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Review of Hotel Julien

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Hotel Julien
Ranked #8 of 73 Hotels in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 September 2012

We arrived in Antwerp after staying in the fabulous Sofitel louise in Brussels for a week. We were not sure if the hotel would live up to the excellent standards we had seen at Sofitel, but it more than met our expectations.

We found the hotel with no problems - it is literally 25 minutes walk from the station down the main shopping street, then a couple of simple turns. It is an easy walk through nice and fairly modern streets.

The reception area is pleasant and we were greeted warmly, despite it being mid-morning. They apologised that our room was not ready, not a surprise or problem given we were so early, and told we could leave our luggage. We left our coats too as it was a warm day.

The receptionist gave us a map of Antwerp and gave us some ideas where to go. We headed off after being told our room would be ready at 3.

We turned left out of the hotel away from the direction we had approached. We found ourselves in the beautiful old town. The hotel is located where the old town meets the modern shopping streets - a great location.

There are a great number of bars and restaurants within 5 minutes walk. The old market square and cathedral are also very close by, within a few minutes walk.

Everywhere in Antwerp is walk able from the hotel, the photography museum is around 35 mins and the MAS is around 20 mins.

When we returned to the hotel we were shown around the ground floor of the hotel, where the bar, lounge, terrace and breakfast rooms are. We were then given directions to our room and were left by the lift.

When we got to our room we found our luggage waiting and our coats hung up in the wardrobe.

The room was huge and had private balcony. It also had a large bathroom, separated from the bedroom by a folding screen and a separate room with a toilet and shower.

There were lovely Ren toiletries and a well stocked tea, coffee, mini bar area.

You could see the cathedral from the balcony and through the large patio doors.

The room had great air con which stopped it getting stuffy.

The bed was large and very comfy with fluffy pillows. There was Also coffee table and large sofa.

We were at the back of the hotel so did not experience any street noise. The room is under the hotels roof terrace so this may cause some noise but we did not notice any.

The bar and lounge areas are very cosy. If you want anything you may have to seek someone out to ask - usually in reception, the next room, or walking about. There isn't always someone behind the bar and they don't pursue you to buy a drink. They would be quite happy for you just to enjoy the lounge.

There is a small amount of food offered in the bar. We had a cheese platter one night which was lovely.

There is a good selection of beers, wines and cocktails. As well as soft and hot drinks. They have a great range of different teas too either in the bar or at breakfast.

The breakfast is a combination of cold buffet with breads, pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereals, cheeses and meats, and hot items on request. We were spoken to as soon as we entered the breakfast room and offered tea or coffee straight away. In fact after the first day they remembered what we had and offered that.

All the staff we encountered here were friendly and polite. Whenever we asked for anything they stopped what they were doing to oblige.

Check out was quick and efficient.

There is also free wifi here although it was somethimes a little slow.

We had a great stay here and thought it was great value for money. We stayed in room 28.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

We loved everything about this property. The room was spacious and immaculate. There are quite a few amenities - the bathroom even had a heated floor. But the best thing is the ambiance of the whole place. It's an old building but the interior has been renovated in a very clean, modern way, preserving many details such as antique moldings and staircases. Anyone into mid-century design will like the decor. Service was fantastic. We left something in our room and they had it sent to us in Brussels by taxi. We paid the taxi fair but it was reasonable and they made it happen immediately. Very impressive. I wouldn't consider any other option if I returned to Antwerp again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank LAMember
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We just spent four nights at the Hotel Julian in Antwerp and were impressed with the level of service (superb), the beautiful room (we loved room 10), the rooftop terrace, the great location (minutes from stores, cafes, restaurants, shopping, etc.) The breakfast was lovely, and as with everything in the hotel, the service and attention to detail was amazing. I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Nanette S
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

The Julien is exactly what a boutique Hotwl is supposed to be/ well located, xcellent but discreet service, brilliant design without show off, comfortable and friendly. The rooms are great (ask for the 11 below the roof, gorgeous) the common rooms like the bar very design and still nice and cosy. Bravo, a great success. best Hotel in Antwerp so far.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank FloranH
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Hotel Julien is gorgeous, just like everything else in Antwerp. The city is like one giant pinterest board. Hotel Julien is in a great location, tucked into a little back street with plenty of cute little stores nearby and only a minutes walk away from the main shopping areas.

The design of the entire hotel is fantastic. Just the right amount of quirkiness. The room I was in was spacious, comfortable and very clean. They provide you with Malin and Goetz toiletries as well, which was a lovely touch. Breakfast is simple, but sufficient and good.

The stairs is the main form of access though, the alternative being a tiny lift which doesn't go up to the top floors. So if you're carrying alot of baggage, it would be best to request for a low floor with lift access.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

The hotel is excellent, with a very well executed mix of modern design and art in a historic setting. You enter another realm upon accessing the hotel. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan and welcoming. Location is very good, right in the city centre and also easily accessible by car (there are public parkings nearby).

But what truly makes a difference is the fantastic service and all the smart (design) details:
- friendly and motivated staff providing personalized service. Thank you Marc for the all too familiar stories.
- delicious breakfast, with fresh and organic products.
- free wi-fi throughout the hotel, with a good connection speed.
- a very relaxing private Spa in the cellar with excellent products.

We definitely recommend staying in Antwerp and at this hotel and can't wait to get back.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Martijn Z
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

In the center of Antwerp, almost next to the cathedral lies this haven of calmness. We had a wonderful stay, due to the stress-free lounge, the lovely room, the all-inclusive breakfast and the overall relaxed atmosphere. OK, this is not your typical budget hotel but a lovely way to pamper your self when in Antwerp.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Julien

Address: Korte Nieuwstraat 24, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Antwerp Province > Antwerp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Antwerp
#3 Romantic Hotel in Antwerp
#5 Luxury Hotel in Antwerp
Price Range: £158 - £272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Julien 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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