Le Dominican

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Address: Rue Léopold 9, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

Historical hotel near all the main sights.

In the 15th century a Dominican Abbey sat on this site, and later the French Neoclassical artist Jacques-Louis David lived and painted here. The hotel designers have honoured this history by incorporating the original façade of Louis-David’s house, which still survives, into one of the suites and recreating the soaring arches and cloister-like spaces of the abbey in the main public areas — there’s even choral music playing in the lifts! Friends of mine said they thoroughly enjoyed their stay here.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

Le Dominican sits behind the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in the centre of town; it’s a two-minute walk to De Brouckère metro station.

Bedrooms

White, fawn and brown are the main colour schemes, with accents of orange; fabrics and linens are luxurious and high-quality. Free WiFi, safe, air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, flat-screen TV, ironing board and Nespresso tea-and-coffee machine, come as standard. Bathrooms have rain showers or bath (not both), bathrobe and slippers. Upgrade to the Executive and you qualify for complimentary films and the contents of the mini-bar are free! The two-level Lofts all sit at the front of the hotel and have views of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.

There are four suites: the Junior Courtyard, Opera, Grand Place and Jacques-Louis David. All have excellent views, a Bose sound system (excluding the Junior), living room, and dining room. The two-level Jacques-Louis David Suite is perhaps the most special: it contains the original façade of the painter’s house and copies of his paintings.
 

Public areas

The Grand Lounge — decked out with blue suede chairs — looks onto the smart courtyard garden which is home to a 300-year-old fig tree; the Monastery Corridor features original Belgian stone flooring; and the sleek Lounge Bar is backed by high-vaulted windows.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast (not included in price; open: 6.30am—10am Monday—Friday, 7am—11am Saturday—Sunday) is taken in the Grand Lounge. Meals can be ordered until 10.30pm. Their Sunday buffet brunches are particularly popular.

The Lounge Bar (open 8am—1am) acts as a café during the day, and bar by night.

24-hours room service is available.

Leisure facilities

There are three meeting rooms, a small gym, Turkish steam room and sauna. Massages are available upon request.

Service

There are young, friendly staff on reception, but I’ve heard reports that housekeeping aren’t always very thorough.

Who stays there

Couples, mature travellers and businesspeople.

Price advice

The Lazy Sunday package costs 160 euros and includes a Saturday-night stay in a deluxe room, a bottle of Champagne and canapés in the Lounge Bar on Sunday and a 4pm checkout.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Good central location
  • In summer, noise from the inner courtyard echoes up the walls and can be heard in the rooms
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