Tuesday, June 8, 2010

antwerp: hotel julien

Stylish and discreet, Antwerp's Hotel Julien has dramatic, high ceilings covered with  gorgeous, ornate moldings and plasterwork.  I'm guessing, but the ceilings in our room must have been at least 14ft high! The public rooms, including the sleek hotel bar, are comfortably outfitted with modern furniture. Limed wood floors and linen upholstery feel clean and fresh while hinting at the history of the 16th century townhouses the hotel is housed in. The interior courtyards are cool, green outdoor alcoves- artfully planted and each with a pleasantly gurgling fountain. Stay for breakfast: fresh fruit, piles of pastries and perfectly cooked eggs.

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