Le Dixseptième

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Address: Rue de la Madeleine 25, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

17th-century grandeur a stone’s throw from the Grand-Place.

As the name suggests, this city mansion dates from the 17th-century and originally belonged to the Spanish Ambassador. (Interestingly, it sits on the first paved street in Brussels.) Studded with original features (parquet floors, original fireplaces etc), the 24-room hotel offers a quiet retreat amid the hustle and bustle of the city – in my opinion, definitely the classiest hotel in the Grand-Place locale.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Sits opposite La Chapelle de la Madeleine; equidistant between the Grand-Place and Bruxelles-Central train station.

Bedrooms

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.
 

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

Three meeting/event rooms.

Service

Polite and dignified.

Who stays there

High-flying businesspeople, couples and mature travellers.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Lovely original features
  • Superb location
  • Bathrooms are quite small considering the price
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