To help you out with the decision where to stay in Antwerp, we’ve put together a list of neigbourhoods and the best hotels in the city.
Antwerp is often left out when planning a trip to Belgium. Touristy cities like Brussels or Bruges easily obscure trendy towns of Antwerp or recently re-discovered Ghent.
However, from what we’ve experienced in Antwerp, it’s a vibrant, extraordinarily creative city full of history, so you’re doing yourself a favor by staying here longer, and exploring it for more than a day away from Brussels.
Where to stay in Antwerp?
Where to stay in the Antwerp Historical Center
This is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Antwerp if your goal is to catch up with sightseeing. The old town is full of museums, lively squares, and a number of cafes, restaurants, and beautifully renovated bed & breakfasts in historical houses.
The area is very walkable, and you can easily access the riverbank. It’s also safe and quiet at night.
Luxury > Hotel ‘T Sandt
Spotless, spacious rooms with an incredibly homey touch. The suites and rooms are bright thanks to big windows. Excellent location near the Grote Markt, good breakfast included.
Mid-range > Aplace Antwerp City Flats & Suites
Very tastefully decorated rooms and apartments in vintage style with modern elements. Apartments also feature a fully equipped kitchen. Pets allowed.
Budget > Antwerp City Hostel
This hostel provides non-smoking rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a bar. The property is less than 1 km from Meir, and within 700 m of the city centre.
Things to do in Antwerp Historical Center
- Visit Museum Plantin-Moretus
- Get a pint at the Witzli-Poetzli while enjoying jazz music or check out the the quirky Elfde Gebod
- Hang around the Groenplaats or Grote Markt Square early in the morning
- Enter the Cathedral of Our Lady
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Where to stay in Het Zuid (the Southern District)
It’s trendy, modern, and very suitable for expats and young people fancying nightlife and art. The southern district aka Het Zuid is a renovated neighborhood with plenty of bars, local restaurants, galleries, and museums.
Het Zuid is well connected to the city center and train station by public transport. We stayed here for a few nights and loved it here for its laid back vibes and a running path along the river.
Our top pick > The Soul Antwerp
In case you prefer cooking your own food and are hoping for some privacy, The Soul would be the best place to stay in Het Zuid. Modern studio with vintage interior offers an equipped kitchenette with a dining corner and comfy sofa, (which we found great after walking the city all day).
The apartment is located right in the heart of the south district, surrounded by many cafes and restaurants. By the way, you can grab a coffee, breakfast or lunch at the atmospheric Soul Cafe. In case you decide to cook, there is a big grocery shop within 5 minutes walking.
Our studio was clean, with a separated bedroom, bright seating area with a dining table and kitchenware, and a private bathroom. The place is also run by welcoming and easygoing owners. Check the latest price.
Mid-range > Maison Emile
Stylish, modern, and clean rooms with a rich healthy breakfast. It features double and single bedrooms.
Budget > B&B HOTEL Antwerpen Zuid
Very affordable and clean budget option. Every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels.
Things to do in Het Zuid
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Where to stay in the Jewish Quarter in Diamond District
The area near the Central Station is the oldest diamond center in Europe, and rumour has it they were playing around with diamonds long before the first traders in Hong Kong or New York.
Stay around on Friday or Saturday, and you’ll see the Jewish community walking to and from the synagogues here. Currently, more than 80% of the Jews in Antwerp are involved in the diamond trade.
There are more than 1500 companies involved in selling, cutting, and polishing diamonds in the city, and you can check out some of them on Pelkinstraat Street near the railway station, or in the boutique shops on the Appelmansstraat, Lange Herentalsestraat and Vestingstraat streets.
Always ask for the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grading report when buying a gem. Read more about the history of Jews in Antwerp.
Our top pick > Hyllit Hotel
Located right in the center of the Diamond district, a couple of minutes walking from the Central Station. Luxurious 4-star hotel with an indoor pool, spacious rooms with writing desk. Suites available.
Luxury > Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen
Spacious and super clean rooms, some of them with a great view. The hotel features a gym, and you can use sauna and swimming pool at the Health Club that is 100 m away.
Mid-range > Hotel Indigo Antwerp – City Centre
Incredibly cosy rooms and common area, decorated with a great taste and sense for interior details. Very kind staff and excellent breakfast!
Budget > Eden Antwerp
Simply decorated in pastel colors, and for a very reasonable price considering the proximity to the main railway station. Free tea/coffee station available.
Things to do in Diamond district
- Check the architecture of the railway station in case you haven’t arrived by train
- Go to the Stadtpark and have a picnic here. Great for kids, the park offers some playgrounds
- Book your ticket for a performance in the stunning Flemish Opera
- Have a peak in some of the diamond stores in the Diamond District
Where to stay in Sint Andries
Rough and poor area in the past that has become a shopping area with lots of cafes now. Popular for its vintage vibes, great proximity to the centre and best Antwerp attractions. Safe and lively Southern neighbourhood in Antwerp.
Our top pick > Aplace Antwerp boutique flats & hotel rooms
These suites are located in Anwerp’s fashion district. Aplace Antwerp boutique flats & hotel rooms offers modern accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Historic Grand Place is just a 4-minute walk.
Each suite and apartment is decorated in a homely décor with modern features. They have a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and refrigerator. The bathroom has a shower or bath.
Luxury > Maison Nationale City Flats & Suites
Ultra clean, beautiful, bright, and spacious rooms designed in black & white minimalistic style. Possibility to prepare your own food with the kitchenware.
Mid-range > Kaai11
A luxurious option for a mid-range budget. Situated near the Schelde River, most of the rooms have awesome views. Modern & elegant interior. Some suites come with a fully equipped kitchen.
Budget > Antwerp Central Youth Hostel
Very cool place in a great location. Simple and clean with twin, quadruple, or dormitory rooms, all with private bathrooms. Buffet breakfast included.
Things to do in Sint Andries
- Visit MoMu Fashion Museum
- Go for a graffiti hunt. Read this article to get inspired.
- Walk through the summer Markt van Morgen market & do some shopping here
- Visit St Andrew’s Catholic Church from the 16th century
- Spend a couple of hours at the incredible Plantin-Moretus Museum of printing
- Vintage lovers, head straight to the Kloosterstraat Street
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Where to stay in Het Eilandje
Het Eilandje means “Little Island,” and currently the area is boasting with loads of cafes, and some of the most distinct museums in Antwerp: MAS, which is a highlight of the Het Eilandje, and Red Line Star – a museum dedicated to the emigration waves that brought millions of European overseas, and the iconic Port House of Zaha Hadid.
It’s a cool area to chill out, enjoy an afternoon coffee, and make your artistic soul happy.
Our top pick > B&B [email protected]
This is something quite different. High ceilings, futuristic white design with a jacuzzi in the room. Great breakfast!
Mid-range > Best Western Hotel Docklands
Modern rooms of a 3-star hotel, some of them with harbour views and a balcony. Very friendly staff. Some rates include delicious breakfast.
The area doesn’t really offer budget options, but you can find a budget accommodation not far from Eilandje.
Condo Gardens Antwerp
Simple, clean studios with a kitchen, great location for a very reasonable price.
Things to do in Eilandje
Where to stay in Borgerhout
The area doesn’t have the best reputation, but only because of its multicultural nature, as it’s a home to 90 different nationalities.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a bit of an “underground,” creative area with music festivals, quirky bars, and a Moroccan & Turkish minority, which means great food, head to the Borgerhout.
Our top pick > @Couche Couche
Very stylish and comfortable B&B. You can stay either in an apartment for 2-4 people with kitchenware, or in a double room. Located in a beautiful old mansion from 1907. Minimalistic design with soothing feeling.
There aren’t any top luxury hotels in the area, although the B&B mentioned above can be considered a high-end choice of accommodation in Borgerhout.
Mid-range > Leonardo Hotel Antwerpen
Large, impeccable rooms with lots of sunlight, very tastefully decorated. The room also features a seating area, a work desk and a mini bar. The facility has a modern bar serving Belgian beers and 2 computers with free Internet access in the lobby.
Budget > The Ash Antwerp Student Hostel
The Ash Antwerp Student Hostel is a comfortable and modern hotel with a common area and lounge, a garden and a library.
Things to do in Borgerhout
- Spend an evening at one of the performances in De Roma, an amazing cinema from 1920’s.
- Go for a free yoga class in Krugerplein Square on Saturday (from 24th of June – 9th of September from 10 am to 11 pm)
- Check out the gigs at the TRIX Muziekcentrum
Where to stay in Deurne
Located in the east of Antwerp, famous mostly for its huge green area: the Rieverenhof Park. It’s the area of townhouses, and it’s not popular among tourists as it lacks Antwerp’s cultural vibes. However, it’s a good option if you feel like staying out of the city center.
There’s great cycling infrastructure. For the best Antwerp attractions you’ll need to take a tram or a bike to the city center. Or… go local and visit some of the Deurne’s cultural events.
Our top pick > Bed & Breakfast Exterlaer
Elegant & artsy rooms, some of them with a seating area. The place has a lovely garden, and delicious breakfast included. Very pleasant hosts.
Things to do in Deurne