Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, Brussels, Belgium, 1050

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By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#3 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Travellers with pets, Art, Design and architecture, Relaxation, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

Boutique — rather than bland — chain hotel.

Formerly the Toison d’Or, Sofitel has poured 11 million euros into the renovation of its Ixelles-based hotel which reopened in 2008 under its new name. Normally, I try to avoid listing chain hotels, but the 169-room Le Louise doesn’t fit the mould at all. They’ve brought in world-renowned designers to create a hip, urban hotel that oozes class. You get the best of both worlds really: the slick functionality of a global brand, but a building with independent character.

Location: 

On the southern section of the petit-ring motorway, at the start of the upmarket Ixelles district; Louise metro station is a moment’s walk away.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are decorated in shades of cream, taupe and dark grey with accents of colour introduced using lamps, picture pillows, or space-style armchairs. The king-size beds are Sofitel’s comfy own-brand ‘My Bed’ and WiFi, an iPod dock, Bose Hi-Fi, flat-screen TV, mini-bar, safe, and espresso coffee-and tea-machine come as standard. Bathrooms have a rain shower and radio. When you upgrade to the Luxury and Junior Suite rooms, you get a quieter room at the back of the building and a view over the garden — the latter also boast a bathtub. Last but not least is the über-relaxing Opera Suite, which has a private sauna, Jacuzzi, hammam, fitness equipment, relaxation room, Wii console and Hermes toiletries. Perfect for honeymooners not planning on leaving the room!

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Public areas: 

The public areas were designed by Antoine Pinto, the interior guru responsible for Belga Queen. True to his signature style, the lounge, restaurant and bar are a mixture of dark leathers, wood and chrome interspersed with dashes of bright purple.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is good, but perhaps not worth the 29 euros extra; the dining room also gets very busy.

The Crystal Lounge restaurant, which is open for lunch (12pm—3pm) and dinner (7pm—10.30pm) is run by a Michelin-stared chef they poached from Alan Ducasse’s Spoon restaurant in Paris. A good time to sample the restaurant is during Sunday Brunch (49 euros; 11.30am—3pm) when children under 10 can eat for free. Don’t leave before putting on your gladrags and having a few drinks at the very swanky bar (10am—1am), whose back wall is lined with crystal decanters.

24-hour room service is also available.

Leisure facilities: 

There is a funky neon-green fitness centre and four high-tech meeting rooms.

Service: 

Staff are very professional and courteous.

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Who stays there: 

Couples, honeymooners, travellers with pets and hip businesspeople.

Price advice: 

You qualify for discounted room rates if you book more than two weeks in advance.

Pros: 
Pets allowed
Close to designer shops on Avenue Louise
Cons: 
Guests staying in rooms at the front of the hotel may hear noise from the main road

More information on Sofitel Brussels Le Louise:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Ixelles

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