A former Augustinian monastery is transformed into an urban retreat that embraces the sacred soul of the site while captivating with modernist touches in every little detail.
The hotel is located in Het Groen Kwartier (the Green Quarter) a traffic-free area on the site of a large 19th-century former military hospital that once belonged to the Belgian Army. Van Hool and De Scheemaecker, the owners of the hotel, immediately recognized the potential. It is a lively neighborhood with many new stores, restaurants and small cafes. It is close to the Zurenborg neighborhood with its impressive Art Nouveau and fin-de-siècle mansions.
For the reconstruction, of the property consisting of 5 buildings, the well-known Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen could be won. He is one of the leading figures in the Antwerp design scene. His style is unobtrusive, subtle and timeless. In some ways, he combines modernity with a touch of conservatism.
The former monastery houses 44 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 16 to 41 square meters. All have a double bed, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, a laptop safe, a well-stocked minibar, wireless speakers, Egyptian percale bedding, a private bathroom with a walk-in shower (some with a freestanding bathtub), and Le Labo toiletries.
The crowning glory of Augustinian heritage. The lavish august Suite welcomes you with a personal living room, a large sleeping area and a private bathroom with walk-in shower and large bathtub. Enjoy views of the courtyard, chapel and swimming pond from your private balcony. The room is accessible via a small staircase.
The restaurant is located in the corridor surrounding the original chapel. From the beginning of the restoration, everything has been carefully planned to offer a unique dining experience in the authentic spaces of the monastery.
Expect seasonal menus that focus on the produce, the season and the terroir. A creative culinary experience curated by Nick Bril. Nick and Chef Pieter Starmans define august's cuisine as modern brasserie fare. Enjoy a refined meal under the black steel and glass roof of the conservatory.
Enjoy elegant drinks and tasty bar food at the august Bar. The august Bar is open to everyone. Experience the beautiful garden with covered, heated terrace and the atmospheric ambience inside while relaxing in the lounge.
The hotel's own wellness area invites you to warm up in the sauna and hammam. Cool off with a fresh ice scrub, in the outdoor shower on the adjacent "Cour Anglaise" or in the outdoor swimming pond. August Wellness has a separate entrance and is also accessible to non-hotel guests.
The hotel is adjacent to PAKT, an exciting repurposed industrial site that houses a melting pot of creative businesses in renovated warehouses and has an ambitious "agriculture in the city" rooftop project.
Also nearby are the Zurenborg district, with its impressive Art Nouveau and fin-de-siècle mansions, the De Koninck brewery - a family business that has been brewing the local beer "Bolleke" since 1833 - and the main thoroughfare. Jane, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, is located in the former hospital chapel in the center of the complex.
The area is perfect for exploring by bike, on foot, or by public transportation.