Hotel Metropole

Place de Brouckère 31, Brussels, Belgium, 1000

Toscanini suite

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#1 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:5.0 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
5
5.0
Leisure facilities:
4.8
4.8
Service:
5
5.0
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Design and architecture, History, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Best for Luxury - Expert review of Hotel Metropole

Brussels’ stunning 116-year-old landmark hotel.

Dating from 1895, this building was originally a bank — the reception and concierge desk retains the original sorting boxes — but was later bought by Villemans and Kapels brewery to be used as a café where they could sell their beer. But following complaints of too many drunken locals, it was changed to a hotel. And what a hotel! Its lavish interior has welcomed the likes of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Jody Foster. It’s pricey, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Location: 

On Place de Brouckère; just across the road from Brouckère metro station and within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are either modern, Art Deco or Louis XIV style and available in the following categories: the superior room (26m²), with flat-screen TV and internet, telephone, trouser press, mini-bar, safe, and WiFi; the privilege room (30m²), which has the same facilities as the superior rooms, with the added benefit of a telephone in the bathroom(!) and air-conditioning; the junior suite (35m²), which has the same amenities as the privilege rooms, but you qualify as a VIP and get slippers, a bathrobe and a sitting area; and five executive suites (40—60m²) — the magnolia-coloured Toscanini, with a Jacuzzi, is my favourite.

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Public areas: 

The magnificent Art-Deco lobby and grand palm-adorned piano bar pack an impressive punch — some have played the backdrop role in a handful of French movies.

Eating and drinking: 

The American buffet breakfast (included in the price) can be taken in the bright-and-light Jardin Indien breakfast room, or a continental version can be delivered to your room. 24-hour room service is also available

The Baroque-style L’Alban Chambon restaurant (open: 12pm—2pm and 7pm—9.30pm Tuesday—Friday, 7pm—9.30pm Saturday) is run by chef Dominique Michou, and serves fancy French cuisine: start with pan-fried asparagus dusted with parmesan and olive-and-bone marrow gravy; followed by Jerusalem artichoke, black sausage and roast lobster cannelloni; and finish with marzipan ravioli stuffed with almonds, sliced pineapple and tarragon sorbet. I told you it was fancy!

For drinks you can snuggle into the studded leather sofas of Le 19ième Bar (open: 10am—2am Monday—Saturday, 3pm—11pm Sunday) where a pianist plays from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday—Saturday, or take your cocktail onto the heated outside terrace of Café Metropole.

Leisure facilities: 

The fitness room (free for guests; open: 6.30am—11pm Monday—Sunday) on the first floor features a collection of running machines, cycles and cross-trainers; there are 12 high-tech meeting rooms; and the concierge can arranging virtually anything for you – from a babysitter to a hairdresser.

Service: 

The staff are first class and on call 24 hours a day. Concierges wear dapper red capes and the waiters are dressed in Belle-Époque black waistcoats and white linen aprons.

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Who stays there: 

Celebrities, politicians, honeymooners, couples and well-heeled businesspeople — the room rates keep the riff-raff out!

Price advice: 

They also offer special discounted weekend rates; use the booking tool above to find the latest offers.

Pros: 
Very central location
Brussels's oldest hotel, lovely history
Small pets allowed (15 euros extra)
Cons: 
Not kind to the wallet

More information on Hotel Metropole:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Place de Brouckère 31, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Grand-Place

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