The White Hotel

Avenue Louise 212, Brussels, Belgium, 1050

Breakfast area

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#17 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
3.9
3.9
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
3.2
3.2
Service:
3
3.0
Value for money:
3.6
3.6
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Design and architecture, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of The White Hotel

Classy but clinical, minimalist design hotel on Avenue Louise.

This hotel offers exactly what it says on the label: white, minimalist (in the extreme) rooms. Kitsch, über-cool, or just plain sterile — I’ll leave you to decide. According to the hotel’s Australian-born award-winning interior designer, Danny Venlet, it’s ‘an interaction between art, sculpture and function’. Take your sunglasses.

Location: 

Half way down shopping high-street Avenue Louise. It’s a 15-minute walk to Louise Metro or, alternatively, tram 94 stops outside the hotel.

Bedrooms: 

Each room features an item — be it a chair, a mirror etc — designed by an up-and-coming Belgian designer or artist. There are 36 standard ‘white’ rooms (a mixture of twins and doubles), which come equipped with flat-screen TV and a balcony; and nine ‘super white’ rooms which are larger, feature floor-to-ceiling windows and only cost, on average, 15 euros more. Only rooms on the south side of the building have air-conditioning.

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Public areas: 

On entering, you’re welcomed by a neon-light smiley face. A corridor leads you past reception and into the lobby, which features red carpet shapes on the floor and low, cuboid-shaped foam chairs. This area is separated from the breakfast ‘compartment’ — which has a floating fireplace and ‘03’ chairs designed by Maarten Van Severen — by white see-through strands of material, so the areas flow together, without seeming like a large vacuous space.

Eating and drinking: 

A continental breakfast is included in the price and there’s a bar serving Belgian beers.

Leisure facilities: 

You can rent electric (25 euros/day) or regular bikes (15 euros/day) direct from the hotel and there are swish Apple-Mac computer booths for general use. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Service: 

I found the receptionist quite surly.

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Who stays there: 

Young, trendy couples, cutting-edge businesspeople and shopaholics.

Price advice: 

They offer a ‘Love Escape’ package which includes a double room, a Partie de Plaisir love kit(!), a bottle of champagne and chocolates.

Pros: 
You’ll feel quite jet-set staying here
Cons: 
Furniture in the public areas is high-design, but not very comfortable

More information on The White Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Avenue Louise 212, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
Free tags / Keywords:
shopping
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Ixelles

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