Tom talked us through the creation and launch of his hotel; his family owned the 1902 townhouse which it is based in. It has the typical high ceilings, wooden floorboards and a classic façade, all still very well preserved. Prior to opening six years ago, the house was renovated and decorated by the renowned Antwerp architect firm, Sculp-it. Tom then explains the concept he has chosen to name and decorate each room. The eight rooms on offer are ‘living paintings.’ In the bedrooms, the bathroom and the office are raised in large white frames. You get the feeling you are entering a new room each time. The same concept of framing can even be found in the hotel's stairwell, where the local fashion scene is highlighted. The rooms, in shades of anthracite grey and white, are naturally bright. The brick walls have been preserved and repainted in white, and to top it all off, the bathrooms are equally spacious and modern.
Don't worry, although the hotel does not offer catering services, the vibrant neighbourhood is full of trendy and typical "antwerpen" restaurants (to name a few: Ciro's, t'Hofke, L'amitié). Tom will gladly recommend places to go. It is however possible to have breakfast delivered to your room from a local coffee shop for 14,5 eur.
The hotel is powered by solar energy and a heat pump. In addition, ecological products are used for the maintenance of the rooms and bedding.
THE LITTLE EXTRA
Looking for a place to eat,
here are some recommendations from Tom: Ciro's, t'Hofke, L'amitié
Where and when
Nationalestraat 49, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Open all year long
Train, bike, car, what suits you best