In the north of town, a two-minute walk south of Rogier metro station and about a six-minute walk to the Grand-Place.
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.
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).
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.
I found the staff a little snobby.
Who stays there
Celebrities, honeymooners, political big-wigs, travellers celebrating a special occasion.
The Season’s Package costs 135 euros and includes two nights in a deluxe room, breakfast late checkout (2pm) and complimentary biscuits.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- A real sense of opulence
- Several brothels are located nearby