Le Plaza

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Address: Boulevard Adolphe Max, 118–126, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.9

Brussels’s oldest independent hotel still brims with character and class.

Styled on the Georges V hotel in Paris, Le Plaza first opened its doors in 1930. Winston Churchill stayed here during the Second World War and during the 1960s and 70s it became the go-to hotel for celebrities — welcoming the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Gary Cooper. At the end of this period, the hotel closed and underwent a staggering 20-year renovation to restore all the original features, reopening in 1996. It reminds me of London’s Savoy hotel, and exudes the same confidence.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
5
90%

Location

In the north of town, a two-minute walk south of Rogier metro station and about a six-minute walk to the Grand-Place.

Bedrooms

The traditional rooms are decorated in a mixture of white, yellow, red and beige; much better are the deluxe rooms, which are a big step up in terms of design and ambience. The prestige rooms are larger still and have a small sitting area. Next up from this are the executive/business suites, which have a separate living room, huge bathroom and come with extras like a Nespresso coffee machine.

If you really want to splash out the Presidential suite, at the 340m², is the largest of its kind in town. The marble bathroom alone — complete with Jacuzzi and power shower — is big enough to live in, but you’ll also have a living room, dining room, an office, and two huge bedrooms (one for the bodyguard), all accessed via a private lift and lit with state-of-the-art touch-screen lighting. Oh, and you’ll have a butler on hand 24 hours a day! You can see why the rich and famous liked to play here.
 

Public areas

A sumptuous collection of antiques, paintings, silk rugs, sweeping staircases, marble floors and elaborate cornicing. WiFi is available in the lobby.

Eating and drinking

The enormous breakfast buffet (27 euros extra; open: 6.30am—10.30am Monday—Friday, 7am—11am Saturday—Sunday) is served in the Adolphe Max room. There have been complaints of it getting rather crowded.

Dine on French food beneath the domed ceiling of the Parisian-style Brasserie Estérel, which is open for lunch and dinner during the week, and then have a digéstif in the classic Bar L’Estérel (open:10am—1am).
 

Leisure facilities

A valet will park your car for you in the hotel’s underground lot, there’s a gym, nine seminar rooms and limousine transfers to the train station or airport can be arranged.
 

Service

I found the staff a little snobby.

Who stays there

Celebrities, honeymooners, political big-wigs, travellers celebrating a special occasion.

Price advice

The Season’s Package costs 135 euros and includes two nights in a deluxe room, breakfast late checkout (2pm) and complimentary biscuits.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Special occasions
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • A real sense of opulence
  • Several brothels are located nearby
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