Antwerp , Belgium

Hotel Flora

Price per night from$266.37

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR250.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Bejewelled bouquet


Amid mediaeval marvels

Once the residence of 15th-century merchants, Hotel Flora is largely in keeping with mediaeval Antwerp, except that a new fit-out by interiors maestro (and local gent) Gert Voorjans – although keeping original details such as the Rococo gatehouse – is wholly contemporary. A scheme of sumptuous hues has seemingly been cribbed from Wes Anderson’s Pinterest board, and there are botanical motifs, a Chinese pagoda, wicker seating and Nils Verkaeren artwork – all of which pack a punch more potent than a frothy pint of Duvel.


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Need to know


Seven suites.


12 noon, but a late check-out of 2pm can be arranged for €35. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £230.89 (€265), including tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.97 per person per night on check-in.

More details

Rates include an à la carte breakfast of only fresh produce, all of it cooked on an AGA, which can be served anywhere in the hotel – fuel up in Hotel Flora’s garden courtyard, where birdsong and the distant gongs of cathedral bells will kickstart the day.


When giving the hotel its visual identity, landscape painter Nils Verkaeren secluded himself in the property for a fortnight, painting on surfaces where he saw fit – which is certainly one way of getting a two-week stay on the house.

At the hotel

Library, 24/7 room service, free WiFi. In rooms: Smart TV, minibar, hairdryer, eco-friendly bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Hotel Flora’s selection of seven suites is tightly edited, and each option has its own appeal. The accommodations are categorised by colour – amethyst, emerald, terra, aquamarine, sapphire, ruby and agate – to reflect Antwerp’s renown as one the world’s epicentres for precious stones. We have a penchant for agate, appointed with a marble fireplace framed by a Nils Verkaeren mural.

Packing tips

Curating an on-the-go capsule wardrobe to take to one of Europe’s fashion capitals can be a discouraging task – but blending in with the local scenesters won’t require cutting-edge labels or items of extreme, cartoonish dimensions. Clothes in timeless, neutral colours – black, navy, marl grey – and cut in a slim, but not figure hugging, silhouette go a long way here.


Although this is an adults-only (18+) hotel, children are allowed to stay if you book the entire property.

Food and Drink

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Hotel restaurant

Although there's no restaurant at Hotel Flora, there is an à la carte breakfast served daily and room service for drinks is available 24/7.

Hotel bar

At the salon, which has a lived-in feel thanks to its sultry lighting and a medley of plush and wicker furniture, the choice of drinks include champagnes, wines, and limited-edition rums and whiskeys.

Room service

24/7 room service is available.


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Hotel Flora
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Hotel Flora is in Antwerp’s vibrant historic city centre – cultural big hits such as Groenplaats, Cathedral of Our Lady and the Plantin-Moretus Museum are within strolling distance.


The nearest airport is Antwerp International, a 20-minute taxi ride away, although Brussels Airport is only a 45-minute drive away. Transfers can be arranged with the hotel; a one-way journey from Brussels Airport is €125.


Antwerpen-Centraal train station is under 10 minutes away by taxi; free transfers from the station can be arranged with the hotel. For those wanting to stretch their legs, it is a 15-minute walk away.

Worth getting out of bed for

With Hotel Flora being in the thick of the action, a lazy morning could easily be spent ogling the Cathedral of Our Lady’s gothic splendour or the waterside fortress of Het Steen. It would, however, be remiss to not look beyond the historic core – though a compact port city, Antwerp is known as a creative cauldron that has helped build the country’s main cultural columns. A cradle for fashion designers who have moved the needle for the industry (Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, et al.), this is a city reputed for its timeless ‘fits and style: if you’re finally swapping out your frayed, tea-stained WFH sweats, try Graanmarkt 13, an emporium overflowing with more independent labels than you’d find in Anna Wintour’s walk-in wardrobe. Highlights include Sofie D’Hoore, known for her flowing silhouettes; Kassl Editions, which purveys unisex items; and Aeyde, a maker of minimalist footwear. And, of course, skipping out on the Dries Van Noten flagship, set across a 19th-century corner block, would be a sartorial sin. There’s a saying that every Belgian is born with a brick in their stomach. Accordingly, Antwerp, with its patchwork of contrasting buildings, is a calling card for architecture aficionados. Classic forms abound, notably at the 1905 Antwerpen-Centraal whose exterior is done out in the neo-gothic style. But for modern envelope-pushing designs, seek out Zaha Hadid’s love-hate Port House whose 2016 intervention has drawn comparisons with a cantilevered diamond. MAS, which has the look of a Jenga game seconds from collapse, hosts art-and-culture exhibitions across 10 floors. And for something even more leftfield, head south of the city for Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven’s Brandweerpost; its red-brick walls are so refined it appears like a render. And as all the museums and guidebooks will remind you, Peter Paul Rubens is the north star of the country’s arts scene – Rubenshuis, the famous painter's home and studio, features plenty of his baroque masterpieces as well as an unusually small bed (made all the smaller if you're arriving after a night at Hotel Flora). For an exploration beyond the Flemish masters, walk the grounds of the Middelheim Museum sculpture park, with highlights by Auguste Rodin and Alexander Calder, or the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, the city’s incubator for fledgling talent.

Local restaurants

Mirroring the city’s other creative disciplines, Antwerp’s dining scene is a showcase of young chefs who forgo white-tablecloth frills in favour of refined innovation. Chief among them is Veranda, set in an industrial-style building in the old meatpacking district where the inventive small-plates menu features the likes of langoustine with kiwano; Mangalica steak with beetroot; and chicken-meatball skewers. At casual Album, a one-time gentleman’s club that’s now festooned with Thonet-style seating and bare brick, seasonal breakfast and lunch are served – the sourdough has become stuff of legend among Antwerp’s Veja-wearing hipsters. In a 1960s modernist pile, Le Pristine takes its design cues – dark, moody swathes of grey and green – from Dutch and Flemish masters, but, in an incongruous move, the fare is Italian influenced. A recent hit has been a Poseidon-pleasing plate of Zeeland mussels with burrata and fregola, and the dish of pasta with lobster, squid, guanciale, caviar and stracciatella is worthy of praise from even the most critical of zias. 


Local bars

Creatives and bright young things flock to Osaka for its interiors – all stainless steel and Bruno Rey chairs – and natural-wine list whose quality of selection can be matched by that at Korean-influenced Camino. Vitrin, known for its well-curated beer selection, is popular among the fashion set; for something on the stronger side, a Dark & Stormy cocktail is as thunderous on the palate as the name suggests.


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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Antwerp and unpacked their coveted Maison Margiela and Dries Van Noten pieces, a full account of their design-centred break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel Flora in Antwerp...

It may be in Antwerp’s medieval district, but Hotel Flora eschews traditional styles in favour of bold, contemporary colour and character, with interiors – all botanical motifs and jewel tones – seemingly so art-directed you might expect to see Ralph Fiennes’s Gustave H lording it over the concierge desk. The seven suites each have their individual attractions (Ruby features a six-panel mural by local artist Nils Verkaeren; Aquamarine has a celestial quality), as well as plush furniture and fringed lampshades, lending it all a louche, secret-townhouse sensibility. The communal library and lounge are where the fashion crowd come to imbibe hard-to-find rums and discuss all things Renaissance and runways. But the crowning glory is the courtyard that’s centred around a well-manicured city garden, a world removed from the tourist footfall.

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