A fairly nondescript hotel from the outside (albeit in a set of 18th century buildings) in a quiet street mid way between the cathedral and the station.
But once you've rang the bell and gained admittance to the imposing entrance hall you realise that this a hotel that has been designed with some style.
Everywhere there are intriguing pieces of one-off furniture and art.
We were upgraded to Room 14 - the "pink room", which was definitely unique. Not sure if I would want my bedroom at home decorated in this style (think psychedelic bubble gum pink wallpaper) but for a one-off luxury night away it was great. (Although I suspect the very open plan bathroom with the glass door may prove how well you really know your partner!)
The view over the interior garden is delightful, and the breakfast (served in a room next to that courtyard) is freshly prepared in the adjacent (also open plan) kitchen.
Not a cheap hotel (and the unexpected extras such as €35 for the underground parking (don't attempt in anything other than a small hatchback!) added up to over €300 for the night.
But I think it was worth it, especially for the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and the chance to stay in something that definitely isn't your standard corporate city centre anonymous box.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surround yourself with a beguiling mix of style and character at Hotel De Witte Lelie, an eye-catching trio of 17th-century gabled white buildings in the center of Antwerp. With just 10 suites, a beautiful floral courtyard, two delightful sitting rooms with an open fire, the very intimate Bronze Bar, this is a contemporary urban haven with a chic yet homely feel. Hotel De Witte Lelie is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World since 2008. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Witte Lelie Antwerp
- De Witte Lelie Hotel Antwerp