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The pearl of Antwerp TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: HOTEL DIAMONDS & PEARLS
The name already suggests it: Hotel Diamonds & Pearls is a true treasure. Located on a unique location embodying the century-long cultural and artistic riches of the city, this boutique hotel is the ideal spot for tourists and business visitors who can truly appreciate the good things in life. The beautiful, 1865 townhouse that hosts Hotel Diamonds & Pearls literally lies in the shade of the Cathedral of Our Lady. As equally beautiful as the outside is the interior: the whole hotel radiates luxury and warmth, with a baroque style that can be found anywhere in the hotel. Directly to the right as you enter, the lounge – including fireplace – invites for moments of peace and tranquility. Hotel Diamonds & Pearls is a true boutique hotel, hosting a mere five rooms. “The fact that we are so small-scale allows us to provide a whole different service than people are normally used from hotels,” says Maarten Van Dijck, who together with his partner Abby Akabbal
owns the hotel. “The unmatched luxury and personal approach makes that our guests can truly focus on themselves for once.” Each room has its own identity, yet all boast a beautiful classic style. The Junior Suite is the only room in the whole of Antwerp with a private roof terrace. Visiting with a few friends or two couples? The cottage, which is located at the back of the hotel, serves as an apartment and has a sitting area suited for four. The large sliding doors take you to the green courtyard, where you can sit back and relax outside.
not be too hard here, but do not forget to ask the owners for their recommendations. “We can perfectly estimate what our guests expect of a weekend in Antwerp: what they want to do and what their budget is. That is the beauty of our boutique hotel: we welcome each and every one personally, and make them feel truly at home.”
The ground floor hosts a Moroccan-style outside patio and the breakfast room, which serves breakfast as royal as the hotel itself. There is choice of various hot rolls and croissants, a wide range of charcuterie and cheese, smoked salmon, eggs, fresh fruits and juices. The hotel is located on Pelgrimstraat, the most well-known restaurant street in Antwerp, in the midst of the historic centre. Finding a world-class restaurant will
For more information, visit www.hoteldap.com Diamonds & Pearls has private underground parking.
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