Hotel Metropole

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Address: Place de Brouckère 31, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
5 star hotel

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Brussels’ stunning 116-year-old landmark hotel.

Dating from 1895, this building was originally a bank — the reception and concierge desk retains the original sorting boxes — but was later bought by Villemans and Kapels brewery to be used as a café where they could sell their beer. But following complaints of too many drunken locals, it was changed to a hotel. And what a hotel! Its lavish interior has welcomed the likes of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Jody Foster. It’s pricey, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4.8
90%
Service
5
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
5
90%

Location

On Place de Brouckère; just across the road from Brouckère metro station and within walking distance of all the main sights.

Bedrooms

Rooms are either modern, Art Deco or Louis XIV style and available in the following categories: the superior room (26m²), with flat-screen TV and internet, telephone, trouser press, mini-bar, safe, and WiFi; the privilege room (30m²), which has the same facilities as the superior rooms, with the added benefit of a telephone in the bathroom(!) and air-conditioning; the junior suite (35m²), which has the same amenities as the privilege rooms, but you qualify as a VIP and get slippers, a bathrobe and a sitting area; and five executive suites (40—60m²) — the magnolia-coloured Toscanini, with a Jacuzzi, is my favourite.

Public areas

The magnificent Art-Deco lobby and grand palm-adorned piano bar pack an impressive punch — some have played the backdrop role in a handful of French movies.

Eating and drinking

The American buffet breakfast (included in the price) can be taken in the bright-and-light Jardin Indien breakfast room, or a continental version can be delivered to your room. 24-hour room service is also available

The Baroque-style L’Alban Chambon restaurant (open: 12pm—2pm and 7pm—9.30pm Tuesday—Friday, 7pm—9.30pm Saturday) is run by chef Dominique Michou, and serves fancy French cuisine: start with pan-fried asparagus dusted with parmesan and olive-and-bone marrow gravy; followed by Jerusalem artichoke, black sausage and roast lobster cannelloni; and finish with marzipan ravioli stuffed with almonds, sliced pineapple and tarragon sorbet. I told you it was fancy!

For drinks you can snuggle into the studded leather sofas of Le 19ième Bar (open: 10am—2am Monday—Saturday, 3pm—11pm Sunday) where a pianist plays from 6pm to 8pm Tuesday—Saturday, or take your cocktail onto the heated outside terrace of Café Metropole.

Leisure facilities

The fitness room (free for guests; open: 6.30am—11pm Monday—Sunday) on the first floor features a collection of running machines, cycles and cross-trainers; there are 12 high-tech meeting rooms; and the concierge can arranging virtually anything for you – from a babysitter to a hairdresser.

Service

The staff are first class and on call 24 hours a day. Concierges wear dapper red capes and the waiters are dressed in Belle-Époque black waistcoats and white linen aprons.

Who stays there

Celebrities, politicians, honeymooners, couples and well-heeled businesspeople — the room rates keep the riff-raff out!

Price advice

They also offer special discounted weekend rates; use the booking tool above to find the latest offers.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Small pets allowed (15 euros extra)
  • Very central location
  • Brussels's oldest hotel, lovely history
  • Not kind to the wallet
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