The name sounds like a sigh of relief: ‘Oh, cathedral, at last we meet!’ This magnificent structure has been around since the 16th century, and truly is the heart of Antwerp. Also at the city’s heart is Hotel O Kathedral, where 25 out of 33 rooms offer views of the cathedral. “Some of them have a sloping roof, giving guests the impression of sleeping beneath the tower. It’s very romantic,’’ smiles hotel manager Charline Kreusch. She and her colleagues do their utmost to ensure guests feel at home. “The person checking you in might be the same person serving you drinks, because our front desk is integrated into the bar. We think this type of personal contact is very important, and we’ve noticed our guests appreciate it.’’

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