Everyone wants to weigh anchor at the Eilandje
Since the inauguration of the iconic MAS, the opening of the Red Star Line Museum and the opening of the majestic new Havenhuis, things have been going fast for the Eilandje. In less than a decade, the neighbourhood has transformed from an impoverished port area into the place to be.
Trendiest neighbourhood in Europe
The old hangars and empty warehouses on the Eilandje have been given a new lease on life as cultural hotspots, creative pop-ups, cool clubs, hip coffee shops or trendy restaurants. Water is omnipresent here, lending the neighbourhood near the river Scheldt and the docks its unique attraction and charm. The extension of the tram line and the introduction of the practical Velo stations have made the quarter easily accessible from other parts of the city. These many assets have made the neighbourhood a must-see for the numerous tourists who flock to Antwerp. The British online paper The Independent even tipped the Eilandje in Antwerp as one of the ten trendiest neighbourhoods in Europe.
Need for hotels
In spite of the growing influx of tourists and the immense popularity of the Eilandje, the neighbourhood lags behind in terms of the number of hotels. Of the 96 hotels in the city of Antwerp just 5 are situated in the immediate vicinity of the Eilandje. Design Hotel Eilandje not only meets the growing demand for high-quality hotel rooms but with its top location at the heart of the Eilandje it can also help remedy the acute shortage of hotels in the neighbourhood.
“The Eilandje is in urgent need of more hotels.”