Rue Du Commerce 9, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Sightseeing
Expert review of Stanhope Hotel
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.
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.
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.
Spacious with lots of marble. Reception is located down the corridor on the right. WiFi is only available in the public areas.
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.
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.
Efficient and professional. Airport transfers are available.
Caters mainly for businesspeople, but I think it would suit mature travellers very well.
Best rates are achieved by booking online. Rates drop dramatically at the weekends.
More information on Stanhope Hotel:
- Rue Du Commerce 9, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
- Free tags / Keywords:
- European Union
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
- EU Quarter