Sits opposite La Chapelle de la Madeleine; equidistant between the Grand-Place and Bruxelles-Central train station.
All the rooms are named after Belgian painters, decorated with oil paintings and classic furniture, and come equipped with air-conditioning, telephone, large flat-screen TV, CD player, safe, mini-bar and WiFi (get the code from reception). There are ironing boards in hall.
The hotel has converted the old stables into a new wing, which is accessed via the inner courtyard. Rooms in this section are classified as ‘contemporary/modern’ and are about 100 euros cheaper than those located in the original ‘classic’ wing.
I visited the Permeke, a junior suite in the new wing, and the Rubens an executive suite located in the main building. Both had their own living room, but the bathrooms felt a touch small.
The lobby and reception are dominated by the gorgeous 17th-century oak staircase to the left of reception.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast (included in the price of the room; served 7am—10.30am Monday—Sunday) is a hot-and-cold buffet served in an intimate dining room of around ten or so tables sat beneath a stunning chandelier. 24-hour room service is available and there’s a bar.
Three meeting/event rooms.
Polite and dignified.
Who stays there
High-flying businesspeople, couples and mature travellers.
They offer a weekend package, winter (20 December—31 January) and summer (6 July—31 August) promotions, a Valentine’s Day deal (11—13 February) and a honeymoon package.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Lovely original features
- Superb location
- Bathrooms are quite small considering the price