It sits right behind the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) on the Grand-Place; a minute’s walk south leads you past Mannekin Pis. The nearest metro station is Bourse, but it’s an easy walk from Bruxelles-Central as well.
Rooms are painted in soothing contemporary colours, and decorated with Flemish fabrics, prints by Magritte or Marcel Broodthaers, and all the mod-cons; sketches of Hergé’s Tintin liven up the marble bathrooms. The air-conditioned double/twin rooms come in Classic, Deluxe, or Executive — the latter have sitting rooms — and feature a king-size bed, a writing desk, telephone, cable broadband, interactive TV, mini-bar, safe and trouser press. Some have views over the Hôtel de Ville and cost no more, so you may as well ask if they have one available.
If you upgrade to their suites (Classic and Deluxe), a whole host of extras are thrown in, including: free breakfast; a complimentary unpacking and packing service, darling; complimentary clothes pressing, a mobile phone with which to make local calls, free internet, and free films. If all this isn’t enough to impress the Hollywood starlet you’re chaperoning, you should opt for the sumptuous and oh-so-spacious Rene Magritte Presidential Suite or Armand Blaton Royal Suite, whose rooftop terrace has uninterrupted views of the Town Hall spire — lit beautifully at night.
On the ground floor is the 1950s-style Bar Amigo, which adjoins the lobby and has views of the cobbled street, and the brown-boothed Ristorante Bocconi; the gym is located in the basement. WiFi is available in the public areas.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast costs extra — a lot extra. You can choose from a continental buffet taken in the Bocconi restaurant (33 euros; open: 6.30am—10.30am Monday—Friday, 6am—11am Saturday—Sunday), or the hot American option in bed (35 euros). 24-hour room service is also available.
Ristorante Bocconi, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, is admired in it’s own right and open for lunch (12pm—2.30pm Sunday—Friday) and dinner (7pm—10.30pm Sunday—Thursday, 7pm—11pm Friday—Saturday). They have a kids menu, but it’s still comprised of fairly adult tastes: ‘parma-ham salad, Tommy?’
Bar Amigo (open: 10am—1am) serves an Italian light-lunch menu; Belgian High Tea (29.50 euros per person; served 3pm—5.30pm) featuring sandwiches, tartlets, biscuits and a glass of champagne in the afternoon; and is quickly gaining a reputation for mixing the best martini in town thanks to it’s Martini Club.
Fairly standard fitness room and six high-spec meeting/event rooms.
First-class, friendly concierges.
Who stays there
Wedding parties, honeymooners, couples, families with teenage children and mature travellers.
They run an offer called the ‘Early Bird Privilege’, where if you book your stay 21 days in advance you get a 10 per cent discount off the best available rate for a standard double or twin room, and free use of the fitness centre.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Family friendly
- Right in the heart of the city
- Doesn't have a spa