on October 1, 2009
This was a great stay in a luxury boutique hotel. The building design borrows from the fifteenth-century abbey that originally occupied the site. The location was perfect on a quiet street near the Grand Place, Brussels central city square. The design uses jewel-tone colors to evoke medieval stained glass, a motif repeated in the carpeting of the guest rooms. The hotel is relatively new but retains the nineteenth-century stone facade of a building which was once the home of the French neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. His painting features in some of the hotel advertising. Soaring ceilings echoing gothic arches divide the handsome bar, restaurant, and lobby that surround the central atrium. There are repeated motifs of the monastery in the decor and furniture.We stayed in standard rooms, which are compact, but well designed and full of useful amenities, such as a Nespresso machine, free Internet access, and a plasma-screen television on an adjustable arm that enables viewing from anywhere in the room. Down pillows and a thick mattress pad made for a comfortable sleep in the very quiet room. I particularly liked the bathroom with its black granite sinks and spacious walk-in showers with ceiling-mounted rain showerheads.We enjoyed drinks in the bar and another time drinks and tasty tapas in the area by the atrium, but skipped the breakfast buffet and restaurant dinner offerings during our stay. We did not use many of the facilities, a health club, a sauna, a steam room, and a fitness room. Nor did we try the spa or use room service. However, the small business centre was useful for printing boarding passes. All the staff we encountered were agreeable and even tolerated my French.Cannot think of any complaints except the ice machine was rather slow.
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