0600
hotel Details
21 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Rubens

$$ | Oude Beurs 29, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium

Located directly behind the Grote Markt, a complete renovation has seen this tucked-away gem gain a new lease on life. Neutral tones, light-oak floors, and a cute ground-floor courtyard (for breakfast) replace the nouveau riche excess of the previous model. The deep bathtubs still make for a good soak at the end of the day, but its big appeal is still its location: one street away from the center yet far enough removed to seem like another world entirely.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Free breakfast
  • Quiet courtyard garden

Cons

  • Parking space limited
  • The walls are a little thin
  • Rooms are rather businesslike
Oude Beurs 29, Antwerp, 2000, Belgium
03-222–4848
hotel Details
36 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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