Hotel ‘Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp’ Opening in September 2021
In September 2021, the unique five-star hotel ‘Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp’ will open in a former monastery at the botanical garden in Antwerp. It will include a gigantic wellness center, a conference center, various function rooms and no fewer than four gastronomic restaurants, including one that will be run by star-chef Gert De Mangeleer. Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp will be the first “5* superior hotel” in Antwerp, and it is also the first hotel in the city to be a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
Accommodations at the new hotel will range from Comfort, Deluxe, Junior Suites and Suites to Botanic Spa Suites and Botanic Garden Suites. No two rooms are alike as they have been integrated into the fabric of the historic building’s monastic complex. They exude timeless luxury brought about by a wabi-sabi approach to interior design: serene, beautiful and spiritual. The views open onto the courtyard, spa or Monastery Gardens, adding to the guests’ comfort by offering welcome green relief from the city’s hustle and bustle.
The unique Botanic Spa Suites and Botanic Garden Suites will provide a private spa treatment space in a serene setting, as well as a sauna and Jacuzzi, and the latest, top-brand gym equipment. Botanic Spa Suites are the largest hotel accommodation available in the whole of Flanders, offering up to 180 m2.
The history of the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp begins in 1238. The chapel and Gothic infirmary were added in the 15th century; a second infirmary, the altar in the earlier infirmary, and some residential buildings followed in the 16th century. In the 16th century, the famous apothecary Pieter Coudenberg established a garden next to the hospital and introduced many new plants because of their medicinal properties. This garden is considered the precursor of the current Botanical Garden.