Odette en Ville
Rue du Châtelain 25, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
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Best for Romance - Expert review of Odette en Ville
As the name suggests, Odette ‘en Ville’ is the city version of a boutique hotel found in Williers, the third-smallest town in France. Odette — you can see her picture hanging behind reception — ran the local village bistro for decades, but at the age of 80, and with no kids of her own, she bequeathed the restaurant to current owner Didier Thiry when she died in 1999. Didier has transformed it into an exclusive hideout featured in the pages of Mr and Mrs Smith’s Hotel Collection and his Brussels’s establishment, in my opinion, is just as charming.
South of the city centre, just off Avenue Louise, in the Châtelain district. It’s a 15-minute walk from Louise metro station, but you can hop on tram no 94 if your bags are really heavy.
There are only eight rooms, so it’s incredibly intimate and no expense has been spared with the decoration: white rabbit-skin throws adorn the bed, there’s under-floor heating in the bathrooms and all the latest mod-cons (flat-screen TV, iPod dock, free WiFi etc). The grey walls and glossy black furniture are offset by crisp white bed linen. Rooms one and four have terraces, but room number two was my favourite: the bathtub sits under the window and there are clever sliding doors you can extract from the walls if you want a bit of privacy. Chaps will be thrilled to hear that if the missus falls in love with a particular piece, she can buy it – even the bathrobes are for sale (for a cool 265 euros!).
To the right of reception is the library, featuring book wallpaper made by Deborah Bowness in London. To the left, is the lounge which feeds off into the bar (closes 12am Sunday—Thursday, 1am Friday—Saturday) and restaurant. It constantly feels like cocktail hour thanks to the cocoon-like black and silver décor, which is only broken by the lovely freshly cut silver-pink rose heads adorning the tables. I particularly liked the long, black tapered candles that burn day and night and the fact the fireplaces are always alight — even for breakfast.
The continental breakfast is served in the dining room (costs 25 euros extra; open: 7am—10.30am Monday—Friday, 8am—10.30am Saturday—Sunday) and what a feast: I tucked into fresh fruit salad (the classy kind with blueberries, mango and strawberries), mini baguettes served with boozy homemade rhubarb jam made at the original Odette in France, muesli, fresh patisseries, freshly squeezed orange juice and fancy tea served in a silver teapot (careful they get very hot). If you’ve still got room after all that, you can have pancakes, bacon and eggs cooked any way you want.
This dining room is also used as the restaurant for lunch (12.30pm—2.30pm) and dinner (7.30pm—11pm) — reservations are essential, so make it clear you’ll want dinner when making your reservation.
Room service — served on a solid silver tray, no less — is available 24 hours and if you’re feeling extra lazy they offer a special room-service lunch from 11am to 12pm.
None, but you can borrow a film from their DVD collection.
Top-notch. You even get a handwritten weather forecast for the following day left on your pillow during the evening turn-down service.
Romantic couples, honeymooners and high-flying businessmen
They offer a Christmas/New Year package: three nights for the price of two, with dinner or lunch thrown in for free.
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- Rue du Châtelain 25, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
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