Hotels in Brussels
It’s usually best to avoid the hotels around the EU district, whose economy is so entwined with the rhythms of Europe’s government center that it effectively shuts down when the EU parliament isn’t sitting—and is thronged when it is. You’re better off checking into hotels like the Hotel Metropole, a 19th-century building that commemorates the Wielemans brothers, a quintessentially Belgian industrialist family of brewers. Located on La Place de Brouckèr, only a few minutes’ walk from the Grand Place, the Metropole is a local landmark. Many Brussels hotels are similarly high end.
If you prefer something a little smaller, there’s the Hotel Café Pacific, a 12-room hotel located on the city’s top fashion street, the Rue Dansaert. Hotels in Brussels are luxurious and offer first-class amenities. There’s also the Aloft Brussels Schuman, a modern hotel located in the center of the European Quarter. Many guests say it’s worth it to experience this thrilling hotel based on the concept of loft design. This is one of the best hotels in Brussels. There are also plenty of great hotels at lower prices, too, including Leopold Hotel Brussels, located next door to the EU Parliament and Hotel le Berger, a cozy hotel surrounded by cafes and bars.
The latest deluxe hotel to emerge in Brussels’ “European quarter” is just a stone’s throw from the EU’s nerve center. Opened in 2006, the Sofitel is built around a semicircular atrium (which ensures lots of natural light) and has 149 rooms decorated in sleek, minimalist luxury.
The two attached town houses that make up Tenbosch House contain seven uncluttered suites in the heart of Brussels’s of-the-moment Ixelles neighborhood.
It's a gimmick, but it works: this 61-room hotel features one distinctive Pantone color per floor, ranging from vivid to more subdued. The Pantone Hotel is built on contrasts; white walls provide a blank canvas for saturated colors to pop.
The monumental white façade of the Conrad dominates the boutiques of Avenue Louise, the capital’s fashionista thoroughfare.
The Hotel Amigo is situated just a half-mile walk from the best antiques dealers in the and around the Place du Grand Sablon, a cobbled and gabled square. The 173-room converted property was designed by Olga Polizzi, in her traditional yet contemporary style.
Heaven knows what the 15th-century Dominican friars would make of this ornate modern pleasure palace, which now occupies the site of their long-ago city monastery. The hotel, opened in 2007 by Dutch design duo FG Stijl, has hardly anything in common with its predecessor apart from its name.
A haven of calm set between the bustling blocks between the European Parliament and the Royal Palace, the 1991 Stanhope has a decidedly British charm.