on January 12, 2011
The Location In 2008 the hotel was completely renovated. It’s situated on Avenue de la Toison d'Or. It is renowned for its luxury shops such as Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, etc. The entrance of the mall Espace Louise is almost next to the entrance of the hotel itself.At less than 250 meters is the metro station "Louise" (line 2) with an excellent connection to the centre or the railway station Brussels Midi. For us the ideal starting point for a weekend in Brussels. ParkingThe hotel does not have its own parking but public Q-Park is less than 300 meters in a side street. Opposite the hotel is a large public parking, but we were advised to park there. Charges for parking in the Q-park are approximately 16 Euro per 24 hours. The Entrance The entrance was an experience in itself. When the huge doors open are you in front of an illuminated escalator with a mega-sized purple-glass chandelier above it. The staircase itself is illuminated. The entire space is filled with some air freshener. You are welcomed by a bell-boy who is there to take your luggage.. Once you arrive at the reception you look out over a nice big lounge and several chairs and benches where you can wait. Also you have clear views of the large roof terrace. The Staff I was helped by Billy-Jean, a young girl who comes originally from the Netherlands and could speak in Dutch, English and French. After completing the standard forms I checked in and within 5 minutes I was on the way to the elevators. It was offered to bring my luggage up but I didn’t need to.The roomWe stayed in the "classic room", say the default room, on the fifth floor (the top floor). The room was not very big, but it looked beautiful. On the floor is a light coloured carpet, but clean. The bathroom is separated by a wooden sliding door. The room features a magnificent king size bed with a mattress (soft) and thick and four large pillows. The headboard was decorated with white leather what it all gave a very chic look. Furthermore, the room has a large desk and chair, a designer lounge chair in the niche, a 24 inch LCD screen, an espresso machine, mini bar (only non-alcoholic drinks, candy, peanuts, a default value = 5 Euro per product) , a laptop safe with power so the laptop could be recharged and a large closet. Through the curtains that are used, the room is pitch dark and so you can sleep in if you want. The room is completely silent.The Bathroom The bathroom was beautiful to see. It features a glass rain shower. There was enough force. A nice shower, but I doubt it was a water saving. Furthermore, the large bathroom with a sink with a designer tap directly on the wall and lavatory. Also there is a radio in the bathroom connected to the television. A funny detail was that the bathroom was a small window that looked into the room. The windows could be closed / protected by wooden shutters. The Breakfast You can have breakfast in the weekend from 7.00 to 10.30. The breakfast was one word SUPER. After we were notified, we took our seats at one of the many tables which were still free. Almost immediately there was someone who asked us if we have coffee or tea. When he returned he had the requested coffee and tea but also a big basket with delicious fresh sandwiches ranging from hot croissants (small and large), hard spots, chocolate rolls and some variations. You could opt for toasting slices of bread or other breakfast foods such as yogurt, cereal, etc. Fresh fruit and fruit drinks. As if this were not enough, we were asked if we wanted fresh eggs and how we wanted them (boiled, omelettes, scrambled eggs). Delicious!The Lounge bar This space is accessible through a (frosted) glass bridge leading to the front of the building. The space is across the entire width of the hotel and features a two lounge sections (1 with fireplace), a nice long bar with backlit bar and tables for an evening dinner can be served. Prices in the bar are around 6 euro’s for soda or beer. Cocktails start at 13 euro’s. Maybe a bit on the pricey side, but we had a good time. In the evening there was also a DJ. ConclusionA lovely hotel to stay a weekend and was deeply impressed with the service. The entire hotel is very modern, which really appeals to me personally. The rooms and the beds were great (if you like soft beds), bathroom was nice, big and clean. Breakfast and service was just very good. In short: a must.
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