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“could be a diamond but a few things to improve”
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Hotel Julien
Ranked #8 of 72 Hotels in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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186 hotel reviews
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“could be a diamond but a few things to improve”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

I've visited this small hotel just a short time after opening and was keeping an excellent memory of this first stay. I remembered a very special place, superbly designed with an very warm service provided to all the customers of the 11 rooms.

Things changed with an extension just recently turning the capacity from 11 to 21 rooms. Actually, I'll do not complain about the addition of 10 superb rooms, much larger and much more comfortable than the original ones.

Last week, I've decided to bring my parents to a short week end in Antwerp and for me, there wasn't any other choice than to stay at Julien cause had a great opinion of this hotel. Have we been satisfied? More or less. If room 28 (Experience room) was charming, very well decorated , comfortable and opening on a huge terrace overlooking the roof tops of Antwerp, the room 4 (Dreamer room) located in the original building was a bit oppressing overlooking a wall full of green vegetation but still a wall, with no space to relax and just very uncomfortable (a wood ground nice but too noisy, i guess the room upstairs has the same since I've been disturbed by noise; no proper blind curtains meaning I've been awake at 5.30am by the light which is one of the wrongest point for me; water pressure too little to enjoy a nice energetic shower). What a shame I didn't go for two Experience rooms cause really the room 28 is recommendable and can provide a WOW impression even to the most discerned travelers. So if you decide to go to Julien, just think about "Experience rooms" cause the extra few euros are really worth it.

Also, I have to say the service should be improved.People who are working at Julien are nice but only one or two persons for 21 rooms, it's not enough and it can affects on the atmosphere. Several times there was nobody behind the front desk, just the phone and a little panel saying "in case of needs, contact...", a bit weird. Consequently, this hotel looks a bit naked, without the warm atmosphere and it's regrettable cause would be so easy with these little charming lounges, this beautiful bar, this rooftop terrace overlooking the city but regretfully, it seems a bit empty and without life.

Maybe the management of Julien could think about a few changes like including in the room packages a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine at the bar which could be not only positive for a warmer atmosphere but positive as well for their incomes; placing fresh fruits or a few fresh flowers on arrival...

However, one thing which is absolutely amazing is the breakfast... impeccable, offering very great quality dishes, superbly presented in a lovely room. Croissants and bread were warm, cold cuts very fresh and yummy, some organic cereals, freshly squeezed juice... For 15 Eur, it's almost incredible and missing this exquisite moment would be a mistake. We just adore this moment.

To conclude, let's say Julien can become a great escape and has an incredible potential to become one of the most charming urban hotel in Europe but before it a few things have to be improved and I'm sure the management will do its utmost to go on this way.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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East Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

This is a great little hotel. Super stylish. The lounge area is spectacular. Our room was one of the smallest available (for a double), nicely decorated, super high ceilings, big windows. We did not try their breakfast (15 euros).

The only reason that I did not give this hotel was the price. Kind of expensive for what you get.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bris, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Step through the non-descript metal door into a haven of tranquillity that puts the discerning traveller first. A carefully converted historical building in the centre of Antwerp that enhances and shows off the period features to make you feel you are the guest of a city merchant rather than a commercial hotel. Bare stone walls and towering ceilings combined with water and light that give a sense of space and peace unparalleled in Antwerp. Public rooms are unique and the open doors, open bar, magazines, flowers and furnishing enhance the private home feel. The bedroom is carefully designed with features and quirks like the wide wooden bench the length of the room that served as a seat, luggage rack, shelf and anything else guests might want to perform there. Bed is large with quality linen and the bathroom is simple, spacious and clean with an industrial shower that makes the scalp tingle with joy. As if the property and furnishings are not enough then the young staff are the crowning glory delivering service that catered so unobtrusively to my unspoken needs that I assume they must be telepathic.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Fabulous hotel with gorgeous room, beautifully decorated throughout, bar, lounge, breakfast room at luxury level- great for interviews and meetings. Special meeting rooms for hire. Excellent service, spa and treatment rooms available.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed here for three nights late May 2013. The hotel is small and has a contemporary design, with fine attention to detail, and has a pleasant feel. The staff goes out of its go way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The facilities are first class.
The most important part of Antwerp is in easy walking distance of the hotel. Parking is a bit of an issue, but that is to be expected given its location.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Hotel Julien was everything a boutique hotel traveler could want. It's natural decor and textiles make you immediately feel relaxed and at home. The shared lounge and dining spaces are warm, welcoming and beautiful. Places you wish you could replicate at home. We had a room on the TOP floor and it was a beautiful and sexy setting for a couple. Just be aware: there are no elevators, so pack light! You're going to be lugging your bags up and down a spiral staircase. We were greeted with champagne and pistachios and loved every second of our stay at Hotel Julien.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2013

It was a shame I only stayed one night but I really liked this hotel. The staff were excellent, the room clean, comfortable and well designed. Breakfast was really good with freshly squeezed orange juice, great breads etc...

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Property: 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 Romantic Hotel in Antwerp
#3 Business Hotel in Antwerp
#5 Luxury Hotel in Antwerp
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Julien 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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