Just off Avenue Louise in the Ixelles district — a two-minute stroll from Louise metro station and the Italian restaurants on Rue Jourdan.
They’ve kept the décor classy by just adding hints of vintage here and there: psychedelic wallpaper, plastic orange phones, bubble lamps and a mini Rubik’s cube on your room key, but ladies don’t leave your hair straighteners lying on the long-haired black carpet!
I stayed in room 36, which has its own balcony (complete with Astroturf), but I was a little bemused that the bathroom — albeit with a beautiful freestanding bath under the window — was bigger than the bedroom. The latter felt a little too snug.
Room one, located on the ground floor, is the largest and features wooden floors in case the long-hair carpet aggravates your asthma. Rooms 19, 35, 36, and 41 have baths. A spacious room for families is located in the eves and has a fold-down sofa bed for the kids and a large en-suite bathroom, but be aware that rooms on the fourth floor can only be reached via a steep staircase.
They’ve put a lot of effort into the decoration of the breakfast room — the back-wall bench once sat in New York’s JFK airport — which also doubles as the hotel’s wine bar and is decked out in glossy white tables and coloured Formica chairs. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
You can buy the mini Rubik’s cube keyrings (10 euros) and plastic orange phones (70 euros) found in the rooms at reception.
Eating and drinking
The buffet continental breakfast (included in price; served 7am—10.30am) is well presented with a good selection of French pastries and silk-bag teas. They’re happy for you to buy supplies from the GB supermarket up the road and bring them back to the hotel.
The hotel also boasts a wine bar, which is open to the public (open: all day Monday—Friday) and stocks a good variety of international ‘boutique’ wines — except, hilariously, French wines. They’ve poached Belgium’s Best Sommelier 2009, Tim Vandeput, to help you with your choice.
On hand during the day is the amiable Isabelle, wife of the owner (who also runs Ventre Saint Gris restaurant on Rue Basse); in the evening, quiet sommelier Tim takes over.
Who stays there
Trendy couples, families, hip elderly travellers, businesspeople
The cost of a room drops by around 40 euros at the weekend.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Very reasonable rates
- Family friendly
- No single rooms
- The lift occasionally refuses to open on the third floor
- Poor sound insulation: you can hear doors banging and heavy footsteps