L’Appartement

  • Location: City
    Restaurants and shops: In walking distance
    Antwerp city centre: 3,6km (10 mins by car)
    Open air musuem: In walking distance
  • Antwerp International Airport (ANR): 4km (10 mins by car)
    Brussels International Airport (BRU): 40km (40 mins by car)
    Good public transport
    Free parking
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An introduction to L’Appartement

How would you describe L’Appartement in a nutshell?

It’s a place where people can retreat from the stresses of daily life. It’s like a little heaven you walk into to relax and be inspired by the design.

What is the story behind L’Appartement, what was your inspiration to create it?

As interior designers, we always wanted a space that represented our signature style. Around 10 years ago, we bought an Art Deco house with a garage downstairs and we thought we might turn it into a B&B. In 2018, we started to rebuild the ground floor and L’Appartement was born.

I’m very interested in new retail experiences and hospitality, so I had the idea to start a hometel concept. A combination of a homely accommodation with the possibility of having several hotel services. So guests can take advantage of our pillow program and opt in or out when it comes to breakfast.

We designed a lot of the furniture ourselves and guests can purchase pieces they see in the apartment. Soon, we will launch our own collection and shop as well.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of L’Appartement?

Like a soft pastel universe. I really love contrasting feminine and masculine textures, colours and materials, so that is always the way I work. My husband specialises in wall finishes, so we never use regular paint and wanted everything to be really tactile.

We also wanted to create something different that hasn’t already been seen in Belgium many times before. Belgium has a very typical style and colour scheme - white and beige. In contrast, we love colour — Wes Anderson and India Mahdavi are two people we are inspired by. I also liked the idea of creating a Parisian vibe in Antwerp.

Many of our guests say that L’Appartement is like a retreat. It’s relaxing and inspiring — like another universe.

To you personally, what is so special about L’Appartement?

I think the interior is the unique selling point and many people just come for the experience of staying here. It’s also very discreet but with a personal approach. Because I live upstairs, I always come and say hello but it can be as private as guests prefer.

It’s also special because of the goodie game experience we offer and the seasonal magazine we create, as well as having interactive wallpaper in the toilet. There is an app that guests can download and the image on the wallpaper starts to move. It’s something they can only discover by staying.

L’Appartement
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Living area
Terrace
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Entrance
Entrance

L’Appartement rooms & rates

You arrive at L’Appartement along a little path that’s lined with palm trees and leads to a big glass door. The interior is 90 square metres and designed with an open plan. Upon entering, you descend a few stairs to the kitchen and dining nook, which connects to the library where you’ll find books and board games.

The living room has a view of the Ibiza-style terrace patio and leads to the bedroom nook and ensuite bathroom with its oil lacquered wall, pink sink and Instagrammable mirror. There is also a separate toilet that has a “wow” factor.

Layout: Entrance, dining area, fully equipped kitchen with fridge, cooker, oven and dishwasher. There is also a library, separate toilet, hall, bedroom with queen size bed and flat-screen TV, living room with sofa and desk, ensuite bathroom with a sink and walk-in shower. Terrace with garden furniture.

  • L’Appartement for 2 people / 90 m²
    249 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
Included in the rates
Rates include a complimentary stuffed minibar with Belgian snacks and drinks.
Optional extras
Available on request: several breakfast options (vegan, healthy, savoury or with eggs).
Extra charges
A city tax of EUR 2,97 per person per night is payable locally.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 12 years are welcome. Extra bed on request (only longer term stays).
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Most of our services are a la carte, including wine/champagne, a turndown service and breakfast. We have various options, including healthy, vegan and traditional Belgian breakfasts. Yoga mats are also available for guests to use.

Included is our pillow program, which allows guests to choose from different pillows during their stay as I feel it is important to have the right pillow. We also have a complimentary mini bar that’s stocked with small-batch Belgian snacks and drinks, such as alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks, popcorn, chips and chocolate. By completing a riddle, guests can also win a complimentary goodie from one of the five transparent boxes on the wall.

We are always available for recommendations and create a quarterly magazine with information about us, the apartment and what to do in the neighbourhood. In it, we feature articles about new restaurants and art galleries that are worth visiting.

Things to do in Antwerp

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips

Many people just stay at the studio and order take out — it’s a destination in itself! As we’re not in the centre of the city, it’s a good place to stay when you have already been to Antwerp and want to explore a new area.

I would highly recommend going to the open-air museum in the park and visiting the Military Hospital site. It’s home to a two-star Michelin restaurant and just a really nice place to walk around, with great architecture and boutique shops.

Antwerp’s city centre also has some remarkable landmarks and my favourite depends on the season. In the summer, I would recommend visiting the Art Deco tunnel that extends beneath the river to the other side of Antwerp. Not far from us is an eclectic, 19th-century quarter, Zurenborg, that’s nice if you’re into architecture.

L’Appartement reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Sehr besondere und schöne Wohnung mit eigenem Innenhof etwas außerhalb in ruhiger Wohngegend. Einige nette Resaurants, eine charmante Bäckerei, ein grosser Supermarkt mit langen Öffnungszeiten (auch sonntags) und insbesondere der wunderbare Middelheim-Park (Openair -Kunst und Biergarten; nicht verpassen!) sind aber fußläufig erreichbar, ebenso wie eine Straßenbahnhaltestelle mit Verbindung direkt in die Alt-/ Innenstadt.
Die Gastgeberin Iris ist sehr hilfsbereit, die beiden von ihr empfohlenen Restaurants (Da Fellini (legerer Italiener) und Decan (Fine Dining)) haben uns sehr gut gefallen und sind ebenfalls direkt um die Ecke.
Kleine nette Details (Goodies in Küche und Kühlschrank, eine kleine Schatzsuche in der Wohnung) sowie die problemlose freundliche Kommunikation inkl. late check out haben unser Wochenende im L'Appartement zu einem sehr schönen Erlebnis werden lassen. Empfehlenswert! (Antwerpen sowieso...;-))
Imke S.
stayed at L’Appartement in July 2022

The location of L’Appartement

We are around 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Antwerp in the residential part of a suburb called Berchem. It’s home to lots of parks, including one with an open-air museum, and a creative hub with lots of things to see and do. At the end of the street is a city bike rental system and a tram station, so it is very easy to access the centre.

Within walking distance of the studio are two very good restaurants — an Italian restaurant and a high-end gastronomic place - while across the street is a bar and a local cafe with a nice terrace. There are also many shops nearby, including supermarkets, a butchers and the best bakery in town.

When is the best time to visit Antwerp?

I would say for most visitors, April to October is best. But for many Dutch-speaking tourists, they like to visit all year round as Antwerp is a big shopping destination and a popular place to celebrate New Year’s eve.