14/06/2017

Boulevard Leopold Bed & Breakfast Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

As you could see on my Instagram account, I've been in Antwerp two days last week. I went with my blogger gal Imena, as we had gotten an invitation to the beauty day of two PR agencies, to discover the new products for fall/winter 2017. Of course we didn't just want to go there without discovering the city, so we decided to stay one night in Antwerp. Thanks to our friend Anna we had heard of the Boulevard Leopold Bed & Breakfast and the owner kindly offered us a night in his magical B&B.

When you see Boulevard Leopold from the outside, you don't even get a hint of the majesty that is awaiting you behind the heavy door that's locked with a modern code system. However once you enter the small hallway you feel like you just entered the most exclusive place on earth. The owner Martin gave us a warm welcome and led us up some steep stairs to the 3rd or 4th floor. The amazing hallway was still on our minds when he opened to door to our room with an old, heavy key. It was a sunny day so the golden walls where the first things I noticed. I couldn't tell you what the second thing was, as there were so many unique, bizarre and antique things to discover in this room, that after two days I still haven't seen them all. My attention was quickly taken by the beautiful, old bathtub though.
Imena and I were looking around the room like kids in a candy store and we didn't know what to say. After what felt like minutes I finally managed to whisper the word "amazing". The owner must have seen many reactions like ours, but he seemed honestly delighted anyway. He left us with the old key, a map of Antwerp and a few infos about the other guests. It definitely felt more like staying with a friend than staying in a hotel. 
No need to say that after arriving in this room, Imena and I spent minutes taking photos and being amazed. It was hard to already leave this place shortly after, to go to the beauty press day. For the other day however, Imena and I had planned 2 hours just to take photos and explore our room and the building. At 9am we were the first guests to go to the dining room for breakfast. The first thing that awaited us where dozens of lit candles on a table full of curiosities. Butterflies and ducklings under a glass bell, ancient family photos, old books, vintage furniture, tropical plants - There was just too much to capture it all at once. 
After another few minutes of taking photos and being amazed, Martin kindly greeted us and offered us some tea. He had already prepared our breakfast table with fresh fruit, croissants, toasts, muesli,... He was really happy to take the time to chat with us, and of course we were eager to hear the story of this building. 
Boulevard Leopold was build in 1890 by a Jew in the middle of the Jewish quarter of Antwerp. Afterwards it was bought by a young professor who had many children there and whose family lived there for 70 years. Martin was proud to tell us, that he is only the 4th owner of this building, that makes you feel like living in a different century. 
After a little shoot in the Alice in Wonderland backyard, it was time for us to say goodbye, but Imena and I swore that we'll be back to this magical place as soon as possible. Thanks so much Martin, for this wonderful experience, and for having made this a place that truly inspires people. 

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold B&B Antwerp

Boulevard Leopold Bed & Breakfast
Belgiƫlei 135
2018 Antwerp
Belgium



(Disclaimer: Post in friendly collaboration with Boulevard Leopold Bed & Breakfast.)

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