BeManos

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Address: Square de l'Aviation 23, Brussels, 1070, Belgium

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

Has all the glitz, glamour and swagger of an Armani advert.

One of a trio of hotels owned by the Poulgouras family, the BeManos is the belle of the bunch. Voted number ten in Tripadvisors.com ‘Top 10 Sexy Hotels’, the 60-room boutique hotel packs a punch with its monochrome black-and-white décor — it reminded me of those film-noir Armani adverts: oozing confidence, sex appeal and just a hint of arrogance.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.9
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

West of the city centre, about a five-minute walk from Bruxelles-Midi train station and two minutes from Lemonnier metro station.

Bedrooms

Gothic glamour all the way: everything is black or white. Every room features a photo of a random Brussels’s resident on the door and above the bed, and comes equipped with WiFi, large flat-screen TV, mini-bar, and safety deposit box (big enough for a laptop). The sleek bathrooms are tiled in black Chinese slate and accessed through opaque sliding doors.

Standard rooms are 30 square metres and junior suites 40 square metres, but in my opinion, if you’re really aiming to seduce, it’s worth splashing out on executive (50 square metres) suite — like room 117 — which have a private terrace, a living room and a bathroom the size of a small apartment.
 

Public areas

Again, more black…The ostrich lounge — complete with real stuffed ostrich — floats between adjoining corridors and seems to be used as a TV area. On the third floor, is the Black Lounge (decorated with bursts of orange) which opens onto a large rooftop terrace (only open in summer).

Eating and drinking

The buffet breakfast is included in the price and served in a room decked out in granny smith apple-green chairs and white tables.

The Be Lella restaurant is open for lunch (12pm—3pm Monday—Friday) and dinner (7pm—11pm Monday—Saturday) and serves Belgian classics with a modern twist; a main course costs in the region of 18 euros. The circular couch, adorned with gold pillows, that greets you at the entrance is perhaps a not-so-subtle indication of where your date expects the evening to end…

Be Bar (open: 5pm—until late Monday—Sunday) serves fresh fruit cocktails and features trendy pearlescent sofas and a fireplace.

 

Leisure facilities

There’s a wellness centre (15 euros/day; open: 4pm—11pm Monday—Friday, 9am—11pm Saturday—Sunday) with a small sauna, two steam rooms, and a one-hour massage costs 100 euros; underground parking is available (18 euros/day); there are two meeting rooms decorated with enormous bubble-cluster lights; and two public-use computers hidden away at the back of the lounge bar.

Service

They seem quite pleased with themselves, but service is cordial. Room service and laundry are available.

Who stays there

Playboys, romantic couples, businesspeople

Price advice

They have two offers: the ‘be cultural’ package, which includes a one-night stay in an executive suite, breakfast, a free drink at the bar or on the terrace and free access to the wellness centre; or the ‘beManos weekend’, which includes a one-night stay in an executive suite, breakfast, cocktails in the bar, three-course dinner for two at Be Lella and late checkout.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rooms
  • Disabled-traveller friendly
  • Free shuttle from Bruxelles-Midi train station to hotel upon request
  • A bit of a walk to the historic city centre
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