“Sexy room and 2 designer suites in the heart of trendy Antwerp, perfect for stylish weekenders”
Don't let the name confuse you: there's actually 1 room and 2 suites on offer here. Room 69 looks like a hotel boudoir and is devastatingly sexy (if a bit on the small side). We’d recommend it for a romantic stay - with a plump bed decked out in golden linen, stunning sculptural lights that look like twisted golden ribbon and an erotic photograph blown up so large that it covers the whole wall, it’s clear what this room is good for.
The 2 suites have a completely different feeling. They look out onto the street and both have a small kitchenette, a bathroom with a shower and tub, and a double bedroom separated from the living area by a windowed door. The upper suite (Suite 1) is all-white: shaggy sheepskin rug, painted floorboards and a vase with white cotton sprigs on the mantelpiece. It has a quirky wooden bath bought in Berlin but annoyingly no full-lenth mirror, which I'd have thought was essential for a style-savvy weekender. The lower suite (Suite 70) is a little more relaxed, with a tweed sofa and a black-mirrored glass table topped with a vase of bright pink blooms in the lounge, and similarly pared-back white bed linen in the simple bedroom.
The whole feel is chic and cheerful - it’s thankfully not po-faced about its sense of style. Being in such a prime location, the last thing you’ll want to do is stay in (unless you’re in Room 69, of course), but you do have the feeling of living like a local in the city, and plenty of space to go with it.
This isn’t the place to come if you want to cook in. Room 69 has no catering facilities at all, and while the suites have small kitchenettes with a fridge, microwave, kettle, sink and coffee machine, they're too small for cooking a full meal. But staying here isn’t about the food you can make yourself, it’s about the food you can get out and about in Antwerp: any kind of cuisine under the sun plus speciality white beers.
The closest restaurant Renaissance, just a couple of doors down on Nationalestraat, serves high-end Italian and is a good option if you’re feeling too lazy to walk further. Alternatively, walk left out of the building and you’ll soon come to Groenplaats, a square ringed with bars, restaurants and cafés of variable quality. If you want to go further afield, culinary delights can be found at the top of MAS, the city’s modern art gallery, in the Storm Café (co-owned by one of Room National’s owners).
For breakfast, Karin recommends nearby Le Pain Quotidien; across the road at Camper shoes there is also a sweet little café serving potent coffees and cake, and on Groenplaats you’ll find waffles and a Paul patisserie. She also likes Momade cupcakes on Reynderstraat.
For other ideas, check out Flanders for Foodies, a reference guide to the city's up-and-coming chefs.
Children are allowed in the suites. Suite 1 has a double sofabed (for 2 children or 1 adult), and Karin can also provide baby cots for either suite. Parents will find the small kitchen with a microwave and sink useful, but note there are steep stairs throughout the building.
Babies (0-1 years)