Stay The Night: Hotel Les Nuits, Antwerp

You almost expect to see Bogey in this noirish hotel. Yet Antwerp's latest bolthole is no exercise in nostalgia, says Adrian Mourby

Black is big in Antwerp's Hotel of the Nights.

From the shiny black lobby, a lift swishes up to 24 rooms on three floors, all hidden behind heavy black doors. En route, dramatic downlighting illuminates vases and quirky bits of sculpture. This is, indeed, a noirish hotel. Though children are welcome, you half-expect fellow guests to be wearing Bogie trench coats or Barbara Stanwyck gowns.

But Les Nuits is no exercise in nostalgia. It sits on the edge of Antwerp's Fashion District above Belgium's trendiest store for interior decor. Flamant Home Interiors is famous around the world now for its "Bourgeois-Bohemian" blend of nonconformity and elegance, tradition and cool. That distinctive style – exposed brickwork, leather sofas and pseudo-antiques – has translated well into Flamant Dining above the flagship store on Lange Gasthuisstraat. And a year ago the rooms above the restaurant were, in turn, converted into a hotel.

The rooms

Bedrooms come in four categories. "Solo Slim" and "Cosy Sleeping" are the standard twins and doubles. "Just Friends" and "Nothing To Hide" are the deluxes. Manuel Opdenakker, also of Antwerp's fashion district, was the designer. Expect a lot of black – black lacquer headboards, monochrome prints, even black bath tiles in some rooms. A few rooms essay a little colour but mainly its black and white and yet more black all the way. Dramatic lighting is softened by large candles in enormous glass bowls. There's a sense that you're sleeping in a fashion shoot. Not everything works (in one "Nothing To Hide" double, the massive black bathroom door hits the massive black bed every time you open it and effectively cuts the room in two) but that's what happens when you find yourself sleeping in some designer's dream. Beds and mattresses are by Auping, which has been helping the Dutch sleep well since 1888. Bed linen is by Flamant, of course. The Philips TVs are wall-mounted and the toiletries are by Kiehl's of New York.

The food and drink

Breakfast is taken in Flamant Dining downstairs and is served from the big black bar. There's something rather louche and "morning after" about eating breakfast in a bar, however well it has recovered from the night before. Hotel guests get a welcome drink voucher from Flamant Dining on arrival, which is a nice touch – although if you intend to stay on past your 6pm glass of fizz make sure you can afford ¤21 (£18) for ravioli or ¤27 for filet d'agneau. Executive chef Bart Van Wijmelbeke is popular in Antwerp but expect to pay ¤50 to ¤60 (£43-£51) per head for three courses without wine.

The extras

WiFi is free. DVD players are available on request and there is a free DVD library in the lobby. The hotel also has a rooftop spa with free steam bath, sauna, and relaxation area.

The access

Children are welcome. There is wheelchair access to all floors.

The bill

Double rooms from €¤139 (£119.50). Breakfast is an extra €¤16.50 per head.

The address

Hotel Les Nuits, Lange Gasthuisstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium (00 32 03 225 02 04;

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays
tvJudi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations
Arts and Entertainment
Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Metz - 23 May 2012
Is this how Mario Balotelli will cruise into Liverpool?
Ronahi Serhat, a PKK fighter, in the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan
Arts and Entertainment
Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow in a scene from 'Love Is Strange'
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Oracle 11g SQL 2008 DBA (Unix, Oracle RAC, Mirroring, Replicati

    £6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...

    Recruitment Consultant (Graduate Trainee), Finchley Central

    £17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...

    SQL DBA/ C# Developer - T-SQL, C#.Net

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...

    Sales and Office Administrator – Sports Media

    £23,000: Sauce Recruitment: A global leader in sports and entertainment is now...

    Day In a Page

    Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
    Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

    Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

    Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
    Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
    Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

    Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

    Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
    eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

    eBay's enduring appeal

    The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

    'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
    Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

    Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

    Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
    Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

    Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

    After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
    Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

    Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

    After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
    Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

    Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

    Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
    7 best quadcopters and drones

    Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

    From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
    Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

    A descent into madness in America's heartlands

    David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
    BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

    BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

    Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home