I’ve had the pleasure of checking in to more beautiful hotels than I can count over the last 7 years as a luxury travel writer. It might not come as a surprise to you, then, when I admit it can be a little difficult to surprise me these days. But just when you think you have seen it all, you step inside a hotel so magical that you start asking the staff if you ever have to leave.
Checking in to De Witte Lelie
I had never even heard of De Witte Lelie when we were researching our trip to Antwerp. We had only a few days to stay and explore Belgium and we wanted to be central, so Antwerp seemed like an obvious choice. I had already visited Brussels a few years before so I was eager to explore a new city. I had passed through Antwerp before and fell immediately in love with the laidback vibe, so it made sense to stay here. De Witte Lelie came at a complete surprise when researching hotels in the city of Antwerp.
This hotel is part of the small luxury hotels collection and it is so secretive, most locals don’t even know it exists. There are a handful of rooms each individually decorated, so much so that you won’t recognise one room from the next.
De Witte Lelie is a short five minute walk from the Grote Markt of Antwerp and only a 15-20 minute walk from the main train station. This is a really safe city to visit so if you are arriving by train, I’d recommend walking to the hotel if you don’t have too much luggage. Taxis are readily available but the walk itself is quite nice and can sometimes be quicker with all of Antwerp’s one-way streets.
The rooms at De Witte Lelie are each very unique and no room is the same. Ours was room 10 in the attic of the house, with the bathroom being our favourite feature of the room. Each room is appointed with a help yourself mini bar (included), a television, bathtub and luxurious linens.
The hotel feels like a living design museum as you walk the hallways and find more corners to relax in. There is a small bar on site, however I’d suggest you plan your evenings outside of the hotel as Antwerp has a great range of restaurants, bars and casual dining.
Book Your Stay
Book online through the De Witte Lelie website.
Room rates start at €340 per room, per night.
Rates are accommodation only and there is not restaurant on site.
I visited De Witte Lelie as a guest of Hyatt hotels through an ongoing partnership with the brand. All opinions and photos are my own and were not created in any agreement of a positive review (or a review at all!)