Things are changing so fast in this world that sometimes, it can be a challenge just to keep up with things. Ever noticed that when you’ve been away for two weeks, you find yourself coming home to a new store on the block, brand new neighbours in the apartment above you and a parking policy that has completely changed? We sure did so we get it if you tend to get a bit overwhelmed by all the new things out there. That’s why, every now and then, we like to make an overview of the new locations you have to know about – so you don’t need to look at all the others if you don’t want to.
Today, we’re talking hotels. New hotels in Belgium, to be precise. Because even though you might already have picked your favourite places to stay at a long time ago, it never hurts to explore some new options. And in case you were still looking for some staycation inspiration, these might push you in the right direction. So get ready to get tempted to book a little trip to Brussels, Antwerp or Liège if you keep reading!
1. Hotel Flora, Antwerp
If you’ve got a weak spot for interior design and dreamy details, Hotel Flora is the perfect hideaway during your stay in Antwerp. The building dates back to the Middle Ages, with architectural elements from all eras – from Rococo portals to very contemporary amenities. There’s even talk of a Chinese pavilion, so that alone is worth a visit. The hotel only counts seven rooms, making it very small and intimate compared to many of the other accommodation options out there these days. But don’t be fooled by its number of rooms because the hotel also has several libraries and a garden where you can hide away from the hustle and the bustle of the city.
Prices start at 245 euros a night for two persons, breakfast included.
2. YUST, Liège
This is one of those contemporary places where, in summary, you could do anything you want. Whether you’re here for a short stay, a long one, a dinner or a business event: everything is possible at YUST and they’re pretty good at it too. As far as short-term accommodation goes, you’ve got a choice between a dorm, all-female dorm, family room, double room or a deluxe room. Yes, that’s quite a lot already. Then there are furnished apartments, brunches, lunches and dinners and so on. Oh and let’s not forget the rooftop terrace. It’s a bit overwhelming but thanks to the minimalist design and the comfortable extras, YUST sure deserves a spot in this list.
Prices start at 25 euros a night in a dorm or 88 euros a night for a two person room.
3. Craves Hotel, Brussels
City centres often lack in cool places but that surely isn’t the case for Brussels. With the new Craves Hotel, it now also has a nice, design-looking hotel within walking distance from the Grand Place. Craves is attached to restaurant Le Conteur, which had been around for a while already. With the same interior designer behind Craves and Le Conteur, there’s a kind of coherence which you don’t often get to experience.
London-based Saar Zafrir explains his designs as follows: “It’s a hotel designed for people who love life and who want to enjoy themselves. It diffuses a sensual energy, at the entrance, at the reception, in the rooms, in the restaurant…” Looking at the pictures, we definitely feel it too. The 59 rooms are all tastefully decorated but the difference lies all in the detail – like the wallpaper, portraying the five senses which are central in the hotel. Despite the looks, the hotel is pretty affordable for Brussels standards as well, coming in at less than 150 euros a night. Definitely one to remember!
Prices start at 114 euros a night for a double room.