Stanhope Hotel

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Address: Rue Du Commerce 9, , BRUSSELS, 1000, Belgium

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.7

Newly refurbished English-style hotel close to the EU Quarter.

The 125-room Stanhope is billed as a five-star, but for me it lacked the ‘wow’ factor. The furnishings are high quality and service impeccable, but it felt a bit impersonal — perhaps because it’s owned by the Thon hotel chain.

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

Just outside the petit-ring motorway, southeast of the town centre; a three-minute walk from the European Parliament. Trône metro station is just around the corner.

Bedrooms

Rooms are classed as standard, classic, superior, and suite; across the road there are also seven plush one- or two-bedroom apartments. The old rooms are decorated in soft country colours with a smattering of florals or stripes; the new rooms are a chic, colonial-style mix of dark woods and satin pillows. All come equipped with slippers, bathrobe, trouser press, cable internet and TV, with L’Occitane toiletries in the bathroom.

Public areas

Spacious with lots of marble. Reception is located down the corridor on the right. WiFi is only available in the public areas.

Eating and drinking

The American-style hot-and-cold buffet breakfast (included in price; 7am—10am Monday—Friday, 7.30am—11pm Saturday—Sunday) is served in the British-style — there’s a portrait of King George IV hanging — Brighton Restaurant, which is also open for lunch (12pm—2pm Monday—Friday) and dinner (7pm—10pm Monday—Friday). During the summer, you can also dine outdoors in the courtyard Magnolia Garden — named after the hundred year-old magnolia tree that provides natural shade.

Drinks are served in the small Library Bar (open: 4pm—11pm/12am), surrounded by antique pharmacy cupboard filled with — you guessed it — books. Just around the corner from reception, it feels a bit exposed; not somewhere I’d while away the evening with a whisky.
 

Leisure facilities

There’s a fitness room (free for guests; open: 24 hours) with a solarium and sauna; massages are available on request; and there are nine conference rooms and six meeting rooms.

Service

Efficient and professional. Airport transfers are available.

Who stays there

Caters mainly for businesspeople, but I think it would suit mature travellers very well.

Price advice

Best rates are achieved by booking online. Rates drop dramatically at the weekends.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • There’s a specially designed room for disabled travellers
  • If you’re a smoker, you’ll be pleased to hear only a third of the rooms are non smoking
  • Felt a bit soulless
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