Antwerp Boutique Apartments & Suites

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Reviewed by Laura Dixon
Vintage-chic suites and apartments for 2-4, overlooking Vrijdagmarkt and its Friday flea market in central Antwerp
Karin Nassen doesn’t like new things. Which is a good job, seeing as her central Antwerp apartments and suites overlook the antiques/flea market of Vrijdagmarkt and are in a classic old Belgian townhouse. She has lovingly decorated them in vintage style so that you can enjoy the best of the past, too: think a tall Ercol-style wooden rocking chair in one of the bedrooms, black and white pictures of the old king and queen, Françoise Hardy in extra large on the wall, Danish-style retro chairs and those large colourful kitschy prints that have come back into fashion. It all conspires to create suites and apartments that feel full of fun and life; places where you want to live, not just stay.

If you want more space and freedom than you’ll find in Antwerp’s super-styled boutique hotels, the feel of living in the city on a square where everybody knows everybody else and gossip thrives in the café on the corner, this is just the ticket. Each apartment has 2 double bedrooms and the suites sleep 2. All are a great base for exploring the city.


  • Great central yet quiet location, close to the Fashion District
  • Fun flea-market styling and lots of living space
  • Modern marble bathrooms, with tubs, showers, toiletries and bathrobes
  • The details are fun: perhaps a vinyl record player and eclectic records or shelves of Wallpaper* guides (carefully annotated by Karen) and pink-haired trolls under bell jars
  • Very Antwerp, and good value for the location


  • Please note that these apartments and suites are new, and we have not yet visited them. Our original review was written about Karin's old apartments, which we stayed in and loved, and Karin promises us these new ones are similar but bigger. The photos are new
  • No free parking nearby
  • The décor is polarising; you’ll love or hate it
  • Children under 12 aren't allowed as the noise of upsets carries easily; the apartments are a great base for families with teenagers, though

Best time to go

Antwerp is a year-round city; it’s busy and welcoming at all times. January is a little dreary but the shops all have sales; spring is bright and sunny with flowers in the local parks, summer ditto, and autumn can be wonderfully mellow. There are regular arts festivals running throughout the year. Winter is particularly romantic, great for Christmas shopping with markets and lights in the trees and sometimes a sprinkling of snow.

Our top tips

The Friday flea market at Vrijdagmarkt, just around the corner, is a must. It starts early - stalls are set up at around 8am - so if you want to get a bargain, head down before 10am.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Suites & Apartments
  • 2 suites and 2 apartments for 2-4
  • Restaurants nearby; the apartments are self-catering
  • Ages 12+ only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
Room: 1st floor apartment


There are 2 apartments for 2-4 - one on the first floor, one on the third - and 2 suites for 2 (both on the second floor). In all of them, you can expect quirky, retro decor details: a small wooden sledge used as a clothes hanger; a shining Alessi lemon squeezer on a shelf; annotated Wallpaper* guides where the owner has deleted old institutions and added her own personal favourites; a large cowskin hide; wild, pink-haired trolls under bell jars. These are things that you will love or hate; I’m proud to declare myself as a lover, not a hater.

In the apartments, you get a large, airy living area with a TV, DVD player and iPod dock, opening into the kitchen, which has a table and chairs and all mod cons. There are 2 double bedrooms (in the 3rd floor apartment, one can be set up with separate beds), and one brown marble bathroom with a tub and shower, plus a separate WC.

The 2 suites have the same level of comfort and style, but about half the space, with an integrated sitting area, and no kitchen. Bathrooms come with powerful rain showers and Molton Brown products.

In all but the cheapest suite, you'll find large windows which let the light flood through, with a view of the square and the floodlit Plantin & Moretus museum at night.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Dvd player
  • DVDs
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The apartments have full kitchens with a hob, oven, sink, kettle, coffee machine and stylish retro-chic cups and saucers. They are well-equipped if you’re planning on staying for a week or even longer, and basic ingredients are provided in a welcome hamper (oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, coffee, teabags). For groceries, there are a couple of supermarkets an easy walk from the square.

If you're staying in a suite (which share a basic kitchenette, not suitable for cooking) or want to eat out, there are numerous places to choose. Karin recommends Roscam, the small café in the square, and otherwise you can take your pick from cones of chips covered with thick mayonnaise in the Groenplaats nearby, to fine Italian dining at Renaissance on Nationalestraat.

Foodie adventures abound in the city, whether you want to eat at a designer location like MAS (the Museum an der Stroom, the city’s finest modern art gallery), or at hipster cafés in the Zuid district. A particularly interesting place to dine is the home restaurant Carrods, where the owner opens her doors to all comers for a fixed rate. Book in advance.

Features include:

  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome hamper in the apartments
Eating: 3rd floor apartment


  • Flex your Amex: Antwerp has great shopping (design, interiors, books, art and fashion) and the apartments are close to the Fashion District. Diane Von Furstenberg, Dries Van Noten, Anna Heylen and Paul Smith are all nearby
  • Explore the city’s glittering past at the Diamond Museum. Sure, it’s a bit touristy, but the displays of diamonds are amazing
  • Don't miss the open-air Middleheim museum, a fantastic contemporary sculpture park just outside the city with bespoke pieces from luminaries like Ai Weiwei
  • MuKHA, in the Zuid district, is a modern art mecca and contains works from the 1970s and beyond
  • MAS (the Museum an der Stroom) is very popular, an extraordinary building with a collection of modern art, mixed with a story of the city and its port. There is a lovely café, too
  • Indulge in Belgium's classic gourmet delights: buy frites with mayo at Groenplaats, wander on for waffles, then treat yourself to a beautiful box of chocolates from one of Antwerp's many chocolatiers
  • Visit Rubens' House: the painter’s former residence has been turned into a museum of his life
  • Hire a bike on the street and head to Grote Markt to see the gold-tipped merchant houses and the famous town hall

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets


Children aged 12+ are welcome and this would be a good place for families with teenagers.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Each apartment sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms; in the 3rd floor apartment, one of the bedrooms can be set up as a twin. There are no particular amenities beyond the kitchen, though.

Kid Friendly: 1st floor apartment

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