Five fierce female hoteliers you should know

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Design Hotels is circling back to the topic of women in hospitality to take a look at some of the bold, innovative women at the helm of our member hotels. Each of the hoteliers below—spanning the globe from the United States to Antwerp to Israel—have vastly different backgrounds but are united in their vision to deliver site-immersive, original hospitality. Starring August Antwerp's Mouche Van Hool!

Mouche Van Hool

Antwerp has been home to baroque superstar painters as well as fashion moguls. It’s also home to Mouche Van Hool, who is quietly revolutionizing the hotel world in her city. Van Hool opened the capital’s first boutique hotel in 2000, Hotel Julien—two renovated 16th-century townhouses that had guests queueing at the door. Now with her second hotel, August—a former Augustinian monastery—she aims to represent the changing face of this trendsetting city.

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