Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
- 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
There is a funky neon-green fitness centre and four high-tech meeting rooms.
Staff are very professional and courteous.
Couples, honeymooners, travellers with pets and hip businesspeople.
You qualify for discounted room rates if you book more than two weeks in advance.
More information on Sofitel Brussels Le Louise:
- Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service