Esperance

Rue du Finistère 1-3, Brussels, Belgium, 1000

Room 5: indigo

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#20 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
3.5
3.5
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Esperance

Art-Deco gem just off the Rue Neuve shopping high-street.

Saved from ruin, this 1930s Art-Deco hotel was designed by Leon Govaerts — the architect responsible for the Maison Van Buren — and, thankfully, became a listed building in 2008. Its downstairs tavern has hardly changed a bit, while the rooms upstairs have been given a modern makeover, bar room number one... Price-quality, I think Esperance is a real showstopper.

Location: 

In the north of town, just off Rue Neuve shopping high-street and a five-minute walk from De Brouckère metro station.

Bedrooms: 

The majority of the rooms are decorated in a modern two-tone colour scheme -- white mixed with black, blue, red, orange, purple etc — and fall two categories: ‘design’ (rooms 2,5,8,10,11 and 13) or the more spacious ‘superior’ (rooms 1, 4 , 6, 9 ,12 and 15). Room one featured funky wallpaper with felt-embossed figures of the Queen’s head, but overlooked a litter-strewn alley. Room four sits at the back of the building and was much quieter. All boast separate his ‘n’ hers showerheads in the walk-in ‘wet room’ and come equipped with free WiFi, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and mini-bar — no wardrobe space unfortunately.

Rooms 3 and 7 are special: the latter has a Jacuzzi, and the former is a unique and original Art-Deco design room with a freestanding bathtub and gold taps.

Guests have a keycard, which allows them to come-and-go as they please via the private entrance located on the right of the building.
 

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Public areas: 

The tavern (open until 1am everyday) is very quaint and features all the original wood panelling, brass light fixtures and stain glass-window inserts. Light bites are available throughout the day.

Eating and drinking: 

The rather-basic breakfast (costs an extra 10 euros; 1am—10am Monday—Friday, 7.30am—10.30am Saturday—Sunday) is served in the Art-Deco tavern.

Leisure facilities: 

None.

Service: 

Although he’s incredibly busy, Salem (the manager), is very personable and helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Couples young and old.

Price advice: 

Rates don’t vary that much to be honest.

Pros: 
Exquisite, original Art Deco interior
Very reasonable room rates
Good central location
Cons: 
Breakfast wasn’t anything to write home about
Chimes of the nearby church might disturb you

More information on Esperance:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Rue du Finistère 1-3, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Free tags / Keywords:
architecture
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Rue Neuve

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