The choice of your hotel is an essential part of your citytrip. I gladly present you my 5 favourite hotels in the city. There is something the budget seeker, the classic luxury enthusiast, the home-away-from-home-person and the trendy traveler. This page is as dynamic as the city is, so new hotel openings worth mentioning will surely be added. I can’t wait for the new Marriott Autograph Collection and the NH Collection to open up, for example.
Hilton Antwerp *****
- Historical luxury
- Heart of the city
- Great breakfast buffet
Hilton is set in a historical classified building right in the center of Antwerp. Next to Meir, overlooking the Groenplaats Square. From Groenplaats, you are in walking distance from some of the most important Antwerp highlights, like the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Grote Markt and Meir.
But there is more to the Hilton Hotel than its location. The Hilton Hotel excels in many ways: it has very spacious rooms, great staff and amenities you won’t find in many other Antwerp hotels. On the downside: room decorations are outdated and there is no free WiFi in rooms. As I consider WiFi one of modern times’ must haves, I was greatly disappointed when I realized Hilton charges € 15 per day for it. Certainly seeing that Hilton is not your cheapest choice in Antwerp.
On a whole, I very much recommend staying at Hilton. And if you are not staying in the Hilton, but you do feel you can splurge a little, consider having breakfast there. The breakfast buffet is lovely and if you can score a table near the window overlooking the Groenplaats, it is very much worth the € 25 they’ll charge you for it. Do keep in mind that reservations may be necessary on weekends.
Coming by train: take the subway to the stop Groenplaats, walk 1 min to the hotel
Coming by car: Park in Indigo Groenplaats
Queen A Antwerp ****
- Warm boutique style
- Perfect location near Central station
- No-nonsense food at Queen A’s Kitchen
This new boutique hotel opened up in 2017. It is a great addition to the city. Perfect for those arriving by train thanks to its great location on Queen Astrid square (hence the name 😉 ) in front of the Central Station. From here, you can easily discover the city on foot.
The hotel and its 82 rooms have a nice 4* quality. The overall design is of a high standard. The decorations and ambiance is traditional, but accompanied by modern accents.
Queen A’s Kitchen serves a huge breakfast. Besides breakfast, the restaurant offers diner as well, a self-called no nonsense dining experience. I give a warm recommendation to stay at this nice hotel.
Coming by train: walk 3 min to the hotel from Central Station.
Coming by car: Park in Q-Park Antwerpen Astridplein
Hotel Julien ****(*)
- Upscale and design small hotel
- Located in the old town
- Rooftop terrace boosting cathedral views
Is the reason of your visit a special anniversary? Do you like to stay in a luxurious hotel with an eye for detail? Hotel Julien is your choice!
In the heart of the historic city of Antwerp you will find the upscale and beautifully designed Hotel Julien. This urban retreat is located in 16th century buildings that been fully restored and adapted to modern needs. The hotel is located in the heart of the old city. Thanks to the tram stop in front of the door you can also reach it easily from the central station.
The gorgeous rooms are designed with high-end materials and have written luxury all over them. Egyptian high tread sheets, REN bath products, designer furniture, … it’s the details that make the difference.
The hotel restaurant and bar serves finger food and cocktails throughout the day and from the rooftop terrace you enjoy an amazing view on the Cathedral.
To top it all off you can book a spa visit in The Spa which is located in the basement: sauna, hammam, massages, … great to unwind after a day in the city.
Coming by train: take tram 10 on Astridplein towards Melkmarkt and get off at stop “Melkmarkt”
Coming by car: Park in Interparking Eiermarkt
Lindner Hotel & City lounge ****
- Interesting location near station and Zurenborg
- Rooftop terrace with amazing sunset city views
- Large comfortable rooms
This hotel is centrally located at the back of the Central Station. This puts you a bit further from the classic city center but also make you closer to charming neighborhoods like Kievit and Zurenborg.
The large rooms are decorated in a classic modern style and are equipped with the necessary facilities. Overall comfy room with great bed and nice bathroom.
For those who are no tired after a long day in the city, there is a well-equipped fitness and steam room to wind down. But no worries, for those who are tired there is a must visit rooftop terrace and bar that is perfect at the end of the day. Order a fancy cocktail and enjoy the amazing sunset over the city!
Coming by train: walk out of the Central Station through exit Kievit where the hotel is located.
Coming by car: Park in interparking Centraal
The Plaza hotel Antwerp ***(*)
- A classic hotel with a soul
- Central location in the city
- Affordable rooms
The Plaza is a classic in the hotel offer of Antwerp. And it is always a good choice. It has been around for many years and thanks to is great location, friendly staff and affordable rooms it will surely stay for many more years.
You stay in between the city’s biggest park, the cool neighborhood Zurenborg and the area of the Keyserlei & Central station.
The hotel has a lot of history and you feel this in the bar, lobby and the rooms. The rooms have seen a recent renovation making it all a bit more modern. The rooms are big and all facilities you expect in a hotel are present.
The breakfast is served in the cosy Orangerie restaurant and in the evening you can have a nice Belgian beer in The Victoria Bar. A good value for money deal is what you can expect at the Plaza.
Coming by train: walk out of the Central Station through exit Kievit, 10 min walk
Coming by car: the hotel has a parking that you need to prebook and pay