Esperance

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Address: Rue du Finistère 1-3, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:

4.3

Art-Deco gem just off the Rue Neuve shopping high-street.

Saved from ruin, this 1930s Art-Deco hotel was designed by Leon Govaerts — the architect responsible for the Maison Van Buren — and, thankfully, became a listed building in 2008. Its downstairs tavern has hardly changed a bit, while the rooms upstairs have been given a modern makeover, bar room number one... Price-quality, I think Esperance is a real showstopper.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

In the north of town, just off Rue Neuve shopping high-street and a five-minute walk from De Brouckère metro station.

Bedrooms

The majority of the rooms are decorated in a modern two-tone colour scheme -- white mixed with black, blue, red, orange, purple etc — and fall two categories: ‘design’ (rooms 2,5,8,10,11 and 13) or the more spacious ‘superior’ (rooms 1, 4 , 6, 9 ,12 and 15). Room one featured funky wallpaper with felt-embossed figures of the Queen’s head, but overlooked a litter-strewn alley. Room four sits at the back of the building and was much quieter. All boast separate his ‘n’ hers showerheads in the walk-in ‘wet room’ and come equipped with free WiFi, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and mini-bar — no wardrobe space unfortunately.

Rooms 3 and 7 are special: the latter has a Jacuzzi, and the former is a unique and original Art-Deco design room with a freestanding bathtub and gold taps.

Guests have a keycard, which allows them to come-and-go as they please via the private entrance located on the right of the building.
 

Public areas

The tavern (open until 1am everyday) is very quaint and features all the original wood panelling, brass light fixtures and stain glass-window inserts. Light bites are available throughout the day.

Eating and drinking

The rather-basic breakfast (costs an extra 10 euros; 1am—10am Monday—Friday, 7.30am—10.30am Saturday—Sunday) is served in the Art-Deco tavern.

Leisure facilities

None.

Service

Although he’s incredibly busy, Salem (the manager), is very personable and helpful.

Who stays there

Couples young and old.

Price advice

Rates don’t vary that much to be honest.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Good central location
  • Very reasonable room rates
  • Exquisite, original Art Deco interior
  • Chimes of the nearby church might disturb you
  • Breakfast wasn’t anything to write home about
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