Stanhope Hotel

Rue Du Commerce 9, Brussels, Belgium, 1000

Old-style double room

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#10 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
4.2
4.2
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.3
4.3
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
3.7
3.7
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Sightseeing

Expert review of Stanhope Hotel

Newly refurbished English-style hotel close to the EU Quarter.

The 125-room Stanhope is billed as a five-star, but for me it lacked the ‘wow’ factor. The furnishings are high quality and service impeccable, but it felt a bit impersonal — perhaps because it’s owned by the Thon hotel chain.

Location: 

Just outside the petit-ring motorway, southeast of the town centre; a three-minute walk from the European Parliament. Trône metro station is just around the corner.

Bedrooms: 

Rooms are classed as standard, classic, superior, and suite; across the road there are also seven plush one- or two-bedroom apartments. The old rooms are decorated in soft country colours with a smattering of florals or stripes; the new rooms are a chic, colonial-style mix of dark woods and satin pillows. All come equipped with slippers, bathrobe, trouser press, cable internet and TV, with L’Occitane toiletries in the bathroom.

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Public areas: 

Spacious with lots of marble. Reception is located down the corridor on the right. WiFi is only available in the public areas.

Eating and drinking: 

The American-style hot-and-cold buffet breakfast (included in price; 7am—10am Monday—Friday, 7.30am—11pm Saturday—Sunday) is served in the British-style — there’s a portrait of King George IV hanging — Brighton Restaurant, which is also open for lunch (12pm—2pm Monday—Friday) and dinner (7pm—10pm Monday—Friday). During the summer, you can also dine outdoors in the courtyard Magnolia Garden — named after the hundred year-old magnolia tree that provides natural shade.

Drinks are served in the small Library Bar (open: 4pm—11pm/12am), surrounded by antique pharmacy cupboard filled with — you guessed it — books. Just around the corner from reception, it feels a bit exposed; not somewhere I’d while away the evening with a whisky.
 

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a fitness room (free for guests; open: 24 hours) with a solarium and sauna; massages are available on request; and there are nine conference rooms and six meeting rooms.

Service: 

Efficient and professional. Airport transfers are available.

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Who stays there: 

Caters mainly for businesspeople, but I think it would suit mature travellers very well.

Price advice: 

Best rates are achieved by booking online. Rates drop dramatically at the weekends.

Pros: 
If you’re a smoker, you’ll be pleased to hear only a third of the rooms are non smoking
There’s a specially designed room for disabled travellers
Cons: 
Felt a bit soulless

More information on Stanhope Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Rue Du Commerce 9, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
Free tags / Keywords:
European Union
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
EU Quarter

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