Hidden Belgium: Hotel Flora

Hidden Belgium: Hotel Flora

No one notices the discreet rococo entrance at Korte Nieuwstraat 12 in the heart of old Antwerp. Ring the bell and you will be admitted to a sublime boutique hotel at the end of an ancient lane.

The building dates back to the 15th century. But it has been given a fresh look by the interior designer Gert Voorjans.

The former merchant’s residence now has a lounge, library and conservatory, along with a secret back garden. The interiors have been decorated in a rich and flamboyant style featuring bold colours, chandeliers and original murals. Don’t be surprised if you come across a fashion shoot happening here.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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